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:

Wildflowers! West Side, East Side
Tuesday, April 22nd, 9am-6pm
  - with Gradey Proctor
Ever notice the incredible shift in ecosystems between the west and east side of the mountain? On this journey, we will head east to explore the diverse plants and conditions that shape the unique Columbia River Gorge. We will stop at two or three locations and meet some amazing plants for sure.
Cost: $40, sliding scale available for those who pre-register by April 19th by emailing Registration required.

Spring! Medicinal Plant Walk
Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:30pm-8pm
  - with Missy Rohs
Missy, a proud Montavilla Food Co-op Member-Owner, will lead an exploration to find out what medicinal wonders are growing right in the Montavilla neighborhood! Common garden weeds like Cleavers and Chickweed are prized for their healing properties; sidewalk trees such as Hawthorn are both edible and medicinal. Come dressed for the weather, rain or shine. Family-friendly and fun!
Cost: Free to Montavilla Co-op Member-Owners; $25 general public. Interested in joining the co-op? Meet us for the plant walk, and join right there! No registration required.

Parrot's Beak Beltane’s Magic: Uplifting Herbs
Sunday, April 27th, 12pm-2pm
  - with Missy Rohs
In keeping with the season, we'll explore local medicinals that have long been associated with Beltane (May Day), a holiday celebrating passion, abundance, fertility, and good will. Our focus will be on local nervines and uplifting herbs that can be used seasonally or year-‘round. Participants will taste medicinal preparations and bliss out on real flower power.
Cost: $30, sliding scale available for those who pre-register by April 24th by emailing Registration required.

Bear Grass Crash Course in Botany
Thursday, May 15th, 6:30pm-9pm
  - with Gradey Proctor
Join us for an interactive presentation as we explore the terms and tools one needs to properly identify plants in the forest. We will talk about the parts of the flower, leaf structure and arrangements, how to use plant books, and introduce some of the main plant families in the Pacific Northwest. If we can reach a critical mass, we may spend the following Tuesday in the field to put our new knowledge to work for us.
Suggested donation: $20. All proceeds go to creating a community library for Bark! Visit for registration information.

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

Darlingtonia! Plants of the Siskiyous: A Camping Adventure
Tuesday, June 3rd – Friday, June 6th
  - with Gradey Proctor & Missy Rohs
Join us for an amazing adventure in the Siskiyou bioregion – hands down the most botanically diverse area in the western United States. Spend four days exploring this wild and scenic land, reviewing botany basics, and working with advanced plant identification keys. Day trips will showcase the unique convergence of ecosystems to be found in this area. Meet new plants like the dramatic carnivorous Pitcher Plant and the stunning orchid California Lady Slipper, and spend some quality time with southern Oregon medicinals such as Yerba Santa, Aralia, and Balsam Root. Between plant walks we’ll settle in the shade for class, engage in round-table discussions, or jump in a river!
Cost: $200 – $250, sliding scale. Registration required by May 27th.
Email gradey@arctosschool.orgfor questions or registration details.

~ 2014 Plant Medicine Programs ~
We are thrilled to offer two in-depth programs in 2014 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 58 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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