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Classes and Seminars

COVID Update: Detox class is ON at the Adult School, and now is the best time ever to detox after all the hazardous smoke exposure in the Bay Area. Class will be available via Zoom and I will do my best to create the kind of engaging learning experience I normally provide with my in-person classes.

Upcoming Classes

Vegetable Market

Detox With Whole Foods

February 2, 9, and 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM. $95 includes all 3 classes plus handouts and recipes

This year detox is more important than ever. Just by living in a congested urban environment and participating in a modern lifestyle we all accumulate a burden of toxins in our bodies from the environment, food, water and even our daily personal care products. To add insult to injury, this year we have all been exposed to prolonged smoke, including the combustion by-products of burning vehicles, appliances, building materials, oh my!


Let’s help our bodies clear out the aftermath with a food and herb-based detox regimen. Effective detox is a mainstay for health. It can protect our vital organs (including the brain!) and also help with weight loss. Detox can also 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. We will also cover appropriate lab testing.


Although we can’t share food in a virtual class, I will provide recipes and video demos to help experience the featured therapeutic foods and recipes.

Register via the Castro Valley Adult School:
Online using green button to the left
By phone at 510-866-1000
In person at 4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley, CA

Cooking Class

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