Weekend #10
May
12
May 14

Weekend #10

Location: Olympic Peninsula (Hoh Rainforest and Lake Ozette). Overnight camp.

  • Travel to Hoh Rainforest (Leave Friday evening)
  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for May
  • Mushroom harvesting
  • Plant walks focusing on the old growth rainforest and coastal ecologies
  • Edible seaweed harvesting
  • Beneficial insects and pests (identification, the plants which attract them and their roles in the ecosystem.
  • Making medicines using harvested plants
Weekend #9
Apr
8
Apr 9

Weekend #9

Location: Student designed trip. Suggested by the 2015 Ethnobotany Immersion students. At this point in the year, students have a pretty good grasp on the plants in Washington and are allowed to pick the ecologies that they would like to visit as a group). Overnight camp.

  • Travel to group destination
  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for April
  • Making and processing medicines
  • Making primitive utensils over the evening campfire
  • Plant walks in designated location
  • Sustainably growing mulch plants for soil building
  • Plant propagation (division, layering)
Weekend #8
Mar
11
Mar 12

Weekend #8

Location: Deception Pass State Park. Overnight camp.

  • Travel to Deception Pass
  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for March
  • Plant walks studying coastal ecology
  • Edible seaweeds
  • Grafting
  • Making medicines from harvested plants
  • Phytoremediation
  • Transplanting seed starts
Weekend #7
Feb
11
Feb 12

Weekend #7

Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for February
  • Basketry (using various materials)
  • Fish hooks and fish baskets
  • Making yarn from natural fibers
  • Natural dyes
  • Making paper 
Weekend #6
Jan
14
Jan 15

Weekend #6

Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for January
  • Microgreens
  • Season extension techniques 
  • Greenhouse construction and management
  • Soil building and garden preparation
  • Composting systems
  • Compost tea
  • Swale design and construction. Water catchment systems.
  • Plant propagation from seed (scarification, stratification and using compost teas)
Weekend #5
Dec
10
Dec 11

Weekend #5

Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Pruning
  • Plant propagation (hardwood cuttings)
  • Personal care products (soaps, lotions, toothpaste deodorant and more)
  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for December
  • Winter tree and shrub identification
  • Introduction to the Soil Food Web
  • Studying soil microbiology using a microscope
  • Making lye
Weekend #4
Nov
12
Nov 13

Weekend #4

Location: Raven's Roots Campus

  • Introduction to natural medicine making
  • Tinctures, salves
  • Teas, decoctions and infusions
  • Comprehensive natural medicine cabinet. Using herbs and mushrooms harvested from the Pacific Northwest we'll build this cabinet for you throughout the course of the year
  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for November
  • Fermentations (Lactoferments, kombucha/jun and more)
  • Food preservation (canning, drying and smoking)
  • Processing and storing herbs
  • Biochar and it's role in building healthy soils
Weekend #3:
Oct
8
Oct 9

Weekend #3:

Location: Southwestern Washington (Ridgefield and Nisqually). Overnight camp.

  • Travel south to Nisqually
  • Plant walks covering edible, medicinal and wildlife plants as well as utilitarian uses. Focus on oak and prarie ecosystems
  • Harvesting plants on the annual harvest schedule for October
  • Making plant based, natural ink
  • Processing and storing acorns
  • Harvest edible and medicinal mushrooms
  • Natural medicines: Understanding human physiology
Weekend #2
Sep
10
Sep 11

Weekend #2

Location: Methow Valley (Eastern Washington). Overnight camp.

  • Travel to the Methow Valley
  • Cordage
  • Wild harvesting foods and medinces on annual harvest schedule for September
  • Seed saving
  • Introduction to plant/nature sit spots. Learning how to observe not only the plants, but how they interact with the ecology around them.
  • Plant walks covering edible, medicinal and wildlife plants as well as utilitarian uses.
  • Botanical terms and plant family identification tips
  • Microclimates
Weekend #1
Aug
13
Aug 14

Weekend #1

Location: Mt. Baker - Heather Meadows. Overnight camp.

  • Introductions and overview of the course
  • Permaculture tour of our campus farm
  • Travel to Mt. Baker - Heather Meadows
  • Harvesting ethics
  • Primitive cooking techniques (utilizing plants)
  • Make a wild dinner harvested during the day at the evening camp fire
  • Annual harvest schedule (outlining our harvests for the entire immersion course)
  • Harvest plants on the annual harvest schedule for August
  • Subalpine plant walks where we'll discuss edible, medicinal, wildlife attracting and utilitarian uses for plants
  • Introduction to plant based medicine: Emphasis on safety