This 4-week series can be taken on its own or combined with our longer Intro to Herbalism program (March-June 2020), our Flowers, Fruits, & First Aid series (August 2020), and/or our Mushrooms & Adaptogens series (October 2020). Beginners and intermediate students are welcome.
Join Missy and Gradey as we delve into delve into the medicines and practices of the season. Our outdoor classes will look for the clues available even in the depths of winter: How can we identify a tree by its bark and buds? What do the trees and shrubs tell us about the landscape? How do the patterns that emerge guide our practices as herbalists and people who seek relationship with place? To truly understand a place we need to see it in all the seasons. And we need to find ways to give back! We will wildcraft where appropriate and tend where we can, discussing ethics and reciprocity along the way.
Our indoor classroom days will address the health concerns of the dark months: We’ll talk about herbs for colds, immune support, and warmth, examining how to choose the right remedy for each condition. In the kitchen, we’ll get hands-on, learning how to make fresh-plant tinctures, effective teas, and tasty remedies. Our conversations will explore practical ways to work medicinal plants into our lives, and everyone will take home medicine that we make in class.
Class will be held on four Saturdays, February 8-29, from 10am-4pm in SE Portland. On field trip days, we will meet at 8:45am to carpool to our destination, returning to town around 5pm. The course is $390 for all four sessions; discounts are available to those enrolled in the 2020 Intro to Herbalism program.