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Classes and Seminars

Upcoming Classes

Healthy Salad

Register by 2/9/22 via the Castro Valley Adult School:
Online using green button below
By phone at 510-866-1000
In person at 4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley, CA

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Dates:  February 16, February 23, and March 2,2022

Time:    6:00-8:00 PM

Cost:     $95 (covers all 3 sessions) plus one time $20 grocery fee (lots of snacks!)

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

One of the fundamental building blocks of health is deeply restorative sleep. If sleep is lacking, it is hard to fix most other health problems. Thanks to COVID-related stress, this problem soared in the last year. Amazingly, 65% of Americans lack sufficient restful sleep. It’s bad enough being tired, but sleep deprivation is also directly linked to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and diminished brain function (both short and long-term).


Good sleep supports better immunity, happier mood, improved work/school/athletic performance, and decreases inflammation. Let’s make that happen for you! This class will delve into the lifestyle habits, nutrition, and helpful herbs that go into building a better night's sleep. We will also cover the “thieves” that can steal your rest, such as sleep apnea, pain, urination, and other nighttime disturbances. Each class will include take-home activities and therapeutic foods.

COVID SAFETY: The Adult School has an excellent handle on COVID safety. Our class size will be limited, and we will have a double sized classroom so every person can sit 6 or more feet apart. All will be masked (including me--I will be using a microphone so you can hear me). There are 3 large air filters in the room and the HVAC will be constantly running. It felt very safe when I taught the fall class, but if you have qualms feel free to call me with your questions. 


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