Past Herbal Medicine classes
Folklore of Flowers
Join Liz Migliorelli of Sister Spinster in discussing flower folklore, ancient flower spells, and ways in which we can use flowers as medicinal remedies. We will be exploring the flowers of the Columbia River Gorge, such as lupine, balsam root, shooting star, and glacier lily to make our own essences to take home. Working outdoors on the windswept hills above the Columbia River, this class offers a truly special opportunity to capture the energy of a season and the potency of a place long-considered to hold deep, spiritual resonance.
Goat's Milk Cheese Making
This is a great class for beginning cheese-makers and goat enthusiasts. Students will go through the cheese-making process, beginning with a demonstration on hand milking and safe milk handling practices. Then, we’ll head to the kitchen, where we will make two types of soft cheeses, queso fresco and chevre. Lili will teach the foundation concepts of milk science, including discussions of tools, methods, and procedures to use in your own kitchen. Students will go home with recipes, a sample of each type of cheese made in the class, and the knowledge to replicate the recipes in their own kitchens using farm-fresh or store-bought milks.
Healing Herbal Oils, Salves, Poultices and Balms
Join Katie Silva for a nurturing and inspiring day, engaging all of your senses and your intuition to connect with living herbs through hands-on experience. Together, we will meet some powerful plants, such as Violet, Comfrey, Plantain, and Saint John’s Wort. We will learn about their amazing healing powers and become empowered to use the plants growing around us as simple, effective home remedies and personal healing opportunities. We will explore and practice engaging with the plants for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Learn how to make herbal oils, salves, smudges, brushes, liniments, compresses, soaks, washes, and poultices. You will walk away refreshed and inspired, with herbal goodies in hand, such as aromatic salves and oils.
This workshop will be hosted in Mosier, OR, at Katie Silva's home studio, garden and medicine-making kitchen. Directions provided upon registration.
Healing the Heart with Herbal Allies
Our heart center is the energy center of love in all its forms – personal love, self-love, divine love. It is here in this center that the world of matter is integrated with the world of spirit. Sometimes this integration process can be difficult! Stagnation over grief, fear, anxiety, and heartache often become a deep character in the stories of our lives. This workshop will be focused on herbal allies that can assist us in taking powerful action toward healing our heart and treating shock and trauma. This class offers a healing day to our individual troubles. We will taste different plants and flower essences, learn a meditation technique for checking in with the heart, and craft healing heart elixirs to take home.
Herbal Wines, Cordials & Elixirs
The art of fermentation began more than 30,000 years ago, when ferments were sacred and often highly medicinal. This class will explore the history of herbal brewing and an introduction to basic winemaking principles. Participants will make medicinal elixirs, cordials (think violet elixir to add to a sparkling wine!), and herbal wines, and they will learn to improve their herbal apothecary. We will discuss medicinal values of the beverages we make (the apéritif had a purpose beyond being delicious), and gain inspiration for other tasty possibilities. Class includes an outdoor herb walk.
Medicine of the NW Coast
This class will offer students an introduction to coastal forest plant medicines by gaining identification and locating skills, ethical harvesting awareness, and medicine-making abilities. Students will spend time in the forest learning about plant ecology and botany, discussing the ethics of wild harvesting and medicine-making, and harvesting and making medicines to take home. Students will learn about plants such as nettle, salmonberry, salal, strawberry, willow, Oregon grape, fireweed, mallow, lily, and huckleberry, and learn to prepare teas, tinctures, honey, and oils with them. Group camping at Rock Creek in the Siuslaw National Forest.
Spring Medicine Making
Spring is the perfect time to focus on revitalizing and rejuvenating after the dark days of winter. In this class we will work with cleansing, astringent, and tonic herbs to make our transition into summer feeling strong and supported. We will begin by venturing out to the farm and into the woods at the base of Mt. Hood. Here we will look at the abundance of local herbs that are appropriate for cleaning out and rebuilding our systems in spring. The afternoon will be spent at the farm transforming our herbs into tinctures, tonics, and teas to be used as preventative spring medicine.
Tending our Wild Hearts: Rose, Strawberry and Hawthorn Medicine
In May at WildCraft, wild strawberries cover the open fields like tiny jewels, and wild roses bloom in abundance. Herbalist and writer Elise Krohn will lead a harvest walk to fill our baskets with the bounty of the spring season. Back in the studio, we will explore how these medicines nurture and protect our cardiovascular system. We also will talk about the rich cultural and spiritual traditions around these plants. Participants will create a delicious medicinal cordial, tea, infused honey, and a toner for skin health.
The Art of Aroma: Distillation
Plant aromatics awaken our senses and spark memories. In this workshop Liisa Korpela, herbalist and founder of Bella Botanica, will guide us through the art of distillation. We will learn about the history of the still and aromatherapy, different kinds of distillation processes, and how a still works. We also will learn how to make a simple still that can be set up at home and how to
Whip It Up: Herbal Creams & Body Butters
Join us for a day of nourishing skin satisfaction as we learn to whip up our own natural skincare in creams, lotions, and body butters. Making personal products from home is fun and easy, though sometimes it is a little daunting when you start mixing water and oil. In this workshop, herbalist and natural skin-care producer Liisa Korpela, of Bella Botanica, will guide us through the ins and outs of emulsions.
Wild & Cultivated: Sustainable Spring Foods
Consciously harvesting herbs should be on the forefront of any herbalist’s mind. Join Talia on her organic herb farm, Jean Marie's Garden, in an open discussion about thoughtful ways to use what nature provides, including tips on growing high quality herbs for the home gardener. The class will include a light hike and the opportunity to discuss plant identification and ethical harvest practices for both wild edibles and medicinals. Season depending, students will work with nettles, dandelion greens, wild lettuces, Douglas fir tips, wild rose, elder flower, wild strawberry or raspberry (if ripe), Oregon grape tips, yerba Buena, and even morels. A lunch of Nature's bounty will be prepared by the group – including Talia’s famous Douglas Fir Chocolate Torte!