Workshops

Herbs for the Thinning Veil: Autumnal Herbalism

Herbs for the Thinning Veil: Autumnal Herbalism

Saturday, 10/10 11 AM-12:30 PM PST, 2-3:30 PM EST

$13-$45 Sliding Scale, 10% of the proceeds go to the Amah Mutsun Land Trust. Free spaces available for BIPOC.

Herbs for the Thinning Veil is a foray into autumnal herbalism. We will discuss using herbs for both the physical needs of the body during this season, and the spiritual needs surrounding this time of death, abundance, and change. On the physical side, we will discuss herbs and practices that can bolster the immune system, assist the body through increasingly arid days, keep body systems warm and circulating, and herbs to help us slow down and relax into this quieter season. We will also touch on seasonal depression and herbs that may help soothe or mitigate its effects.

Spiritually, this time between the fall equinox and Halloween is known in many traditions as a time when the “veil” between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest. We will look at herbs that can guide us through spiritual work often done at this time, like connecting with spirit or ancestors and working through grief. We will also discuss herbs to use in food and seasonal recipes during autumnal celebrations. 

This workshop is excellent for anyone looking to combine their witchcraft practice with a focus on herbal allies, or anyone who is looking for practices to bolster their health and savor the fall season.

How to Use a Sliding Scale:

$13 is a subsidized price for low-income folks who may be struggling to meet basic needs. $35 is the full cost of this workshop to fully compensate me for my time and labor. $45 is a pay-it-forward price that allows me to offer my services and workshops to lower-income people. Please honestly examine what you can afford and pay with this range in mind. You can also read more about how to use a sliding scale here.

An Important Note for BIPOC:

There are free spaces available for Black and Indigenous folks, and POC who are doing front-line mutual aid or racial justice organizing work. These are limited to 3-5 per workshop. I work hard to teach workshops that are informative and technical while challenging our world’s colonial power dynamics around plants, land, and who controls them, and keeping the learning process engaging and heart-opening. You can apply for one of these free spaces by using the form here or clicking the “Register for a BIPOC space” button below. Please DO NOT click the regular sign-up button and fill out that form, as that will create quite some confusion. Spots are given based on a lottery system.  

Creating Herbal Vinegars and Oxymels

Creating Herbal Vinegars and Oxymels

Monday, 10/26 5 PM-6:30 PM PST, 8-9:30 PM EST

$13-$45 Sliding Scale, 10% of the proceeds go to the Amah Mutsun Land Trust. Free spaces available for BIPOC.

Herbal vinegars are a staple preparation in my apothecary. They lend themselves easily to folk methods, are the best preparations for extracting plants high in minerals (like milky oats and horsetail) and are a delicious and versatile remedy. We will discuss how to make basic vinegar preparations, and then talk about how to use this method to create many different creations, from hair rinses to cooking vinegars. We will also discuss how to create oxymel tonics, or vinegars sweetened with honey (we will also discuss vegan alternatives). We’ll wrap up by discussing herbal vinegars to make for the coming winter season to maintain immune health and vitality. 

This workshop is excellent for those who are looking for technical instruction on creating herbal vinegars, or anyone who is looking for ways to incorporate herbs into many areas of their life. Vinegars provide us many different ways to do so, and learning about them is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your herbal practice. 

How to Use a Sliding Scale:

$13 is a subsidized price for low-income folks who may be struggling to meet basic needs. $35 is the full cost of this workshop to fully compensate me for my time and labor. $45 is a pay-it-forward price that allows me to offer my services and workshops to lower-income people. Please honestly examine what you can afford and pay with this range in mind. You can also read more about how to use a sliding scale here.

An Important Note for BIPOC:

There are free spaces available for Black and Indigenous folks, and POC who are doing front-line mutual aid or racial justice organizing work. These are limited to 3-5 per workshop. I work hard to teach workshops that are informative and technical while challenging our world’s colonial power dynamics around plants, land, and who controls them, and keeping the learning process engaging and heart-opening. You can apply for one of these free spaces by using the form here or clicking the “Register for a BIPOC space” button below. Please DO NOT click the regular sign-up button and fill out that form, as that will create quite some confusion. Spots are given based on a lottery system.  

Coming Soon

Soon you’ll be able to register for the next workshops in the Fall 2020 series:

  • Cultivating Closeness: Herbs & Relationships, Mon 11/9 5pm
  • Herbal Skin Care for Cold Weather, Sat 11/21 11am
  • The Herbalist’s Wheel of the Year, Mon 12/7 5pm