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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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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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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