Check out our remaining Fall 2021 workshops, including both on-site and virtual sessions!
Suggested donation levels are listed below. No one turned away for lack of funds. Our workshops are donation-based and support the farm. Please give at the suggested level or higher if you are able.
Hands On Herbal Medicine: Elderberry Syrup and Immune System Support
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 11 am – 1 pm
On site at Alemany Farm (Masks required)
Instructor: Bonnie Rose Weaver
Suggested Donation: $25 per person (plus $10 material fee)
Our immune systems are our body’s method to defend and protect ourselves. As the viral pandemic wears on, what are ways we can support this system? Join us for this hands-on workshop on the farm where we will learn to make a traditional immune system tonic, elderberry syrup. Fun for all ages, this delicious and local remedy can be a powerful acute remedy to have on hand this cold and flu season. We will also cover a handful of other herbs, diet and lifestyle remedies for preventative immune system support. Children of five years and up are welcome to be accompanied by an adult.
Bonnie Rose Weaver (they/she) is a clinical herbalist, medicinal landscaper, and lifelong San Franciscan. She is an urban farmer, remedy maker, outdoor educator and the author of Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis. She is a student of The Blue Otter School and The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm. They are an illustrator and likes to play with clay.
Touching Earth: Zen and Farming
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10 – 11:30 am
Online via Zoom
Panelists: Wendy Johnson Sensei, Sara Tashker Sensei, Jack Thomas
Suggested Donation: $15 per person
Witness and join a conversation between three generations of Bay Area farmers & gardeners. Wendy, Sara, & Jack will discuss several methods that transform manual labor and land-based work into an expression of gratitude and a technology for healing. Learn how to bring your contemplative practice to life in the garden.
Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor to the Edible Schoolyard program of the Chez Panisse Foundation. Wendy has been practicing Zen meditation for thirty-five years and has led meditation retreats nationwide since 1992 as an ordained lay dharma teacher in the traditions of Vietnamese teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and the San Francisco Zen Center. Wendy is one of the founders of the organic Farm and Garden Program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin County. In 2000 Wendy and her husband, Peter Rudnick, received the annual Sustainable Agriculture Award from the National Ecological Farming Association. She received lay Dharma Transmission in the Soto lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and she is the author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate.
Sara Tashker has been an organic farmer and residential practitioner at San Francisco Zen Center since 2002. From 2007 she has helped lead Green Gulch Farm’s six-month Organic Farm and Garden Apprenticeship for people interested in integrating residential Zen Buddhist practice and hands-on training in organic farming and gardening. She loves that her every activity is the fertile ground of Zen practice: growing food, relating to community, being a mother, appreciating the breath and body. In fall 2011 she served as Shuso (Head Student) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center with Abbots Myogen Steve Stücky and Sojun Mel Weitsman; and in 2020 she received Dharma Transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman at Tassajara Zen Monastery, completing her priest training and becoming a teacher in the Soto lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.
Jack Thomas (he/they) is Co-Director at Friends of Alemany Farm, where he has found meaningful work since late 2019. Grounded in an intersectional understanding of justice, and a deep-rooted commitment to repairing humanity’s relationship with itself and planet Earth, Jack understands that communal work with the land is an essential ingredient in personal and collective liberation. Before FOAF, he spent four years engaging Buddhist psychology, philosophy, ecology, and practice at Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, where he met, studied, and farmed with Wendy and Sara. He received the Bodhisattva Precepts in 2018. Jack is enthusiastic about growing resilient urban ecosystems; restoring food sovereignty and native foodways to disenfranchised frontline communities; fostering cultural expressions of interdependence; and sowing the seeds of health for the planet – and all her beings.