Radiance Herbs & Massage

Radiance Classes

Each Fall and Spring Radiance staff members and friends focus their creative energies to offer a wide range of classes and events for you. The enthusiastic response we receive tells us we're on a good path. We hope you enjoy this season's offerings. Our class offerings are listed in our newsletter. To sign up to receive our online E Newsletter please click here.

Current class listings are also available to view through our online calendar.


Guided Tour of Radiance

Fridays, September 5 and November 7
6:30-7 pm

Join us for a guided tour. We love to share information about our amazing store! You will learn about all that Radiance has to offer. Get some free samples and ask your burning questions. Owner Karin Olsen will personally take you on this magical journey. No registration required.

Cost: FREE!


How To Make Tea

Saturday, September 13
1-1:30 pm

Excited to see our entire wall of herbs and teas but uncertain about how to prepare them at home? Join long-time Radiance staff herbalist Carol Trasatto for an introduction to the how’s and why’s of simple water-based preparations. Ideas for refreshing cool teas will also be offered. Please stop by—free, with no registration required!

Cost: FREE!


Fall Riparian Herb Walk

Sunday, September 21
10am-12 noon

The best way to greet Fall is by broadening your knowledge and understanding of the plants we live with. Our small group will walk the occasionally steep but well-maintained trails of Watershed Park and discuss ethical harvest and use of the medicinal plants we identify. Bring a pen if you want to take notes, sturdy shoes, and water.

Instructor: Heather Dunn. Heather has been working at Radiance and guiding herb walks for six years. She studied herbalism under Sequoia Ladd.

Cost:  $25
To register, contact Radiance Herbs and Massage at 360-357-5250


Continuing Tarot Practice - the Tarot as a Tool for Self-Awareness

Sundays: September 21 and October 9
12:30 to 4:30 or 5 pm (depends on the size of the class)

Important! This class is for those who have a working knowledge of the Tarot. We will use the ancient oracle of the Tarot to deepen our awareness of ourselves, our patterns, our issues. This is a class of introspection and reflection, using the cards to open those doorways for personal growth and emotional grounding and integrity. We will touch on the symbolism of the Tarot, and personal symbols.

The two classes can be taken individually or both can be taken to broaden the experience of Tarot practice. The classes will be structured the same but each will be slightly different. Participants must have their own deck, and need to bring a journal or notebook.

Instructor: Pamela Norris. Pamela has been studying, practicing and teaching the Tarot for 30+ years. She is available for group and private sessions.

Cost:  $40 per class
To register, contact Pamela Norris at 360-790-1425 or pamela9norris@gmail.com
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Psychic Protection

Tuesday, September 23
6-8pm

Learn how to protect your psychic self. We will discuss psychic hygiene and psychic first aid. You will discover new ways to clear your personal energy field and your space using ancient tools. Have you wondered what to do when you feel “icky” energy? You will get great tips in this class for removing the “icky” feeling.

Instructor: Karin Olsen, LMP. Karin owns Radiance Herbs & Massage and has been a licensed massage therapist for almost 20 years. She loves to share her knowledge about natural living.

Cost:  $30
To register, contact Radiance Herbs and Massage at 360-357-5250.
Class to be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


How to Choose a Pendulum

Friday, September 26
5:30-6 pm

Unsure how to begin your entry into pendulum divination? Surely you begin with choosing your tool- the right pendulum. Work with a Radiance staff member to help you use your intuition to discover what is right for you.

Cost: FREE


Learn the Tarot

Saturdays: September 27, October 11 and 25, November 8
12:30 to 4:30 or 5 pm (depends on the size of the class)

Join in a fascinating exploration of consciousness using the ancient oracle of the Tarot. Develop your personal relationship to the cards; learn how to interpret the images and symbols that are the language of the unconscious. This is a wonderful and fun opportunity to develop, exercise and strengthen your intuition.

While the classes can be taken separately, most students learn more from the continuity of the series. Please do not drop into the series midway if you have no knowledge of the Tarot. Students attending Level II or above are expected to have their own Tarot deck.

Instructor: Pamela Norris. Pamela has been studying, practicing and teaching the Tarot for 30+ years. She is available for group and private sessions.

Cost: $40 per class
To register, contact Pamela Norris at 360-790-1425 or email pamela9norris@gmail.com.
Class to be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Shamanism 101

Sunday, September 28
2-3:30pm

What is shamanism? Is it being a shaman? There will be a discussion about shamanism versus being a shaman. Topics to be included are sacred places, vision quests, ‘magical power’, calling, shamanic tools, altars, and ways to connect with the divine living world.

The workshop will include an exercise in connecting with the shamanic realm that one can take home and practice in their daily lives.

Instructor: Peter Brown. Peter is an initiated Marakame (Singer/Shaman) in the Huichol tradition of Sierra Madres in Mexico and a crowned Granicero (Weather Worker/Shaman) in the Nauha tradition of south central Mexico. He is also inducted as a lay spiritual healer in plant spirit medicine.

Cost: $10
To register, email peter@peterbrownhealing.com.
Class to be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Crystals: Experience and Theory

Sunday, October 5
12-1:30pm

See for yourself whether the experience of crystal energy is suggestion, or something science hasn’t yet documented. Join the class to experiment, compare your experience with other class members, and learn common theories as to why these stones affect us the way they do. Students should leave with the ability to understand how any crystal is likely to affect them just by looking at it.

Instructor: Heather Dunn. Working at Radiance for six years, Heather has passionately taken to the study and experience of crystals. She also reads and teaches tarot, and is skilled at helping students tune out anxiety and ego, and tune into intuitive information.

Cost:  $15
To register, contact Radiance Herbs and Massage at 360-357-5250.
Class to be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Celebrate the Seasons with the Goddess

Monday, October 6
6-8 pm

Would you like to mark the turn of the seasons? In this evening class we will take a look at the eight holidays of many earth-based religions, the Sabbats and their magical associations. We will focus our attention on the four upcoming holidays—Mabon/Autumn Equinox, Samhain/Halloween, Yule/Winter Solstice, and Imbolc/Candlemas. We will discuss candles, stones, incense, craft projects and recipes for each season. Please bring a journal to begin your journey’s record.

Instructor: Karin Olsen, LMP. Karin owns Radiance Herbs & Massage and has been a licensed massage therapist for almost 20 years. She loves to share her knowledge about natural living.

Cost:  $30
To register, contact Radiance Herbs and Massage at 360-357-5250.
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Weight Loss with Traditional Medicine

Wednesdays: October 15, 22, 29, November 5
6-8pm

In this class we will use ear acupuncture points to enhance your body’s weight management systems. Each session will include group acupuncture and nutrition and lifestyle consulting with traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine. Needleless options are available! We will meet once a week for four weeks.

Instructor: Jessica O’Malley LAc. Jessica is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist. She practices traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine. She has been in love with vibrational medicine since childhood and has been using sound therapy to enhance her healing practice since 2007.

Cost:  $80 total ($20 each X 4 treatments)
To register, contact Jessica O'Malley LAc at 360-742-4448 or email jessicaomalleylac@gmail.com. Visit her website healingcircleacupuncture.com for more information.
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Spirit Guide Meet and Greet

Saturday, October 18
1-4 pm

Come meet and work with your Spirit Guides in this uplifting and inspiring class! We all have a spiritual team that is loving, guiding, and supporting us in life. Your Spirit Guides are often your loved ones in the non-physical realm, spiritual teachers, Ascended Masters, Angels, and your Higher Self or Soul. Learn how your Spirit Guides communicate with you, help you—and how to assess when the guidance is real and trustworthy.

Participate in a unique grounding exercise to open yourself up to making a connection with Spirit. Enjoy an exercise to receive personal guidance from your Spirit Guide through inspirational writing. Meet your Spirit Guide in a relaxed guided meditation.

Learn to communicate with your spiritual team to receive answers to your personal concerns. Let your spiritual support team help you to be the most you can be and to create an extraordinary life! No experience is required. Come with a loving heart and an open mind. Bring pen and paper to class.

Instructor: Lisa Holm. An intuitive guide and teacher, Lisa has been empowering clients across the U.S. and internationally through classes, clairvoyant counseling, intuitive readings, animal communication, and spiritual healing since 2002. Lisa is an ordained minister, Reiki Master, has studied with the Church of Religious Science, and is an adjunct faculty member at SPSCC.

Cost: $44
To register, contact Lisa Holm at 360-786-8617 or email lisa@lisaholm-psychic.com
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Introduction to Aromatherapy

Tuesday, October 21
6-8 pm

Aromatherapy is the use of natural, aromatic plant oils in the pursuit of emotional, physical or esthetical well-being. Discover aromatherapy and what essential oils can do for you. Learn the principles of blending so you can create your own personal fragrance. In this class you will learn: How to use essential oils in your life; the mind/scent connection; blending classifications; top, middle and base notes.

Instructor: Kerri Ward Merrill. Kerri is a licensed holistic esthetician, who trained under aromatherapy expert Michael Scholes. She specializes in natural health and beauty using plant and flower essences and enjoys sharing her knowledge of aromatherapy with a wide variety of individuals through her workshops, therapeutic facials and aromatherapy consultations.

Cost: $35
To register, contact Radiance Herbs and Massage at 360-357-5250.
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Kombucha 101

Sunday, October 26
2-4 pm

In this class, you will be introduced to making kombucha at home through the fermenting of sweetened tea. We will review: tea and sugar choices, temperatures and how they play a role in your fermenting; types of containers and bottles used in the first and second stages of fermentation and why. We will also discuss how to carbonate naturally through added flavors and building your own kombucha hotel. I will share with you what has worked for me over the years.

Instructor: Julie Martin. Julie has been fermenting for a few years now for both her family and friends. Kombucha is just one of the items she ferments. Her family also enjoys the benefits of sauerkraut, kimchi, ketchup, water and milk kefir.

Cost: $30
To register, email Julie at olycultures@yahoo.com
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Make Your Own Lip Balms, Salves, and Massage Oils

Saturday, November 1
1-4 pm

In this exciting and informative class, you will learn how to create your own essential oil and herb-scented massage oils, healing salves and lip balms. Your holiday gifts can be made with love and intention in your own home. All supplies and recipes are included for the class. You will leave with small samples.

Instructor: Judy Scott. Judy is Radiance's long-time retail manager and now gift team lead, a joyful student of life, and a creative wiz in the kitchen. She delights in making things to nourish body and soul and in sharing the process with others.

Cost: $30
To register, contact Radiance Herbs and Massage at 360-357-5250.
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Basic Soapmaking

Sunday, November 2
1-4 pm

Make soap the old-fashioned way. In this hands-on class you will learn how to safely handle lye, which oils make the best soaps, and tips and tricks for making two different batches—so wear your grubbies. Students will take home their creations after they are fully cured (about three weeks). All materials are supplied. Class size is limited.

Instructor: Kerri Ward Merrill. Kerri is a licensed holistic esthetician, who trained under aromatherapy expert Michael Scholes. She specializes in natural health and beauty using plant and flower essences and enjoys sharing her knowledge of aromatherapy with a wide variety of individuals through her workshops, therapeutic facials and aromatherapy consultations.

Cost: $40, includes materials
To register, contact Radiance Herbs and Massage at 360-357-5250.
Class to be held offsite.


Changing Woman: Menopause as Transformation

Sunday, November 9
12-4 pm

Even if you have been resisting the idea that you are going through “the change of life,” there is no stopping or avoiding the process. The shift from fertility to menopause is a profound transformation, and there is great beauty and power to be discovered in the journey if it is engaged mindfully.

In this class, we will explore the terrain most often encountered by a Changing Woman—physical, emotional and spiritual. We will draw on a rich tradition of plant allies and other holistic techniques that can help ease our passage, to help us emerge with more vitality and potency than ever. Handouts will be provided; herbal teas and a generous sampling of beneficial snack foods will be served.

Class is limited to women currently undergoing or completing hormonal changes—or who suspect in their deepest hearts that they are. You are not alone and you need not “fade away”!

Instructor: Carol Trasatto. Carol is an herbalist with almost 35 years of experience who has, herself, traversed the changes of the menopausal transition. Having crossed this lifestage bridge—personally and with hundreds of clients—she understands the process from the inside...and feels honored to assist other women through this often deeply emotional transformation. Contact Carol at nettlelove@gmail.com with any questions.

Cost: $75; $65 each if two friends register and pay in advance.
To register, contact Radiance Herbs and Massage at 360-357-5250.
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Hear Your Heart; Know Your Path

Thursday, November 13
6:30-8 pm

We are all born with the sacred tool of intuition. We know when we follow our heart things tend to work out best for everyone, because when we listen to our heart and use our intuition we have access to the divine wisdom that helps our soul reach its full potential. Sound meditation is a supreme way to enjoy a strong and blissful connection to our heart and its intuitive guidance. This workshop is a gong bath sound meditation enhanced with vibrational herb extracts and mantra chanting. We will feel and know the presence of our intuition and appreciate its use in a more natural ongoing practice.

Instructor: Jessica O’Malley LAc. Jessica is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist. She practices traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine. She has been in love with vibrational medicine since childhood and has been using sound therapy to enhance her healing practice since 2007. Her first gong bath was in 2010—the experience was ecstatic and profound. She is excited to share the healing power of her gong with our community.

Cost: $200
To register, contact Jessica O'Malley at 360-742-4448 or email jessicaomalleylac@gmail.com. Visit her website healingcircleacupuncture.com for more information.
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage. If more than 15 people register, there will need to be a change of venue and the instructor will contact you.


Make Your Own Magical Natural Perfume

Tuesday, November 18
6-8 pm

Do you love essential oils? In this class, we will study the properties of the aromatic oils and craft a magical natural perfume blend. This evening is for those who want to create a signature scent for themselves or for a loved one…and for those who want to use essential oils to help invoke their heart’s desire. All supplies are included.

Instructor: Karin Olsen, LMP. Karin owns Radiance Herbs & Massage and has been a licensed massage therapist for almost 20 years. She loves to share her knowledge about natural living.

Cost: $30
To register, contact Radiance Herbs and Massage at 360-357-5250.
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Make Your Own Bath Fizzies, Salts and Scrubs

Saturday, November 22
1-4 pm

Create holiday gifts for family and friends. Learn how to create your own essential oil and herb scented bath salts, bath fizzies and scrubs in this fun, kid-friendly, hands-on class. All supplies and recipes included.  We will have lots of fun creating samples of several recipes for you to take home. You will leave with the experience to recreate these recipes and more!

Instructor: Judy Scott. Judy is Radiance's long-time retail manager and now gift team lead, a joyful student of life, and a creative wiz in the kitchen. She delights in making things to nourish body and soul and in sharing the process with others.

Cost: $30; $20 kids 10-15yrs accompanied by adult
To register, contact Radiance Herbs and Massage at 360-357-5250.
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Explore Past Lives

Saturday, December 13
1-4 pm

In this safe and relaxed environment you will be guided through the process of exploring one or more relevant past lives. By doing so, you can discover how a past life may be influencing your present lifetime. This guided past life journey can help you uncover “themes” to your past lives, which can often provide insights into what you are here to learn in this present lifetime and can help facilitate the release of old patterns and beliefs that no longer serve. We will discuss the experiences and Lisa will give intuitive insights for each participant. Bring paper and pen.

Instructor: Lisa Holm. An intuitive guide and teacher, Lisa has been empowering clients across the U.S. and internationally through classes, clairvoyant counseling, intuitive readings, animal communication, and spiritual healing since 2002. Lisa is an ordained minister, Reiki Master, has studied with the Church of Religious Science, and is an adjunct faculty member at SPSCC.

Cost: $44
To register, contact Lisa at 360-786-8617 or email lisa@lisaholm-psychic.com
Class will be held at Radiance Herbs and Massage.


Ongoing Classes

Plants and Planets: Aligning with Celestial Influences

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Third Thursday of each month
6:45pm to 8:15pm

Look at the month ahead and the celestial energies in store for us. We'll discuss how to support ourselves through the planetary transits with herbal medicines, gemstones, flower essences, and other gifts of the Earth. Come join this lively community happening, exploring how the big picture relates to our town and our lives.

For those unable to attend, The 8 to 12-page monthly newsletter is available by subscription and at Radiance. Offered by astrologer Rosie Finn and herbalist Carol Trasatto.

Location: The cafe at Traditions Fair Trade, 5th and Water St., downtown Olympia
Cost: $10 includes the newsletter (Drop-ins welcomed!)
For subscription info: Call Rosie at 360-866-6859


Classes at a Glance