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Community Work Party
|photo by Lori Eanes|
September 22, 2013
Beginning Herbal Medicine Making: Maintaining Winter Health
Date: September 29, 2013
Materials Fee: $15
In this beginner's class we will learn the basics of herbal medicine making, creating a versatile herbal pharmacy that can support you and your family through the winter cold and flu season. We will make several recipes to boost the immune and respiratory systems, as well as, a tasty syrup for coughs and sore throats. We will also discuss herbs and cooking for winter vitality. Bring a notebook, pen, and a basket to take home all your medicines!
*Herbal tea and snacks provided.
Build Your Own Natural Bee Hive:
Including an Overview of the Warre Method
Date: October 12, 2013
Price: $175 (Scholarship/work trade available)
Materials Fee: $75
Instructor: Yasir Cross
Come learn the dynamics and benefits of a natural beekeeping method while learning to build your own Warre hive. You will get an overview of how this bee-friendly method aims to care for the bees, allows them to control their own environment and is a gentler approach than conventional beekeeping. You will leave with a complete Warre hive including two hive bodies, a roof, quilt and floor. In addition, you will have a working understanding of how to implement this holistic beekeeping method.
Pre-cut building materials, as well as tea and snacks are provided.
Soul Flower Farm Harvest Party
October 20th, 2013
Date: November 17, 2013
Materials Fee: $25
Instructor: Maya Blow
This class is the perfect opportunity to learn how to make an abundance of natural body care and herbal products at once. Imagine a big basket of hand made herbal salves, lip balms, bath salts, herbal honey, facial scrub, dream pillows, and mulling spices. Join us for this fun and extremely creative day of elving and go home with an abundance of treasures plus the knowledge of how to re-create them all for friends and family. Your loved ones will adore these unique gifts! We scheduled this class in mid- November so there will be plenty of time for busy hands to make more hand made treats.
*Tea and vegetarian lunch included
Working With Wool
Date: December 8, 2013
Materials Fee: $10
Instructor: Maya Blow
Revel in the kinesthetic experience of playing with all natural, carded wool roving! You will fall in love with the textures and colors of hand dyed raw wool. Join us as we explore the dry felting technique of needle felting in which we will decorate a colorful felted bag. We will also learn the wonderful art of making wet felted soaps. Both of our projects make amazing holiday gifts which are fast and easy to replicate.
*Herbal Tea and snack provided.
|Natural Wool Class, children making felted dolls|
Getting a Head Start on Your Spring Garden
Date: January 25, 2014
Instructors: Maya and Yasir
In this hands-on class we will have fun learning some basic methods for building soil quickly and preparing your spring garden to flourish. Experience some proven permaculture and bio-dynamic farming techniques such as sheet mulching, double digging, building a hot compost pile, and making aerated compost tea. We will also learn to make homemade potting soil, discuss pros and cons of different seed starting methods and make some seed balls to take home!
*Tea and snack provided.
Native American Medicine Wheel
Date: February 15, 2014
Instructor: Maya Blow and Possible Guest Instructor TBA
|photo by Lori Eanes|
This morning together will be more of a gathering than a class where we can share what we have learned about how to create the medicine wheel, which useful medicinals grow well in our area, how to use them as medicine, and what ailments they can be used for. Please join us in deepening our connection to the land, for some nourishing food, and good company.
MarchIntro To Natural Beekeeping
Date: March 29, 2014
Price: $75 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Join Yasir as he leads you through the basics of bee-friendly, natural, organic, small-scale beekeeping. You will leave this class with a competent knowledge of the fundamentals of natural beekeeping, and be ready to set up your own backyard beehive. The course will focus on a style of apiculture that is exclusively designed for the small-scale beekeeper.
This bee-friendly method aims to care for the bees, allow them to control their own environment, and is a gentler approach than conventional beekeeping, resulting in healthy contented bees, and superb raw honey!
Topics to be covered in class:
-The history of beehives
-Beekeeping in Bay area climate
-Biology of the honey bee
-Natural comb vs. manufactured comb
-The People's Hive (text included with class)
-Buying bees hives and equipment
-Building your natural hive
-Permaculture and biodynamic beekeeping strategies
-Harvesting honey and comb
Soul Flower Farm Owners/Instructors
Maya Blow is an herbalist and classical homeopath practicing in the East SF Bay Area. Besides her passion for holistic and alternative medicine she is also an artist, mother of two, aspiring farmer, and avid crafter. Maya has been studying, practicing, and teaching art for two decades and continues to draw her inspiration from her love of nature. Her specialties are working with oil and acrylic paint though she frequently works with wood, wool, yarn, textiles, and found materials. Some of her hobbies are gardening, animal husbandry, foraging for wild food, fermenting and canning, making herbal medicine, and dying with plants. Maya lives on an urban farm with her husband, sons, goats, chickens, bees and jersey milk cow.