Schedule And Workshop descriptions

For those of you camping in the group camp
you are welcome to set up from 5pm Thursday 28th June, email greengatherwa@gmail.com to confirm

Registration Opens 11:00am  /  Kids Camp 12:30pm -5:25pm  /  Market Place  12:00pm -6:00pm

June 29th - Friday Classes 

1:00pm-2:10pm

  • Natalie Hammerquist  - Assessing Digestion and Selecting Herbs
  • Joe & Nessa Rothstein -   Cultivating Mindful Ritual for the Self
  • Katolen Yardley Herbal - Medicine for Women's Health
  • Ylva Mara Radziszewski - The Witches Altar

2:30pm - 3:40pm

  • Diana Law - Extracting herbs in witch hazel for topical applications
  • Michael Altman -Botanical Psych Support and Neuronutrition
  • Michelle Mahler -Green pet and homecare
  • Erin Vanhee - We love Plants! Plant Walk

4:00pm - 5:10pm

  • Ryan Drum - Mens Herbal Health
  • Emma Day - Stars on Earth: Plants and Astrology
  • Glen Nagel - Fifty Shades of Grey: The Herb / Drug Interaction Continuum
  • Fern Wynn - A talk on Devils Club,  energetic and physical application. 

6:00pm  - Opening Ceremony with Ylva Mara Radziszewski

6:45pm -7:45pm Dinner with Chef Chris Nau / 8:00pm to 9:30pm Late night Market Place

8:00pm - Late -Fireside Music and Storytelling with Natasha Clarke

Saturday

7:30am - 8:10am Nikol Angel -Spirit Flow- Energetic movements of Qi,  Prana, and the elements

8:00am - 9:15am  Breakfast with Chef Chris Nau / 9:15am - 1:15pm Kids Camp Open /
10:00am - 6:00pm Market Place Open

Saturday Classes 9:30am - 11:00 am  

  • Katolen Yardley - Enhance Your Foods using Herbal Powders: A unique Medicine Making Class
  • Emma Day - Blooming From Our Wounds: Herbal Medicine for Trauma
  • Claire Nollman - Flower Crowns 
  • Kelly Anna Nickerson - Plant Walk 
  • Julie Charette Nun - Summer Solstice Plants

11:30am - 1:00pm

  • Joyce Netishen - TBA
  • Natelie Hammerquist   - Tongue Assessment for Beginners
  • Alyssa DeBord - Feeding the Flora - A Radically Natural Approach to Skincare 
  • Ryan Drum - Land and Sea Beach Walk
  • Anna Matriotti -TBA

1:15pm - 2:15pm Lunch with Chef Chris Nau / 2:15pm - 6:15pm Kids Camp Open

Classes 2:30pm - 4:00pm

  • Ryan Drum - Spontaneous Case Studies
  • Denise Joy - Herbal Simple and Complex Syrups
  • Anna Sitkoff - Medicinal Mushrooms of the PNW: Relationship, incorporation and physic
  • Natasha Clarke - A plant walk with Monatropa -an Alien Inquiry

4:30pm - 6:00pm

  • Erin Vanhee - Wisdom of the Bones: Aligning Past, Present and Future with Plants
  • Micheal "Skeeter"Pilarski -Medicinal Herb Micro-Farming
  • Nikol Angel - Plant Spirit Tea Meditations
  • Glen Nagel -  Herbal Foams, Whips and Fluff 

Evening Events Begin

6:30pm - Sunset Herbal Potluck and Magical Potions competition at the Kitchen Shelter on the Beach with Qi Funk and Soul - an intentional movement dance party - led by Nikol Angel

9:30pm - Late Music, Singing and Shenanigans by the fire

Sunday

9:00am - 10:30am Brunch with Chef Chris Nau  /  10:00am - 2:00pm Market Place Open

11:00am - 12:30pm Herbal Panel - How to build Resilience with Herbs  - Five of Our Regional Herbalists will answer your questions on the theme How to build Resiliance with Herbs.

This is a unique opportunity to hear straight from the experts. If you would like to pose a question you can fill out the form at the end of the Schedule and we will save it for our Herbal Panel

1:00pm Lunch of Leftovers with Chef Chris Nau (included in weekend meal ticket)

1:30pm - 2:00pm  Closing Ceremony with Ylva Mara Radziszewski

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Clearing the site, saying goodbye, Green Gathering ends.


Please fill in the form if you have questions for the Herbal Panel on Sunday - 5 of our teachers will be sharing their thoughts on Building Herbs for Resilience -

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Workshop Descriptions  

Katolen Yardley - Enhance Your Foods using Herbal Powders: A unique Medicine Making Class
Join us for an interactive class and learn how to incorporate using Herbal powders into your daily life and your cooking. Create delicious herbal medicine recipes for your family. We will review medicinal actions of some tonic & adaptogen plants used in class and explore ways then can be used in food preparation. Bring a spoon, bowl and cup to participate. During this workshop we will create and sample some delicious edible medicines from powdered herbs:
Herbal Medicine for Women's Health - Description coming

Fern Wynn - A talk on Devils Club,  energetic and physical application. 
A versatile and treasured pacific northwestern plant, in this class we will discuss both practical application for physical use as well as energetic indications of Devils Club. We will cover ethical sourcing and harvesting methods, as well as a plant meditation with devils club tincture. 

Erin Vanhee - Wisdom of the Bones: Aligning Past, Present and Future with Plants
Many cultural teachings reflect our soul “ DNA” held in the bones, from chakras to the Hawai’an
teaching and rituals surrounding the bones. Addressing bone form and function can unleash a wave of healing pathways physically, emotionally and spiritually. Is it possible that we can use plants (and simple bodywork) to open the sacrum/ lumbar spine and release ancestral energies that may be slowing our decisions to move on in life? Could that respiratory ailment be our soul DNA/story held in the thoracic spine that needs to be released and reset with a drop of Lobelia? Is Angelica a plant to open communication with our bones/soul to enhance our creativity? And where do our plants with strong doctrine of signatures of the bone and spine (Mullein, Solomon’s Seal, Horsetail) fit in?
The Wisdom of the Bones is a powerful perspective of looking beyond the physical aspects of
pain and disease to open blockages of the past, present and future. In this experiential class, we will
observe a volunteer and assess the spine/bone form and function and use somatic testing of herbs to
guide the person into balance.

We Love Plants! Plant Walk
This plant walk is intended to deepen our connection to the plants and plant community around us.
From the seashore wonders to the towering evergreens and understory plants; each has a distinct desire to join us in our journey on this Earth. Learn the nourishing and healing aspects of some of your favorites and some insights into how to use plants in ways that you may not have known or experienced. Plant uses as well as sustainable harvests and answers to what, when and how to process the plants for optimum potency and effect.

Anna Sitkoff  - Medicinal Mushrooms of the PNW: Relationship, incorporation and physic
We will be exploring medicinal mushrooms on multiple levels; journeying with the mushrooms through the world of ethnomycology, spirituality, biochemistry, pharmacognosy and the most current research. This class will cover mushroom identification of local medicinal mushrooms, the collection season, and fresh fruiting body processing/medicine making methods. We will also discuss formulating with mushrooms and their practical and clinical applications. People will leave this class feeling confident in using polypore mushrooms in medicine and food, and have a thorough understanding of how these mushrooms are supporting us on a physiological, emotional, energetic and spiritual level.

Joe & Nessa Rothstein - Cultivating Mindful Ritual for the Self
Come to experience ritual and community in a new way. This class explores the dynamic of each participant as being necessary to the whole. We create ritual through divination. We experience mindfulness as we ingest herbal tea. Self awareness follows as ceremony transforms the environment. Learn how to hold yourself in a way that matters when you communicate with people you are giving care to or being with. In deep presence, we observe. From our own selves, we create the possibility to heal. Together, we create. Learn to tap into your own inner magic of self and being for the goodness and transformation of all.

Ylva Mara Radziszewski - The Witches Altar  
I love working with altars.  The act of building them is so meditative. They are remarkably healing in helping to clarify your intentions and charge the objects you’ve selected to represent those intentions. The altar is alive and serves as an ally in your spiritual work.  On the Witches Wheel, the altar is a tool of the element of Earth; empowering the resources of your magic and assisting you to embody those sacred qualities of witch.  The element of Earth assists us in acting as resource to our relationships with life, it also aids our receptivity to the resources offered thru our relationships with life.  Relationship is an altar, it’s resource gifts us the necessary means to make good magic of our life for the time that we are here.
In this Workshop we will: Discuss the many and varied types of altars / Explore the components of a Working Altar / Learn techniques of building and tending to your altars / Build a community altar together for the healing of Earth / Discus the Witches Altar as it relates to the Wheel of the Year & Herbalism
Please Bring if Possible:

  • An object to add to our community altar (will be able to take home with you after the workshop)
  • A crystal and a candle to charge
  • A journal and pen
  • A beautiful cloth to bless as your altar cloth
  • Anything else that you would like to build an altar with

Michael Pilarski - Medicinal Herb Micro-Farming
This workshop will give you an idea of the possibilities of getting into small-scale medicinal herb production. Species selection, tillage, fertilizing, organic methods, spacing, propagation, planting, weeding, and so forth. We will discuss examples of rhizomatous bed crops, subshrubs, annuals, biennials, 4-year root crops, long-term perennials, trees, etc.

Julie Charette Nunn - Summer Solstice Plants
Come join me for an expansive exploration of the plants of the summer solstice, St. Joan’s Wort, Yarrow, Wild Rose, Cronewort and more.  The time of the summer solstice is a time of the widening of earth energy.  It is a wonderful time to connect with soul and the soul’s calling.  These plants can facilitate a lot and are not just medicinal. Through listening exercises you will discover this.  Through lively discussion you will be also learn ways to connect, gather and prepare summer solstice plants for soul medicine.  

Claire Nollman - Flower Crown Class - Description coming

Kelly Nickerson - Plant Walk

Joyce Neitsen - TBA

Glen Nagel - Fifty Shades of Grey: The Herb / Drug interaction continuum
There is much talk in the news and media on the potential of drug/ herb interactions.
This talk will cover practical knowledge and common concerns for the herbalist in the
confusing grey area of possible interactions. Dr Nagel will discuss the most common
herbs and the perceived potential for interactions and the reality of interactions and
present a five-point system for determining if there are possible herb and drug
interactions. There will also be an overview of resources in this field for clinicians

Herbal Foams, Fluffs and Whips: An introduction to the pressurized whipper - There is so much to learn in herbalism from our rich historical past but creating new and innovative ways to use herbs in fun and exciting. In this workshop Dr Glen Nagel will discuss bringing innovations from the world of modern gastronomy to herbalism. We will discuss and demonstrate the use of the pressurized whipper using NO2 and CO2 tomake foams, fluffs and whips. We will explore using different bases such as gums, seaweed gels, egg whites and fats. Let’s have fun with laughing gas in a new safe way!

Anna Matriotti - TBA

Michelle Mahler - Green pet and homecare
Learn how to use Essential oils for making kitchen & bathroom cleaners, disinfectant sprays and all natural drain cleaners. In this hands on workshop Michelle will share her 25 years of experience as an owner of a housecleaning business. Tips, tricks and recipes for effective, easy to use ALL NATURAL products you can make with baking soda, vinegar, essential oils and more! You will  learn how to safely mix treatments for dogs, cats, flea repellents, skin & ear issues, pain relief and digestive issues and petcare for hotspots/itchy skin and MORE!

Diana Law - Extracting herbs in witch hazel for topical applications
Learn about extracting herbs in witch hazel for topical applications ranging from lotions and creams to liniments. We'll explore the benefits of using witch hazel as a solvent for constituents and scent. There will be preparations and examples of various herbs using this form of extraction to sample as well as a hand out of recipes of some of these for you to make yourself!

Denise Joy  - Herbal Simple and complex syrups:
This is a fun and yummy way too store all kinds of great herbals for Coughs and colds, to that extra special pancake syrup, or turkey dressing. We will make syrup, using what you would have in your Kitchen. In this class we will create simple syrup,
Talk about the properties.
Methods of making syrup, with garden or wild ingredients.
What is in syrups?
Why choose syrup over other herbal methods:
How to make Herbal syrups:
Do I use Honey or vinegar or both?
These question and more will be answered in this fun, hands on class

Natalie Hammerquist - Tongue Assessment for Beginners
The tongue mirrors the exact state of the digestive terrain in the body the way that a map
represents a city. Color, thickness, coating and shape all carry meaning that helps us
understand what types of imbalance (or balance) may be within. Learning to read these signs
helps us monitor this in ourselves or in clients, and can help us select the right herbs and diets
to bring things back into balance.

Assessing Digestion and Selecting Herbs
Using the four qualities (hot/ cold, damp/dry), I will be presenting methods for assessing tongue
and bodily symptoms to determine what type of digestive imbalance is present, and what herbs
might be most ideal for that type. Primary, we will be discussing the difference between hot and
cold digestion, but also damp and dry. We will cover indications for herbs such as peach leaf,
rose petal, marshmallow root, shatavari root, rhubarb root, yellow dock root, magnolia bark,
gentian root, oregon grape bark, angelica root and elecampane root. Intermediate level class. 

Natasha Clarke - Plant Walk with Monotropa - An Alien Inquiry
Join me for a jaunt in the woods as we go and visit one of the most intriguing plants of this bio region, Monotropa or Ghost Pipe. We will discuss sustainability, how they grow and range, medicine of the path as well as physical and emotional uses and the medicinal effects of this little being - and if the occasion arrises we will taste a bit of their medicine and sit in song with them for a while.

Alyssa DeBord - Feeding the Flora - A Radically Natural Approach to Skincare

Your skin is a living, breathing, regenerative tissue in perpetual bacterial bloom. As our largest organ, it is a sentinel and a vital ecosystem. Modern chemical laden skincare routines and lifestyles suppress the skin's glow and ability to function effectively, resulting in a vicious cycle of dermal dysbiosis. It's time to reclaim our skin's radiance by harmonizing with Nature. We'll examine a vitalistic approach to skincare, looking at the relationship between our bodies and the elements that create and sustain our organism. Learn how to detoxify and simplify your skincare routine with blessed botanicals, reseed the microbiome of the skin, and how to cultivate vitality from the inside out.

Emma Day - Stars on Earth: Plants and Astrology
There is an old belief that every star in the heavens has a corresponding sister plant on earth. An understanding of the connection between the cosmos, and our earth and all its creatures, runs as a golden thread through so many human wisdom traditions - as above, so below, as within, so without. The study of the influences that celestial bodies have on the earth and all life is an ancient, extremely nuanced and complex realm of study called astrology. Many of the roots of the Western Herbal tradition draw deeply from astrological teachings, and much of the plant knowledge that has come down to us is filtered through this same lens.  

Together we will be exploring the energies of the 7 personal planets and how they manifest in the colors, behaviors, habitats, and medicinal, spiritual, and magical applications of plants associated with them. You will develop a foundational understanding of the elements and planetary energies, as well as how to use plant medicines to balance the soul processes that the planets and astrological signs embody, encourage, and represent. 

This class will be more fruitful if you know (or learn) ahead of time your sun, moon, and rising astrological signs. Please email me if you’re unsure how to find this information, blackspruceherbals@gmail.com.

Blooming From Our Wounds: Plant Allies for Unraveling Trauma
Trauma has become a buzzword these days. This naming has the potential to be an extremely helpful lens through which to see ourselves, others, and the world around us, and to become a tool for empathy, growth, and radical change. In this discussion, trauma will be framed primarily as a disconnection of the spirit or wider self from the body, from parts of the emotional self, from relationships with others, and from the living earth. 

In this class we will be exploring a wide array of traumas and their expressions: physical and somatic, emotional and spiritual, ancestral, as well as the traumatic reality of oppression, and the fear, grief, and apathy that accompanies living in the Anthropocene era. It is important to place the experience(s) of trauma within a social and ecological framework, so that as we work to unravel the bindings of our own pain and woundings, we are also working to unravel the toxic beliefs, institutions, and life ways of our current culture.

We will focus on plants that have specific affinities to some aspect of the wounding and the healing of it, those that act as teachers, guides, and balms for the shame, isolation, and fear that accompanies trauma. Trees and herbs that are accessible in the urban space will be prioritized in discussion, especially weeds as medicine, and sustainable remedies like flower essences. My hope is that all will leave this class with a greater sense of compassion for the ingenious ways ourselves respond to pain and trauma, and rediscover a sense of hope. That with the help of the wise and powerful plants, we can begin mending the disconnections.

Nikol Angel - Plant Spirit Tea Meditations - Journey into the Wisdom of Plants. Discover and deepen your intuitive connection to your green allies. Open yourself to the teachings and ancient wisdom that plants hold. Learn how to quiet your mind and begin to fully listen. We will steep in the radiance of different herbal teas and infusions. Together we will explore their medicinal healing characteristics and their spiritual, emotional offerings. Our time together will cycle through silent meditations, guided visualizations, and tastings of medicinal herbal infusions. 

Deep Therapeutic Breathwork and Sacred Sound - Experience a dynamic release, remembering your True Nature and what it is to be ALIVE within Universal Oneness. Deepen your connection to the Divine, and for a moment Trust that everything in your life is ALL RIGHT. Intentional breath work increases Vital Energy, Qi and Prana amplifying whole body circulation, and vibrational energy flow. The Breath helps us with psycho-emotional transitions in all cycles of life: birth, growth, surrender, death and rebirth. The Breath also guides the physical body in easing pain, clearing congestion and inflammation, easing anxiety and releasing past trauma. When accompanied with sacred sound, music, and song this practice becomes transformational. This is a Soul invigorating practice of Breathwork, Meditation, Visual Journey, and slow, Grace-full movements accompanied by live music. Breathe. Open. Awaken.

Qi Funk and Soul - an intentional movement dance party
Let’s DANCE!! Shake it out and swing that Groove Thing! Nikol will guide us in Intentional-Energetic movements to help awaken our senses and cultivate flowing Qi and Vital energy. All to a spirited, booty shaking playlist. 

Michael Altman - Botanical Psych Support and Neuronutrition
Michael will speak about the fundamentals of managing neurological conditions with botanicals, including summary case studies.  Amplifying emotional stability and positivity--a.k.a--mood, and optimizing diet to minimize neuro-degeneration will be part of the class.  Michael will also focus on maintaining a psych-oriented dispensary.