Calendar

Oct
18
Thu
2018
Camellia Sinensis Medicine with Francisca Santibanez
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

In this session we’ll be gathering to sit, journey, feel and explore the wisdom, healing and guidance generously shared by the beloved Camellia sinensis tea plant along with other delectable herbal infusions.

During this session we will cover:

Tea Ceremony- journey to embodiment and attunement
One plant, many teas- understanding different types, qualities and preparation of Camellia sinensis tea plant
Tisanes- roots, barks, leaves and flowers- preparing the perfect cup of herbal infusion
Tea for wellness- what’s in a daily tea practice
Make: Herbal tea blending

Reciprocity:
$55

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 for 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.

To sign up and for information on other classes on the course, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

Oct
27
Sat
2018
Nourish Your Best Asset… YOU!
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Discover how stress can impact your health and how to unlock the secrets to increasing energy, curbing cravings and sleeping like a baby.
Do you feel like your health challenges are a result of your food choices and stress levels? Has your health gotten to the point that you are ready to make a change? Join Mary Sheila as she takes you on an inside view of how to get the results you are longing for, so you can look and feel your best!

In this easy to follow and implement session you’ll learn:
* The ABC’s to lowering your stress.
* Meet your Adrenal Glands, the seat of your Vitality Discover the 5 Keys to Balancing your Adrenals
Learn how to calm your Cortisol to naturally lower
your stress levels.
* Gain an inside look at food cravings and the number one habit that will help you
to nip them in the bud!
* Learn how to look at your health through a different lens, so that your food can meet your physiology and not only ignite your fat burning power, but impact your
overall health and energy levels.
* Why you may not be sleeping and exactly what you can do to sleep like a baby.

Your body is constantly trying to find balance. Make sure you are giving it what it needs to achieve this so you can take back control of your energy and health.
Cost of class is $145
Tickets can be bought at West County Herb Co or by calling us at (707) 874-9567 Thursday through Monday from 11am to 5pm.

About Mary Sheila Gonella:
Having served clients for over a decade as a Board Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Ayurveda Practitioner, Mary Sheila Gonnella teaches clients how to honor their unique physiology, move self-care to the front burner, and achieve and maintain radiant health.
Mary Sheila’s classes and public talks fill up with students who keep coming back for more.
Mary Sheila’s students at Bauman College Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, where she taught for 7 years, say she is “One of Bauman’s greatest assets. She is brilliant and communicates her brilliance well. I am in awe of her knowledge level. She was a Godsend and a wealth of knowledge.”
In addition to her private practice, Occidental Nutrition, she consults and teaches classes through doctor referrals in the clinical medical setting, where her approach has helped people have complete health transformations.
She has created multiple online classes, and one of her favorite ways to connect with her students is when she roles up her sleeves, puts on an apron, and teaches cooking classes, reconnecting people to their ability to create delicious healing food in their own kitchen. She has been a featured speaker and teacher on various online summits and stages around the San Francisco Bay Area. Mary Sheila’s unique approach, opens the door for people to not only see the possibility for a health transformation, but gives them the roadmap to begin the journey.
Stay connected by visiting www.occidentalnutrition.com and sign up to receive “The Breakfast Report” Mary Sheila’s free guide to determining the right breakfast for you, your hormonal balance and your blood sugar regulation.

Oct
29
Mon
2018
Woven Altar Whisk Broom
Oct 29 @ 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 woven altar whisk like in the picture to take home and use in our own daily cleansing rituals.

Cost of class is $95 and tickets can be purchased by calling or visting West County Herb Co. during business hours.

About Broom Witch Bethany:
Bethany is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. For as long as she can remember she has turned to the trees and animals in the forest for council. She believes 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 her own path she has found that working with her hands with elements of nature brings her and others some of the deepest healing. She feels like it is her path to do what she 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.

Oct
30
Tue
2018
The Witch’s Broom
Oct 30 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm


The Witch’s Broom
Join us the night before Hallow’s Eve for a night of magic and broom lore with professional Broom Witch Bethany. In this workshop we will learn some of the basic skills of broom making and will each make a classic Witch’s Broom to take home and use in our 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 $115 and tickets can be purchased by calling or visting West County Herb Co. during business hours.

About Broom Witch Bethany:
Bethany is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. For as long as she can remember she has turned to the trees and animals in the forest for council. She believes 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 her own path she has found that working with her hands with elements of nature brings her and others some of the deepest healing. She feels like it is her path to do what she 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.

Nov
3
Sat
2018
Basket Weaving
Nov 3 @ 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 $70. 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.

Nov
5
Mon
2018
First Free Monday Lecture; The Chinese View of Western Herbs
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Chinese View of Western Herbs

Dennis von Elgg, L.Ac. MSTCM, of The Redwood Needle Acupuncture Clinic will present several common Western herbs that have been in the Chinese pharmacopoeia for thousands of years. Their uses can differ widely from their common uses here in the states.
Discover new strategies in the areas of immune enhancement, cold and flu treatments, reproductive and menstrual cycle health, aging strategies and blood glucose management in this evening of expanding the biomedical landscape. This is event is free and open to all!

Dennis von Elgg is the owner and practitioner at the Redwood Needle Acupuncture Clinic in Occidental. He is a professor at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, as well as a frequent lecturer at UC Berkeley and Sutter Health. His lectures range of Chinese herbology and formula writing, acupuncture prescriptions, the treatment of Western diseases with Chinese Medicine and tongue and pulse diagnosis.

Nov
10
Sat
2018
Loom Weaving 101
Nov 10 @ 10:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In this class, we will be learning how to weave on a frame loom. Weaving is a simple but boundless creative practice and this workshop will teach you everything you need to know to create your own woven tapestry.

Each student will go home with their own weaving starter kit:
-a locally handcrafted wooden loom
-tapestry beater
-tapestry needle
-shed stick
-cotton warp
-yarn samples to get you started

Cost of class is $125, which includes the supplies and loom above. (Please register as soon as possible, if this class does not meet minimum attendance we will have to cancel it.) You may register by visiting or calling West County Herb Co.

We will be learning:

-Warping the loom
-Plain weave with an array of materials (wool, yarn, recycled fabrics)
-Special techniques—rya, chevron, twill, loop, soumak (braid)
-Finishing and displaying your tapestry: tassles, fringe, hanging

This class is open to children and families! Best if they are interested in weaving, able to stay focused and dexterous enough to handle the basics, however—everyone is welcome. Finger knitting, string games and kumihimo braiding wheels will be on hand for busy little hands.

Teacher Bio:
Mary Diaz is a fiber artist, writer, activist, ancestral skills advocate, mother and wild spirit. The practice of making—working with her hands—has always been a humbling cornerstone of her life. She’s worked nationally and internationally as a visual arts counselor and portfolio coach as well as the Assistant Director of Admissions at the California College of the Arts, a photojournalist on fairtrade tea projects in China, a marketing and brand consultant, freelance writer and photographer. But weaving is really the living metaphor of her life; working within systems of complexity, opposing forces intersecting into unified, expansive fields…welcoming paradox–are embodied expressions she explores in a myriad of forms. Her ongoing project, Gather The Universe–a producing member of the Northern California Fibershed — aims to be a platform for shbut ifting cultural ethos toward slow, localized fashion, ecological/intersectional feminist advocacy, natural beauty, Rewilding and radical social activism. Mother to 2 wild ones, her work and life aim to embody the vastness of femininity—itself a subversive act in a culture that teaches women the only way to be safe, successful or relevant is to reject their feminine expression.

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!

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Gifts for the autumn wrist.
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West County Herb CompanyFriday, October 12th, 2018 at 4:33pm
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West County Herb CompanyThursday, October 11th, 2018 at 1:54pm
Ah yes, it's that time of year, and undoubtedly the stress of this last year will catch up to most of us. First of all, it's ok to be sick. We are sending love to everyone who is struggling in sicknbess, in all its manifestations. We see you and love you. Secondly, we have several options for this season's ailments, including these gems from the @_thestingingnettle_ #astragulus #nettle #elderberrysyrup #inmunitytonic #plantallies #herbalife #echinacea
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West County Herb CompanyWednesday, October 10th, 2018 at 11:36am
This is too good. On November 10th from 10am to 1pm, we will have fiber artist, writer, activist, ancestral skills advocate, mother and wild spirit Mary Diaz lead a workshop on Lap Loom Weaving. Not only will you learn the basics of weaving, but you'll leave with a weaving starter kit which includes a locally handcrafted loom, tapestry beater, tapestry needle, shed stick, cotton wrap, and yarn samples to get you started. And this class is open to children and families, you can read the details about that on our Facebook event page or website. The cost of this four hour workshop and supplies is $125, you can register by calling us or stopping by for a visit Thursday through Monday. Autumn is the best! 🦇🍁🦉🍁#laploom #laploomweaving #autumncrafts #ancestralskills #weaving #yarn #loom #quiettime #craftime #teatime