Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies  Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies
Nettles Hikes & Workshops
Our native plant hikes and edible mushroom forays explore northwest Oregon and beyond. We visit our favorite places at peak times, encountering orchids in bloom and fungi in flush. These trips are educational and experiential.

The herbalism workshops span a broad range of topics. Some provide hands-on experience in gathering and crafting homemade herbal remedies; other classes explore the materia medica of a certain condition or season. Among our offerings for 2014 are:

Mountain Colors! Up On the Mountain
Thursday, August 19th, 9:30am-5pm
  - with Gradey Proctor
On this journey we’ll spend our time high on Mount Hood, where the trees give way to Valerian, Arnica, and False Hellebore. We’ll take in the mountain air, discuss alpine life, meet many new plants, while we talk ways of reclaiming our health. This may be your last chance to see so many flowers 'til next spring!
Carpool will leave from SE Portland.
Cost: $40, sliding scale available for those who register by August 15th by emailing Registration required.

Lobster Mushroom! Hunting for Mushrooms
Thursday, October 2nd, 9am-5pm
  - with Gradey Proctor
Playing in the rain beneath giant conifers while seeking out edible delights – that’s what this day is all about! Hopefully, Chanterelles and Lobsters will grace us with their delectable presence. On top of that, we’ll discuss all the ecological functions of fabulous fungi, and learn useful identification tips.
Carpool will leave from SE Portland.
Cost: Cost: $40. Registration required by Sept. 30th – email

Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms! Mushrooms & Medicinals
Saturday, October 11, 10am-5pm
  - with Missy Rohs
The hunt is on! Each autumn, a spectacular array of fungi unfolds before us. Join us in a hunt for tasty edible mushrooms, such as Chanterelles, as well as an exploration of the medicinal plants such as Oregon Grape and Red Cedar that abound in the same habitat. If we get lucky, you’ll come home with a basket of tasty treats.
Carpool will leave from SE Portland.
Cost: $40, sliding scale available for those who register by October 8th by emailing Registration required.

Mushrooms of Leach Botanical Garden
Sunday, October 19th, noon-4pm
  - with Gradey Proctor
Join us for an exploration of the world of fungi. We will start with basic mushroom anatomy and introduce some of the major mushroom genera in our region. We will then stroll through Leach Botanical Garden to see what is showing and how they live. Come away with some useful identification tips, harvesting and cooking advice, and much more.
Cost: $25, Registration required. To sign up, visit

An abundant garden! Gardening for Medicine
Six classes, May through September
  - with Gradey Proctor
In this series, we’ll spend our days learning in an herb garden throughout the season. Each class we will be tending the plants and learning when and how to harvest them for medicine. We will discuss gardening techniques, such as dividing and seed saving, so that participants will have plants to take home as well as the knowledge to continue their lineage in their own gardens. We will also spend the end of the day indoors and cover basic medicinal preparations. Students will harvest an abundance of medicinal herbs and plant starts for personal use, CSA-style.

Classes will be held on the following Saturdays from from 10am to 4pm in SE Portland: May 10th, June 14th, July 19th, August 16th, September 20th and October 11th.
Cost: $450, includes all classes, monthly herbal harvest, and most materials. Class size is extremely limited.
To schedule an interview, email

~ 2015 Plant Medicine Programs ~
We are thrilled to offer two in-depth programs in 2015 that combine botany and herbalism, wildcrafting and medicine making. Herbalism & Ecosystems is our popular 132-hour introductory course, spanning eleven weekends from March through October. Spreading Our Roots takes our adventures at home and in the field to the next level, and is designed for intermediate students. It meets for 70+ hours, April through November.

To register for workshops or hikes, or to inquire about customized classes,
contact or call 503-234-8996.

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