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Nov
18
Sun
2018
Holistic Childbirth Prep Workshop with Kelly Gray
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Holistic Childbirth Prep workshops are designed to empower, explore and celebrate the many ways families choose to give birth and create family. This essential workshop is designed to demystify birth while guiding class participants to discover personal beliefs around pregnancy, partnership, birth, and parenthood, which will allow for a truly holistic childbirth experience. Class is designed to meet the needs of families birthing at birth centers, in their homes, at the hospital, or those who haven’t decided yet. This class is relevant to parents having their first, second or third child, depending on the needs of the family.

We will practice and review the following techniques and information:

• Love and Relaxation: Guided relaxation and the hormones of labor
• Spinning Baby: The role of the baby, optimal fetal positioning, and troubleshooting through birth
• Moaning and Moving: Evidence based healthy birth practices, from vocalizations to opening the pelvic floor
• The Landscape of Labor: Understanding the emotional and physiological process of birthing your baby
• The Role of the Partner: Creating Safety and Trust, Nonverbal Communication Skills
• Being in Birth: Massage, Acupressure, Positions, Vocalizations, and Breathing Techniques
• Advocacy and Collaboration: Positive Communication Skills with Providers
• Understanding Interventions and the difference between Necessary and Unnecessary
• Watching, Hearing, Knowing: Empowered Birth Videos
• After-Birth; The Sacred Hour and the Microbiome

Each class is kept to seven couples or less, as this allows for individual and hands-on attention from the instructor while allowing for community building with other expanding families. We encourage participants to bring a birth ball, meals, pillows, snacks and other items that will allow them to get comfortable and relax.
To read more about the instructor, reviews of the class and details about the day please visit www.ninemoonsdoula.com.

Dec
6
Thu
2018
Wisdom of Tobacco Medicine
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

In this class we will be exploring the nature of a healthy connection and the fundamentals that are critical in maintaining an embodied willful relationship. Incorporating Tobacco as a potent teacher can offer us deep insight and understanding about listening, respect, attachment, consent, praise, healthy boundaries, gratitude, and sacred reciprocity. These will be discussed as functional tools for sustaining a fruitful reciprocal connection with Tobacco and beyond.

About The Instructor:
Francisca Santibanez is a plant|heart based healer, herbalist, visual artist, and educator. Raised in South America, she spent her childhood in Brasil and Chile. From a very young age she was deeply connected with plants and had the awareness that her primary relationship was with nature and life itself. She inherited a love of herbs from her mother and grandmother, both whom were avid herb gardeners and medicinal tea (aguita de yerba) drinkers following a long tradition of Chilean folk kitchen medicine.
In 2013 Francisca chose to formalize her studies and dedication to the plants and joined the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, California to complete their Clinical Western Herbalism Training program where she currently offers support as their Student Services Coordinator and teaches workshops.
Besides her path in Western Herbal Medicine, she has spent the last 15 years studying and exploring in depth various other healing modalities which she weaves into her practice and integrates into her offerings. These include Andean-Amazonian Vegetalista Practice, South American Folk Healing, Curanderismo, Shamanism, Ayurveda, Holistic Nutrition, Yoga and meditation. Artistically, Francisca delves between mediums such as drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry making, pottery, etc. These days she’s most interested in invoking expression of her plant communions through the use of the aforementioned mediums.
Please call or visit West County Herb Co. for tickets!

Dec
15
Sat
2018
Botanical Beauty Facials with Francisca Santibanez
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


What makes you feel and look radiant? What rituals makes your skin and body feel acknowledged and loved? What kind of lifestyle supports your walk in Beauty? How can plants support your skin, body and soul to be and feel vibrant and sourced?
Please join us as we explore and discuss Beauty, in life, skin, body and beyond. Learn about the benefits of using all-natural ingredients on your body and how to use these ingredients to make your own herbal skin care and beauty products. This class will offer an introduction to botanical beauty and how to choose ingredients for skin types, skin first aid, and desired effects. We will dive into processes for making a range of beauty products, including creams, facial masks and sprays, toner, scrubs, bath salts, and a relaxing spa experience with our homemade products. Each participant will walk away with yummy products for themselves or for gifting loved ones.
Fee: $90

About The Instructor:
Francisca Santibanez is a plant|heart based healer, herbalist, visual artist, and educator. Raised in South America, she spent her childhood in Brasil and Chile. From a very young age she was deeply connected with plants and had the awareness that her primary relationship was with nature and life itself. She inherited a love of herbs from her mother and grandmother, both whom were avid herb gardeners and medicinal tea (aguita de yerba) drinkers following a long tradition of Chilean folk kitchen medicine.
In 2013 Francisca chose to formalize her studies and dedication to the plants and joined the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, California to complete their Clinical Western Herbalism Training program where she currently offers support as their Student Services Coordinator and teaches workshops.
Besides her path in Western Herbal Medicine, she has spent the last 15 years studying and exploring in depth various other healing modalities which she weaves into her practice and integrates into her offerings. These include Andean-Amazonian Vegetalista Practice, South American Folk Healing, Curanderismo, Shamanism, Ayurveda, Holistic Nutrition, Yoga and meditation. Artistically, Francisca delves between mediums such as drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry making, pottery, etc. These days she’s most interested in invoking expression of her plant communions through the use of the aforementioned mediums.

Please call or visit West County Herb Co. for tickets!

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.

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West County Herb CompanySaturday, November 10th, 2018 at 7:55am
Our holiday craft show is coming right up on November 23rd. Bring the family and support our local crafters like @shopdancingwillow who handcraft one of a kind beaded earrings that we just love. #swoon #craftfair #holidaycraftshow #shoplocal #westcountyherbcompany
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West County Herb CompanyFriday, November 9th, 2018 at 6:25pm
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West County Herb CompanyFriday, November 9th, 2018 at 11:56am
We have a pot of our Respiratory Relief Tea on if folks want to stop by and get some relief. #mullein #redclover #calendula #monarda #greensage #teatime #respiratoryrelief #herbalallies
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West County Herb CompanyFriday, November 9th, 2018 at 9:43am
The last time we hosted this class, we could hear the sweet murmurs of expecting parents getting excited about birth. It's happening again on the 18th of this month and now we are the ones who are excited!

This class has been especially designed for couples looking to forge an even deeper connection to each other, their bodies, and their babes. This class is perfect for folks birthing in the hospital, birth center or home, and is all about celebrating the many ways people choose to bring their babies earth side. You'll practice guided relaxation, communication skills, breath work, massage and birthing positions. You'll leave with an understanding of the physiological landscape of birth, contractions and the hormones of labor, and the emotional response to each. Plus, how to preserve a healthy micro-biome for you and your babe during and after birth and understanding advocacy and harmony in the birth room. To read more about class or to register, visit our website's event calendar in our bio. #inspiredbirth #holisticchildbirthprepworkshop #trustbirth #westcountyherbcompany #birth #childbirth #birtheducation #supportedbirth
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West County Herb Company posted 4 photos — in Valley Ford, California.Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 6:26pm
No wonder Passionflower made such an impression on us today. As the smoke descends our hearts are with all the folks of Butte County, and all of our local community that is feeling the grip of anxiety and panic.
We headed west this morning to celebrate the Scorpios in our crew by having breakfast at the Estero Cafe in Valley Ford. It's worth mentioning, the biscuits were divine. The massive passionflower vine outside the cafe was covered with a dramatic showing of hundreds of Agraulis vanillae in caterpillar and butterfly form. Actually, we didn't know who this orange beauty was at first so we called our friends at the @hallberg.butterfly.gardens for the identification. The sweet owner of the cafe told us how she works to keep these lovelies chomping away on her passionflower, as it is their only host plant and they are quite rare. We stood with our heads in the flowers, noticing hundreds of fat caterpillars and emerging butterflies. A deep calm emerged.
Now as the day has worn on and news has emerged, we sip passionflower tea, pulling back as much of the calm as we can. Thank you @estero_cafe for the butterfly and passionflower show. ❤️ @ Valley Ford, California