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Chumash Kitchen

The Flavors of late Spring and early Summer

with Chumash chefs and herbalists, Violet Cavanaugh and Jeanette Acosta

Taste the wild flavors of late spring and summer. Join us this June as we reconnect with the local environment, the season, and your health during the spring 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.

The Central Valley Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Yokuts Peoples Nation will be honoring us with traditionally hunted wild game. Our feast will be supplemented by the wild berries, herbs, nuts and grains that grow in our area during our Summer Season. 

Violet and Jeanette will share the practices of collecting, processing and transforming seasonal, local foods into several modern and traditional recipes, paired with wild foods collected from the area. Enjoying a beautifully prepared breakfast and lunch featuring 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. Pre-registry is REQUIRED for this intimate offering.

Friday June 1 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 “+prep” in the sliding scale PayPal drop-down menu. (link coming soon)

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The Spring/Summer Chumash Kitchen program offers 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.
Please register below using the Eventbrite button. 


Jeanette 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.

Violet Cavanaugh

Violet 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.”

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