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Classes and Seminars

Upcoming Classes

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Register by 10/9/22 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

Better Brain Health With Whole Food Nutrition

Dates:  Wednesdays: October 12, 19, and 26

Time:    6:30-8:30 PM

Cost:     $103 (covers all 3 sessions) plus one time $20 grocery fee (lots of snacks!)

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

Research is exploding on the power of nutrition and lifestyle to influence brain health positively. Whether you’re interested in preventing dementia, relieving depression or anxiety, or are mainly concerned with better concentration and memory right now, whole food nutrition and healthy habits make a huge difference! New insight into the contribution of antioxidants and healthy gut bacteria, intermittent fasting strategies, the importance of stress management, stable blood sugar, balanced hormones, restorative sleep, and regular exercise provide scientific validation and hope for an optimal aging process.

Come learn how to eat anti-inflammatory, whole food meals rich in brain-boosting nutrients, meet the herbs and spices that protect your brain, identify foods and chemicals you should avoid, and build out habits to create clear thinking, better focus, and daily calm. The class will include recipes, snacks, and therapeutic teas.


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