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Forage Edible Plants & Mushrooms
Find out what you can eat in the woods! We'll hike in the lovely Santa Cruz mountains where I'll guide you on a beautiful, quiet 1-2 mile walk in the unique coastal oak & redwood forest. Together we'll learn the ancient ways of identifying edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants, roots, flowers, nuts and seeds (depending on the season. Mushrooms come out after the rains and fruit through winter, sometimes into spring). Along the way we'll discuss proper harvesting and preparation techniques while connecting to the beauty and abundance of our ecosystem. This experience is a fun, hands-on way to connect to what can feed, heal and harm us in the wild. You'll walk away with a whole new appreciation and understanding of nature! The hike is doable for all skill levels. See you on the trail! Other things to note: Secure your own transportation to The Buttery and we'll caravan to the hike start. Bring: layers (it can get chilly in the redwoods), water bottle and comfortable hiking shoes. Optional: hiking poles, camera, hat, sunglasses. Interested in a private group or offsite for your business team? Get in touch with me at info@MountainSeaAdventures.com
Make Japanese mochi with an instructor
In this fun class, you will learn how to make three different mochi dishes. First we will make fresh mochi with a choice of fillings: sweet red bean and fresh strawberries, peanut butter and chocolate mini cups, nutella, and others. Second, we will make the popular ice cream mochi with mini-scooped ice cream balls. Your choice of ice cream. I like green tea ice cream. Third, we will bake mochi donuts and then glaze them beautifully with vanilla, clear, or chocolate glaze. You and other guests will enjoy making and shaping the mochi dough, filling it with delicious fillings, and eating them with others. You will get to enjoy fresh and tasty mochi, and best of all you will know how to make delicious mochi dishes far into the future. Other things to note: Please feel free to bring any additional ingredients you would like to fill your mochi with (peanut butter, mango, etc...)
Intimately experience a biodiverse farm
We'll start by foraging through the farm to make a diverse "goat salad." We'll walk through the garden, stop to admire the beehives, meet the pigs, and then feed and pet our silly goats and adorable Babydoll sheep. Once our goats and sheep have had their salads, we’ll hand feed our gentle dairy cow, Harper, some of her favorite treats. After washing off any cow slobber, we'll treat you to a light seasonal farm picnic. You'll then walk off those calories by taking our miniature horses for a stroll, and you'll pet and feed these sweeties. Following our horse experience, we'll step in with the chickens and ducks. We'll feed them organic hen scratch and farm greens, if available. We'll watch them happily scratch around and quack and coo, and you can hold and pet them if you’d like too. While they’re scratching around, we’ll step into the coops to check for eggs. We'll compare the various types, shapes, colors, and sizes. We'll finish our experience with a calm and relaxing visit with our bunnies. We'll pet and feed these sweet and soft fur balls. All along the experience, you will learn fun facts about our diverse plant and animal family, and you’ll leave with a seasonal farm gift. Other things to note: Wear comfortable closed-toed walking shoes and clothes you don't mind possibly getting a bit dirty. Boots and long pants are ideal. *Great for teams and team-building too!
Beginner Surf Lesson - Santa Cruz
Beginner Surfing l is our popular 2.5-hour group surf clinic. So what will you be learning? This clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on their own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching waves! There will be a short land-lesson to start, and after that we'll head out to catch some waves. You'll get approximately 1:30-2 hours of "water time" in the 2.5-hour class. Maximum ratio of 4 students per instructor. FAQ: Why are some of these class times SOOO early?! Answer: When it comes to surfing, mother nature sets a lot of the rules - that's what makes it such a unique sport. If we don't go on the right tide, we won't get any waves! While those early morning sessions might be hard to wake up for, they are also truly magical. Great surf conditions, no wind, no crowds - it is about as epic as it gets. If you make the commitment go early, we can promise you'll be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime!
Tune In to Subtle Realms of Redwoods
NEW WINTER HOURS! 12-3:PM THE WARMEST PART OF THE DAY Is the Redwood Forest calling you? Would you like to know it in a new way? In this guided experience you will make a personal connection with the Subtle Realms of the Redwood Forest. Because of changing Covid protocols, we are only booking friends, co-workers, and family who come together as a group. Kids are 1/2 price. Great for groups! We specialize in team bonding and building for work groups. We will tailor our experience to suit your needs. Please message us. If you are booking for yourself alone, you are a SOLO adventurer, and you MUST book as a "Private Group" with a price of $176. We will meet in Santa Cruz, and then caravan to the trailhead in the heart of Redwood country. Going into the Redwood Forest together, we will walk, pause, energize all our senses, and attune with the Subtle Realms of Nature. The gift of music will set the tone, and our loving presence will open the way. We will call on the Elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water to bring us to a new understanding of the aliveness and interconnectedness of the natural world. We will spend a few minutes writing about our experience to help you to recall how to connect with the Subtle Realms back home. As we complete our time in the Forest together, you can choose to stay longer on your own, fully energized with a new vision of our interconnectedness.

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Back-to-Eden Farm & Animal Experience
Book a tour and/or book the venue to celebrate your birthday. We will meet at the drive-way and proceed to: 1. Visit and feed our beautiful variety chickens and collect eggs. (chicks-seasonal) 2. Visit and feed the ducks, watch them swim and frolic play 3.. Visit with our talkative geese and photoshoot with "Good Boy" our handsome male goose (depending on his mood) 5. Visit with goats, pet, let them nibble from your hand and take them on a little walk. Meet baby Tiger, and baby Thunder- our gorgeous blue eye kids. 6. Visit and feed the cows, be surprised by how their tongue feels when they take the hay off your hand and perhaps watch their calves nurse ( calves-yes!) 7. Visit with our gorgeous rabbits and cuddle them. 8. Visit with our adorable young and gentle alpacas 9. Shop for delightful home-made soap, fresh fruits, fresh veggies and fresh eggs, adorable succulents-great gifts for the person who has everything 10. Bring a snack to enjoy right after the tour. For stay at our guest houses after the tour: https://airbnb.com/h/back-to-eden-guest-house https://airbnb.com/h/havilahland-guest-house
Woodworking - Create a Pen Using a Lathe
Have you ever been interested in woodworking but never had the tools to try it out? In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn how to make a pen from a block of wood, by turning it on a wood lathe. The class will start out by reviewing basic safety for working with the machines and the tools. I will demonstrate each step in great detail before giving you the opportunity to try it out on your own. Wood, a pen kit, and finishing materials will be provided to each participant to make one slim-style pen. Absolutely no prior experience is required and is suitable for ages 10+. You will leave this experience with a hand-made treasure that will last you a lifetime!
Weinberger Homestead in Silicon Valley
Welcome to the Weinberger homestead, we look forward to hosting you here! We are a small private family petting zoo, all animals are rescued and there’s no wild animals. They are part of our family so we’d love to share the love of animals with the world! Here’s what you can expect from this private, unique experience: 1. You’ll learn about different animals throughout the tour, and interact with them intimately. 2. We’ll have a few stops during the tour to check out our peacocks, goats, sheep, chickens and ducks. We will also stop by our home garden to teach you how to grow vegetables. We’ll do a fun quiz with you to learn about different animals! 3. We’ll prepare the food you can use to feed different animals, so you don’t need to bring any food. For your safety, pls wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Everyone needs to wear mask on the homestead. 4. The whole tour will last 45 mins to an hour, you’ll have enough time feeding/petting different animals , ask questions and also take photos. 5. For birthday parties we provide one hour farm tour and options for additional time for birthday party with your guests. We have a beautiful outside patio area that will be decorated with birthday theme - you’ll be able to bring your own food for birthday picnic in the farm. Contact us for more details! Thank you! Best, The Weinberger Homestead
Wilderness Survival Skills Clinic
Set among the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 1-Day Wilderness Skills clinic is a great way to escape the hustle-and-bustle of the week and get back to nature! Our trained instructors – expert survivalists and naturalists – are excited to share these ancient skills with you. Learning these timeless traditions, such as shelter building and fire-by-friction helps to build self-esteem and awareness from knowing YOU CAN SURVIVE! This class is 100% hands-on and appropriate for all ages, but the pace is geared towards teens and adults (children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult). Everything you learn, you will do! Be prepared for your next wilderness adventure by practicing these timeless skills. You WILL build a shelter, you WILL make fire, you WILL learn about edible plants, see and learn about primitive traps, and experience several other original human skills. This class is about getting back to the earth, learning how ancient peoples lived in harmony with our planet, and experiencing nature to its fullest. There is something here for everybody – come with an open mind and be ready to learn! Other things to note Dress for the weather – rain protection in the winter, light clothing with sun protection in the summer. Also, this is a group activity - please be on time! (this is NOT a private experience)
Terrarium Workshop / Team Building / Science, Craft & Peace
Nature lovers can try something new to bring the outdoors inside. In this class, you will learn how to make a self-sustaining closed terrarium. Your teacher will offer expert guidance as you make a closed terrarium and get all the tips and tricks to taking care of your miniature ecosystem so it thrives, sometimes for years! Learn about the materials you need and the plants that do best in these types of terrariums. Even beginners will find success and anyone with terrarium building experience will still find plenty to learn and appreciate in this fun Bay Area workshop. You'll find all the materials you need waiting for you in class. Plan a team building / group experience with friends or join on your own if you're looking for fun things to do in the Bay Area. When you are done, you'll have a personalized terrarium to take home and treasure. Beginner-friendly! Add-Ons: *Extra plants *Springtails (insects - little friends) *Extra craft kit *Wardian terrarium case Great idea for Team building, and motivating events! I've been hosting +100 companies' teams, and so excited to host your team! The host can come to your private place, please ask :) Think free, design free, and Love Nature!!

All activities near Santa Clara County

Forage Edible Plants & Mushrooms
Find out what you can eat in the woods! We'll hike in the lovely Santa Cruz mountains where I'll guide you on a beautiful, quiet 1-2 mile walk in the unique coastal oak & redwood forest. Together we'll learn the ancient ways of identifying edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants, roots, flowers, nuts and seeds (depending on the season. Mushrooms come out after the rains and fruit through winter, sometimes into spring). Along the way we'll discuss proper harvesting and preparation techniques while connecting to the beauty and abundance of our ecosystem. This experience is a fun, hands-on way to connect to what can feed, heal and harm us in the wild. You'll walk away with a whole new appreciation and understanding of nature! The hike is doable for all skill levels. See you on the trail! Other things to note: Secure your own transportation to The Buttery and we'll caravan to the hike start. Bring: layers (it can get chilly in the redwoods), water bottle and comfortable hiking shoes. Optional: hiking poles, camera, hat, sunglasses. Interested in a private group or offsite for your business team? Get in touch with me at info@MountainSeaAdventures.com
Make Japanese mochi with an instructor
In this fun class, you will learn how to make three different mochi dishes. First we will make fresh mochi with a choice of fillings: sweet red bean and fresh strawberries, peanut butter and chocolate mini cups, nutella, and others. Second, we will make the popular ice cream mochi with mini-scooped ice cream balls. Your choice of ice cream. I like green tea ice cream. Third, we will bake mochi donuts and then glaze them beautifully with vanilla, clear, or chocolate glaze. You and other guests will enjoy making and shaping the mochi dough, filling it with delicious fillings, and eating them with others. You will get to enjoy fresh and tasty mochi, and best of all you will know how to make delicious mochi dishes far into the future. Other things to note: Please feel free to bring any additional ingredients you would like to fill your mochi with (peanut butter, mango, etc...)
Party with the animals at Bluebird Farm
At Bluebird Farm we offer an intimate family-friendly experience for all ages. When you arrive we will say hello, go over the farm rules, give a quick tour of the property and amenities then the fun begins. There's no strict timeline, you can enjoy the 3 hours at your own pace. You can meet all the animals like our alpaca, Scottish Highland cows and calf, horses, goats, mini horses and mini donkeys. We have a small critter corner where you can hang with a bunny, ducks, a tortoise, guinea pigs and chickens. Mini horse rides are available for kids (75lb weight limit) and a hayride is available for everyone! ***mini horse rides and hay ride NOT included on discounted weekday tours*** Kids can roam and use their imagination at the outdoor play area. There's a mini farmers market, play house, flower shop, garage with power wheels, mini garden, mud kitchen, sandbox and swings. Make sure to bring your own lunch and snacks. Between the activities you can sit down at the picnic tables and enjoy your lunch under the oak trees. There's an outdoor hand washing station and bathroom available. We ask you please wash your hands before and after petting and feeding the animals.
Back-to-Eden Farm & Animal Experience
Book a tour and/or book the venue to celebrate your birthday. We will meet at the drive-way and proceed to: 1. Visit and feed our beautiful variety chickens and collect eggs. (chicks-seasonal) 2. Visit and feed the ducks, watch them swim and frolic play 3.. Visit with our talkative geese and photoshoot with "Good Boy" our handsome male goose (depending on his mood) 5. Visit with goats, pet, let them nibble from your hand and take them on a little walk. Meet baby Tiger, and baby Thunder- our gorgeous blue eye kids. 6. Visit and feed the cows, be surprised by how their tongue feels when they take the hay off your hand and perhaps watch their calves nurse ( calves-yes!) 7. Visit with our gorgeous rabbits and cuddle them. 8. Visit with our adorable young and gentle alpacas 9. Shop for delightful home-made soap, fresh fruits, fresh veggies and fresh eggs, adorable succulents-great gifts for the person who has everything 10. Bring a snack to enjoy right after the tour. For stay at our guest houses after the tour: https://airbnb.com/h/back-to-eden-guest-house https://airbnb.com/h/havilahland-guest-house
Woodworking - Create a Pen Using a Lathe
Have you ever been interested in woodworking but never had the tools to try it out? In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn how to make a pen from a block of wood, by turning it on a wood lathe. The class will start out by reviewing basic safety for working with the machines and the tools. I will demonstrate each step in great detail before giving you the opportunity to try it out on your own. Wood, a pen kit, and finishing materials will be provided to each participant to make one slim-style pen. Absolutely no prior experience is required and is suitable for ages 10+. You will leave this experience with a hand-made treasure that will last you a lifetime!
Weinberger Homestead in Silicon Valley
Welcome to the Weinberger homestead, we look forward to hosting you here! We are a small private family petting zoo, all animals are rescued and there’s no wild animals. They are part of our family so we’d love to share the love of animals with the world! Here’s what you can expect from this private, unique experience: 1. You’ll learn about different animals throughout the tour, and interact with them intimately. 2. We’ll have a few stops during the tour to check out our peacocks, goats, sheep, chickens and ducks. We will also stop by our home garden to teach you how to grow vegetables. We’ll do a fun quiz with you to learn about different animals! 3. We’ll prepare the food you can use to feed different animals, so you don’t need to bring any food. For your safety, pls wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Everyone needs to wear mask on the homestead. 4. The whole tour will last 45 mins to an hour, you’ll have enough time feeding/petting different animals , ask questions and also take photos. 5. For birthday parties we provide one hour farm tour and options for additional time for birthday party with your guests. We have a beautiful outside patio area that will be decorated with birthday theme - you’ll be able to bring your own food for birthday picnic in the farm. Contact us for more details! Thank you! Best, The Weinberger Homestead
Make Ramen and Dumplings with a Japanese Chef
In this fun and very hands-on class, you will learn and get hands-on with making ramen noodles from scratch, vegetarian-friendly soy miso ramen broth from scratch, make gyoza dumpling filling from scratch, pinch and pleat your gyoza wrappers by hand. You won't miss out on any part of the cooking process, as we will prepare everything together. First, we will make the gyoza dumpling filling, and fill and pleat our gyoza dumplings. Next, you will get to mix, roll out, and cut your own ramen noodles. Finally, we will make the soup together, and enjoy our ramen with delicious seasonal toppings as well as our deliciously fresh gyoza dumplings. We love private parties and have done team building for businesses! Other things to note: The ramen broth and noodles are vegetarian-friendly—however, the gyoza contains meat and we will have a meat (chashu) and veggie toppings available for the ramen. Delicious for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, but not vegan-friendly (the ramen noodles contain eggs). Homemade ramen eggs and other toppings will be available for topping the ramen.
Wilderness Survival Skills Clinic
Set among the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 1-Day Wilderness Skills clinic is a great way to escape the hustle-and-bustle of the week and get back to nature! Our trained instructors – expert survivalists and naturalists – are excited to share these ancient skills with you. Learning these timeless traditions, such as shelter building and fire-by-friction helps to build self-esteem and awareness from knowing YOU CAN SURVIVE! This class is 100% hands-on and appropriate for all ages, but the pace is geared towards teens and adults (children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult). Everything you learn, you will do! Be prepared for your next wilderness adventure by practicing these timeless skills. You WILL build a shelter, you WILL make fire, you WILL learn about edible plants, see and learn about primitive traps, and experience several other original human skills. This class is about getting back to the earth, learning how ancient peoples lived in harmony with our planet, and experiencing nature to its fullest. There is something here for everybody – come with an open mind and be ready to learn! Other things to note Dress for the weather – rain protection in the winter, light clothing with sun protection in the summer. Also, this is a group activity - please be on time! (this is NOT a private experience)
Santa Cruz Redwoods Forest Bathing
Release tension and stress and sync with the calming rhythm of the redwood forest. Great for families, teams, couples and solo travelers alike. Forest Bathing is a meditative experience that calms the mind while increasing your connection to the natural world. Embrace the present moment in the majestic, ancient Redwoods. The Santa Cruz Redwood Forest is world renown and is part of one the most delicate biospheres on earth. Walk among the worlds tallest trees and allow nature to bring you to a state of peace and equanimity. We will meet at a safe parking lot in one of Santa Cruz County's beautiful state parks and will immediately enter the ancient redwood forest. The experience includes a guided meditation and short sequence of yoga immersed in the beautiful redwoods. We have all experienced the profound feeling of being truly absorbed in nature and the sense of calm that washes over the mind. The echoing bird song, the aroma of the trees natural oils, the cool soft touch of a mossy tree trunk - as we let the daily rush slip away, we feel relaxed and supported by the forest. Forest Bathing has been shown to reduce stress and worry, strengthen the immune system, enhance positive moods, and increase energy & vitality. An opportunity to lower your screen time while enjoying the natural world. **Covid safe and greatly distanced**
Terrarium Workshop / Team Building / Science, Craft & Peace
Nature lovers can try something new to bring the outdoors inside. In this class, you will learn how to make a self-sustaining closed terrarium. Your teacher will offer expert guidance as you make a closed terrarium and get all the tips and tricks to taking care of your miniature ecosystem so it thrives, sometimes for years! Learn about the materials you need and the plants that do best in these types of terrariums. Even beginners will find success and anyone with terrarium building experience will still find plenty to learn and appreciate in this fun Bay Area workshop. You'll find all the materials you need waiting for you in class. Plan a team building / group experience with friends or join on your own if you're looking for fun things to do in the Bay Area. When you are done, you'll have a personalized terrarium to take home and treasure. Beginner-friendly! Add-Ons: *Extra plants *Springtails (insects - little friends) *Extra craft kit *Wardian terrarium case Great idea for Team building, and motivating events! I've been hosting +100 companies' teams, and so excited to host your team! The host can come to your private place, please ask :) Think free, design free, and Love Nature!!
Intimately experience a biodiverse farm
We'll start by foraging through the farm to make a diverse "goat salad." We'll walk through the garden, stop to admire the beehives, meet the pigs, and then feed and pet our silly goats and adorable Babydoll sheep. Once our goats and sheep have had their salads, we’ll hand feed our gentle dairy cow, Harper, some of her favorite treats. After washing off any cow slobber, we'll treat you to a light seasonal farm picnic. You'll then walk off those calories by taking our miniature horses for a stroll, and you'll pet and feed these sweeties. Following our horse experience, we'll step in with the chickens and ducks. We'll feed them organic hen scratch and farm greens, if available. We'll watch them happily scratch around and quack and coo, and you can hold and pet them if you’d like too. While they’re scratching around, we’ll step into the coops to check for eggs. We'll compare the various types, shapes, colors, and sizes. We'll finish our experience with a calm and relaxing visit with our bunnies. We'll pet and feed these sweet and soft fur balls. All along the experience, you will learn fun facts about our diverse plant and animal family, and you’ll leave with a seasonal farm gift. Other things to note: Wear comfortable closed-toed walking shoes and clothes you don't mind possibly getting a bit dirty. Boots and long pants are ideal. *Great for teams and team-building too!
Woodworking - Create a Bowl Using a Lathe
Have you ever wanted to make your own wooden bowl? Have you ever been interested in woodworking but never had the tools to try it out? In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn how to make a bowl from a block of wood, by turning it on a wood lathe. The class will start out by reviewing basic safety for working with the machines and the tools. I will demonstrate each step in great detail before giving you the opportunity to try it out on your own. Wood and finishing materials will be provided to each participant to make one 5 inch by 2 inch bowl. Absolutely no prior experience is required and is suitable for ages 10+. You will leave this experience with a hand-made treasure that will last you a lifetime!
Life With Farm Animals At Rancho Roben Rescues
We will begin at the red barn where you will learn about this 12 acre sanctuary and the stories behind the 100+ rescue farm animals living on it. From there we will explore three different pastures that include horses, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats and a goose. While you are here we are thrilled to guide you through an up-close experience with all of these amazing creatures while they roam freely. Many of these animals will walk right up to you to take a snack from your hand or allow you take a close-up photo with them! During your 90+ minute visit, you will: -meet a tiny rooster -groom a pony -give a belly rub to a pig -feed a snack to a goat -stroll through the hills where our livestock guardian dogs work -take pictures with a sheep (or any of the other animals) -explore our garden orchard -learn about composting (with worms) Throughout your experience you will hear stories about the animals and get answers to your questions about how we give the love and care required for all of these farm animals. We will finish with a discussion about how you can incorporate different aspects of farm life into your living space, be it on the balcony of a tiny apartment or in a sprawling suburban backyard. For guests who wish to make this an overnight experience, please check out our converted school bus: https://abnb.me/ISFQMIHQrb
Beginner Surf Lesson - Santa Cruz
Beginner Surfing l is our popular 2.5-hour group surf clinic. So what will you be learning? This clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on their own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching waves! There will be a short land-lesson to start, and after that we'll head out to catch some waves. You'll get approximately 1:30-2 hours of "water time" in the 2.5-hour class. Maximum ratio of 4 students per instructor. FAQ: Why are some of these class times SOOO early?! Answer: When it comes to surfing, mother nature sets a lot of the rules - that's what makes it such a unique sport. If we don't go on the right tide, we won't get any waves! While those early morning sessions might be hard to wake up for, they are also truly magical. Great surf conditions, no wind, no crowds - it is about as epic as it gets. If you make the commitment go early, we can promise you'll be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime!
Cooking From Gujarat, India and WineTasting
Join my one-of-a-kind cooking experiences and see why I have a perfect track record of 5-star reviews. We will learn how to make well-loved Gujarati Dishes, which you would never find at any Indian restaurant. The cooking experience simultaneously features a clever and unique combination of distinctive, sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. We will prepare two popular Gujarati appetizers and jaw-dropped complimentary CLASSIC Gujarati bread that you will be amazed to make, followed by masala chai/Tea. Gujarat is the KING of appetizers. These appetizers are gifts from Gujarat to the rest of the world. After preparing the mouth-watering dishes, we have a sit-down to taste the food, paired with wine from local wineries and a complimentary TRADITIONAL and FAMOUS Gujarati dessert..YUM! I'm the author of a cookbook titled "From Gujarat, With Love." I designed my book to be a unique expression of our culinary identity. I've worked with Jonathan Lovekin, the world's most renowned food photographer, to make this book a masterpiece of food art. My mission & passion are to share this undiscovered regional cuisine of India with the world and make it as ubiquitous as the French, Italian and Mexican food we call out.