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Devil’s Club Harvest Intensive & Medicine Making (Fall)

Devil's Club Harvest Intensive & Medicine Making (Fall)

  • WHEN:  October 20, 2024
  • TIME:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • FEE:  $145.00 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Heather Bruno
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Seattle, WA

(details & directions provided after enrollment)

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This is a unique and rare opportunity to learn more about and harvest Devil’s Club. To work intimately with this special plant and make a variety of medicines that are deeply and profoundly healing to the body, psyche and spirit.

What will Devil’s Club reveal to you about its medicine, how to be in relationship with it and how to work with it to bring about your own transformations? This is a plant that has sustained me in times of great turmoil, distress and grief. For me, Devil’s Club is uplifting, powerfully protective, wise, steady and dependable. I call this my “shelter from the storm and strength for the journey” plant. It offers me calm in the midst of chaos, a peaceful respite where I can become grounded and clear, and when I am ready, it lights my path forward.

Every person will have their own experience with Devil’s Club. It is a plant that is highly communicative!

* Please note: enrolling in this class requires a prerequisite: Devil’s Club Plant Sit: Identification & Meditation offered in Spring and Fall. The next Devil’s Club Plant Sit: Identification & Meditation is being held on April 7, 2024. Please contact Heather for more information.

As a bioregional herbalist, I believe deeply in cultivating a sense of place, and that we need only look around us to find the plants that will nurture, heal, and sustain us mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. These are the plants we are in community with. Getting to know these plants intimately is an important part of remembering our connection to the earth, and feeling embraced within that connection.

Devil’s Club is a plant the can help us experience that connection. It is also a plant that must be approached with reverence, an open heart and a willingness to be vulnerable. If you have taken the prerequisite class: Devil’s Club Plant Sit: Identification and Meditation, then you are ready to take the next step in connecting with this plant!

In this full day unique harvest and medicine making intensive, you will again meet Devil’s Club using all your senses and go deeper in experiencing and knowing this plant as you prepare to harvest it for medicine.

You will learn how to harvest Devil’s Club safely and sustainably, and have the wonderful experience of processing it to make a several medicinal remedies. Choices include 2 of the following: a tincture, oil, honey, vinegar/oxymel or elixir (alcohol and honey).

I strive to make sure that no part of the plant that is taken when harvested goes to waste so you will also learn how to make beads and walking sticks from the stems. PLUS! You will make and take home a Forest Infused bath salt with Devil’s Club and other fragrant plants that grow near it so you can literally continue your forest bathing experience at home!

What to bring? How to prepare?

  • leather gloves!
  • wear long sleeves, long, thick pants (leggings are too thin!), and boots or sturdy footwear
  • hand-held clippers
  • butter knife or knife for scraping
  • small towel or pillowcase
  • scissors
  • chopping knife/small cutting board
  • two (2) 4 oz (1/2 pint) canning jars with lids
  • one (1) 8 oz (pint) jar with lid
  • small paper sack
  • making tape or labels for jars
  • about 2 cups of Epsom salts (fragrance-free)
  • Discover pass may be needed
  • notebook/pen
  • lunch/water/snacks
  • something to sit on (chair or waterproof) blanket
  • eye protection/safety glasses (optional but encouraged)

Liquids will depend on what you want to make:

  • tincture: 1/2 pint 75%-100% alcohol (unflavored vodka or everclear)
  • honey: 1/2 pint raw liquid honey
  • vinegar: 1/2 pint organic apple cider vinegar
  • oxymel: mix 1/4 pint honey with 1/4 pint apple cider vinegar (adjust ratio to taste)
  • elixir: mix 1/4 pint honey with 1/4 pint alcohol (adjust ratio to taste)
  • infused oil: 1/2 pint oil: organic olive or avocado are preferable

WHERE TO MEET:

Class may be held near Enumclaw area or along the Snoqualmie River. Plan for about 2 hours of driving each way to our harvest location. Carpooling is encouraged and will be coordinated closer to the day of class. Exact location and details will be provided after enrollment.

WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY: Refunds will gladly be given minus a 20% processing fee up to 7 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 7 days or less before a workshop and for no-shows. No exceptions can be made. Thank you for understanding. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.