Tarot Pop Up
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Tarot Pop Up

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 August 24th. 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. 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. Tickets are $120.

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.

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Mending; Traditional Techniques
Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Mending; Traditional Techniques

This workshop will lead participants through an overview of basic Sashiko and embroidery stitches before turning to a personal garment that needs repairing. Each student will receive an individual consultation on how best to mend one garment considering fabric, fiber, thread, color, lines, techniques, and more. Students will leave the workshop with a stitching sampler, mended garment (in-progress), various resources. Basic sewing and stitching skills are required.
Please bring your own woven fabric garment or textile for mending (denim is great, linen, quilting cotton, or silk is fine too) and a patch that matches the weight and fiber of the garment being mended. (Denim should be mended with denim and linen with linen, etc.) If fixing a pair of jeans with stretch using t-shirt fabric works well or other denim with stretch.

Cost of Class: $58, includes all materials
To register, please visit or call West County Herb Company during business hours. (707) 874-9567

Materials provided: fabric sample to practice stitches and patterns, embroidery thread, and needles. The needles belong to the teacher and can be purchased or returned at the end of class.


About the Instructor:
Hedi Iverson is a designer living and working in Western Sonoma County. Her work explores natural fibers and dyes. She is a founding member of the Fibershed.

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Free Herbal Lecture Series
Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

Free Herbal Lecture Series

On August 19th, September 16th, October 21st and November 4th we will be hosting a series of free herb classes taught by the advance students of the California School of Herbal Studies in the Community Herbalism Program.

Each session includes four mini sessions and is free to the entire community. These wildly popular lectures always fill up, so arrive early to grab a seat. Presentations start at 6pm and is done around 8:30.

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Herbal Infusions in Skin Care
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Herbal Infusions in Skin Care

Join Herbalist and Formulator Colleen Bingham Solis for a day of plant-based product formulation.  We will discuss some of the most skin-friendly herbs for topical products (including herbs to treat specific skin conditions), the best use of solvents to extract our desired herbal constituents, and how to incorporate these herbal infusions into beauty products.   Solvents we will cover: water, oil, alcohol, glycerine, and vinegar with extraction tips and a few demonstrations.  Colleen will also demonstrate how to create a toner, herbal gel and light face cream, sending everyone home with samples of each!  Plus she will share some great DIY formulas and guidelines, so you can go home and get witchy creating your own unique herbal skin care products.  

Cost of class is $104, which covers the cost of all the materials and yummy samples you get to take home.

To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company during business hours (Thursday through Monday from 11am to 5pm) at (707) 874-9567.

About Colleen:

Colleen Bingham Solis is devoted to a life defined by what she finds growing in the soil and fueled by synthesizing these organic components into accessible healing potions for humans.

As an Herbalist as well as natural product formulator, heremphasis is on determining the best plant based extracts to incorporate into products to match branding ethos and product efficacy specifications. Her areas of expertise include natural product research and development, product formulation, herbal skin care and medicine making, solvent extraction, natural/organic raw ingredients profiling, recommendations, and suppliers, FDA/GMP regulation compliance, copywriting, white labeling & small scale manufacturing, and online retail on-boarding.

Colleen is currently lead medicine maker and an instructor at The California School of Herbal Studies, founder of the beauty brand Poppy Botanicals, a contributing writer for The Herbal Academy, and develops custom herbal formulas and products for cosmetic companies nationwide.

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Free Herbal Lecture Series
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Free Herbal Lecture Series

On August 19th, September 16th, October 21st and November 4th we will be hosting a series of free herb classes taught by the advance students of the California School of Herbal Studies in the Community Herbalism Program.

Each session includes four mini sessions and is free to the entire community. These wildly popular lectures always fill up, so arrive early to grab a seat. Presentations start at 6pm and is done around 8:30.

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Oct
26
5:30 PM17:30

Woven Altar Wisk Broom

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 Broom Making workshop we will go over the basics of Broom Craft, each student will learn about weaving (a required skill for making larger brooms) and sewing broom corn.

Class Cost: $100 (includes materials, each participant will leave with a broom), pre-registration required.

To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

(707) 874-9567 Thursday-Monday (except for major holidays)

*This class will sell out, purchasing your tickets in advance is recommended

Instructors:

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 animal 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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Crafting the Witch's Broom
Oct
27
5:30 PM17:30

Crafting the Witch's Broom

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 six hour Advanced class each student will learn about and prep their broom handle and make a full size farmhouse broom with the option of round or flat style.
Note- there is a requirement of taking at least one prior workshop with Bethany to attend this advanced class.

Class Cost: $120 (includes materials, each participant will leave with a broom), pre-registration required.

To register, please call or visit West County Herb Company.

(707) 874-9567 Thursday-Monday (except for major holidays)

*This class will sell out, purchasing your tickets in advance is recommended

Instructor:

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 animal 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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Free Herbal Lecture Series
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Free Herbal Lecture Series

On August 19th, September 16th, October 21st and November 4th we will be hosting a series of free herb classes taught by the advance students of the California School of Herbal Studies in the Community Herbalism Program.

Each session includes four mini sessions and is free to the entire community. These wildly popular lectures always fill up, so arrive early to grab a seat. Presentations start at 6pm and is done around 8:30.

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String From Sticks
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

String From Sticks

Immerse yourself in the world of plant fibers!
Extract high quality fiber from Dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum) and other local native & naturalized fiber plants and explore several different cordage methods including leg rolling, mouth rolling, triangle twisting & splicing. Includes an in-depth-discussion of fiber plants used for string, ropes, nets, cloth, etc... and basic overview of harvesting and common processing methods. As a group, we will also make a rope using a basic ropewalk system. Lots of fun.

Participants should bring a small sharp knife and wear clothes that are compatible with using their thigh to “leg-roll” cordage. The best surfaces for this are bare legs or jeans.

Saturday, November 9th, 2019
10am-4pm
$80, includes all materials
Register at West County Herb Company during business hours (Thursday through Monday from 11am to 5pm) or by calling (707) 874-9567

Teacher Bio:
Tamara Wilder became fascinated by ancient living skills in 1989 when she attended the Glass Buttes Knap In and Rabbitstick Skills Gathering. She has dedicated much of her life to enjoying, learning, researching, experimenting with, writing about and teaching ancient technologies through a variety of programs, workshops & demonstrations on a range of skill topics. She is based out of Mendocino County but spends offers the majority of her school programs in Sonoma County schools.
More info can be found at her website https://www.paleotechnics.com

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Free Herbal Lecture Series
Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

Free Herbal Lecture Series

On August 19th, September 16th, October 21st and November 4th we will be hosting a series of free herb classes taught by the advance students of the California School of Herbal Studies in the Community Herbalism Program.

Each session includes four mini sessions and is free to the entire community. These wildly popular lectures always fill up, so arrive early to grab a seat. Presentations start at 6pm and is done around 8:30.


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Free First Monday Of The Month: Herbal Infused Oils
Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Free First Monday Of The Month: Herbal Infused Oils

Herbal Infused Oils

The first step to making gorgeous herbal skin care products is building up your stock of raw ingredients. Infusing oils with plants that are indicated for strengthening and balancing the skin is a great way to enhance your creations with healing plant constituents. Come learn about which oils and herbs are best for skin care, and take away some useful tricks of the trade for getting the most our of your extractions. This class is a lead-in to Colleen's Herbal Infusions in Skin Care class, offered at West County Herb Co. this September. All are welcome for this free event!

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One Day Intro To Woodcarving
Jul
27
10:30 AM10:30

One Day Intro To Woodcarving

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, on a journey into the world of wood, carving and spirit. In one day, you'll learn the essentials needed for a life long journey with wood carving. Technique, the essence of different woods, and form will all be covered. Past class projects include mushrooms and hands. More details below.

Registration:
Class is $75 per participant and pre-paid registration is required for all attendees. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Zoshi, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop.

Class runs from 11am to 4pm on July 27th.

To register visit or call West County Herb Company.
(707) 874-9567

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.

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. You will carve 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's work, please visit his website at zoshicarver.woodpress.com.

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Wood Carving 4 week session
Jun
6
to Jun 27

Wood Carving 4 week session

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Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, on a journey into 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 four week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advanced. This four week session costs $180. Pre-paid registration is required for all attendees. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Zoshi, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm on June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.

To register visit or call West County Herb Company.

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. You will carve 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's work, please visit his website at zoshicarver.woodpress.com.

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Art At The Source Open Gallery
Jun
1
to Jun 9

Art At The Source Open Gallery

Join us June 1st-2nd & 8th-9th for Art At The Source. We'll be hosting master woodcarver Takayuki Zoshi. This two weekend event is free and open to all from 10am to 5pm. Come see Zohi's work, meet the artist, and sip tea with other art lovers.

About Zoshi:
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.

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Herbal First Aid for Your Pet
May
19
11:00 AM11:00

Herbal First Aid for Your Pet

Enjoy a fun class of preparing your pet’s own first aid emergency go bag! Be ready for any situation by creating an herbal first aid kit for your pet. Learn some basic herbs that can be used for a variety of conditions which can help to treat and support your pet in time of emergency. We will provide herbs and supplies so you can easily grab and go!

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Basket Weaving with Maralee Wisewomyn
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Basket Weaving with Maralee Wisewomyn

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 25 years in southern Oregon and Northern California. She is well known for teaching her classes at the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium and The California School of Herbal Studies. When not gathering materials from the land or weaving baskets, 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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Mother Loving Designer Trunk Show
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Mother Loving Designer Trunk Show

Come on down to West County Herb Company for our annual indie designer trunk show and bring a mama! We’ll be featuring the ever coveted and timelessly crafted apparel of Honey Folk Clothing, the beaded works of Dancing Willow, the unique handcrafted collections of Ragged Thistle, the earthy hand tanned leather work from Maya Beth Maker, and the stylish, custom created New West Hats.

Buy local, buy conscious, buy well crafted, and by all means, buy good looking clothes!

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Practical Alchemy with Karen Aguiar
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Practical Alchemy with Karen Aguiar

Join us as we begin our journey into making herbal tinctures using the Spagyric process. Spagyrics is a way to make tinctures using plant alchemy.

There are many understandings of this esoteric and mystical practice and we’ll go over the basic concepts important to Plant Alchemy: the Three Essentials, the Four Elements, “Prima Materia,” “Heart of the Sun” and “Spittle of the Moon”…

We’ll get our hands dirty applying these concepts using a Soxhlet apparatus, Crucibles, Mortars & Pestles, and few more modern appliances.

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The Art of Broomcraft
Apr
2
5:30 PM17:30

The Art of Broomcraft

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.

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Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi

Learn 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.

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Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi

Learn 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.

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Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi

Learn 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.

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Practical Medicine Making with Karen
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Practical Medicine Making with Karen

Through this series of herbal medicine making classes, we shall delve into the rich role Western herbal medicine making has played in the evolution of creating health for ourselves, our families and our communities. We will cover the four main solvents used for most herbal preparations; water, alcohol, glycerin and vegetable oil and then apply what we’ve learned with Hands-on herbal medicine making covering the practical skills needed to make teas, tinctures, glycerites, infused oils and more.

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Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Wood Carving with Takayuki Zoshi

Learn 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.

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