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Natural Medicine Making Workshop - July 20, 2019 ($50)

In this one day course, we will cover how to build a comprehensive herbal medicine cabinet using herbs that grow here in the Pacific Northwest.  We'll go over not only how to make the medicines, but also when/where to harvest them, dosages and safety, how to grow them yourself and resources which will help you continue on your journey as an herbalist. Here are the medicines that we'll make and the topics which we'll cover:

  • Medicines: Tinctures, salves, lotions, liniments, poultices, balms, eye washes, syrups, lozenges.

  • Teas, infusions and decoctions and which herbs provide the most benefit.

  • Safety: While herbal medicines are extremely powerful, they can also be dangerous if taken in high dosages.

  • Harvesting: Where to find the herbs, how to harvest and doing it ethically.

  • Harvest Schedule: A handy schedule as to when to harvest each herb at it's peak medicinal value.

  • Growing your herbs at home within a permaculture system.

  • Herbal medicine for kids.

  • Herbal medicine for pets.

To find out more and register, click here.


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Wild Cooking Class for Kids - July 20, 2019 ($25)

In this summer day camp, we will explore the bounty of wild edibles the Pacific Northwest has to offer and cook them into delicious dishes outdoors. We will learn to identify edible and medicinal plants in the area, how to forage sustainably, and how to use and eat them properly. As a group, we will work together to gather the natural materials we need to create and cook some dishes together outside, taking breaks with nature games and activities as needed. We will make sun tea together and complete one dish to finish and eat by the end of the day, as well as one to take home. The food we create together will depend on the interests of the group and availability of wild edibles at the time. Some options include: sun teas, jam, wild pizza, cobbler, baked goods, wild salad, kimchi, and more.

We will try some of the foods we made at 4:00pm. Parents and folks picking up are welcome to join in this end of day feast!

 Find out more and register here


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Wilderness Survival Class for Kids - July 27, 2019 ($25)

In this summer day camp, we will cover many short term survival essentials that can save your life if you're caught out in the wilderness. We will also practice sensory awareness through games and activities to tune into our surroundings. Wilderness survival topics covered include shelter building, an introduction to friction fire, how to safely and efficiently construct a fire, water purification, wild foraging, and primitive trapping. We will learn these skills together through hands-on practice, group challenges, observation, and activities.

In this class, we will:

  • Learn what our priorities are in a survival situation

  • Build a debris hut

  • View a bow drill demonstration and practice proper fire construction

  • Learn and try 2 methods of water purification

  • Learn to identify edible plants in the area and how to forage and eat them safely

  • Learn to identify and use some medicinal plants for basic first-aid

  • Learn how to make traps for fish, small game and birds
     

    Find out more and register here


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Permaculture Gardening Workshop - August 3, 2019 ($50)

Permaculture is essentially mimicking natural ecologies in your own garden. When you mimic nature, you'll find that you have to do significantly less work in the long run compared to using conventional methods. While western agriculture focuses mainly on annual crop production in a monoculture system (only one crop is grown), permaculture focuses on growing perennial crops in polyculture systems (many species instead of just 1). Perennial crops live 3+ years and have significantly larger rhizospheres (root zones) that annuals. This allows them tolerate stress caused from draughts, heavy rains and temperature extremes much better than annuals can. With climate change making weather patterns increasingly more unpredictable, I believe that relying on annual crops in our food production systems is a perilous mistake. Permaculture gardens also don't require the use of any pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides and have to be watered significantly less than annual gardens.

In this day long workshop, we'll cover a host of different permaculture techniques which you'll be able to apply at home. Lecture will be given out in the field and almost the entire class will be spent doing hands on activities on our permaculture farm. Find out more and register here.


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Greenwood Spoon Carving Workshop - August 3, 2019 ($50)

Have you ever wanted to use the materials that grow in your back yard? Learn how to carve a beautiful and functional spoon with hand tools! We will use an axe and a few knives to make one of a kind spoons. Use your hands and possibly other appendages to shape, sculpt, cut, carve and create!

Greenwood carving is a style of carving that works with fresh cut wood, before it is dry. By carving the material wet, it is softer and more malleable. It is easier to work the wood, but it has to be dried appropriately to avoid cracking. Come and try your hand at carving a spoon!

Bring any of your own tools, but nothing is required for the class.

Find out more and register here.


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Natural Medicine Making Workshop - September 14, 2019 ($50)

In this one day course, we will cover how to build a comprehensive herbal medicine cabinet using herbs that grow here in the Pacific Northwest.  We'll go over not only how to make the medicines, but also when/where to harvest them, dosages and safety, how to grow them yourself and resources which will help you continue on your journey as an herbalist. Here are the medicines that we'll make and the topics which we'll cover:

  • Medicines: Tinctures, salves, lotions, liniments, poultices, balms, eye washes, syrups, lozenges.

  • Teas, infusions and decoctions and which herbs provide the most benefit.

  • Safety: While herbal medicines are extremely powerful, they can also be dangerous if taken in high dosages.

  • Harvesting: Where to find the herbs, how to harvest and doing it ethically.

  • Harvest Schedule: A handy schedule as to when to harvest each herb at it's peak medicinal value.

  • Growing your herbs at home within a permaculture system.

  • Herbal medicine for kids.

  • Herbal medicine for pets.

To find out more and register, click here.


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Wilderness Survival Weekend Course - October 5-6, 2019 ($100)

In this two day course we will cover all of the short term survival essentials that can save your life if you're caught out in the wilderness. Topics include shelter building, friction fire, water purification, primitive trapping, and wild foraging. We'll talk about survival psychology, priorities and energy conservation. Our instructors go on regular staged survival trips and teach from personal experience. For a more detailed course description click here.


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Mushroom Identification and Foraging - October 12, 2019 ($50)

This one day course will take place at the Old Sauk River trail near Darrington, WA. We'll cover edible mushrooms, mushroom hunting tips and tricks, identification, medicinal uses and much more. Whether you're a forager or an aspiring naturalist, this class is one that you don't want to miss. We'll help you to understand the different habitats that mushrooms grow in and how to identify good locations to search. We'll also give you a good general harvest schedule to follow and give you tips on how to preserve certain species so that they can be consumed throughout the year. This class typically fills up fast so sign up as soon as you can. 

Register here.


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Natural Personal Care Products Workshop - November 9, 2019 ($50)

While we often talk about the the chemicals and genetic modifications made to our foods as being harmful, we rarely talk about the products that we put on our bodies. Our skin is not only our largest organ, but the most absorbent as well. Many of the store bought personal care products have significantly more harmful chemicals in them than our food, and this is an area that we need to start discussing more.

In this 4 hour workshop, we will cover how make your own personal care products using only natural ingredients. We'll learn how to make soap, hydrosol, lotion, tooth powder, deodorant and hair rinse. With the holidays coming up, the products that you'll learn to make will make great gifts. Hope to see you there. Register here.