Calendar

Jan
26
Sat
2019
Basket Weaving
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


We will weave a two hoop, egg basket using willow, cattail, watsonia and other locally gathered leaves, twigs and perhaps roots or bark and some manufactured materials,
all of which will be provided. Cost of class is $75. To purchase tickets, please call or visit West County Herb Company during business hours (Thursday- Monday, 11am-5pm).

Maralee has been weaving baskets for 30 years and teaching for about 25 years, in southern Oregon and Northern California. She has taught private classes and at the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium and The California School of Herbal Studies, many times in the past 20 years that she’s lived in Sonoma County. Otherwise, Maralee is Grandmother to her family, to the Spirit in all beings and to our precious Mother Earth. She is lifelong artisan, crafting objects with Nature’s gifts. She’s inspired by our mind’s and Spirit’s power to create our lives and abundantly sustain them. She is musician, swimmer, beachcomber, world traveler and adventurer, exploring the edges and containers of life. Her work may be seen at the Artisans’ Coop Gallery in Bodega, CA.

Feb
2
Sat
2019
Motherpeace Tarot Readings with creator Karen Vogel
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Back by popular demand, a very special opportunity…

Karen Vogel, Co-creator of Motherpeace Tarot, will be holding a Tarot Reading Pop-Up at West County Herb Shop on February 2nd. Each reading will last about an hour. The cards are a useful tool for self-reflection and self-knowledge. They help to bring information from the intuitive and creative parts of ourselves and create a dialogue between different parts of our lives.

There will be 5 readings throughout the day. You must purchase tickets for a one hour time slot either in-house at West County Herb Co. or over the phone by calling the shop during our business hours (Thursday-Monday, 11am-5pm). Time slots for readings will be 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. We will do our best to accommodate time preferences, but this will be first purchase, first serve.

Karen Vogel is a renowned intuitive who is widely known as co-creator of the Motherpeace Tarot deck and as a tarot reader, teacher and writer as well as an extraordinary artist.

The worldwide success of the Motherpeace Deck (currently over 200,000 in print) afforded her the time to develop as an artist and sculptor of wood and stone as well as continue her exploration of the intermountain and far west. Karen’s creative voice expresses her deep sense of animation and spirit in nature.

Karen is a rogue scholar — known for her innovative thinking in the field of anthropology and natural history. She has a degree in anthropology and a background in women’s studies, art and shamanism. She grew up in New York City but fell in love with the wild places of the western North America as a teenager. She’s lived there ever since and explored many places in the intermountain and far west. She lives in rural west Sonoma County, California

Karen’s art has appeared prominently in a number of well-known performances and public rituals in the Bay Area of California. She was the altar sculptor and designer for Jennifer Berezan’s concerts Praises and ReTurning to the Mother of Us All.

Feb
9
Sat
2019
Mushroom Medicine with Karen Aguiar
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a day of learning about medicinal mushrooms and how to turn them into medicine.

In this hands-on class, we will discuss the wide variety of mushroom allies available to us like reishi, turkey tails, cordyceps, oyster, lion’s mane… and go over techniques and practices for making effective mushroom medicine; tincture, glycerite, gummies, syrup, tea, food. Participants will go home with a thorough understanding of the techniques involved as well as samples made during class.

Karen Aguiar, a professional medicine maker, has over 20 years experience, making, teaching, and foraging for medicinal mushrooms. She is the Head Hag (lead organizer) for the Fall Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium and is a long time teacher at the California School Of Herbal Studies in Forestville and the Ohlone Herbal School in Berkeley. Her classes draw all levels of experience as she weaves clinical, medicinal, identification, cultivation and folklore wisdom into her offerings. She loves to cook, extract, hang out, and dye natural fibers with these magical, magnificent fungi.

Registration Details:
$135, which includes cost of materials
To register, please call West County Herb Company in Occidental or visit during business hours (11am-5pm Thursday through Monday)

Feb
21
Thu
2019
Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, for a journey in the world of wood, carving and spirit.

In 1981, Zoshi took a journey from Los Angeles to New York on foot as a part of the peace march working for nuclear disarmament. And although finishing the march is historically significant (only about seven people finished), what happened between the beginning and end changed his life. One evening in Kansas, his bonito knife (a Japanese knife used for shaving dried fish) transformed into his carving knife and a broken piece of walnut wood became his first Buddha.

Since then, Zoshi has become one of the most well known woodcarvers in the Buddhist tradition, although much of his carving goes beyond the realm of traditional buddhist carvings and includes folk and modern contemporary western art. He’s taught in the United States and Africa, and is often referred to as the Spirit Carver for his ability to merge moving spirit into the wood.

Registration:
This six week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advance. The six week session costs $210. One time attendees are welcome, individual sessions are $45, and this also includes all materials used in class. Pre-registration is required. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Takayuki, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop. To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Details For Class:
In each session, you will receive instruction on how to hold your knife, as well as familiarizing yourself with different woods and how to use them. Japanese snacks and tea will be served and folks will crave in circle, receiving instruction and support as you go, moving through the stages of your project. Samples of wood carving projects will be available to observe and be inspired by.

To learn more about Zoshi, please visit his website zoshicarver.woodpress.com

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Beading as Medicine & Conversations On Cultural Appropriation
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


In this class we will explore the healing and meditative properties that can be found through beadwork as well as creating a safe space for conversation and questions around cultural appropriation. During this four hour course you will be provided with supplies and one on one help to create a pair of beaded earrings which will be finished during the class. Please come ready with an open heart, mind, a willingness to listen more than being heard, and glasses if you need them (the beads are small). This class is open to all genders and gender non conforming beings.

Maybell Eequay is a Saginaw Band Anishinaabe artist who has found deep healing through beadwork. Growing up with silversmiths for parents she spent much of her childhood on the pow wow trail adorned in the elements of her culture. Maybell credits any and all of her skills to her mentor and mother, Robyn, who has been teaching her subtle methods of decolonization since she was a child. In addition to art and beadwork, Maybell has spent a significant amount of time traveling around Turtle Island doing frontline activism defending the land (aki), water (nibi), and Indigenous Rights.

Cost of Class: $60 per participant
To register, please call (707) 874-9567, or visit us in person. We are open Thursday through Monday from 11am to 5pm, and sometimes closed for a quick lunch break. 🙂
Please sign up in advance as there is limited space in this offering! *This class is best suited for adults, Maybell will be offering a workshop for youth, dates TBA!

Feb
28
Thu
2019
Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, for a journey in the world of wood, carving and spirit.

In 1981, Zoshi took a journey from Los Angeles to New York on foot as a part of the peace march working for nuclear disarmament. And although finishing the march is historically significant (only about seven people finished), what happened between the beginning and end changed his life. One evening in Kansas, his bonito knife (a Japanese knife used for shaving dried fish) transformed into his carving knife and a broken piece of walnut wood became his first Buddha.

Since then, Zoshi has become one of the most well known woodcarvers in the Buddhist tradition, although much of his carving goes beyond the realm of traditional buddhist carvings and includes folk and modern contemporary western art. He’s taught in the United States and Africa, and is often referred to as the Spirit Carver for his ability to merge moving spirit into the wood.

Registration:
This six week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advance. The six week session costs $210. One time attendees are welcome, individual sessions are $45, and this also includes all materials used in class. Pre-registration is required. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Takayuki, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop. To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Details For Class:
In each session, you will receive instruction on how to hold your knife, as well as familiarizing yourself with different woods and how to use them. Japanese snacks and tea will be served and folks will crave in circle, receiving instruction and support as you go, moving through the stages of your project. Samples of wood carving projects will be available to observe and be inspired by.

To learn more about Zoshi, please visit his website zoshicarver.woodpress.com

Mar
7
Thu
2019
Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, for a journey in the world of wood, carving and spirit.

In 1981, Zoshi took a journey from Los Angeles to New York on foot as a part of the peace march working for nuclear disarmament. And although finishing the march is historically significant (only about seven people finished), what happened between the beginning and end changed his life. One evening in Kansas, his bonito knife (a Japanese knife used for shaving dried fish) transformed into his carving knife and a broken piece of walnut wood became his first Buddha.

Since then, Zoshi has become one of the most well known woodcarvers in the Buddhist tradition, although much of his carving goes beyond the realm of traditional buddhist carvings and includes folk and modern contemporary western art. He’s taught in the United States and Africa, and is often referred to as the Spirit Carver for his ability to merge moving spirit into the wood.

Registration:
This six week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advance. The six week session costs $210. One time attendees are welcome, individual sessions are $45, and this also includes all materials used in class. Pre-registration is required. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Takayuki, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop. To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Details For Class:
In each session, you will receive instruction on how to hold your knife, as well as familiarizing yourself with different woods and how to use them. Japanese snacks and tea will be served and folks will crave in circle, receiving instruction and support as you go, moving through the stages of your project. Samples of wood carving projects will be available to observe and be inspired by.

To learn more about Zoshi, please visit his website zoshicarver.woodpress.com

Mar
14
Thu
2019
Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, for a journey in the world of wood, carving and spirit.

In 1981, Zoshi took a journey from Los Angeles to New York on foot as a part of the peace march working for nuclear disarmament. And although finishing the march is historically significant (only about seven people finished), what happened between the beginning and end changed his life. One evening in Kansas, his bonito knife (a Japanese knife used for shaving dried fish) transformed into his carving knife and a broken piece of walnut wood became his first Buddha.

Since then, Zoshi has become one of the most well known woodcarvers in the Buddhist tradition, although much of his carving goes beyond the realm of traditional buddhist carvings and includes folk and modern contemporary western art. He’s taught in the United States and Africa, and is often referred to as the Spirit Carver for his ability to merge moving spirit into the wood.

Registration:
This six week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advance. The six week session costs $210. One time attendees are welcome, individual sessions are $45, and this also includes all materials used in class. Pre-registration is required. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Takayuki, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop. To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Details For Class:
In each session, you will receive instruction on how to hold your knife, as well as familiarizing yourself with different woods and how to use them. Japanese snacks and tea will be served and folks will crave in circle, receiving instruction and support as you go, moving through the stages of your project. Samples of wood carving projects will be available to observe and be inspired by.

To learn more about Zoshi, please visit his website zoshicarver.woodpress.com

Mar
21
Thu
2019
Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, for a journey in the world of wood, carving and spirit.

In 1981, Zoshi took a journey from Los Angeles to New York on foot as a part of the peace march working for nuclear disarmament. And although finishing the march is historically significant (only about seven people finished), what happened between the beginning and end changed his life. One evening in Kansas, his bonito knife (a Japanese knife used for shaving dried fish) transformed into his carving knife and a broken piece of walnut wood became his first Buddha.

Since then, Zoshi has become one of the most well known woodcarvers in the Buddhist tradition, although much of his carving goes beyond the realm of traditional buddhist carvings and includes folk and modern contemporary western art. He’s taught in the United States and Africa, and is often referred to as the Spirit Carver for his ability to merge moving spirit into the wood.

Registration:
This six week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advance. The six week session costs $210. One time attendees are welcome, individual sessions are $45, and this also includes all materials used in class. Pre-registration is required. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Takayuki, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop. To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Details For Class:
In each session, you will receive instruction on how to hold your knife, as well as familiarizing yourself with different woods and how to use them. Japanese snacks and tea will be served and folks will crave in circle, receiving instruction and support as you go, moving through the stages of your project. Samples of wood carving projects will be available to observe and be inspired by.

To learn more about Zoshi, please visit his website zoshicarver.woodpress.com

Apr
2
Tue
2019
The Art Of Broom Craft
Apr 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Brooms are used around the world for daily and ritual cleansing of spaces. A broom is an important part of making a safe and sacred space. In this industrial modern world handcrafts of all kinds are being replaced by machine made goods. The broom is no exception. Handcrafted brooms are on the brink of extinction. In this four hour class you will learn the basics of Broom Craft. We will each make a turkey wing broom like in the picture to take home and use in our own daily cleansing rituals.

Cost of class is $90 and you can register by visiting the shop or calling us during business hours.

Bethany is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. For as long as they can remember they have turned to the trees and animals in the forest for council… They believe strongly in the healing powers of nature, believing that strengthening our connection with the natural world can improve our interpersonal relationships and emotional well being. In their own path they have found that working with their hands with elements of nature brings her and others some of the deepest healing. They feel like it is their path to do what they can to help bridge the gap between humans and nature and bring to light how that relationship can help heal trauma.

Bethany has worked with many different natural elements with a strong emphasis on different ways of processing skins (e.g making and using Brain-tan, Bark-tan, rawhide, and furs), earth pigments; and has fallen in love with Broom making.

Apr
3
Wed
2019
Crafting The Witch’s Broom
Apr 3 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm


In this workshop we will learn some of the basic skills of broom making and each participant will make a classic Witch’s Broom to take home and use in their own magical rituals.

Brooms are used around the world for daily and ritual cleansing of spaces. A broom is an important part of making a safe and sacred space. In this industrial modern world handcrafts of all kinds are being replaced by machine made goods. The broom is no exception. Handcrafted brooms are on the brink of extinction. Come learn this craft and sink into the old ways at West County Herb Co..

Cost of class is $108 and tickets can be purchased by calling or visting West County Herb Company during business hours.

Bethany (they/them) is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. For as long as they can remember they’ve turned to the trees and animals in the forest for council. Bethany believes strongly in the healing powers of nature, believing that strengthening our connection with the natural world can improve our interpersonal relationships and emotional wellbeing. Bethany has found that working the hands with elements of nature brings some of the deepest healing and feels like it is their path to help bridge the gap between humans and nature, bringing to light how that relationship can help heal trauma. Bethany has worked with many different natural elements with a strong emphasis on different ways of processing skins (e.g making and using Brain-tan, Bark-tan, rawhide, and furs), earth pigments; and is a professional Broom Maker.


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