Second Friday Herbal Medicine Salon with Maya Blow (The Well)

October 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Well Cafe
Second Friday Herbal Medicine Salon with Maya Blow (The Well) @ The Well Cafe

Welcome to the Second Friday Herbal Medicine Salon with Maya Blow at The Well.
This monthly class explores different properties of herbal plants and our relationships to them.
Classes will be held in the backspace of The Well. Space is limited, please reserve your spot with a ticket in advance.

Tickets $30 adv ; $35 door
Materials fee $0-$15 to be collected in cash at the door

Please email [email protected] if you need a scholarship for a class.


SEPTEMBER 14TH: Spiritual Properties of Plants

For all those interested in plant spirit medicine, this class offers the opportunity to explore the spiritual and energetic properties of plants. Join us in deepening and re-scripting our relationship to them as living and wise beings! We will discuss properties of sacred plants used in ceremony and ritual as well as several powerful allies we can grow and harvest locally. We will also journey through some plant and medicine meditations.

*materials fee $0 to be collected in cash at the door


OCTOBER 12TH: Working with Medicinal Roots

Fall is the best time to harvest and prepare our rooty medicinal allies for replenishing through the seasons. The roots of medicinal plants often hold potent constituents for healing our internal organs as well as the nutritious starches our bodies need to be nourished deeply. In this class we will learn how to properly harvest, wash, dry, tincture and powder roots as well as make a tasty syrup. We will explore the uses of comfrey, burdock, elecampane and yellow dock.

*materials fee $10 to be collected in cash at the door


NOVEMBER 9TH: Nervines – Herbs for Anxiety, Stress, Pain, Depression & Sleep

Nervines are plants that have a beneficial effect on the nervous system. In this class we will focus on three groups of nervines, those that are relaxing, stimulating and restoring. We will explore plant allies that can sooth and support the nervous system, ease anxiety, stress, trauma, pain and help you sleep! Meet milky oats, skullcap, passionflower, California poppy, damiana, and rose. Learn their uses, differences, make a simple effective formula.

*materials fee $10 to be collected in cash at the door


DECEMBER 14TH: Homemade Herbal Body Products

Learn how to feed your skin and hair with simple, healthy & nourishing “foods”. Natural healing oils, medicinal herbs and detoxifying salts and clays are the basis of this workshop. Join Maya for a fun, empowering class making herbal creams, salves and salt scrubs that can also be replicated for beautiful holiday gifts! You will take home samples of all we make.

*materials fee $15 to be collected in cash at the door


JANUARY 11TH: Herbal First Aid

In this class we will learn about how the plant kingdom can support us in emergencies. We will discuss how to create a thorough first aid kit including an herbal antibiotic tincture, antimicrobial salve, insect repellent, liniment for muscle aches and pains, anti itch/poison oak treatment as well as herbs that stop bleeding. We will focus on local and native plants that can be found in our surrounding east bay region. You will leave with an all purpose healing anti microbial salve and a handful of DIY recipes.

*materials fee $10 to be collected in cash at the door



Maya Blow is an herbalist and classical homeopath practicing at the Emeryville Health and Wellness Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied undergraduate history at Clark Atlanta University and San Fransisco State University. Maya studied herbal medicine at the California School of Herbal Studies in Northern California and also completed four years of homeopathic medical school at the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy in San Francisco. After graduating Maya went on to teach homeopathic materia medica at the ICH. She is a current teacher for the California Women of Color Herbal Symposium, as well as on the faculty of the Institute of Urban Homesteading based out of Oakland California. Maya has been studying, practicing and making herbal medicine for over fifteen years and brings to her practice an innate sensitivity, empathy and powerful intuition towards her clients. 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 making and teaching art for two decades and continues to draw her inspiration from her love of nature. Some of her hobbies include organic gardening, animal husbandry, foraging for wild food, fermenting and canning, making herbal medicine, cheese making, and dying with plants. Maya runs a handcrafted herbalism CSA from her organic farm where she grows fruit, vegetables and medicinal herbs, as well as tends bees and raises chickens and jersey milk cows. Some of her most recent work and adventures include speaking at the Black Farmers and Urban Growers Conference Oakland, California 2015, representing the Black Permaculture Network at the International Permaculture Convergence in England 2015, participating as a North American representative at the Agricultural Biodiversity Community Conference in Thika, Kenya 2015, speaking at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 2016, speaking at the Women’s Visionary Congress in Petaluma, California 2016, and teaching for the Bay Area Farmer Training Program through the Multi National Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture.


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