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Mushrooms & Adaptogens


This 4-week series can be taken on its own or combined with our longer Intro to Herbalism program (March-June 2020), our Winter Wellness, Winter Wildcrafting series (February 2020), and/or our Flowers, Fruits, & First Aid series (August 2020). Beginners and intermediate students are welcome.

Join Gradey and Missy as we delve into the medicines and practices of the season. Our outdoor classes will focus on fungus identification, demystifying mushroom structures, habits, and life cycles. We will explore off-trail through the forest in search of edible and medicinal fungi, paying special attention to where they occur, how to harvest ethically, and important safety considerations when handling and preparing mushrooms so that participants are empowered to forage in the future.

Our indoor classroom days will go further with fungi as medicine, making a heat-extract tincture and covering effective preparations for health and wellness. We will also dive into adaptogens, a powerful category of medicinal plants and fungi, discussing the controversies and mystique of these remedies. In the kitchen, our hands-on approach will include food as medicine and immune-bolstering practices for the winter ahead. Our conversations will explore practical ways to work medicinal plants and fungi into our lives, and everyone will take home medicine that we make together.

Class will be held on four Saturdays, October 10-31, from 10am-4pm in SE Portland. On field trip days, we will meet as early as 8:30am to carpool to our destination, returning to town around 6pm. The course is $390 for all four sessions; discounts are available to those enrolled in the 2020 Intro to Herbalism program.

Earlier Event: August 8
Flowers, Fruits, & First Aid Series