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Classes and Seminars

Upcoming Classes


Register Online by May 23, 2023 via the Castro Valley Adult School:
In person at 4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley, CA

Hands-on Cooking with Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Mushrooms

Dates:  Thursday, May 25 2023

Time:    4:00-8:00 PM

Cost:     $105 + $25 Materials Fee

Location:   Castro Valley Adult & Career Education, 4430 Alma Ave, Castro Valley

Learn how to build powerful medicine into the food you eat and the beverages you consume every day. Let’s explore the wide range of potent antioxidants we should become more familiar with and punch up flavor simultaneously. Brain health and longevity are “hot topics” these days – we can support our best version of health at any age with the informed use of herbs and spices. Let’s branch out and get creative with herbal sauces and dressings, immune herbs cooked into healing broths, infused herbal oils and vinegars, herbal “mocktails”, herby condiments, herb and spice “forward” main dishes, plus immune and brain boosting mushrooms! In this hands-on cooking class, we will prepare a variety of healing dishes rich in colorful and potent ingredients to create a delicious meal we will share (along with intelligent and interesting conversation!). All recipes are gluten and dairy free.


Classes and Seminars

Susan is on faculty at the California School of Herbal Studies and the Castro Valley Adult School. She teaches in the classroom each quarter on various nutrition and health topics.  Each class provides in-depth content, classroom exercises, a food demo, recipes and handouts. She also teaches hands-on healthy cooking classes, corporate wellness events and private in-home cooking events. All learning experiences allow for ample informal question and answer and focus on how to apply what you have learned. 

In her hands-on cooking classes, you learn how to cook whole foods so they are delicious and satisfying. Eating more vegetables becomes a delight rather than a chore. This is why Susan loves to teach cooking classes—she knows that “one bite is worth a thousand words!” Most people already KNOW they should eat more vegetables, or cook at home more, but tasting a really awesome dish is very convincing! Having some great recipes and hands-on cooking know-how, along with planning and shopping strategies are key to implementing a powerful nutrition upgrade.
Cooking Classes are available every quarter at Castro Valley Adult & Career Education, where there are three complete mini-kitchens in one room. Working in pairs, every student prepares a dish. The class and recipes are clustered around a theme, such as cardiovascular health, or building immunity, but there are many nutrition principles in common for each class. The room is full of good smells and camaraderie as the whole class cooks and shares the meal together.

For Susan’s small group cooking classes in private homes, she designs a class around your nutritional preferences, or a theme, and plans a fun and nutritious event for you and your friends.


  • Whole Food Nutrition for Reducing Inflammation

  • Boost Your Immune Health

  • The Heart of the Matter: Nutrition for Your Cardiovascular System

  • Whole Food Nutrition for Healthy Aging

  • Healthy Weight Is On Your Plate

  • Get off the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster

  • Whole Food Nutrition for Brain Health

  • Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Diet and Lifestyle for Better Sleep

  • Whole Food Nutrition for Improving Digestion

  • Is it Hot in Here? Whole Food Nutrition for Balancing Hormones

  • Power Your Day With Whole Foods

  • Food and Mood

  • Everyday Herbal Remedies

  • “Dump the Junk” Detox Program

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