the DEEP DIVE

Current & Upcoming Classes

Let us build our vocabularies so that we may make more interesting love with this life. Material is informed by a dance of science, folklore, and experience and my classes weave lecture, discussion, and practice to imprint the material on our minds, hearts, and bodies.


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Herb Walk: a Medicinal Adventure around Lake Merritt

10-1pm JUNE 23

Join me as we step through the veil of green and discover the medicinal virtues of the plants growing all around us. We gather around our beloved Lake Merritt and get to know over 30 common medicinals that line the lake, as well as most neighborhoods in the East Bay.

At the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA; All ages welcome; $25/person

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Wildfire Herbalist’s Toolkit

6:30-9:30PM AUGUST 20

CULTIVATING LUNG & FULL-BODY HEALTH IN FIRE SEASON

How can we cultivate resilient bodies within and throughout a presently brittle ecosystem? In this holistic intensive, we band together to engage with the microcosm of our bodies as our learning grounds. Together we will make a lung-support syrup, practice herbal steams, and review best practices for maintaining systemic health.

At the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA; all ages are welcome

$25/person

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Kitchen Alchemy: Working with Medicinal Herbs as Food and with Food as Medicine

2-6pm September 15 - FALLTIME

2-6pm december 1 - wintertime

Since antiquity people have cooked with medicinal herbs to help their bodies run at an optimal level and be immune to the diseases of the time. This seasonally-based series focuses on herbs and recipes that can help bodies tonify, adapt, and feel deeply nourished throughout the year.

At the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA; All ages welcome; $65 + $10 materials fee

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Courting the Muse: Herbal Wisdom and Practical Magic for the Falltime

6:00-9:00pm SEPTEMBER 24, OCTOBER 1, 8, 15, 22 — in pleasant hill

In these wild times when our climate and community is in such swift evolution, we community herbalists rise as allies for our people to connect with ancient ways of earthly healing. We join to share and develop practical, meaningful, longevity-oriented relationship with all aspects of our life and ask: What does it look like to live in deeply beautiful relationship with ourselves, each other, and the Earth? In the seasonally-informed series Courting the Muse, we feed the wild cultures of our bodies, minds, and souls as we develop our toolkits to nourish ourselves and our Mother Earth.

Each season is comprised of five weeks of classes, during which time we will dive deep into wild fermentation techniques, enlivening body-care, herbal medicine-based arts and crafts, plant communication and courtship, and Earth-tending practices. Students will develop a deep sense of grounding and belonging as we explore many epically meaningful processes to live in ecstatic harmonious relationship with the earth and each other in these times.

At the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley & Pleasant hill, CA; Ages 18+

Series $300 in Pleasant Hill or $350 in Berkeley

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Courting the Muse: Herbal Wisdom and Practical Magic for the Summertime

6:00-9:00pm july 9, 16, 30, august 6 & 13 — in pleasant hill

In these wild times when our climate and community is in such swift evolution, we community herbalists rise as allies for our people to connect with ancient ways of earthly healing. We join to share and develop practical, meaningful, longevity-oriented relationship with all aspects of our life and ask: What does it look like to live in deeply beautiful relationship with ourselves, each other, and the Earth? In the seasonally-informed series Courting the Muse, we feed the wild cultures of our bodies, minds, and souls as we develop our toolkits to nourish ourselves and our Mother Earth.

Each season is comprised of five weeks of classes, during which time we will dive deep into wild fermentation techniques, enlivening body-care, herbal medicine-based arts and crafts, plant communication and courtship, and Earth-tending practices. Students will develop a deep sense of grounding and belonging as we explore many epically meaningful processes to live in ecstatic harmonious relationship with the earth and each other in these times.

At the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley & Pleasant hill, CA; Ages 18+; Series $300 in Pleasant Hill or $350 in Berkeley

 

PAST CLASSES

 
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Herbs for Love and Romance

What is love? The ancient Greeks recognized that there are over seven kinds of love; we enrich our relationship with our hearts as we explore the many ways love expresses itself. We explore herbal allies to support the Queen of the self -the heart- and practice techniques to enhance intimacy with the worlds within and around us.

Offered at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA

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Introduction to Herbalism

In this four part series we form a framework to approach working with medicinal herbs. Over the four week class, we explore major body systems and herbs to help correct chronic and acute disease. Learning comes with lecture, discussion, and hands-on medicine making, and students leave the class prepared to start their own basic home apothecary.

Offered at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA

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Wildfire Herbalist’s Toolkit: Cultivating Lung and Full-Body Health in Fire Season

How can we cultivate resilient bodies within and throughout a presently brittle ecosystem? In this holistic intensive, we band together to engage with the microcosm of our bodies as our learning grounds. Together we will make a lung-support syrup, practice herbal steams, and review best practices for maintaining systemic health.

Offered at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA, with live-video over Facebook

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Fireside Chat with your neighborhood herbalist dominatrix

An Exploration of Herbal Allies and Practices for Cathartic Sexual Experience: Are you ready to explore the brilliant wealth of pleasure and knowledge that’s stored in your body? What world of possibilities awaits as we dive into the deep recesses of the psyche and massage our knottiest kinks. Ages 18+.

Offered at Five Flavors Apothecary in Oakland, CA; at the Permaculture Convergence in Hopland, CA; and at private gatherings in Brooklyn, NY

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Kitchen Alchemy: Working with Medicinal Herbs as Food and with Food as Medicine

Since antiquity people have cooked with medicinal herbs to help their bodies run at an optimal level and be immune to the diseases of the time. This seasonally-based series focuses on herbs and recipes that can help bodies tonify, adapt, and feel deeply nourished throughout the year.

Offered with Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA & Institute for Urban Homesteading in Oakland, CA

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Herb Walks

We wander as we get to know the medicinal plants growing all around us. Discussions are had regarding wildcrafting ethics, plant ID, medicinal virtues, harvesting technique, ecosystem observation.

walks are held around Lake Merritt, in Joaquin Miller Park, in the Siesta Valley Regional Wilderness - in Oakland, CA

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Snacks for Vitality

In this hands-on class, we make nutrient-dense snacks , from kale chips and crackers to energy balls and pemmican. We work with nutrient-dense ingredients such as kraut, bone broth, wild-harvested foods, and medicinal herbs to create optimally revitalizing snacks. Some key concepts discussed will include food dehydration, juicing techniques, and bone broth preparation and utilization. 

Offered at Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley, CA