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Natural Medicine Making Workshop - January 26, 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.


Wilderness Survival Weekend Course - February 23-24, 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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Soil Biology and Composting Workshop - March 16, 2019 ($50)

When you get a professional soil test done, you typically get back a report stating various nutrient levels, pH, structure, texture and ability to hold nutrients. But modern day tests are leaving out the most crucial component to soil health, and that is the biology living within it. When we till our soil, or apply inorganic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, we wipe out the biology (the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, microarthropods etc) that the plants depend upon for survival. 

The biology in the soil is responsible for keeping diseases and pests in check, holding nutrients within the root zone (so they're not lost to leaching), creating soil structure and converting insoluble nutrients into plant soluble forms. The biology also make it so that you never have to add any amendments to your soil....ever! All of the nutrients that plants require exist within the sands, clays and silts (mineral components of the soil). All that's required is a balanced soil food web to hold and convert them into plant soluble forms.

To find out more and register, click here


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Greenwood Carving Class - Red Alder Bowl - March 23, 2019 ($100)

Have you ever wanted to use the materials that grow in your back yard??   Alder trees are all around you!    Learn how to carve a beautiful and functional bowl with hand tools!   We will use axes, gouges, knives, files and rasps to make one of a kind bowls.  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 bowl!   

Bring any of your own tools, but nothing is required for the class. Go home with a very good start on a bowl project, a new understanding of various woodcarving techniques and your very own Gouge so you can finish your bowl at home!! Possible reduction in class price if you can provide the proper tools for the workshop.  

Register here.


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Bird Language and Behavior - March 30, 2019 ($50)

When we walk down the street or through the park, caught up in our own little worlds, we are often disturbing the birds.  When we do this, the birds set off alarms to the other wildlife in the area, signaling our approach. This early warning system is the reason that most of us don't experience wildlife all that frequently. The animals are actually tipped off that we're coming long before we arrive because they're tuned in to the birds. They have to be, or else they won't survive. 

Birds just don't alarm humans, but other animals as well. Especially predators that threaten either them or their young. The neat thing is that they alarm different predators differently and the type of alarm is indicative of a certain species of animal. We'll teach you how to identify the different types of alarm and more importantly how not to set off alarms so that you experience more wildlife.

In this class we'll spend a day in a place where bird species are incredibly diverse (over 200 species are seen here over the course of a year). We'll learn not only the species that live at Union Bay and their behavior, but also how they interact with the other wildlife in the area. Your walks in nature will be forever changed after taking this class. There's a story always going on out there and you'll know how to read it.

Find out more and register here.


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Flintknapping Workshop: Basic Stone Tools - April 6, 2019 ($50)

Learn the essentials of primitive stone tools and create your own custom arrowheads, points, or any shape you are inspired to create. Walk away with the knowledge that all of our ancestors depended on in order to survive. Craft your stone art piece and find your own primitive technique. You can view some of the instructor's flintknapping work at www.primitivetechnique.com.

Register here.


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Natural Medicine Making Workshop - May 4, 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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Bird Language and Behavior - May 12, 2019 ($50)

When we walk down the street or through the park, caught up in our own little worlds, we are often disturbing the birds.  When we do this, the birds set off alarms to the other wildlife in the area, signaling our approach. This early warning system is the reason that most of us don't experience wildlife all that frequently. The animals are actually tipped off that we're coming long before we arrive because they're tuned in to the birds. They have to be, or else they won't survive. 

Birds just don't alarm humans, but other animals as well. Especially predators that threaten either them or their young. The neat thing is that they alarm different predators differently and the type of alarm is indicative of a certain species of animal. We'll teach you how to identify the different types of alarm and more importantly how not to set off alarms so that you experience more wildlife.

In this class we'll spend a day in a place where bird species are incredibly diverse (over 200 species are seen here over the course of a year). We'll learn not only the species that live at Union Bay and their behavior, but also how they interact with the other wildlife in the area. Your walks in nature will be forever changed after taking this class. There's a story always going on out there and you'll know how to read it.

Find out more and register here.


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Permaculture Gardening Workshop - June 1, 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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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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Natural Medicine Making Workshop - September 7, 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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English Ivy Basket Making Workshop - September 14, 2019 ($50)

English ivy is a highly invasive vine and can completely take over an ecosystem. But instead of just pulling and disposing of it, what if we looked for practical uses for it instead? It has quickly become my favorite basket making material and you’ll look at the plant in an entirely different light after this class. We’ll learn how to use it to weave baskets of all kinds, especially larger ones (including baskets for live trapping fish). Raven’s Roots will provide all of the materials for this workshop and all students will go home with an English ivy basket of their own at the end of class.

Register 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.