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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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Wednesday, August 1, 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

Hormones, Mood & Food

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

With Certified Nutrition Consultant Erin Fisher Do your monthly mood swings got the best of you? Do you fluctuate between happy and focused to worried and weepy? In this class we will touch upon mood, our hormones and how this relates to our menstrual cycle. Class will delve into the foods we eat, (or don’t eat) and how they have a direct connection to promoting stable moods. Walk away with the best foods to support your hormone mood swings while gaining a better understanding of the food-mood-hormone connection. 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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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Instructors Vary Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a claming genle yoga class taught by local certified instructors.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Wine Tasting 101: Californian Wines

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$30.00

With WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Certified Kristen Valenza Want to learn how to taste wine, but don't know where to start? We've got you covered in this fun intro-style tasting class! This class will explore the basics of wine as we travel through local varietals from Santa Cruz County, which can be compared to the Burgundy region of France. We will also taste wines from the Napa Valley region, comparable to Bordeaux. Class will start with a tour of one of our local wineries, (next door to New Leaf)! Kristen will take you through seven popular wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a dessert Wine. This class will cover wine production, key attributes of a particular varietals, geographic regions, and terroir.  About the Instructor: Kristen grew up in New Jersey where she began cooking with her family at a young age, learning the roots of Italian and Mediterranean cooking. Kristen found a passion for traveling and experiencing other cultures through food, wine, and good company. She brought her expertise to Santa Cruz, where she teaches cooking classes and offers high quality catering through her business Living Roots Food and Floral.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

These Hands: Celebrating American Pizza Makers

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$18.00

With Sleight of Hand Pizza and Boochcraft Alcoholic Kombucha Join us for an evening of food and culture as we explore the stories and tradition of the Italian families who brought their passion for excellent ingredients to the USA and shaped the way we eat. Learn how to utilize the very best American made ingredients to make a great Pizza in your own oven! We will explore what local means in our dynamic domestic food culture, while we taste pairings from 13-time World Champion for Pizza Acrobatics Justin Wadstein of Sleight of Hand Pizza and San Diego’s Boochcraft. Hosted by Bianco DiNapoli and BelGioioso Cheese. Must be 21+ to participate.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga and Self Healing with Wah!

Health & Wellness
10:00am - 12:00pm
$18.00

Wah! is a legend in the yoga music world and in this all ages yoga class she will combine, movement, breathing and deep relaxation techniques with her beautiful and meditative music to create a transformative experience. Learn more at: www.wahmusic.com

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Healthy Vegetarian

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

Nutrition Class with Certified Nutrition Consultant, Madia Jamgochian Are you thinking about going vegetarian, but don't know where to start? Have you been vegetarian for awhile, but want more information on the topic? Come to this one hour nutrition lecture and delve into the essentials of vegetarian and vegan nutrition, including plant proteins, omega 3's, essential vitamins, minerals and micronutritents! 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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Wednesday, August 8, 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

Decoding Label Lingo

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

Nutrition Class with Certified Nutrition Consultant, Madia Jamgochian When walking through the grocery store we are faced with all types of health claims printed on food labels. With so many different buzz-words it can get confusing- what does it all mean? In this one-hour nutrition session, Madia will help you decode some label lingo to ensure you are getting exactly what you want! 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

Decoding Label Lingo

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

Nutrition Class with Certified Nutrition Consultant, Madia Jamgochian When walking through the grocery store we are faced with all types of health claims printed on food labels. With so many different buzz-words it can get confusing- what does it all mean? In this one-hour nutrition session, Madia will help you decode some label lingo to ensure you are getting exactly what you want! 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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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Instructors Vary Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a claming genle yoga class taught by local certified instructors.

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Westside Santa Cruz

How to Use Your CSA: A Cooking Class

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$40.00

With Chef Rica Smith Are you swimming in squash, tomatoes, or basil? Need new ideas for cauliflower, green beans or kohlrabi? Learn new ways to prepare and enjoy the abundance that comes in your weekly box/ garden in this hands on cooking class. Rica will share new and exciting combos, of fruit, veggies and herbs. Explore new happy habits of veggie & meal prep that gets you eating more of what you love and wasting less. About the Instructor: Rica Smith de la Luz is a native of Santa Cruz, and an Organic Culinary Artist with specialities in locally sourced seasonal cuisine, and navigating special diets with more ease and joy. She delights is empowering people to try new things, and enjoy for pleasure and health. Having spent the last 12 years as a high end caterer, her focus is turning towards small private events and teaching locally. Find her on instagram @laughtastelove

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Wine & Watercolor

Hobbies & Special Interest
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$18.00

With Self-Taught Artist Madia Jamgochian Come spend the evening sipping wine and painting with watercolor. Paper, paint, brushes and still life subject provided. All you have to do is reserve your space and show up! Bring a friend to share the experience. About the Instructor: Madia cultivated her creative side with colored pencils and has only recently branched out to watercolor, a new and exciting medium. She loves using her images to illustrate the nutrition education handouts she makes. You can find her on social media at madias_sketchbook on instagram!

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Half Moon Bay

2-Day Cooking Bootcamp for Kids: “Back to School Lunch”

Food & Drink
9:00am - 12:00pm

With RoseMary Durso, Certified Healthy Hands Instructor This comprehensive, 6-hour class will make your child feel enthusiastic about packing his own healthy Bento lunches to pack into a wooden or plastic Bento box. Lunches consist of a balance of food groups, colors and textures, and an assortment of fruits, veggies and whole grains to inspire little taste buds. Kids will also do a kitchen-related craft to bring home. Limited to 10 students so enroll early! Class fee is $120. PLEASE REGISTER HERE through the instructor.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Your Baby

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

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness  http://www.earthdancerwellness.com/ This comprehensive class will prepare your body for conception and address daily changes while your baby grows and your body heals from birth.

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Half Moon Bay

Birth Dance

Health & Wellness
12:00pm - 1:00pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness Join Samantha for a lively time of moving your hips to fun rhythms! With Samantha’s dance, yoga, doula, and Integrative Women’s health background, you’ll learn how to better heal your womb postpartum!

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Half Moon Bay

2-Day Cooking Bootcamp for Kids: “Back to School Lunch”

Food & Drink
1:00pm - 4:00pm

With RoseMary Durso, Certified Healthy Hands Instructor This comprehensive, 6-hour class will make your child feel enthusiastic about packing his own healthy Bento lunches to pack into a wooden or plastic Bento box. Lunches consist of a balance of food groups, colors and textures, and an assortment of fruits, veggies and whole grains to inspire little taste buds. Kids will also do a kitchen-related craft to bring home. Limited to 10 students so enroll early! Class fee is $120. PLEASE REGISTER HERE through the instructor.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Half Moon Bay

2-Day Cooking Bootcamp for Kids: “Back to School Lunch”

Food & Drink
1:00pm - 4:00pm

With RoseMary Durso, Certified Healthy Hands Instructor This comprehensive, 6-hour class will make your child feel enthusiastic about packing his own healthy Bento lunches to pack into a wooden or plastic Bento box. Lunches consist of a balance of food groups, colors and textures, and an assortment of fruits, veggies and whole grains to inspire little taste buds. Kids will also do a kitchen-related craft to bring home. Limited to 10 students so enroll early! Class fee is $120. PLEASE REGISTER HERE through the instructor.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors.

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Wednesday, August 15, 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

Fresh Summer Recipes

Health & Wellness
6:00pm - 7:00pm
$5.00

Nutrition Class with Certified Nutrition Consultant, Madia Jamgochian Come to this one hour nutrition session to get recipe inspiration that will keep you cool all summer long. Madia will highlight her favorite summer foods, and show you how to use them in a variety of dishes.  $5 CLASS FEE. Drop ins welcome. 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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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Instructors Vary Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a claming genle yoga class taught by local certified instructors.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Raw Summer Desserts

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

With Raw Chef Meghann Bourassa Learn how to make delicious, easy, raw vegan gourmet deserts- with ingredients that benefit your body! There is no reason to deprive yourself when you can have your cake and eat it too! In this two hour cooking demo, Meghann will show you how to make four tasty summer recipes, including a raw cherry cheese cake, superfood mason jars on-the-go, chocolate almond butter ice cream cake, and chocolate turtles! About the Instructor: Meghann's health journey started 12 years ago when she started working for a corporate weight loss company as a health coach. She helped hundreds of people better their lives, and has completely changed her own life as well- losing about 60-70 lbs in the last ten years. Meghann transitioned to a plant based diet three years ago and for the past year and a half has been 100% fully RAW.  Meghann is self-educated by the work of Gabriel Cousens, Anne Wigmore, and Manny Scardina. She also holds completion of 200 hour yoga instructor training under Yoga Alliance International. 

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Beer and Ice Cream Pairing with Anderson Valley Brewing

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$14.00

With Anderson Valley Brewing I scream, you scream, we all scream for BEER!  Come join Anderson Valley Brewing for the coolest beer pairing of the summer- beer and ice cream.  Learn how to pair and enjoy the taste of beer and ice cream together.  Anderson Valley Brewing will host and demonstrate how their unique beer selections pair wonderfully with ice cream! About the Brewery: For over 25 years, Anderson Valley Brewing Company has been hand-crafting authentic ales and lagers with balance and complexity and a passion for sustainable brewing practices. Their large solar panel array provides over 40% of their electrical needs, while 100% of our waste water is treated and used for the irrigation of our goat pastures and estate hop fields. In addition, their spent grain is given to local cows and spent hops are used as a natural fertilizer.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Your Baby

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

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness  http://www.earthdancerwellness.com/ This comprehensive class will prepare your body for conception and address daily changes while your baby grows and your body heals from birth.

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Half Moon Bay

Birth Dance

Health & Wellness
12:00pm - 1:00pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness Join Samantha for a lively time of moving your hips to fun rhythms! With Samantha’s dance, yoga, doula, and Integrative Women’s health background, you’ll learn how to better heal your womb postpartum!

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors.

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Wednesday, August 22, 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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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Instructors Vary Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a claming genle yoga class taught by local certified instructors.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Your Baby

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

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness  http://www.earthdancerwellness.com/ This comprehensive class will prepare your body for conception and address daily changes while your baby grows and your body heals from birth.

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Half Moon Bay

Birth Dance

Health & Wellness
12:00pm - 1:00pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness Join Samantha for a lively time of moving your hips to fun rhythms! With Samantha’s dance, yoga, doula, and Integrative Women’s health background, you’ll learn how to better heal your womb postpartum!

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Water Kefir Workshop

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

With Eriko Yokoyama & Masumi Diaz of Hakouya Cooking School Water Kefir Soda is a lacto-fermented beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. It is easy to make and rich in probiotics to improve digestive health. Because the grains feed on sugar, the resulting beverage is not overly sweet. You can flavor it in so many different ways. In this class, you will make a bottle of water kefir with your choice of flavor. You'll also get a package of water kefir grains, so you can make your own at home! 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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Wednesday, August 29, 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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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Instructors Vary Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a claming genle yoga class taught by local certified instructors.

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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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