Intro to Medicine Making Classes in May

poppiesMedicine is all around us! In this introductory workshop series we will learn about basic medicine making with an emphasis on plants that grow abundantly in the Bay Area. Located in South Berkeley, these garden based workshops are hands-on and each class will send you home with an herbal tonic and the skills and knowledge to start practicing your own herbal care. Attend one or all four classes. Cost includes all materials fees and class size is limited to six students. *Access to the house is up four stairs. Everyone will be asked to arrive fragrance-free.*

Kitchen Tonics, Friday May 2nd, 4-6pm

Come learn about the healing properties of common culinary herbs and how to make herb infused vinegars, oils, salts and honey for everyday use in the kitchen. You’ll come away with a zine full of plant info and resources as well as an herbal  tonic of your making.

$25 (click to register)

Herbal Skin Care, Friday May 9th, 4-6pm
Come learn about local medicinal plants and how to use them in infused oils, salves and herbal soaks for first aid and general skin care. You’ll come away with a zine full of plant info and resources as well as an herbal remedy of your making.

$25 (click to register)

Teas and Tinctures, Friday, May 23rd, 4-6pm
Come learn about local medicinal plants and how to use them in infusions, decoctions, tinctures and cordials. You’ll come away with a zine full of plant info and resources as well as an herbal remedy of your making.

$25 (click to register

Flower Essences, Friday May 30th, 4-6pm
Come learn about the energetic medicine of flower essences. We’ll cover benefits, dosages, and how to create your own flower essences. This workshop will also involve a plant meditation and some time spent in communication with plants.

$25 (click to register)

The Mental Health Cookbook Reprint is Here!

MHC coverAnd Pens Press has just reprinted The Mental Health Cookbook. This 50 page illustrated zine explores how to create a healing connection to the natural world through an engagement with plants, nutrients and microorganisms. It’s not a traditional cookbook but a how-to guide covering: nutritional basics, sprouting, fermenting, gardening, foraging, medicinal herbs, flower essences and more! If you purchase a copy from me (either online or in person at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair on March 22nd) I will be donating 50% of all proceeds to the awesome food justice organization Phat Beets.

Intro to Medicine Making this February

nettlesMedicine is all around us! In this introductory workshop series we will learn about basic medicine making with an emphasis on plants that grow abundantly in the Bay Area. Located in South Berkeley, these home based workshops are hands-on and each class will send you home with an herbal tonic and the skills and knowledge to start practicing your own herbal care. Attend one or all three classes. Cost includes all materials fees and class size is limited to six students.
*Accessibility info: The entrance to the house is up four stairs. Everyone will be asked to arrive fragrance-free.
*Teas and Tinctures, Feb 9th, 1-3pm

Come learn about local medicinal plants and how to use them in infusions, decoctions, tinctures and cordials. You’ll come away with a zine full of plant info and resources as well as an herbal remedy of your making.

$25 (click to register)

*Skin Elixirs, Feb 16th, 1-3pm

Come learn about local medicinal plants and how to use them in infused oils, salves and herbal soaks for first aid and general skin care. You’ll come away with a zine full of plant info and resources as well as an herbal remedy of your making.

$25 (click to register)

*Flower Essences, Feb 23rd, 1-3pm

Come learn about the energetic medicine of flower essences. We’ll cover benefits, dosages, and how to create your own flower essences. This workshop will also involve a plant meditation and some time spent in communication with plants. 

$25 (click to register)

magic makers

SQ_magicmakersI’ll be selling candles, oils, essences and salts at Magic Makers on Saturday, November 23rd from 1-8pm at the Temescal Arts Center. Come on by and check out the work of magical Bay Area artists and crafters! On Dec 15th I’ll also be at Homo for the Holidays at El Rio from 3-8pm. This craft fair (with bands and other performers) will be a benefit for Larkin Street Youth Services.

Everyday Medicinal Workshop Series

bottlesMedicine is all around us! In this introductory workshop series we’ll cover basic medicine making with an emphasis on plants that grow abundantly in the Bay Area. Located in South Berkeley, these garden workshops will be hands-on and each class will send you home with an herbal tonic and the skills and knowledge to start making your own remedies. To register for a single class, simply click on the sliding scale amount that feels best, or you can register for the entire series with the link at the bottom (suggested costs include all materials fees.) Class size is limited to nine students.

*Teas and Tinctures, July 7th, 1-3pm

Come learn how to make infusion, decoctions, tinctures and cordials. You’ll come away with a zine full of plant info and resources as well as an herbal remedy of your making.

Sliding scale: $25$30$35

*Skin Elixirs, July 21st, 1-3pm

Come learn how to make infused oils, salves and herbal soaks for first aid and general skin care. You’ll come away with a a zine full of plant info and resources as well as an herbal remedy of your making.

Sliding scale: $25$30$35

*Kitchen Tonics, July 28th, 1-3pm

Come learn how to make infused vinegars, oils, salts and honey for everyday use in the kitchen. You’ll  have the chance to create your own herbal concoction while learning about the healing benefits of culinary herbs. Infused creations also make great gifts!

Sliding scale: $25$30$35

*Flower Essences, August 4th, 1-3pm

Come learn about the energetic medicine of flower essences. We’ll cover benefits, dosages, and how to create your own flower essences. This workshop will also involve a plant meditation and some time spent in communication with plants.

Sliding scale: $25$30$35

*Everyday Medicinal Series, July 7th, 21st, 28th and August 4th, 1-3pm

Sliding scale: $100, $120$140

Kitchen Workshop Series in January

Lauren Anderson, director of Produce to the People, and Finn Cunningham, writer of the Mental Health Cookbook, will be offering a four part workshop series this January on Jamming, Fermenting, Pickling and Sprouting. Learn traditional kitchen skills by attending one workshop, or participate in the whole series. Workshops are hands-on, most processes will be done together during the class and each class will send you home with a jar of something homemade and delicious. All classes will be taught in a home kitchen in Bernal and registration will be limited to eight students per class. To register for each class, simply click on the sliding scale amount that feels best for your budget, or register for the entire series with the sliding scale links all the way at the bottom.

See you in January!

Jam and Intro to Water Bath Canning: January 8th, 1-3pm

This workshop will teach the basics of fruit jam cooking and canning, as well as introductory water bath canning, which can be applied to many of the preservation techniques taught in later workshops (although this canning process will only be demonstrated during the jam workshop). Participants will leave with one 8oz. jar of homemade canned jam.

Sliding scale: $20, $25, or $30 (profits from this workshop go to benefit Produce to the People)

Fermentation: January 15th, 1-3pm

Come learn about the basics of fermentation and the benefits of probiotics. We’ll be demonstrating how to make yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut at home and participants will leave with a jar of kraut.

Sliding scale: $20, $25 or $30

Pickles: January 22nd, 1-3pm

This workshop will focus on vegetable pickling and will demonstrate both pickling with vinegar as well as salt brining. Participants will leave with a pint jar of vinegar pickles.

Sliding scale: $20, $25, or $30

Sprouting: January 29th, 1-3pm

Come learn about the nutritional benefits of sprouting and how to incorporate sprouts into your diet. We’ll cover how to sprout beans, grains, seeds and greens and we’ll be making sprouting jars to use at home.

Sliding Scale: $20, $25 or $30

To register for the entire series, click here:

Workshop Series: Sliding Scale: $80, $100, $120

Please feel free to contact us with any questions: wildoatsandnettles@gmail.com

Herbal gifts

This season I’ll be doing some sidewalk sales with zines and herbal goods, including spiced honeys, healing salves and flower essences. Come on by and say hello!

  • Thursday, December 8th from 6-8pm at the Cortland Stroll in Bernal (I’ll be near the library.)
  • Saturday, December 17th from 2pm to 8pm at SUB-Mission at 2183 Mission St.
  • Sunday, December 18th from 12pm-2pm on Valencia St near 23rd