IN-PERSON: Reclaiming Traditional Cooking with Fats with Shereel Washington - October 26th, 5:30-7:30pm PT


Misconceptions about fats in our diets have been circulating for far too long, and we’ve minimized this all-important source of nourishment.  Low-fat diets, and diets too-low in saturated fats, have created a high number of health complications for us. It’s time we decolonize our diets by reclaiming this traditional ingredient and its preparation methods

Reclaiming traditional foods is a way of nourishing ourselves on a deep level and restoring a cultural body of knowledge that we crave. We learn how to cook and combine foods to maximize their nutrition, assimilation, and deliciousness. Our bodies need fats to function optimally. 

Traditional fats such as tallow from grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, ghee, or coconut oil offer nutritional benefits apart from oils made from nuts and seeds.  They are rich in omegas and essential fatty acids, and offer a host of benefits: from brain health, hormone health, production of Vitamin D, assimilation of nutrients, liver + gallbladder support, and mood stability.  Fats are also essential for maintaining a healthy menstrual cycle.  

During this interactive class we’ll focus on traditional cooking and preparation methods to bring fats back into the diet.  

What You’ll Experience:

  • A history of animal fats and their cross-cultural uses
  • A discussion of the nutritional value of different kinds of fats, their cooking methods, & practical uses
  • Shereel will live demo how to make your own herbal-infused fats using supportive culinary herbs (like rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme) and nutritive herbs (like nettle, mullein, mugwort and lemon balm)… which is another great way to bring herbs into the diet
  • Shereel will pass along her (seriously unmissable) recipe for collard greens
  • And she’ll give you other cooking and preparation tips to incorporate fats into your daily recipes

By working with traditional foods like fats, we can change the narrative about how we eat. We can shift our mealtimes to acts of deep nourishment and self-care.

Vegans and vegetarians are also welcome, as Shereel will discuss alternatives using ghee and coconut oil.

 Supplies to Bring:
- A notebook & pen

Watch this short intro video where Shereel talks about the class!


This class will be live in-person at The Scarlet Sage Herb Co., 1193 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.  

*COVID Protocols. Masks are required for all participants, although the teacher will be unmasked. The instructor would like to acknowledge that some might not be able to mask due to disability or medical condition, in which case you may present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. Please do not come if you are feeling unwell. Thank you!

Shereel is an herbalist and principal of ixalted natural body care & botanicals, a health and body restorative herbal business that creates and crafts customized herbal formulations to support and restore overall health and wellness.

Shereel studied at the California School of Herbal Studies, Forestville, CA and teaches in the Community & Apprentice Programs at Scarlet Sage’s Land of Verse and Herbal Classes at the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium at Black Oak Ranch in Mendocino, CA.

Shereel was a guest panelist for the Sonoma County Herb Exchange Live Virtual Panel: “Honoring The Roots” in 2020. In 2019, she was guest speaker for Naomi Love’s: Wise Womb Way Virtual Symposium and a two time panelist on the Women of Color: “Do You Walk In Our Shoes'' at The Fall 2018 and Spring 2020 Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium.

In addition, Shereel is a lifelong dancer. She has over 40 years of experience and currently teaches and curates Move: Spirit & Rhythm Dance Program in Oakland at Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies. She’s also a martial artist in White Crane Silat and Shaolin Kung Fu & Qigong and is the creator of Martial Arts Kids Play (MAKP) IG:

In-Person Events cancellation policy:

Out of respect for our teachers, we kindly ask you to cancel at least 24 hours in advance, as the seating for our classes is very limited. If you should have to cancel your registration, notification in writing should be sent by email. Please make sure you state your name and the name of the class in your email.

- An event credit in the amount of the original purchase price will be issued for cancellations received 24 hours prior to the start of the event. Please contact us by email to register for another class of your choice. Event credit is available for a period of six months - according to availability.

- No event credit will be issued for cancellations received within 24 hours of the event, nor failure to attend.

ADA Compliance: 
Our Wellness Space and School of Traditional Healing Arts is located below Scarlet Sage, and is not ADA compliant; you will need to walk down 15 stairs to access the classroom and the Wellness Space. Please let us know if you need help walking into the space. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We would love to hear from you!

Please contact us using the form below with any questions or give us a call between 11-6 pm PT at 415-821-0997.

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Thank you for your love and support! 

Scarlet Sage

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