MARCH 2019

Screen Shot 2019-02-08 at 11.21.03 AM3/2-3/3: TerraVita Herbal Symposium: Vending at the Herbal Marketplace

9-4:00pm. Laguna Beach, CA. Details and registration:


3/30: DisclosureFest Herb Walk + Plant Meditation

9am-12pm. King Gillette Ranch. Details and registration:

3/31: Workshop Eat the Weeds: Finding Peace—Rather than War—In Your Garden

Simi At The Gardens: Organic Community Gardens. Simi Valley, CA. 3-4:30pm.

A “weed” is simply a “A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered”… as said by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Did you know some of our common garden “weeds” are actually our most nutrient dense edible plants, offering nutrients we are missing in our modern diets? Come along on a garden exploration with Jess Starwood, herbalist, forager and plant-based chef, who will share tips and tricks to utilize these invaders to our advantage. We will be tasting and sampling some of these amazing plants as life-promoting gourmet foods.

Suggested donation of $10.
Twenty five percent of your donation goes to Simi at the Garden, Organic Community Gardens.

Register here:

APRIL 2019

4/13: Tasting Event  The Forest Table

O’Melveny Park, Granada Hills, CA $55 SOLD OUT
Join your local herbalist, plant-based chef and forager Jess Starwood for a guided tour to explore the vibrant healing plants in our local environment. We will identify the plants and mushrooms we encounter and discuss their medicinal uses and culinary applications. Afterwards, enjoy a five course wild food and drink tasting with this season’s freshest wild ingredients. Limited to 12 participants.

4/14: Workshop: Medicinal Mushrooms in Our Modern World: Exploring the Ancient Uses, Contemporary Research + Modern Health Benefits of Fungi

Learn the essentials of working with medicinal mushrooms (reishi, chaga, turkey tail, cordyceps and lions mane) in every day applications and how they each uniquely benefit your health. We will be covering the ancient and contemporary uses  but also the latest findings from modern research and clinical studies as well as how to navigate the growing medicinal mushroom supplement industry to source the best and most effective products. Extraction processes will be demonstrated, including the double extraction with water and alcohol solvents. Participants will have multi-sensory explorations and gourmet tonic and dessert tastings utilizing featured mushrooms and will go home with delicious recipes to bring mushrooms into your daily routine.

Wild Love Apothecary, Topanga, 11:30am-2pm, $65 ($75 at the door)
REGISTER with Wild Love here:

4/28: Lecture: Mysterious Mushrooms—Edible, Medicinal, and Functional Roles of Healing Mushrooms

Herbivore Festival, Yucaipa, CA, 2:15pm

Mushrooms, despite their mysterious and obscure nature, have played a crucial role in the evolution of our planet and our lives. Fungi have been an important food source since ancient times, offering us a wide range of micro-nutrients and important minerals missing from our diets, much deserving of a regular spot on the menu besides an occasional pizza topping. With modern research confirming their medicinal and healing properties, mushrooms are moving onto the forefront of contemporary alternative healthcare and well-being.

Details here:

MAY 2019

5/11: Workshop: Herbal Tea Tasting

Moorpark Library, Moorpark, CA 1:00pm
Details TBA

JUNE 2019

6/5: Lecture: Tasting the Wild

Malibu Garden Club. Malibu, CA, 9:30am
Details TBA.

6/22: Workshop: Tasting the Wild @ DisclosureFest Mass Meditation Initiative 2019

Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
More details and RSVP with DisclosureFest

Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 1.14.39 PM.pngPRIVATE EVENTS & CLASSES:

If you are interested in a private class, workshop, interpretive plant walk or hike, wild food and drink tasting or private dinner, please contact me directly for details: