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Classes and Seminars

COVID Update: These spring detox classes were cancelled due to the COVID shelter-in-place. Planning is underway for the fall quarter. If classes can be safely taught in person, we will revise the class dates. Another option may be to teach the classes by video conference, so please check back in a few weeks.

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, 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

Upcoming Classes

Detox With Whole Foods

May 12, 19, 26, 2020 | 6:30-8:30 pm | Room 9 
$95 Fees + $15 Materials

Ready to lighten your load? We all accumulate a burden of toxins in our bodies from the environment, food, water and even our daily personal care products. A seasonal food and herb-based detox regimen can help maintain health as we age, protect our vital organs (including the brain!) and also help with weight loss. Detox can reduce digestive problems, headaches, fatigue, skin problems, allergies and more.

Luckily there are many foods, herbs and habits that can help us detox safely and gently. Learn how a 3-week eating and lifestyle plan can revitalize body, mind and spirit. Understand how to build self-care and “everyday detox” into your life so you can be healthier going forward.

You will also learn how to identify hidden toxins and why it is so important to clear them. Each class will include detoxifying and cleansing foods and herbal teas.

Register via the Castro Valley Adult School:

By phone at 510-866-1000
In person at 4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley, CA

Hands-On Cooking for Detoxification

April 25, 2020 | 12:00-3:30 pm | Room 9 | $95 Fees + $15 Materials

Did you know certain foods are detox powerhouses? Come learn how to cook a variety of foods that target your key detoxification pathways as well as support your liver and kidneys in clearing accumulated pollutants, excess hormones, and nasty chemicals that disrupt your metabolism. Regular detox is an important part of staying vibrant and feeling your best.

Learn how to do it right—there are important principles to know and follow (hint: no “Hollywood”-style purges!). We will learn how to bump up the antioxidant and detox power of meals with foods and herbs; learn how to do juicing the right way, build flourishing populations of beneficial bacteria that help process out the junk, and how to source food that will truly serve your health.

Register via the Castro Valley Adult School:

By phone at 510-866-1000
In person at 4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley, CA

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