Jess Starwood is an herbalist, forager and plant based chef. She has a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine and training in holistic nutrition and mycology. Jess is the owner of SunRaven Apothecary in Thousand Oaks, California which offers a selection of locally wildcrafted herbal and medicinal mushroom products. She offers multi-course wild food dinners and teaches herbalism and wild food classes and workshops for adults and children.
"Herbal Thom" Dale has practiced Qigong extensively with Supreme Science Qigong Foundation (SSQF) since 2005, with 1500+ hours of training. He was certified in 2006 as a workshop facilitator and teacher trainer, specializing in all Qigong Healing Levels 1, 2, 3 (Wuji Style) and 4 (Nei Gong), with further training in the Food Healing Science, Wuji for Kids, and Pranayama (breathwork). He has completed more than 30 4-day workshops, including the national tour with SSQC, assisting in 4-day seminars and personally training and certifying instructors.
Patrick Tumamait is the son of Vincent Tumamait & Lucy Castro Tumamait. He grew up in the Ojai Valley and still lives in the Meiners Oaks neighborhood near the birthplace of his great, great grandmother, Maria Ricarda Alulalmeque, who was raised in the Chumash village of Matilija. Pat can trace his family lineage from his father to at least 11 known Chumash villages and as far back as the mid-18th century. “The culture and the people are still alive. Our life entails protecting the cultural history and ancestry of our people, having people recognize the past as a legacy to our future. Protection and awareness so that we can share it with others and preserve it for the future generations to come.”
Hamsa Studio will host Sweet Morning Yoga on Sunday morning. Since it’s inception in 2016, Hamsa has always been more than a movement studio -- it’s a space of respite where we come together to get lost in the bliss of movement, receive inspiration and support from our ever-growing community, relish in the strength and fluidity of our bodies, and leave with the spirit to take on the world. You will immediately feel inspired when you walk into our gorgeous 2,500 square foot Hamsa studio space located in the magical valley of Ojai, California.
Lanny Kaufer, Ojai herbalist and native plant educator, is enjoying his 43rd year of leading “Herb Walks” and nature hikes in Ojai, Santa Barbara, and the surrounding area. A retired public high school teacher with a Biology degree from the University of California, Lanny specializes in making learning about edible and medicinal plants accessible and fun for people of all ages. Lanny acquired much of his plant knowledge in field study with well-known herbalists and ethnobotanists, including the late William LeSassier and the late Chumash teacher Juanita Centeno.
Thank to our sponsors, including Sespe Creek Collective, we will be able to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Greater Goods Relief Fund, dedicated to those in the Ojai area affected by the Thomas Fire of December 2017 who have significant losses and little support.