Classes and Events 2015

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

January
Crazy About Kraut
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: January 18th, 2015
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $50 

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. 


Saint Mary's College Tour
Date: Wednesday, January 9th, 2015
Time: 10-12pm

Master Gardener's Tour
Date: Saturday January 24th
Time: 10-2:30pm


February
All About Nettles
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Time: 10-1pm
Location: Field Trip TBA
Cost: $50






Intro To Natural Beekeeping
Instructor: Yasir Cross
Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Time: 10-3pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $75 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
*see below for details

March
Intro To Natural Beekeeping
Instructor: Yasir Cross
Date: Saturday, March 28th, 2015
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

Build Your Own Natural Bee Hive:
Including an Overview of the Warre Method
Instructor: Yasir Cross
Date: Sunday, April 19th, 2015
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 26th, 2015
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

Native American Medicine Wheel
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Time: 10-12l
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $40
The Native American medicine wheel symbolizes life's cycles.  Each cycle is honored in a sacred way, giving us a way to see the value of each step of our path and a new understanding of our growth patterns.  Native Americans believe the medicine wheel is a circle of lessons each person must pass through to complete their journey.
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.

June
Beginning Herbal Medicine Making
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, June 7th, 2015
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!


July
Homemade Natural Body Products
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, July 5th, 2015
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 wonderfully minty tooth powder 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

Advanced Homemade Cosmetics
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday August 9th, 2015
Time 1-4pm
Location: Soul Flower Farm
Cost: $50
Materials Fee: $25




September

Creating an Herbal Apothecary
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, September 13th, 2015
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.


 

 








November 

Handmade Herbal Holiday Gift Making
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, November 15th, 2015
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


Annual Autumn Wild Feast
Date: November 15th, 2015
Location: Soul Flower Farm
 
December

Working with Wool
Instructor: Maya Blow
Date: Sunday, December 6th, 2015
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. 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.



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 urban farm with his wife, sons, goats, chickens, bees and jersey milk cow. 
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