led by Ylva Mara Radziszewski
We all come from many lands. The lands of our bones. The lands of our birth. The land with which we weave our lives. We all come from many places and many of us have found ourselves in the PNW, having answered the call of the land. In the PNW and on the North American Continent many of us are guests on occupied land. The intention of this year's gathering is to honor the many diverse stories and histories that are gathering, from many lands, on this land... at this time. This ceremony is intended to empower the intention of this gathering. That as we make medicine together we honor the land, on which we are guests, and spirits that holds us thru the weekend.
with EagleSong Evans Gardener, CCH
Fast adapting is required to keep pace with our changing world. Or is it? What plants and practices are you willing to ally with to increase flexibility, strengthen resilience and keep you in the adventure of life as an active participant? Who are the local and global players in the adaptogenic realm? How can they be transformed into medicine in your own kitchen, garden, world? An experiential exploration of the wonder of adaptogens for everyday living...
with Suzanne Tabert
The nervous system is the control center of the body. It interprets what the body senses and directs responses via movement and glandular activity. It governs the running of our systems such as heart rate, immunity, digestion, and respiration without us having to think about it. The nervous system is responsible for our moods and thoughts. Emotional health, therefore, is a function of nerve health. When stress happens, our body and mind has several mechanisms for handling the mental and physical manifestations.
Nature provides a plethora of nutrients and herbs for nerve health and repair. Herbs and practices designed to soothe and heal the nervous system, gain relief from stress, anger, insomnia, anxiety, fear, depression, and the physical manifestations of these conditions will be Discussed.
with Leslie Lekos
Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, are an age-old way of working with the very essence of a plant in medicine. The use of hydrosols as medicines dates back over 5000 years. Traditionally, each home had a still where plant distillates for medicine were made. Over time hydrosols fell out of favor as essential oils increased in popularity. However, these days the aromatic virtues of hydrosols are being rediscovered. In this class, we will go over the uses of plant distillates in the home, in medicine, in cooking, aromatherapy, cosmetics and in work with the soul.
with Jessica Ring
This class will explore the infinite creative uses of aromatics in the journey of healing trauma. The effects of trauma are as broad and complex as they are quiet and confusing. Often patients with acute PTSD and anxiety issues related to trauma are unable to respond to auditory and visual stimuli; in these cases and times of emotional paralysis, the use of natural fragrance can play a crucial role in bipassing these frozen mental and emotional circuits. By using the essences as a tool for mitigating the effects of trauma, we offer wordless healing that carries no judgment as the scent of the forest and fields work directly on the very centers of our brains which process the fight or flight response.
In this class, various aromatic extractions and essential oils will be explored for their different effects on both the acute phases of trauma and the more chronic displays of PTSD or severe anxiety. Techniques for creating positive scent associations for use during traumatic episodes will be explored. The class will construct a blend as we talk composed of calming oils to soothe the nervous system, hypnotic floral oils to soften the hard edges of self-destructive thoughts and rage, and and grounding resins and conifer oils to bring us back into our bodies.
with Dr. Ryan Drum
We will meander the available exposed intertidal zone, and discuss what we encounter as it relates to our individual and collective wellbeing: animal, vegetable, and mineral. Any questions will be seriously considered.
with Jessica Ring
Join Jessica Ring as she adorns the class with essences from artisanal distillations and aromatic extractions from healers round the world. As we speak of the medicinal and spiritual uses of the essences we choose, a perfume will be crafted to fit the energy of the day. The goal of this process is always transformation, and this blend will be composed with the intent of allowing our own sense of inner beauty to rise up and shine. We may choose to create a scent fit for summer dancing in golden silk, flared with white flowers and the rustling of waxy green leaves. Or we may make a red-purple potion of sacred resins and hypnotic florals. We could blend to show how the scent of earth after a fine spring rain can be replicated in drops and silent measures of earth accords and amberi extractions.
Concepts of radiance, tenacity/longevity, concentration, intensity, and diffusivity will be discussed as our perfume of connection grows in the bottle, as our eyes and spirits deepen and shine. What we create will represent the merging of the essences into a state of balance and exalted beauty, as well as the weaving together of the energies of students and teacher, into a sense of the whole as one.
with Erin Vanhee
Pain occurs when movement is restricted and inflammation is present. Muscle imbalances, limited range of motion and musculoskeletal dysfunction can limit the circulation of nutrients from the blood, elimination of toxins in the lymphatics and communication of the central to the peripheral nervous system. Lomi Lomi (massage) is the indigenous healing art using your hands, forearms, elbows, stones and herbs to help people’s overall alignment physically, spiritually and mentally. Lomi is results driven specific work applying pressure to the body to address imbalances, limitations and pain. The application of topical herbs can accelerate the healing of soft tissue injury and reduce pain while the skilled placement of warm stones temporarily breaks the pain cycle. These three tools make a powerful blend of healing that can be used immediately or each is a stand alone treatment for pain reduction and stress relief.
This class is hands on with an introductory demonstration applying herbs and Lomi to the body. This class addresses the safety, contraindications and uses of 5 herbs that reduce pain and inflammation, administered both internally and externally.
with Anna Matriotti
In this workshop will focus on the bacteria metabolites of the gut and the connection to inflammation as well as the connection to the overall immune system of the body. We will touch on the rise of autoimmune disorders and strategize ways of intervening. We will look at ways to address healing the gut and strengthening the immune system using traditional herbal formulations, functional nutrition and mind-body medicine.
with Dr. Ryan Drum
Dr. Ryan Drum will offer thyrosupportive behaviour, diet, exercise, herbal and habitat suggestion, with some brief case history stories.
with Kimberly Gallagher
Explore the many ways herbs can be allies for a vibrant and healthy sex life. Learn the importance of prioritizing your sexuality when considering optimum health. Sink into your senses as you prepare chocolate truffles while sampling an aphrodisiac tea, and then get an in-depth look at the aphrodisiac qualities of these recipes.
with Jennifer Aikman
So-called “invasive” plants can get people terribly worked up. A lot of money and energy is spent trying to eradicate weeds from our gardens and wild spaces. And while there are many arguments for and against humans stepping in to thwart invasives, I propose we sidestep the politics and make space for these powerful plants—at least for the duration of this workshop. From dandelions to gorse and even the dreaded English Ivy, these plants are age-old herbal allies and many of them are downright delicious. We’ll explore the stories of these plants, discuss their medicinal, magical and culinary properties, and of course, try out a recipe or two. Please bring a mason jar to take away your creations.
with Claire Nollman
Throughout history, flower crowns have been worn in ceremony and celebration, to honor fertility, purity, triumph, and the divinity of nature. In this workshop we will learn a variety of techniques for making our own floral head or body piece. An offering of homegrown and wild foraged botanicals will be available to select from as we each intuit the design of our personalized adornments. While we sit and create together, all participants will have a chance to share something about the plants they chose to incorporate. The discussion will be open to anything, from scientific properties, to personal anecdotes, or intentions to deepen the connection with a plant’s particular magic. We will enhance the fertility of our minds for new learning to grow, as we don our crowns (or gift them to others!) throughout the weekend and beyond. “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that’s for thoughts”. -Ophelia
with Crystal Hamby
You can make your own herbal medicines that are just as strong and effective as any of the herbal distributors on the market as long as you follow some core principles of herbal medicine making. During this class we will discuss the basics of herbal medicine making: defining common terms used, phytochemical/constituent solubility and why it's incredibly important, folk method vs weight-to-volume method and how to calculate for the weight-to-volume method, proper plant identification, knowing what part of the plant to harvest and when to harvest it, sustainable wildcrafting, dried versus fresh herb, how to properly label your products and why you should, parts conversion for recipes given in parts, and so much more. These concepts are the core foundation for making your own herbal medicines and will aid you in making the strongest medicine you can make.
with Dr. Ryan Drum
A voluntary class attendee will be selected by lot, and a case history intake will ensue.
with Crystal Hamby
The Pacific NW offers a bounty of herbal medicines right at our fingertips. Come walk the land with me and learn how to utilize simple plant identification skills in order to identify a number of plant families found in the PNW, along with the medicinal genera and species used in our western materia medica. Discussion of medicinal properties of plants, uses, sustainable harvesting techniques, and techniques for making your own herbal medicines will be included.
with Nessa Emrys
As healers we give the gift of our presence to create the possibility for clients to deepen into the magical potential necessary to create healing. By learning how to cross over internally from the known to the unknown, we enter into the realm of newness that allows for shifts to occur from sickness to health. Whether we touch to heal or to connect, our hands can learn to communicate a different vibration to the client, giving space for more. Similarly, our presence can drop a client into body, out of mind and story to remove old patterns that damage. In this class, you will learn the philosophy behind the ideas just mentioned as well as be given a variety of experiences in which to learn techniques that allow you to touch and be touched by your own presence and the presence of the others in the class.
with Alyssa DeBord and Cori Hartunian
The pelvic bowl is the center of a woman’s creative and sexual power. The area includes the womb/uterus, bladder, and rectum; the homeostasis of these organs is dependent on the healthy flow of blood, lymph, nerve, and chi energy. Physical, emotional, and ancestral traumas can cause pelvic misalignment and congestion, leading to imbalances such as PMS, fertility challenges, urinary incontinence, digestive problems, fibroids, pelvic organ prolapse, painful intercourse and back pain. Join us in a holistic discussion on anatomy, physiology, movement, herbs and ritual to revitalize and heal the pelvis. By identifying and locating your pelvic bowl, you’ll be able to relax tension, improve circulation, access your body’s innate wisdom and creative potential, and begin to clear trauma. We’ll share specific self-care regimens to harmonize menstruation, digestive, and reproductive function.
with Michael Altman
Therapeutic Strategies for Cancer, Neurological and Chronic Disease Management
In this class we’ll explore common quality of life challenges from cancer and other treatment in an effort to improve energy and sleep, overall resistance, boost blood counts, optimize pain management response, and protect all organ systems. We’ll discuss skin and mucous membranes, and how to avoid brain fog, neuropathy, and other cancer and chronic care treatment side effects.
Integrative oncology and neurology are growing fields, with global incidence of various cancers increasing at a steady pace with new successful strategies over-hyped and under-delivering while costs spiral dramatically. We’ll assess risk factors and functional nutrition & botanical medicine approaches to improve quality of life and health outcomes using liquid and powdered herbs and extracts, encapsulated blends, teas, essential and topical infused oils, and other modes of administration.
Since most cancer patients opt for prescription drug-based therapies for various reasons, we’ll look at strategies for mitigating side effects, synergizing with Rx, and improving digestion for tolerating cytotoxic treatment. An emphasis will be placed on regional botanical medicine.
In an effort to keep this class easily understandable to students who don’t have advanced clinical experience, I’ll be using layman’s terms and distilling the key takeaways of the class so students will be able to assist clients/patients in some basic but important ways by the end of the class and to serve as caregivers safely.
with Ylva Mara Radziszewski
This class will discuss the use of traditional healing poppets, from the witches healing craft, with a twist. The witches poppet was traditionally a hand sewn doll used to embody the healing intentions of the person who the doll represented. It was customary to stuff the doll with herbs, spells, stones and minerals that were common remedies for the condition the person was hoping to heal. In this class we will explore the crafting and tending of the healing poppet thru lecture, and explore a personal healing intention thru a guided journey. Following our journey we will take a medicine walk thru the forrest to collect herbs to build our poppet with. Instead of sewing a poppet doll, we will craft our poppet of foliage, roots and other medicines gifted to us from the forest.
with Dr. Jenn Dazey
How to use lymphagogue herbs topically and internally to dispel tissue congestion and enhance every aspect of hands-on healing.
As the breeze becomes cold and damp, and the days shorter yet busier, we find our bodies must change and adapt or we will get sick. Some people get every upper respiratory infection that crosses his or her path, and are seemingly congested and coughing until the end of spring. As all massage practitioners know, a deep lymphatic massage can work wonders for the immune system, not only to flush metabolic waste from the tissues, but also to clear and tonify the many nodes studded along lymphatic vessels. The goal, as usual, is to sweep and squeegee this fluid ever closer to the heart, or the thoracic and right lymphatic ducts, into the blood stream where it may be processed and eliminated by the organs of detoxification. Did you know that this process may be further enhanced by using certain herbal infused oils as your massage lubricant? I call it botanical fusion medicine when every aspect of hands-on healing is supported by all the right plants.
In the Western herbal tradition, there is an old term called ‘lymphagogue’, and means anything that promotes the production and flow of lymph. Using a lymphagogue oil will assist the lymphatic massage by increasing and flushing fluids containing metabolic waste, immune complexes, and cellular debris. Your hands will initiate this flow and smooth out any obstructions, while the herbs continue to rinse and flush for hours, even days, after the massage. Some lymphagogues are commonly taken internally, others as infused oils topically, and many are used both internally and externally.
You could make the difference in your client’s and family’s ability to cope with the starting school year, apple-bobbing, holiday exhaustion, and cold, damp weather, simply by choosing this seasonally appropriate option in practice.
with Dr. Jenn Dazey
Differential Diagnosis for the Practicing Herbalist: How to know when a simple cough or pain could be a red flag to refer for an emergency evaluation.
From the information you gather from someone’s clinical health interview, to the ominous presenting physical signs and symptoms, it is helpful to know when a simple belly ache or persistent cough might be the sign of a much more serious problem.
Clinical Herbalists are cornerstone to a strong, healthy, independent, and empowered community. That said, I can’t help but share my story, my sorrow, and the sorrow of my colleagues as we mourn the losses of several revered community herbalists who have died from cancer and heart disease that was discovered and treated much later than it should have been.
Please join me in reviewing the legal scope of what practicing herbalists are allowed to do, and how to work within that narrow scope to determine when a symptom could be a warning sign. Focusing primarily on the key signs and symptoms associated with cardiovascular disease and cancer, we will also nibble off just a tiny morsel of the myriad herbal treatments that can be employed to support, palliate, strengthen, nourish, tonify, cleanse, restore, and heal, once the impending danger has been properly addressed.
with Kirsten Hale
Some of the core wounds of complex trauma center on relational attachment, bonding and attunement between self and other as well as identity development. One of the most under utilized forms of herbal medicine is just sitting with a plant. You can’t bottle or sell that form of herbal medicine, nor can it be replicated as each person’s relationship and experience of a plant and the land will be intimately their own. We can embrace it, however, and explore what is happening. We can passionately teach about land as healer, land as teacher and guide. Ancestral Northern European magical and spiritual traditions considered the land a to be a core interactive and reciprocal relationship. Sitting in the land to hear it was a core practice of women/non-gender conforming folks who held spiritual power and authority. Colonized land has much to say about trauma. This class will explore the intersections of personal and collective trauma with the spiritual experiences of land and non-human plant creatures through the lenses of neuro-physiology, anti-oppression work, witch work and herbal medicine. Intimacy with self and other is essential to resistance.
with Joyce Netishen
In Cascadia, we are fortunate to live in an enchanted forest. We breathe with the trees. We are made stronger by the trees. We are fed, clothed, housed, and healed by the trees. In this class we will talk about the medicine and magic the majestic and beautiful conifers we live with, offer to us every day of our lives. We will make several beautiful tree medicines together and everyone will carry some home. I will have samples to taste and share recipes and handouts. Most importantly I hope to inspire and encourage each of us to take a minute or an hour, a day or a week, a lifetime to honor and celebrate the magic and medicine gifts of the trees.
with Anna Sitkoff
In this course you will learn about the medicinal mushrooms of the PNW. We will cover identification of 6 local medicinals, collection season and methods, processing and medicine making procedures. You will be taught about the implications for using these mushrooms as food and medicine, and how they work with our body’s innate systems on a biological and spiritual level.
with Natasha Clarke
The foundation of Traditional Western Herbalism, our hemispheres functional model for herbal medicine, is based on herbal energetics; a system of understanding the principal actions of the plants and how they relate to physical functions. To grasp these concepts frees you from the rote memorization of “which herb for which ailment” mentality and allows you to start deepening your relationship with how different plants can facilitate all types of healing depending on the physiology of disease. One of the key identifiers of the herbal actions is through taste and on this plant walk we will visit several plants, identify them, taste them and discuss how the taste has specific relationship with their healing properties. This plant walk is specifically geared towards the budding herbalist who is exploring how to delve in the practical use of herbs for healing themselves and others.
with Kirsten Hale Co-Teaching with Rebecca Raven Goldberg
What glorious happenings occur when tissue, once damaged, offers a new form of itself to repair the damage? Scar tissue has its own ways of being and knowing. It has its own identity and purpose. Its own lens through which it interacts with the tissue surrounding it. It contextualizes, memorializes and marks a place of trauma. These teachings can used to deepen our understanding of traumas which go unseen: the emotional ones, the ones caused by neglect and ones we were forced to normalize. How do the emotional tissues which present themselves as a response to these wounds behave similarly? This class is about physiological and psycho-spiritual explorations of scar tissue and scarring as a perfectly gorgeous, natural and powerful response to that which has violated us. What can we learn from plants that heal skin tissue and plants heal emotional tissue?
with EagleSong Evans, Gardener, CCH
Active presentation with tastes, topical slatherings and my usual irreverent banter… The flowers of Linden Tilia spp. have long been used to cool the head and warm the heart in cultures throughout Europe and America. A soothing relaxant and cooling, nourishing herb, linden is well-suited for the kitchen or the pharmacy. Intrigued by the spectacular use of linden in European and North American landscapes, I am entranced by her broad reach and beloved place in gardens, parks and forests on both continents. Linden is an herb that heals through her magnificent presence. Would you like to get to know her?
with Suzanne Tabert
Begin to solve the mystery of Nature’s “green blur.” From the tallest tree to the deepest root, medicinal plants are all around us. Explore dozens of species of flowering plants, deciduous trees, conifers, and ferns in varying ecosystems. Open your eyes to the medicine and food in Nature! Meet saxifrage, cedar, salal, hemlock, bleeding heart, nettle, Oregon grape, willow, and so many more! What plants are anti-inflammatory? What are the look-a-likes? How do I make sure I’m making 110% positive plant id? Are there poisonous plants in the area? Attend the plant walk with Suzanne Tabert and all mysteries will be revealed!
Included will be a discussion of where and when to legally harvest plants for optimum vitality, potency, and nutrition. Not only will students learn about the plants individually, but also how to create effective formulas by paying attention to plants that grow in community.
with Erin Vanhee
The art and commerce of wild plant harvesting is the focus of this herb walk. Over harvests, waste from improper care after harvest and a harvest first/secure a buyer later leads to loss of income and loss of plant material. This herb walk will highlight herbs most viable in the wholesale and retail market and ways to maximize the harvest through proper preservation, extraction vs bulk and value added production. Medicinal uses of the plants will be covered with emphasis on low dose botanicals and the importance of choosing the correct herb in treatment protocols.