Chumash Kitchen

The Chumash Kitchen – Winter Health & the Trinity Plants
Saturday, February 3, from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
With Violet Cavanaugh and Jeanette Acosta

Discover the surprising bounty of winter foods on the central coast and learn how to integrate healing herbs into your diet to ward off seasonal colds. Join us this winter as we reconnect with the local environment, the season, and your health during the winter Chumash Kitchen offering with Chumash chefs and herbalists, Violet Cavanaugh and Jeanette Acosta. This offering will leave you nourished, connected, and grateful for the gifts of nature.

Violet and Jeanette will share the practices of collecting, processing and transforming season, local foods into several modern and traditional recipes, paired with other winter flavors. We’ll learn about the trinity of healing herbs: Yerba Buena, Yerba Santa and Yerba Mansa, while enjoying the beautifully prepared breakfast and lunch will feature flavors of the season. You’ll develop a deeper relationship with the native plants, enjoy a wide selection of prepared wild edibles, while learning new methods for incorporating more indigenous foods into modern dishes and your life. We will even enjoy tea-time with roses. Pre-registry is REQUIRED for this intimate offering.

The winter Chumash Kitchen program is offering a sliding scale of $88-$120 per participant.
We ask that you select the price option that works for your budget.
Pre-registry is REQUIRED for this intimate offering.

Friday February 2 from 10am – 1pm, join Jeanette and Violet in the kitchen at the SLO Botanical Garden to learn and help process  wild foods in preparation for the Saturday offering. This hands-on and in-depth work-trade is offered for an additional $25 and is open to the first ten people who select the pre-prep day in the sliding scale PayPal drop-down menu.

Chumash Kitchen – select what is comfortable and affordable

jeanette-acostaJeanette Acosta
learned herbology and ethnobotany from her indigenous family. She learned about plants that grow locally, and which ones are relevant to traditional and everyday way of life as well as ethical wildcrafting. Jeanette is a certified teacher/teacher trainer and designer of permaculture principles, and specializes in maritime culture, herbalism, ethnobotany, and biodynamic principles. In her work, she emphasizes humankind’s symbiotic relationship between earth and sky. Moreover, she is a spiritual counselor, a certified Kundalini Research Institute professional and Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher/teacher trainer. She studies and teaches yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. Her experience dealing with international business people, world diplomats, heads of states, renowned artists/celebrities, and politicians gives her a unique perspective on various cultures and customs.

IMAG2004Violet Sage Cavanaugh, is an indigenous woman and co-chair of the Northern Chumash Tribe. Born in Avila Beach, a great granddaughter of Chumash Vaquero, Antonio Lopez of Lopez Canyon, Violet has deep roots in the San Luis Obispo area.  An expert in several areas, her specialty is in herbal skin care, salves, essential oil blending, wild harvesting and making high end all natural bath and body spa products. Incorporating the modern science in combination with ancient teaching, Violet, follows the teachings of her elders and legends and has created her own unique signature of products. 
She has consulted in local politics for more than 20 years, working with the county, city, and Coastal Commission to protect the environment. Her background in religion, politics, and activism gives Violet a unique understanding and acceptance in diverse groups. Violet calls it an obligation to speak for those plants and animals who have no voice, and because of her background and interests and open honest communication style, learning is fun, social and focused on creating a legacy of her culture through the students. Violet says “What we have we share, it’s a gift and obligation, people won’t protect what people don’t understand. Everyone is welcome.”



This program is brought to you with support from our educational partners, Outside Now.