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We know it’s not usual for food stores to think of themselves as educators, but we’re not your usual market. A big part of our mission is to provide the latest information about health, nutrition and wellness to our community. So we invite top local experts and educators, including natural chefs, holistic nutritionists, acupuncturists, herbalists, and naturopathic doctors to share their knowledge with you in classes and workshops we host here at New Leaf. Join us at one of our upcoming events. We just bet you’ll learn a lot!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Intro to Gluten-Free Eating

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

With Certified Nutrition Conusultant Madia Jamgochian Come to this educational wellness class to learn about how to go gluten-free the right way! Sample some of the products talked about in class, and learn why gluten-free might be right for you. About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Half Moon Bay

Extra Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Developed for our senior yoga enthusiasts, this class utilizes props and yoga poses to improve balance and posture. Applying the principles of biomechanics, LindaGrace will work with you to build strength and confidence in activities of daily living. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Westside Santa Cruz

Eat Like A Woman: Balance Your Hormones & Tap Into Your Vitality!

Health & Wellness
6:00pm - 7:00pm

With Certified Nutrition Consultant & Women's Health Coach, Erin Fisher This class is predominantly food focused- helping you learn which foods balance hormones and which foods can make us feel drained. You will walk away with 5 tools to take home, as well as easy recipes to incorporate into your daily routine. This class will cover the basic knowledge on how to keep our hormones happy in order to tap into your vitality. About the Instructor: Erin’s studies started over 13 years ago when she ventured down the path of holistic healing and attended Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition. After graduation, Erin began working closely with individual clients, focusing on women and hormonal balance. She then enrolled in the Institute of Women's Health, a year-long program, studying in detail women's health and coaching. It is Erin’s goal to help empower women throughout their cycles.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Cinco de Mayo: Cooking with Salsa!

Food & Drink
2:00pm - 4:30pm
$35.00

Wtih Leah Aguayo, Founder of Mrs. A's Famous Salsa Buena In this class for Cinco de Mayo, Leah will teach you how to use salsa in a variety of her favorite recipes using Mrs. A's Famous Salsa Buena! This fun interactive class will provide you with recipes to take home, and the know-how for incorporating salsa into your favorite meals.  Menu: A Trio of Tacos Salsa Chicken Tacos Salsa Potato Tacos Picadillo Tacos Guacamole Lime Aqua Fresca About Mrs. A: Leah Aguayo has taught high school ceramics for 37 years. Leah has a love for teaching and a passion for food. Early in her teaching years Leah found that bringing food into the classroom not only kept her students happy, but also built a sense of community. Thirteen years ago, Leah's class was enjoying a salsa snack and stopped her in her tracks. They encouraged her to market my special recipe and within ten minutes had the salsa named, Mrs. A’s Famous Salsa Buena. Two students asked if they could design the label and within three weeks the label was done and the salsa was in the markets!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Achieving Sound Sleep

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

With Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Did you know, adequate sleep is just as essential as proper nutrition in maintaining your health? Come to this FREE one-hour nutrition session to find out which foods, supplements and daily habits will help you snooze. Please sign up in advance to hold your spot- these classes fill up fast! About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Half Moon Bay

Extra Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Developed for our senior yoga enthusiasts, this class utilizes props and yoga poses to improve balance and posture. Applying the principles of biomechanics, LindaGrace will work with you to build strength and confidence in activities of daily living. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Extra Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Developed for our senior yoga enthusiasts, this class utilizes props and yoga poses to improve balance and posture. Applying the principles of biomechanics, LindaGrace will work with you to build strength and confidence in activities of daily living. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre & Post Natal Yoga

Sports & Fitness
11:00am - 12:00pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class held in the Community Classroom will address the daily changing needs of your pregnant body while your baby grows and after birth.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

How to Improve Gut Health Naturally

Health & Wellness
6:00pm - 7:00pm

A Consumer-Based Lecture with Health Coach Joanie Blaxter This class delves deeper than probiotic foods and conventional probiotics to talk about something up and coming: commensal spore bacteria. Because humans are designed to be naturally consuming gut commensal spore bacteria through our food every day, our entire immune and digestive systems evolved around the critical presence of these specific bacteria. Did you know that 99.99% of the bacteria in fermented foods and conventional probiotics do NOT survive or colonize in our intestines? Gut commensal spores, however, found naturally in our environment, WILL kill harmful microbes in our microbiome... if you can get exposure to them.  Unfortunately, we have so destroyed soil health and natural food production that we no longer consume these strains. Natural childbirth and breastfeeding as well as weaning practices have been interrupted in a way that contributes to an epidemic of autoimmune problems. We can reverse this epidemic by healing gut dysbiosis, Leaky Gut and the immune dysfunction that accompanies this extremely common condition. Come to this one hour lecture to learn more about why supplementing with commensal spore bacteria is essential to good health. About the Instructor: Through her professional connections in the natural products industry, Joanie Blaxter has had extensive training over the last two years with Kiran Krishnan, a research microbiologist who lectures nationally and internationally, largely at medical conferences, as an expert on the microbiome and gut commensal spore bacteria. As a health coach and columnist for a national food and nutrition blogger, Joanie specializes in probiotic myth busting by explaining the newest microbiological science and how we can reverse the current epidemic of immune dysfunction by re-establishing gut health with gut commensal spore bacteria.

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Half Moon Bay

Extra Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Developed for our senior yoga enthusiasts, this class utilizes props and yoga poses to improve balance and posture. Applying the principles of biomechanics, LindaGrace will work with you to build strength and confidence in activities of daily living. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Westside Santa Cruz

Kimchi Workshop

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$35.00

With Eriko Yokoyama & Masumi Diaz of Hakouya Cooking School Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables such as napa cabbage and daikon radish. It can be used in soup, fried rice, sautéed vegetables or just eaten as a side dish. Kimchi is low-calorie, high fiber, and packed with vitamins. It is a powerful antioxidant and provides the benefit of probiotics in the form of lactobacillus bacteria. In this hands-on class, we will prepare the vegetables prior to the class and you will make and take home a jar of napa kimchi. Vegan Kimchi is also available. About the instructors:Health nut friends Eriko and Masumi started making Miso, Natto, Pickled plum and Sauerkraut together for the family more than a decade ago. They learned so many things over the years about fermented foods and recognized the importance and benefits of it for gastrointestinal health. Both Eriko and Masumi grew up with a probiotic-rich traditional Japanese diet in Japan. Eriko learned authentic French cooking at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and owned a restaurant for 13 years. And now Masumi and Eriko are passionate about sharing the fermented food classes with our community!

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Sushi Making Workshop: Nigiri & Spring Rolls

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$35.00

With Certified Sushi Chef Carlos Mayorga In this hands-on class, Carlos will teach you how to make fresh spring rolls from scratch- just in time for summer! In addition, Carlos will be teaching nigiri using fresh salmon and tuna, and white rice as a base. You will feast on your finished creations at the end of class, and take some home for later. Saké included. About the Instructor:Carlos started out as a tempura chef in sushi restaurants when he discovered his passion for sushi. He persued this interest and signed up for Sushi School here in Santa Cruz to become a professtional sushi roller. Carlos works for Mai Sushi here in New Leaf's Westside location.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Beer Pairing with Groundbreaker Brewing & Bread SRSLY

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$12.00

With Groundbreaker Certified Gluten-Free Brewing and Bread SRSLY Gluten-Free Sourdough Come to this fun Friday event to learn more about beer and food pairing! About the beer: Local to Portland Oregon, Groundbreaker is a dedicated, gluten-free brewery. Locally sourced chestnuts and hops make for a unique, delicous, naturally gluten-free, (and vegan) beer. About the bread: Our bread is made by hand in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen with organic, non-GMO ingredients using traditional fermentation. All of our products are allergy-friendly and free of refined sugar and preservatives. Bread SRSLY will be using their delicious products to create tapas to go along with Groundbreakers amazing beer selection!

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre & Post Natal Yoga

Sports & Fitness
11:00am - 12:00pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class held in the Community Classroom will address the daily changing needs of your pregnant body while your baby grows and after birth.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Skin Foods: Inner Radiance

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

With Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Come to this one-hour nutrition session to learn what foods make you glow from the inside-out! Sample some of the items talked about in class, and bring home recipes to incorporate into your daily routine! About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB.  Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Get Your Energy Back! How to Feel Great, & Have Unstoppable Health!

Health & Wellness
6:00pm - 7:00pm

With Licensed Nutritionist Rebecca Hazleton In this one hour wellness lecture, you will learn: ·  THE CAUSES OF LOW ENERGY ·  3 KEYS TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY ·  TOOLS THAT CAN HELP YOU TAKE YOUR HEALTH TO A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL ·  FREE GIFT TO HELP YOU FEEL GREAT AND HAVE UNSTOPPABLE HEALTH! About the Instructor: Rebecca is a licensed nutritionist and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner who works with people whose symptoms have stopped them from living fully. She helps them regain their health so they can feel great and love life again.

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Half Moon Bay

Extra Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Developed for our senior yoga enthusiasts, this class utilizes props and yoga poses to improve balance and posture. Applying the principles of biomechanics, LindaGrace will work with you to build strength and confidence in activities of daily living. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Half Moon Bay

Skin Foods: Inner Radiance

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

With Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Come to this one-hour nutrition session to learn what foods make you glow from the inside-out! Sample some of the items talked about in class, and bring home recipes to incorporate into your daily routine! About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB.  Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Ayurvedic Cooking 101

Food & Drink
6:30pm - 9:00pm
$45.00

With Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Chef, Talya Lutzker  Have you heard the buzz about Ayurveda? Learn to apply it in your own life!  Chef Talya Lutzker will lead you through an understanding of this ancient healing science and how to apply it in your own kitchen. Have more energy, feel more vital and enhance your families’ health with simple, delicious, balancing recipes from Talya’s Ayurvedic kitchen. Through preparation of various condiments, entrees, and side dishes, you’ll experience Ayurveda’s six tastes, phenomenally delicious recipes, and get a sense for which foods are best for your body type. About the Instructor: Talya became a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner through the Dhyana School of Therapeutics in Sebastopol in 2003. She was the first Ayurvedic Chef at DeAnna Batdorff’s Pancha Karma Center, where she helped transform the lives of clients & students by sharing cooking skills, nutritional know-how, personalized Ayurvedic education and coping strategies to foster a healthier relationship with food. Talya has continued to spread her ayurvedic knowledge in Santa Cruz for the past 15 years.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Cooking with Wild Seaweeds

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$35.00

Cooking Demo with Ian O'Hollaren, founder of Seaquoia Wild Seaweeds & Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Did you know that sea vegetables, also known as seaweeds, are a nutritional powerhouse packed with protein, vitamins and minerals? Rich in iodine, sea vegetables can play an important role in providing thyroid support. Seaweeds are also high in calcium, folic acid and magnesium, as well as iron, potassium, and pantothenic acid. Of the brown variety, arame, hijiki, kelp, kombu and wakame are the most popular. Nori, a red seaweed, is perhaps the most well known variety being a main ingredient in sushi rolls. Studies have shown that sea vegetables have been consumed since at least 8000 B.C.E. by cultures in the Japanese region. Today, however, most people have strayed away from including sea vegetables in their every day diet. This class aims to change that by showing you how to utilize fresh sea vegetables harvested just up the coast from Santa Cruz. Madia and Ian will show you how to whip up 4-5 different recipes using fresh sea vegetables. Come hungry! About the Instructors: Ian O’Hollaren combined his knowledge and passion of the ocean and turned it into a business and lifestyle. For almost 2 years, Seaquoia Wild Seaweeds has been harvesting seaweeds from California’s unique and bio-diverse coastal ecosystem. Ian strives to connect people to the source of their food while promoting environmental awareness, which has been his business philosophy from the start! Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal nutrition consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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