Upcoming Special Events

Spring Handcrafted Herbalism at Sustainable Exchange

A Series of Medicine Making Classes for Beginners

Sundays from 10-12:30pm Beginning February 2nd 2020

Gathering Thyme has teamed up with Sustainable Exchange to offer more of what you’ve been asking for – a series of one-day classes in herbal medicine. This fun-filled experiential series is suitable for anyone with an interest in increasing their awareness of using plant medicine for health and wellbeing. 

Classes are taught by Cheryl Fromholzer, Founder of Gathering Thyme and are held at Sustainable Exchange on Sunday mornings from 10-12:30pm.  Each class in the series of six can be taken individually – or sign up for all of them and receive 1 class free! 

Class 1: Herbal Syrups for Respiratory and Immune Health
Sunday, February 2nd from 10-12:30pm

Elderberry syrup has wildly grown in popularity and rightly so!  Many studies have proven its efficacy as a cold and flu remedy and –bonus - it is so delicious!  In this class we will discuss herbs that can be used to support immune and respiratory health.  Cheryl will demonstrate the basics of making herbal syrups and students will all go away with the syrup we’ve made in class as well as handouts and recipes for further exploration on your own.   A $10 materials fee will be collected in class.

Class 2: Medicinal Herbal Teas: Infusions and Decoctions
Sunday, February 16th from 10-12:30pm

In this class we will explore what it means to be a Western Herbalist and cover the basics of making proper herbal teas (we call them infusions and decoctions). We'll discuss herbs used for nourishment and to build vitality as well as herbs for cleansing and detoxification.  Dosage and safety considerations will be also covered.  Students will enjoy teas we’ve made in class and go home with handouts and recipes for further exploration.

Class 3: Therapeutic Herbal-Infused Oils and Salves
Sunday, March 15th from 10-12:30pm

The therapeutic qualities of herbal oil infusions penetrate and are absorbed into the deeper tissues of our skin.  They can be used for a variety of therapeutic reasons – it all depends on the herbs you use and their medicinal properties.   We’ll discuss the benefits of using herbal oils for massage, eczema and psoriasis, pain relief, wound care and diaper rash.  Together we’ll learn the basics of making herbal oils and we’ll use those therapeutic oils as the basis of a pain salve we’ll make in class.  Students will go home with a massage oil and pain salve along with handouts and recipes for further exploration.  A $10 materials fee will be collected in class.

Class 4: Herbal Glycerites
Sunday, April 5th from 10-12:30pm

Glycerites are concentrated herbal infusions using glycerin, the sweet principle of oils, as the basis of extraction.  They are an excellent alternative to use in place of alcohol-based tinctures and the sweet flavor gives them wider appeal, where compliance may be otherwise difficult.  In this class we’ll focus on using herbs for digestive health and make two different herbal glycerites using the “sealed-simmer” method.  Students will go home with the glycerites we’ve made in class along with handouts and recipes for further exploration.  A $10 materials fee will be collected in class.

Class 5: Herbal Tinctures
Sunday, May 3rd from 10-12:30pm

In this class we’ll focus on making alcohol-based tinctures using both fresh and dried plant material using the “weight to volume” method widely employed by practicing clinical herbalists and medicine makers.  Our discussion (and tincture making) will focus on herbs used for stress, insomnia, nervous tension and anxiety.  Students will go home with handouts and recipes.  Tinctures we’ve made in class will be available for pick-up at Sustainable Exchange during regular business hours after May 19th as they need a good two weeks of extraction before they can be pressed out and bottled.  A $10 materials fee will be collected in class.

Class 6: Stovetop Hydrosols and Skin Tonics
Sunday, May 10th from 10-12:30pm

Discover the art and magic of making your own aromatic floral waters (hydrosols) using common kitchen equipment on your stove-top.  Hydrosols can be used as aromatic sprays for their particular energetic qualities (uplifting, stimulating, relaxing, energizing, cleansing, protection) and are the basis for many high-end skin toners.  Together we will make a stovetop hydrosol and while that is distilling, we’ll each make our own skin toners using a variety of hydrosols and skin-loving botanicals.  Participants will take home the hydrosol and a skin tonic we’ve made in class with ample handouts and recipes for further exploration.  A $15 materials fee will be collected in class.

COST: Each individual class is $50 or sign up for the entire six-class series for $250 (a savings of $50!).  A materials fee will be collected by the instructor in class (cash only please). Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. 

LOCATION: All classes will be held at Sustainable Exchange, 867 Grant Avenue in Novato, CA. 

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Cheryl at 415-524-8693.