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Intro to Autumn Wildcrafting & Herbal Home Apothecary Course 2024

Student collecting hawthorn berries

Intro to Autumn Wildcrafting & Herbal Home Apothecary Course 2024

  • WHEN:  Sept - Oct 2024
  • TIME:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • FEE:  $678
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Heather Bruno
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Seattle, WA

(details & directions provided after enrollment)

DETAILSENROLL

Friday

September 20th

Friday

September 27th

Friday

October 4th

Friday

October 11th

Autumn is a wonderful season for learning to wildcraft and make medicine with roots, fruits/berries, barks, & seeds. It’s the time to prepare for the colder months, build our herbal apothecary and ourselves by working with herbs that support wellness, build up resilience to stress and illness, prevent and address infection and aid in recovery from illness!

In this 4-week introductory course, you will learn about wildcrafting and be introduced to self-reliant, place-based herbalism. You will also learn to identify, harvest and make a treasure chest of herbal medicine from key plants that grow in the Pacific Northwest. We will also cover holistic practices that are appropriate for managing stress, preventing illness and building immunity.

In fall the energy of the plants moves below ground as fruits and seeds ripen and prepare for their journey back to the soil. In this introductory course to wildcrafting, we will spend our time outdoors and meet the plants where they grow while learning about herbal actions, energetics and constituents of plants that are ripe for harvesting in Autumn.

We will learn about herbs that support a strong, healthy immune system and wildcraft plants for making remedies that build respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous and digestive system health. You will begin to build an herbal apothecary that will help you care for yourself and your loved ones. Feeling good about what you take for your health and healing is part of the medicine. Knowing that you harvested the plants and made the medicine yourself is priceless!

This course will teach you wildcrafting basics and help you gain competency and confidence in your medicine making skills. You will learn how to prepare and use herbal tinctures, honeys, syrups, steams, salts, infused oils for salves/balms, infusions/decoctions, bitters, and oxymels.

This course will teach you wildcrafting basics and help you gain competency and confidence in your medicine making skills. You will learn how to prepare and use herbal tinctures, honeys, syrups, steams, salts, infused oils for salves/balms, infusions/decoctions, bitters, and oxymels.

Plants that we may learn about in this course include Hawthorn, Oregon graperoot, Coltsfoot, Elderberry, Evergreen Trees, Rosehip, Wild Cherry, Lichens and more!

You will learn from an experienced and knowledgeable herbalist and wildcrafter with expertise in teaching adult learners.

WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS:

Details and a supply list will be provided each week. Students will need to provide their own:

  • Jars (8 oz and 4 oz)
  • Tools such as clippers/scissors
  • Discover Pass
  • Liquids such as alcohol, honey, vinegar
What you can expect from this course:
  • Field based wildcrafting intensives and demonstrations
  • Weekly written lessons, supplemental materials and instructions
  • Opportunities to connect with and learn from plants and from each other
  • Immersion in local ecologies
  • Learning to identify plants using basic botany and organoleptic (sensory) information
  • Learning about and practicing ethical, respectful and ecologically sound wildcrafting techniques and guidelines
  • Learning about herbal actions and classification of herbs
  • Learning basic plant constituents and how to pair plants with the correct menstrua for the best extraction
  • Understanding how plants work with our anatomy and physiology to support for body systems, organs and tissues
  • Effective plant processing techniques
  • Herbal medicine making skills and knowledge of applications
  • Exploration of holistic healing practices and protocols, including food as medicine.
  • Belonging in an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive learning community of fellow plant lovers!
Where to meet?

Details will be provided each week. Typical places we may go to include the Carnation/Duvall area, Black Diamond area, North Bend/Snoqualmie River, Whidbey or Camano Island, South Sound/Rainier area, local parks, and possible travel to the Cle Elum/Ellensburg area. Carpooling is strongly encouraged!

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.