October 22, 2020 4-7pm
October 24, 2020 1-4pm
Thousand Oaks, CA
SOLD OUT, please consider joining the mailing list to be notified of upcoming classes before they are announced. See below for other available classes.

Healing with Native Plants + Wild Food Lunch

November 7, 2020
Thousand Oaks, CA

Join Dr. Adams and Enrique Villaseñor for a full day native healing workshop and included wild food lunch by forager and plant-based chef Jess Starwood

In this full day workshop, Dr. Jim Adams will teach about native medicinal plants on a local trail in the morning, followed by a workshop in the afternoon to learn how to make medicine from these important plants. Jess Starwood will offer a gourmet tasting of local wild foods and beverages.

Jim Adams has a PhD in Pharmacology and studied with a Chumash Indian Healer for 14 years. In this class, he will teach medicinal plant identification and uses. You will be able to make a powerful pain liniment for your own use. You will be taught how to cure chronic pain. You will also be able to learn the uses of several other plants for other conditions. His book “Healing with medicinal plants of the west” will be available for purchase.

Jess Starwood is an herbalist, forager and plant based chef in the Los Angeles area. She has a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine and training in holistic nutrition and mycology. She offers exclusive multi-course wild food dinners and teaches herbalism and wild food classes and workshops for adults and children.

Thousand Oaks, CA (Exact address will be provided after registration). No refunds after 7 days prior to event due to food preparations.

$100, includes wild food lunch and hand crafted beverages

Cooking with Wild Mushrooms

November 8, 2020
Thousand Oaks, CA

Mushrooms are on the menu! Learn how to properly prepare wild mushrooms safely but also how to best extract their unique flavors.

We will be discussing best practices in storing, preserving and common, but also not-so-uncommon preparations and recipe ideas. Other topics will include nutritional properties of mushrooms and why we need them.

Participants will be working hands-on and have the opportunity to taste everything we make. Also will receive access to all the recipes and guide to mushrooms discussed in class.

Our focus will be on mushrooms that can be found in California, but other highly sought after fungi will also be discussed and tasted.

COVID precautions: Event takes place outdoors. Masks and social distancing are required and class size is strictly limited, no exceptions.

Thousand Oaks, CA (Exact address will be provided one week before event).
Please register with EventBrite below, spaces are very limited and will sell out quickly.

Jess Starwood is an author, herbalist, chef and mushroom hunter. She has a Master’s degree in Herbal Medicine and author of Mushroom Wanderland: A Guide To Some of North America’s Greatest Fungi, available in 2021. See more on instagram @jess.starwood or


If you are interested in a private class, workshop, interpretive plant walk or hike, wild food and drink tasting or private dinner, please contact me directly for details.

I am also currently considering event collaborations for 2021.