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Winter Foraging: Cottonwood Buds!

Winter Foraging: Cottonwood Buds!

  • WHEN:  February 25, 2024
  • TIME:  10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • FEE:  $145.00 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Heather Bruno
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Seattle, WA

(details & directions provided after enrollment)

Late winter and early spring may seem like a barren time with little to harvest, but it is actually the BEST time to harvest Cottonwood buds! These heavenly scented buds are incredibly medicinal and SO fun to forage! This class is an especially wonderful opportunity to get out into nature in the Winter! You will enjoy a gentle walk along a river, fresh air, and camaraderie with other plant people while learning all about this very special tree. You will learn to make a variety of your very own hand crafted Cottonwood bud remedies for yourself and your loved ones. PLUS! I will show you step-by-step how to make a cottonwood bud salve right in the field among the trees! Then you will take home your own sample of this healing salve along with additional recipes! Please note: this very popular class sold out quickly last year.

In this wildcrafting adventure you will learn all about the medicine of cottonwood trees, how to identify them (even when there are no leaves on the trees), and the optimal time to responsibly harvest the richly sticky, heavenly scented, and incredibly medicinal buds to make the most effective remedies! This class includes learning about the constituents of the Cottonwood that contribute to its medicine, walking along a river path and foraging from windfallen branches we find, learning about techniques for infusing buds in oil or honey, and in-the -field demonstration of salve making. PLUS! You will take home your own tin of freshly made Cottonwood bud salve and additional recipes! You will gain confidence in your ability to find, forage and prepare your own Cottonwood remedies-knowledge and skills that will bring tons of enjoyment and healing benefits for a lifetime!

Does it hurt? Well, then, you need cottonwood! How much do I love cottonwood bud medicine? SO MUCH! It is an absolute staple in our house. In fact, panic has been known to set in when we get low! Cottonwood leaf buds contain resins and constituents that are very effective at reducing inflammation and relieving pain. Plus, they are highly antimicrobial, making the medicine of the buds perfect for treating cuts, scrapes. cold sores, and sore throats. Cottonwood also helps to heal tissues, prevent infection, and brings blessed relief to those experiencing arthritis, strains, pains, aches, and general muscle soreness or injury.

We will be either in the Carnation or North Bend area. Detailed meeting instructions will be provided about a week prior to class meeting. We go where the buds are! Carpool options may be arranged if needed. Please email Heather to inquire.


As you know, the weather in Winter is unpredictable. So, if February 25th is not possible, the alternate date for this Wildcrafting course is: March 10, 2024. The determination of using the alternate date is at the discretion of CMHS. If we experience especially problematic weather (such as a severe windstorm or snowstorm) for both of these dates (unlikely!) CMHS will work to arrange another time for this class, credit you for another class, or issue a refund at that time. Please be aware that since the alternate date has been arranged in advance, it is your responsibility to be sure the backup date will work with your schedule before registering. You will not be issued a refund if we must use the alternate date.

What to bring? How to prepare?

You will want to dress warmly and bring the following:

  • Discover Pass
  • 1 clean HALF pint jar with lid
  • Masking tape or label
  • Your choice of either 1/2 pint of organic oil. Any oil of your choice will work. I prefer olive or avocado oils OR 1/2 pint honey
  • Rubbing alcohol or wipes
  • Notebook, pen
  • Lunch, snacks, warm drink, water
  • A full tank of gas
  • Hand warmers highly recommended
  • Dress for the weather – I recommend bringing extra clothes to change into if yours gets wet.
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.