Classes and Events 2016

To register for classes, email us at soulflowerfarm@gmail.com.  

January 2016

Magic Book
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $50
Materials Fee: $25
What to bring: Any special quotes, poems, or images dear to your heart


Visualization is one manifestation technique many people use to inspire and motivate themselves. More than just thinking about what we want, visualization is an effective tool that harnesses the power of our subconscious mind to help us achieve our wildest dreams. In this workshop we will spend the afternoon visualizing what we want to manifest for 2016 and creating a magic book with images, poems, inspirational quotes, and drawings.  The book will serve as a journal for the coming year(s) to record any and all things we want to manifest in our lives and in the world.  Join us for a beautiful day filled with unbridled creativity, loving company, soothing music, and nutritious food.  

*Vegetarian lunch and herbal tea provided.


Crazy About Kraut
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, January 31st, 2016
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $60 

Come learn the basics of making fermented kraut.  We will create different recipes using all kinds of seasonal vegis including several varieties of cabbage, daikon, burdock root, ginger, beets, winter greens and more.  Discussion will 
include medicinal benefits of our ingredients, as well as, fermenting ideas for winter wellness and spring cleansing. We will also talk about the process of making naturally carbonated fruit sodas. Go home with the ability to successfully make your own vegetable ferments plus samples of all we make in class. 
Bring a basket or milk crate to carry home all your kraut. 
*Tea and snacks included. 


February 2016

All About Nettles
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016
Time: 10-1pm
Location: Field Trip to Marin
Cost: $50

Stinging nettle is one of our most nutrient rich local wild edibles.  Join Maya on a field trip to the Marin Headlands to harvest early spring nettles.  We will discuss medicinal and 
culinary uses for this remarkable plant, as well as, learn which other wild edible plants are complimentary. We will also practice techniques for sting free harvesting.  Our day will wrap up with a hike to the beach and some tasters of nettle treats while we sip hot nettle tea. 

*What to bring: A few paper grocery bags, scissors, gardening gloves, water bottle, sun hat and warm layers



Intro To Natural Beekeeping
Instructor: Yasir Cross
Date: Saturday, February 27th, 2016
Time: 10-3pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $75 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
*see below for details


March 2016

Intro To Natural Beekeeping
Instructor: Yasir Cross
Date: Saturday, March 26th, 2016
Time 10am-3pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $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
-Urban beekeeping
-Harvesting honey and comb
-Homemade extractor
-Medicinal honey use

We provide tea and snacks.  







April 2016


Build Your Own Natural Bee Hive:
Including an Overview of the Warre Method
Instructor: Yasir Cross
Date: Sunday, April 23rd, 2016
Time: 10-2pm
Cost: $100 (Scholarship/work trade available)
Materials Fee: $75
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.

Herbal Spring Cleansing for Women
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, April 24th, 2016
Time: 12-3pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $60
Materials Fee: $10 
Join Maya for a magical afternoon playing with medicinal plants.  We will learn about several green allies for spring cleansing that we can incorporate into our everyday lives.  In this practical class we will mix some special tea blends, learn how to make our own herbal glycerin tinctures, and create a healing salve from local organic ingredients.  You will get an introduction to herbal medicine making, some basic recipes, and a handful of medicines to initiate your spring cleansing regimen. Young women age 10 and up are welcome.   (Mother-daughter discount, $90)  Tea and snack included


 

May 2016

Intro To Natural Beekeeping
Instructor: Yasir Cross
Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Time: 10-3pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $75 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
*see March class for details
 



Food As Medicine
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Time 1-3pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $50

Many of our most common garden weeds contain highly valuable medicinal properties. These wayside weeds living all around us possess special nutritional and healing powers that often surpass cultivated plants. Traditionally these medicines were eaten as foods in cultures across the globe. In this workshop we will discuss medicinal plants that can easily be incorporated into our everyday diets for maximum health benefits as well as learn some simple recipes and methods of preparation. We will also discuss the nutritional benefits of home grown animal products and how to raise process and preserve a complete diet on a homestead.

*Tea and snack provided


June 2016
Beginning Herbal Medicine Making
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, June 5th, 2016
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $60
Materials Fee: $15

In this hands on class we will learn the basic techniques of herbal medicine making, creating several types of tinctures, a healing salve, and hand crafted tea blend.  All of the combinations we create will be appropriate for the summer season to help keep us in optimal health. We'll discuss how to incorporate medicinal herbs into our everyday cooking.  You will leave the class with samples of our creations, as well as recipes you can make at home.  Bring a notebook, pen, and a basket to take home all your medicines!

*Tea and vegetarian snacks included



July 2016

Homemade Natural Body Products
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, July 10th, 2016
Time: 1-4pm
Cost: $60
Materials Fee: $20

In this class we will let our creative juices flow as we explore the world of home-made natural bath and body care.  We will make from scratch a luscious herbal body cream, an exfoliating scrub, a safe and effective sunscreen and the best natural deodorant you ever tried!  You will walk away with a bounty of treats, a handful of tried and true recipes and some basic knowledge of aromatherapy.  Young women age 10 and up are welcome.   (Mother-daughter discount, $90) 
What To Bring:  a basket to transport your homemade goodies, as well as a notebook and pencil.

*Tea and snack included. 


August 2016

Fermenting the Summer Harvest
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, August 21st, 2016
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $60 

Come learn the basics of making fermented kraut.  We will create different recipes using all kinds of seasonal vegis including all the summer produce bursting from the garden.  Discussion will include medicinal benefits of our ingredients, as well as, fermenting ideas for wellness during the changing seasons. We will also make naturally carbonated fruit sodas. Go home with the ability to ferment your own vegetables plus samples of all we make in class. 

Bring a basket or milk crate to carry home all your kraut. 

*Tea and snacks included.




October 2016

Creating an Herbal Apothecary
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time:12-4pm
Cost: $60
Materials fee: $20
As we get ready for the coming change of seasons, now is the time to focus on some preventative health measures to ensure that we are fortified and ready to face the oncoming autumn and winter months. In this class we will prepare handcrafted formulas to stock our medicine chests. Come learn about plants that support the respiratory system, boost immunity and act as tonics to the system.  We'll discuss adaptogens and make a tasty syrup for coughs and sore throats. Bring a notebook, pen, and a basket to take home all your concoctions!  Join us for an herbal medicine making marathon!
*Herbal tea and snacks provided.


 


Adaptogenic Herbs for Immunity, 
Stress Relief and Longevity
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday October 16th, 2016
Time: 1-4pm
Cost $60
Materials: $20

Perhaps the most important and useful group of medicinal plants for our time, adaptogens are remarkable herbs that help our body adapt to stress, support normal metabolic functions, and help restore balance.  In this class we will dive into the world of these amazing plants, focusing on several specific adaptogens and how we can use them as food and medicine in our daily routines to increase our body's resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors.  We will also craft some medicine to provide a defense to acute and chronic stress.  

*Herbal tea and snacks provided.

 


November 2016

Wool Felt Doll Making

Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $60
Materials Fee: $20

Whether you have a little one in your life or you are a child at heart, this class is full of color texture and whimsy.  Come join us for a day of working with raw wool roving.  We will learn the art of needle felting and create our own handmade felted dolls.  Design your doll in your own image or get wildly creative.  You will leave with a kit full of supplies, a completed doll and the knowledge and experience to create as many of these beautiful masterpieces as you like.  They make amazing gifts!

*Tea and vegetarian snacks included 
 



Handmade Herbal Holiday Gift Making
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, November 20th, 2016
Time: 12-4
Cost: $50
Materials Fee: $25
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 handmade 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 a load 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 November so there will be plenty of time for busy hands to make more home made treats.
*Tea and vegetarian lunch included


December 2016

Working with Wool
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Time: 1-4
Cost: $60
Materials Fee: $10
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. 

 
Soul Flower Farm Owners/Instructors

Maya Blow is an herbalist and classical homeopath practicing in the East SF Bay Area. She studied herbal medicine at the California School of Herbal Studies in Northern Ca. and also completed four years of homeopathic medical school at the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy in San Francisco. Besides her passion for holistic and alternative medicine, Maya is an artist, mother of two, farmer, and avid crafter. Maya teaches nature studies, gardening, herbal medicine making and many other homesteading and DIY classes.  She has been studying, practicing, and teaching art for two decades and continues to draw her inspiration from her love of nature. Some of her hobbies are gardening, animal husbandry, foraging for wild food, fermenting and canning, making herbal medicine, cheese making, and dying with plants. She currently runs a handcrafted herbalism CSA from her organic farm in El Sobrante where she lives with her husband and sons, goats, chickens, bees and jersey milk cows.
 














Yasir Cross has been studying and keeping bees successfully for several years.  He follows the natural beekeeping methods of Abbe Warre.  Yasir is also a builder, crafter, and artist who loves to work with his hands.  He has a natural gift for fixing just about anything and as a new farmer is putting that gift to good use.  A student of the biodynamic farming methodology, Yasir is using, learning, and teaching his experience.  Sustainable building, grafting fruit trees, composting, double digging, building soil, permaculture design, and beekeeping are some of his interests.  Hobbies also include hiking, drawing, mountain biking, and wrestling.  Yasir lives on an organic farm with his wife, sons, goats, chickens, bees and jersey milk cows.