Herbalism and Ecosystems:
Foundations for Botanical Medicine
Arctos is delighted to offer our program for the ninth year! Our intimate class starts with the verdant shoots of early Spring and continues through the fungal wonders of Autumn.
Each Saturday we will be in the field visiting different Northwest ecosystems
and interacting with the plants that live there. Along our journey, we will not only develop the botanical skills
necessary to identify the plants that we work with, but we will also leave the student with tools to identify plants encountered in the future. Ethical harvesting
will be discussed in depth, and each student will make wildcrafted medicine
and prepare wild foods
. Most importantly in our quest for self-sufficiency, we will learn to have a relationship with the land and deepen our sense of place
Sunday will be spent in the classroom, the kitchen, and the garden in Southeast Portland. We will learn the basics of Western medicinal herbalism
, drawing from wise woman traditions as well as contemporary constitutional herbalism. We will cover herbs by body system
, make plant medicines together, and grow magical connections
with the green world. Our materia medica
will focus on local remedies – classic garden medicinals, weeds, and the native plants of the Pacific Northwest. We’ll harvest and process herbs to make tinctures
, teas, flower essences
, oils, syrups
, and more. Topics covered will include formulating, nutrition, contraindications, and low-dose botanicals.
At the completion of the term, students will have the skills to create their own plant medicines and to herbally support their community through health and illness.
Want to go deeper?
Learn about our intermediate program!