A few classes from Plant Medicine Gatherings of the past:

Descriptions from 2016:

Keynote Address with Dori Midnight
Dreaming Ourselves Free: Magic and Medicine for Collective Liberation

Between the Worlds: Queer Magic & Medicine
with Dori Midnight
Being between the worlds---the place where sometimes we queer, genderqueer, trans* people dwell--- is a kind of magic. Between the worlds is also full of potent gifts (beauty! Magic! self -determination!) and intense challenges (oppression! alienation! trauma! policing!)  In this workshop, we’ll explore possibilities of queer magic and share wisdom about rituals and plant and stone remedies for protection, healing, guidance, support, self determination, and queer thriving.

Building Resiliency and Autonomy via Womb Education
with Lara Pacheco 
How do we as herbalists help guide our female bodied youth to cultivate the wild within, while giving them tools to resist a  paradigm that  seeks to dominate, normalize, commodify, and surrender the free feminine spirit?  The confined parameters of power that plagued our ancestors for thousands of years continue today in different forms and begin with our youth.  Join Lara Pacheco from Seed and Thistle Apothecary who will share her model of work and tools in the form of herbal youth programming to assist them in discovering plant allies while also developing an awareness of their bodies and the surrounding landscapes and elements.  Herbs that we have worked with will be shared.  Rather than shame and fear, Lara seeks to build a culture of love and respect for the mystical nature of the female body and the beauty in all young body types regardless of gender. This work has been her greatest avenues of hope in a continuing climate of fear and patriarchal power.

Combating Systemic Oppression by Cultivating the Wild with Home and Heart grown Medicine
with Lara Pacheco

Join Lara Pacheco of Seed and Thistle Apothecary as she explores the various ways we can help connect people to the surrounding landscapes, plants, and the healing potential of their bodies while also sustaining a small scale herbal business that aligns with your ethics and goals.  She'll share the work she's been involved with in her neighborhood as a business women, 
community activist, and herbal medicine ambassador.   She's also discuss models of educational programming and the latest project of starting a mobile herbal clinic, The Seasonal Wellness Collective, to help perpetuate herbalism as a model of empowerment and access.  Also included will be a discussion of some vital plants to be a part and the drivers of this type of work.

20 Questions with Dori and Shayne
Dori Midnight and Shayne Case are both intuitive healers and flower essence practitioners, as well as old friends. Please join us as we interview each other about healing practices; the mythology of the wounded healer archetype; relationship to earth, ancestors, social justice, and spirit; and other surprises! In the spirit of our deep belief that friendship is one of the most powerful and radical forms of healing and that some of the most beautiful moments arise in the unexpected and when you make space for them, we want to create a forum to ask each other questions and open it up to allow other people to ask us questions, too. 

Hearts on Fire!
Flower Essences & Gemstones for Visionaries, Activists, Healers & Artists
with Shayne Case
Can peace exists amidst the chaos of great change? In this class, we will invoke the spirits of the peacemakers and plants to teach us how to stand up in the river when the current is against us. This is an experiential class where we will be taking plant and gem essences to explore themes of resilience, self-care, compassion, fortitude, justice, and protection.

Sex, Love and Herbal Medicine
with Elokin Orton-Cheung 
In this workshop you will learn about working with plants to nurture healthy sexuality. We will talk about heart-centered rituals as tools for radical self love and healing, a bit of history of herbs in love spells and sexy times, and you will get familiar with five plants that can support you to reclaim sensuality and invite sexual harmony into your life. 

Health in a Toxic World
with Silke Akerson
We live in a changing world and none of us, no matter where we live or how we eat, will live a life unaffected by the toxins our industries and food systems have introduced into our environment.  Once we let that reality settle in, how do we think about our personal and communal health in relation to this knowledge?  We will spend our time together talking about:

  • How we can use the simple tools of food, medicinal plants, movement, and elimination to support our bodies as they are exposed to a variety of pollutants.
  • How our individual health hinges on working together to turn the systems around that are making our world harder for everyone (humans, animals, and plants) to live in. 

Healing Herbs for Babies and Children
with Silke Akerson
Do you want to use herbal medicine with the young people in your life but are unsure about which herbs in what amounts are safe for children and babies?  This class is an introduction to safely using herbs and other natural remedies with babies and children.  You will learn about easy-to-use remedies for some of the most common childhood ailments with weight and age appropriate dosage.  The class will also cover setting up a basic home pharmacy, helping children foster a strong relationship with plants and medicinal flavors, and resources for further learning.  

Waking From a Long Unrest: An Herbalist's Path to Healing from Civilization
with Heron Brae 
What is the way to leave behind the legacy of oppression we have inherited? What does herbalism have to do with genocide, domination, colonization, patriarchy? This lecture will investigate the worldview that causes our current cultural and ecological crisis and how to step forward into the unknowns of healing the past and being with what's next. We will look at the patterns from the oppressive society which exist within all of us, how they manifest in herbalism, and how we can transform them. 

Diabetes, Colonization and Herbal Intervention
with Lydia Bartholow
Oppression is an experience than can be trapped in our physical bodies. Diabetes type II, in particular, is a common and wide spread disease of colonization and oppression.

This diabetes primer explores the many the avenues to diabetes, paying special attention to the influence of capitalism and structural violence. We will look at who gets diabetes in the US and why health disparities prevail. We will wrap up with a review of herbal and nutritional interventions.
# This class is explicitly fat positive!

Toward A Trauma-Informed Herbalism: Communication Strategies in Herbal Medicine
with Lydia Bartholow
As herbalists, our words are as powerful as our medicine. Indeed, our words are a part of our medicine. This workshop explores how to use our words as medicine, and how to infuse our communication with healing intention. We will review healing communication strategies from from trauma-informed validation to harm reduction and motivational interviewing. We will focus on appropriate communication for difficult emotional states such as illness, trauma and heartbreak. However, these basic tools can help guide assessments, clinical intervention and even herbalist (and non-herbalist)  facebook banter. Participants will come away with useful, trauma informed communication skills for every day life. 

The Heart Protector
with Sean Donahue 
In Chinese medicine, the Pericardium protects the Heart, which is the vessel containing our consciousness. In this workshop we will explore the damage the Pericardium suffers in this culture and strategies for healing, and the role of two a simple two herb formula -- Lobelia and Sheng di Huang -- in opening the way for deeper healing for the heart itself.

Demystifying Herbal Abortion 
with Casandra Johns and Samantha Zipporah 
The teachers of this class do not believe that plant medicine is a wise or safe choice for terminating a pregnancy. However, they want to empower folks by facilitating clarity & depth of understanding of how plants can be used for this purpose. This education is necessary to create a culture of truly informed consensual decision making. 

Samantha will delve into the nuanced biochemistry & physiology of conception, implantation, & pregnancy to create a framework upon which to explore how plants can be used to disrupt these processes. Casandra will discuss several plants that can be used to potentially inhibit or interrupt implantation or end an early pregnancy. 

Each woman brings the embodied wisdom of personal experiences, & a deep desire to dispell the darkness shrouding this poignant topic with love & light.

Talking with Plants, Inviting the Wild into Your Medicine
with Larry Savides
Science has been gradually corroborating what witches and shamans have always known, that plants are aware and responsive.  In this class we will explore some ways to engage the consciousness of particular plants, see if they have advice for us, and ask for their aid.  At least one flower essence will be available to focus on, but you are also free to bring a plant ally of your choosing to work with.

Guided Q and A on Queer and Trans Healthcare 
with Rowan Everard
Join me for a brief presentation about common misconceptions about queer and transgender healthcare, followed by a Q and A. Come prepared with the questions that you don’t know who else to ask. I promise I won’t judge. 

Herbal Allies for End of Life Care
with Trish Gallagher, the SeaWitch 
Herbs are often of great assistance in treating the challenges faced by both client and caregivers at the end of life.  We can treat the discomfort, pain, and anxiety many people face with herbs and reduce painful side effects often associated with pharmaceutical treatment.  Trish will share practical remedies and treatments used in her 15 years as a compassionate caregiver as well as the regulations, laws and attitudes that currently frame our approach to death and dying.  

Herbs for a Heavy Heart
with Missy Rohs
The selection of herbal nervines can seem vast and overwhelming -- especially when we need them most!  Missy will talk about some of her most-used plant remedies for grief, loneliness, stress, and sadness and include some of her favorite advice to give clients in need of emotional support.

Herbal Steams
with Jeevan Singh 
Marigold and Rosemary: The Wonder of Herbal Pelvic Steams Learn how to prepare your own herbal pelvic steam at home. Pelvic steams, like saunas, have been used in various cultures around the world to promote health, in this case, of the reproductive organs. Herbal steams are amazing for healing menstrual cramps, fibroids and pelvic pain, promoting fertility, and a long list of other benefits. Many herbs, such as marigold flowers and sprigs of rosemary, can be used depending on the conditions they treat or what’s growing in the backyard. We will be exploring some popular herbs and their uses, as well as a step­by­step how­to on setting up your own steam at home.

Weave a Baby Broom
with Peter Michael Bauer 
Come learn the basics of old-school broom making. We will be using Scotch Broom, which just as it sounds, is a traditional plant for making brooms. Modern natural brooms are made with Broomcorn, a commercially grown plant. Prior to the production of Broomcorn, brooms were made by everyday people using whatever plants they had available. In this class we will learn the principles of fashioning a broom together using invasive species. Although we are making cute little brooms, the techniques are translatable to a larger scale. We'll talk a little about the history of brooms, and the natural history and ecological role of Scotch Broom.

Complimenting your Herbal Practice with Bowenwork 
with Cobalt Coy
Bowenwork is the homeopathy of bodywork. This workshop will touch on the ways Bowenwork and Herbalism share the same foundational theories on healing the body. Bowenwork utilizes precise, gentle manual movements to help bring the body back into balance so it can heal itself. Bowenwork is effective because it balances the tension patterns in the body and calms the nervous system through the unwinding of the fascia. Cobalt will share this uniquely effective modality from her 20 plus years of experience as bodyworker. You will learn what Bowenwork is and how to do a few procedures to calm the nervous system, increase respiration and encourage lymphatic drainage for breast health. Come sample this gentle, yet powerful, cutting edge modality in an inspiring and fun hour of learning!

Herbs! Oh, The Stories They Tell
with EagleSong Evans Gardener
Herbal wisdom travels through time and space on wings of words. Through story, a special magic and mystery of the green world enters our lives and enchants our everyday. Stories have the power to nurture human resilience, salve our grief, create places to share our joy and open doors to possibilities we might not see without them. Anyone can share a story, and through so doing, enrich life for themselves and others. Whilst listening to plants for the last 65 years, they have spun some fine yarns with me that want to be shared. Are you ready?

The Practice of Psycho-Spiritual Medicine 
with Scott Kloos
By rooting ourselves in the spiritual forces of the land in which we live, we learn to be conduits for the healing currents of nature. We become intermediaries for the Plant Teachers who are here to help us transform and awaken. As we connect with the plants, we remember who we are. As we develop relationships with the plants, we see ourselves more clearly, and as we illuminate the beings of the forest, we cannot help but illuminate ourselves and others. In addition to sharing tips for space holders, we’ll cover the basics of h
elping others identify and deepen relationships with their plant allies and guides including working from the heart and the healing power of song, ceremony, and prayer.

Herbal medicine for the Occasional Side Effects of Hormone Therapy for Transgender and Genderqueer People
with Angela Carter
In this class I will talk about the herbs I use to care for common conditions in transition.  I'll also discuss the use of herbal medicine by some in the trans community to transition physically,  the potential complications, and lack of good data on safety and effectiveness of these methods.

Herbal Remedies for Your Sun Sign, Flower Essences for Your Moon Sign
with Jaysen Paulson + Iris Misciagna
The Sun (or your "sun sign") in the natal chart represents your spirit and the seasonal, earth-based vitality you were born with. The moon in the natal chart represents your relationship to nourishment and the ways you emote, intuit, and reflect. In this class we will discuss the herbal and health remedies to keep your vitality up and discuss the flower essences that help balance shadow aspects of your moon sign that may be difficult to work with, as well as essences that support your moon sign's strengths and gifts.

"Balancing the Ocean" -  Blood Nourishing Methods for Herbalists
with Erico Schleicher
We have evolved a blood stream to carry the Mother Ocean around with us, bathing our cells and tissues in a salty soup of nutrients and washing out cellular wastes. We will explore the role of the blood's constituents and function in imbalances, looking at syndromes like "Blood deficiency" and "Blood stagnation" from integrated perspectives contrasting Eastern and Western views. We'll look at the dynamic movement of blood, the connection to the heart and vessels, common symptoms of blood level imbalances, and of course herbs and foods for helping to regulate and nourish the blood

Courageous Love: How to Keep Your Heart Open and Clear and Act with Compassion In An Evolving World. 
with Lindsay Buchannan 
This class is about the heart organ, the heart energetically in the Chinese medicine system, the emotional body and the heart chakra. It’s all hearts and love! We will explore and discuss how to stay open, kind and compassionate in our modern world while nurturing and caring for ourselves first and foremost. When tragedy strikes, it either drives us away into our dark hiding spots, or it pulls us out to express ourselves. We will talk about how to best express ourselves in a loving and compassionate way while emotionally supporting ourselves and each other. In the Chinese medicine the heart is to always remain empty so the spirits can come in and out as they choose. Learn how to accomplish this with a handful of herbs, remedies and stones and energetic tools that will be taught. Learn how to best support our hearts, in every way so we can be on our paths with love and ease! Let love win!

The Language of Herbalism 
with Casandra Johns 
In this class we will discuss the history of the language of Traditional Western Herbalism. As language informs action, we will look at the semantics of humoralism and herbal energetics from a holistic and historical perspective in an effort to inform our current praxis. What terminology currently in use is actually reductionist in origin? What do the words we use to describe a particular plants' actions actually tell us about it as a healing ally? How did this terminology come down to us through history? What language can we use to most effectively honor the plants and communicate with our clients?

Medicine for the People: Free Clinics and Anti-oppressive Herbalism
with Members of The People's Health Clinic of Portland 
Historically, herbalism has been "people's medicine," a widely accessible form of healing. What does it mean to practice herbalism today in a way that is accessible, anti-oppressive, and reflective of herbalism's roots in folk medicine? This workshop will be a space to explore these intersections. Workshop facilitators will also share our experience organizing and practicing at the People's Health Clinic of Portland, a free clinic serving those of us living at the crossroads of economic injustice and other systemic oppressions. 

Stone and Plant Alchemy
with Sarah Thomas
Stone and crystal medicine is an important part of our earth’s healing potential. Over the past few years, ancient knowledge on Chinese Taoist stone medicine has been released back into the healer’s awareness. When stones and plants work together, we can access more layers of of body and spirit for healing and awakening. In this class, several stones and their properties will be covered. We will discuss exactly what plants they pair well with, and many methods for practically weaving stone medicine into your tinctures, teas, gardens and more. This is a life-changing class.

Stones for Trauma
with Sarah Thomas
In this class, you will learn how several crystals and minerals can help you safely release trauma. For thousands of years, people have successfully used sugilite to integrate womb and sexual trauma, yellow tourmaline to heal PTSD, and sunstone to re-pattern how traumatic life events can confuse our relationship to Source. You will learn how to use several stones with on-the-body placement and powerful internal elixirs.

Pelvic bowl stagnation and Chinese herbs
with Rowan Everard
This class will explore the phenomena of pelvic bowl stagnation in Chinese medicine. Pelvic stagnation can be involved in the presentation of many illnesses, including PCOS, uterine fibroids, cancers of the lower abdomen, and menstrual irregularities of all kinds. We will discuss some mechanisms of pathogenesis in Chinese medicine, and look at an excellent Chinese herbal formula that treats many presentations of this common issue.

Elemental Medicine
with Wheels Darling 
Let's explore the old ways of classical Greek herbal cosmology, discussing the four elements, the four temperaments, the four fluids, and the four effective qualities. How did this cosmology affect European and Western herbal medicine over the next 2000 years? How does this perspective help us expand our understanding of contemporary herbal medicine? Can these ancient systems help us understand pathophysiological effects of herbs? How does this cosmology relate to the five element system in East Asian medicine? We will explore these questions and more.

Romancing the Plants:  Poetry, Song & Listening as the tools of rEvolution
with Benjamin Pixie
We will explore the power of courtship, wooing, and becoming a lover to the green leafed people and the Earth on which they grow.  We will share songs and stories of our own opening evolution as human beings through truly witnessing and being present with plant people, and take this opportunity of our collected energies and big overflowing, hopeful hearts to take human plant relationships to new/ancient heights as unseen in these lands for centuries. 

The Key to Herbal Energetics and Human Constitution
with Sajah Popham 
Alchemy is said to be a universal science, spirituality, and medicine and holds the key to integrating the great traditions of the world. This synthesis is more important now than it ever has been before, and the ability to translate between herbal and medical traditions allows one to be a well rounded practitioner of the herbal art. In this class, you will learn the cosmology of nature according to the alchemical tradition of the west, and how it specifically applies to our classification schemes of herbal energetics and understanding the human constitution- both of which lie at the root of a truly vitalist and holistic practice of herbal medicine. 

Perfume and Medicine 
with Jessica Ring and Sean Donahue
This class will sit at the crossroads between perfume and medicine.  Heart-centered herbalist Sean Donahue will discuss the medicinal uses of various west coast aromatics while Jessica Ring builds a natural perfume from these aromatic extracts.  Black Poplar, Devils Club, Wild Ginger, Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Osha.....these are just a few of the special perfume plants that will be explored and blended in this sensory journey.

Medicinal Planting Calendar 
with Laura Altvater
Ever wonder when to start your seeds, take cuttings, or divide  your established medicinal plants?  This class will provide you with a comprehensive guide to do all the this and maybe even more.  Great for beginning and advanced growers.  

Ecosystem Informed Formulation
with Sean Croke 
This class will focus on listening to the plant communities and landscapes that live around the herbalist to inform how we formulate herbs, i.e if they grow together and work well together in an ecosystem than they will work well together in the ecosystem of the human body.

Herb Walk
with Gradey Proctor
Join Gradey as we walk around the grounds to see what’s growing, or dormant, around Campus. We’ll learn to identify medicinal herbs by their dead stems and seeds, trees and shrubs by the twigs; discussing botany, ecology, medicinal uses, wildcrafting and whatever else the plants feel up to sharing.  Please come dressed for the weather.

Co-Creating Garden Magic with Wild Devas and Elementals
with Camilla Blossom Bishop
Learn spiritual protocols for co-creating magical gardens through building relationshipwith the nature spirits, devas, elementals, and ancestors of your lands. Nature spirits want to co-create with us but need to be approached with respect, humility, and honoring. We will share our process of creating relationships with plant spirits, elves, unicorns, water devas, trees, mermaids, gnomes, fairies, land guardians and ancestors of Prairie Star in Mosier. Learn how altars in the gardens and forests serve to ground, honor, open communication, teachings, and co-creative spaces of nature connection. Katie Silva will be assisting in class.

Big Brown Kelps
with Trish Gallagher
Who are we as herbalists when we cannot in "good medicine" harvest the species we rely on? We will dive deeply into a new understanding of how to utilize the brown kelp species. Lets revive some old practices apply them in new ways, help restore health to the kelp beds and support our total healing in an active response to kelp colony collapse.

Descriptions from 2015:  

Keynote: Herbalism and the Animist Revival (Friday Eve.) 
with Sean Donahue!
James Hillman said that "once the earth was declared dead, the autopsy began in earnest." Though capitalist culture tells us the world is not alive, we herbalists feel the planet's living pulse. What then, do we do, for the patient the culture has strapped to the table?

Neurodiversity: What Herbalists Need to Know
with Sean Donahue
We will explore the concept of neurodiveristy: the idea that their is a natural and beneficial variation in human neurobiologies and modes of consciousness, sensation, processing, and speech -- and its implications for herbal practice. We will also discuss the harm done by treating neurodivergence as pathological, the past and current role of some parts of the natural and alternative health communities in promoting eugenicist perspectives on Autism and other forms of neurodivergence, and how herbalists can best serve neurodivergent patients and support neurodivergent colleagues.

Herbs and Eros
with Sean Donahue 
Eros is the Greek word for the drive to live. We will talk about Eros as a force of creation in our bodies, our being, and our world and explore how herbs can aid the way it moves through us. We will spend time with Yellow Pond Lily (a plant about which Kirsten Hale will share her insights and experiences), Damiana, and Devil's Club.

Dreaming with Plants
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki
In this class we will explore the magical intersection between the plant world and the dream world.  We will discuss certain plants, called oneirogens, which have been used in different cultures to induce dreams.  We will learn how plants can affect our dreaming state, learn how to incubate healing dreams, and learn how to honor the plants that show up in our dreams.  Please bring your plant dreams to share with the class.

Herbal Limpias
with Atava Garcia Swiecicki 
The limpia is an important healing practice in Mexican curanderismo. The limpia is a traditional cleansing ceremony which is used to purify one’s energy field, to release emotions, to unblock and move old trauma, and to call the spirit back into the body.

In this workshop we will introduce some basic concepts of curanderismo, the traditional folk medicine of Mexico, and focus on the specific practice of limpias. We will focus on the role that plants play in this healing ceremony. Finally, we will practice giving ourselves a limpia with fresh plants.

Autochthonous Herbalism: becoming one with the herbs
with Ryan Drum 
Living with the herbs in close everyday contact is a continuing action to share not only space and realestate, but also molecules with the herbs, repeatedly. This will tend to enhance full-body acceptance of herbal molecules, especially when  asked  for health positive assistance.  In this class we will explore becoming one with the herbs.

Sea Vegetables 
with Ryan Drum
In this class, Ryan will talk about both personal and cultural uses of various sea vegetables.  We will taste many different kinds.

Healing Trauma with Flower Essences and Gemstones
with Shayne Case 
In our lifetime we will all experience trauma. As a result of trauma we can experience a range of reactions, from minor imprints to PTSD.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder occurs when we are unable to resolve and process through a traumatic episode and it gets stuck somewhere in our emotional, energetic, psychic, mental, and physical bodies. This class is an invitation to learn from the plant and gemstone spirits about their role in the healing process. Please note that this is an experiential class involving taking flower essences, working with gemstones, meditating, and being present with our spiritual allies for the release of trauma from past lives, our ancestors, and our own personal story. Together, we will create a sacred learning circle; your timeliness is appreciated.

Madness, Plants and Transformation
with Jon Keyes
This will be an in depth discussion of the role of herbs in working with people in extreme states such as psychosis, mania or for people labeled with the diagnosis schizophrenia and Bipolar.  In the discussion I will focus on the juxtaposition between modern ways and traditional ways of viewing and treating extreme states and how herbs can play a fundamental role in recovery.  

Rewilding our Hearts: Herbalism for Emotional Distress
with Jon Keyes
The modern day epidemic of increasing mental illness is rooted in large part to our increasing fragmentation and disconnection from the natural world.  In this class I will explore how herbalists are uniquely qualified to help repair that rupture and help people to heal from emotional distress such as anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress.

Grown with Love- Creating a Magikal Medicinal Herb Garden
with Elokin Orton Cheung

I’m so excited to offer this class as a big garden nerd! For this workshop we will talk about gardening with magik- weaving in cycles of the moon and bringing intention and ceremony into our gardens. You will get hands on experience 
with growing techniques for 5 different plants to work with in magikal rituals, and you'll go home with seeds and cuttings to start your own magical medicinal herb garden. 

Plant Medicine for our Furry Friends
with Elokin Orton-Cheung

Animals are our beloved teachers and we are fortunate to have them in our lives.  In this class we will be talking about plant medicine to care for our animal friends and help them to be in balanced health. We will look at flower essences for emotional well being, explore illness prevention through healthy diet, and go over plants for basic herbal first aid.

7 Plants, 7 Planets: Fixing the Celestial Wanderers
with Sajah Popham
The patterns of relationship between plants and planets runs deep within the tradition of western herbalism, as astrology was one of the primary tools of Renaissance herbalists as a system of classification, therapeutics, and diagnostics. In this class, we will explore 7 botanical medicines that correspond to the 7 inner planets of astrology and the 7 layers of the human organism- physiologically, psychologically and spiritually- through the medicinal virtues and signatures in the plants. You will also get a chance to experience both plant and planet through tasting spagyric extracts of these plants which are prepared in accordance with the astrology of the herbs. 

Rose: Myth, Medicine, & Magic
with Jacks Overstreet
For centuries Rose has acted as a gateway to the heart; a conjurer of the sweetest decadence; a fierce protector of what is sacred; an invocation of sensuality; a guide back home, to the heart, to love. Come listen to the stories, taste the medicine, and explore the magic that Rosaceae has to offer.  This class will incorporate practices to encourage deeper connection to plant magic and medicine.

Belonging: Humans and the Ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest
with Heron Brae
What is the role of humans in nature? What can we learn from wild medicinal plants about ecosystem functioning? Why and how do our relationships to wild ecosystems matter? How do we approach wildcrafting from an ecological perspective? What are the major ecosystems of our region, what are some of their foundational medicinal plants, and how to they differ? Have plants and humans adapted to live with each other, and how? How does all this relate to Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the genocide of indigenous people? We will address these questions, and look at a landscape-scale view of herbalist relationships to wild plants. 

Herbal Medicine Making
with Felicia Ferruzza 
In this class, we will be learning about Western and Chinese medicinal herbs, putting together teas and making herbal vinegar. We will be able to touch, smell, and taste fresh and dried herbs as we talk about how they can help us as medicine as well as how to use some of the herbs as food. Everyone will take home their hand-made herbal teas and vinegars.  Children welcome!

Pedicularis: Elephant's Head, Parrot's Beak, Indian Warrior, and Friends
with Howie Brounstein  
Pedicularis has risen in popularity over the last few years.  This valuable local plant is difficult to purchase on the market, and shrouded in misconceptions on the internet.  I will discuss its uses as well as its history, ecology, wildcrafting techniques, and analogs. Drawing from 30 years experience with this plant, I will use case histories, illustrative stories, blood work, and humor.

Making a Coiled English Ivy Basket
with Peter Michael Bauer 
This basket is very aesthetically pleasing and easy to produce. Coiling can feel more like sewing than weaving, as pieces are wrapped together in a completely different fashion from twining or regular weaving. It also requires a lot less material to be gathered.

Kitchen Witchery: The Secrets of Your Spice Rack
with Missy Rohs
Sshhh!  Don't tell your unsuspecting neighbors, but they are surrounded by medicinal plants every time they walk into their kitchens!  The herbs and spices in their cabinets are tasty, for certain, and good for digestion.  What other secret powers do those tiny jars hide?  We'll focus on a handful of herbal powerhouses that can quell a nighttime cough, shoo away a cold, help with menstrual cramping, and ease achy muscles.

Herbal Treatment of Pain
with Paul Bergner
Acute or chronic pain manifests a complex of physical and psychological symptoms. Conventional pain medications may address the chemical aspect or the perception of pain, but do not address the broader Pain Complex. Herbal formulations can have a broader impact, including anodyne, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, hypnotic, and antidepressant effects simultaneously. This talk will offer materia medica and a strategy for formulation for acute or chronic pain.  

Tracking Hawthorne: A Reluctant Pilgrim's Quest
with EagleSong Evans Gardener
An irreverent look at hawthorne and her place in the hedge!  Learn how she tricked an innocent bystander into becoming a dancing fool...If you've had it up to here with perfection and are willing to take a look over the edge at other options, let hawthorne be your guide.  Be careful!  She's a tricky wicket!

Honeybee Medicine
with Jacqueline Freeman and Robin Wise 
Most health practitioners use tinctured propolis but there are other ways to bring bee healing into our bodies. Using her ability to communicate with honeybees, Jacqueline learned the methods the bees use within their own colonies to promote healing and to keep themselves healthy. This class engulfs attendees in a sensual experience of bee healing that will give you a profound appreciation for the generosity of these marvels of Nature.

Your Connection to Plants, Your Connection to Planets
with Jaysen Paulson
For thousands of years, there has been a visceral kinship between healing and timing; nature and the cosmos; the plants and the people. In this class we will look at individual relationships with plants that we know and love and their relationship to the cosmos. This class will include group pairs and discussion. "The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind."-Paracelsus

Plant Propagation and Tending Wild Stands
with Sean Croke
This class will look at the many ways that a wildcrafter can propagate the plants that they love so much in order to expand existing patches, create new ones, or move the plants into their gardens. We will cover cuttings, root propagation, seed collecting and germination, leaf propagation and more!

Plants for Aching Bodies
with Sean Croke 
In this class we will look at herbal and nutritional support for aching bodies, both acute and chronic. We will discuss some first aid situations as well as long term support for those living with old injuries. 

Herb Walk
with Gradey Proctor
Learning about plants can happen all year long. Join Gradey aswe walk around the grounds to see what’s growing, or dormant, around Campus. We’ll learn to identify medicinal herbs by their dead stems, trees, and shrubs by their twigs; discussing botany and ecology, medicinal uses,
wildcrafting and whatever else the plants feel up to sharing.  Please come
dressed for the weather.

Rebirthing with Trees and Water of Our Mother
with Camilla Blossom Bishop
Experience Plant & Nature Spirit Medicine through a powerful guided meditation, flower and tree essences, discussion, and stories. We will return to our mother and the wisdom and support of Ancestor Trees and allow an energetic soul rebirthing... and nature emergence.

From Poppies to Powerlessness: An Addiction Materia Medica
with Lydia Bartholow
This addiction primer reviews concepts in the field of addiction and herbal intervention. We will begin by reviewing  past and present conceptualizations of addiction and addictive behavior. Going beyond the idea of addiction as solely patterns of over use, we will explore key ideas and frameworks such as safety, tissue dependence and harm reduction. With a solid understanding of addiction and behavior, we will review an addiction materia medica and go in depth to look at our plant allies in the realm of addiction.

Health Justice
with Lydia Bartholow
This interactive workshop explores the broader concept of health justice for herbalists. In this context, we assume that health and any provision of health care is political, and we begin to the soft dance between activist and healer. We will explore the physiology of oppression and trauma, paying special attention to diabetes and addiction. We will review key concepts in health justice such as the medical industrial complex, harm reduction and structural violence.

A Doctrine of Psycho-spiritual Signatures: Patterns in Plants and Nature that Inspire Human Awakening
with Scott Kloos
There is a universal force that gives shape and form to all aspects of life. Bringing awareness to the patterns created by it helps us understand the medicinal properties of plants on the physical, energetic, and psycho-spiritual levels. We will study the way these patterns weave through our emotional and spiritual lives as we experience, via pictures, taste, direct communion, and song, their teachings as reflected by the native plants of the Pacific Northwest.

Working with Stress and Trauma
with Sarah Holmes  
In this class we will explore how stress and trauma impact a person physically, emotionally and spiritually. What are some short and long term issues?  How do we identify and unwind these patterns? Treatment approaches and herbs for addressing these issues will be covered.

Heart Health
with Sarah Holmes 
This class will explore the importance of the heart and how we can care for it. We will take a close look at the importance of our emotional/spiritual health and look at the inter-relationship between all aspects of our being and this vital organ. Herbs and essences that support this work will be covered.

Healing Menstrual Cramps
with Silke Akerson
Menstrual cramps are one of the most common and confounding issues for herbalists and the people experiencing them.  Many people just learn to live with their cramps, managing severe ones with pain medications, but there is much that can be done to manage and heal menstrual cramps over the long term.  Together we'll strive to understand what causes menstrual cramps and look at herbs, food changes, and lifestyle changes that can make a real difference in this sometimes debilitating health issue.

On Food and Eating
with Silke Akerson 

Most herbalists recognize that nutrition is one of the foundations of health yet just telling a client to change their diet seems to be wildly ineffective.  Why is this and what can we do to work effectively on food and eating issues with our clients and ourselves?  Together we will look at food and eating patterns as the emotional, social, and cultural phenomenon they are and delve in to the gentle and slow work of making lasting dietary changes for health without reinforcing harmful or shameful messages about our bodies or our appetites.

Addressing the Wide Spectrum Presentations of Auto Immunity by Cultivating the Wild with Home + Heart Grown Medicine
with Lara Pacheco 

Lara Pacheco will share how the suffering in our ecosystem is connected to our ill bodies and how the phenomenon of autoimmunity is inextricably linked to these threads.  She will share the general, common presentations seen in the patterns of auto-immunity and how investigating dietary and lifestyle factors are essential to a therapeutic protocol.  She will focus on four medicinal plants that can be cultivated in the garden, as well as in the hearts of the clients that herbalists work with, to help address the multi-layered complexity of auto-immunity.  Tools for making significant lifestyle changes with the help of plant allies will be discussed.  Lara will touch on the deeply embedded emotional component of autoimmunity, the connection to a distressed environment, her own continuing journey with auto-immune issues, and how helping people to establish particular plant allies that match with a person’s constitution has a remarkable potential for self-healing.

Big brown Kelps
with Trish Gallagher
There are 1500 species of brown "kelp" A diverse and commercially important group of marine algae brown kelps have a vital part to play in helping us to detox heavy metals and radioactive isotopes.THe brown kelps are also great to use in your garden and the care of livestock.High in the essential minerals and elements needed for vibrant health the brown kelp species are being used to create bio fuels and being considered for the ability to bio remediate toxins from the land.Lets meet a few favorites of the Pacific Northwest used for food fiber and healing.

Using Herbs to Support End of Life Care
with Trish Gallagher
We will take a look at the herbs, flower essences and plant medicines that ease the transition at end of life. Natural Home Death can use herbs in combination with western medical treatments or herbs alone as the client desires. Herbal care at end of life has many benifits for both the client, family and caregiving team.Plant medicines are safe gentle and very effective for pain relief, symptom managment and often can be self administered. We will talk a little about how to advocate for the dying and what you as a care provider can do to feel secure supporting your client's choices at this potent transition. 

The Magic and Medicine of the Bee
with Benjamin Pixie
Benjamin will be sharing stories of Bees as stewards of the fecundity of life and examples of alternative styles of civilization that promote diversity. 
Through myth, story and honey tasting this class will ingest the sweet plant medicines of the bees while exploring the bitterness of our current experiments in civilization. We will discuss the poison and
catastrophe of monoculture as exemplified in Colony Collapse Disorder. Through stories of powerful plants, pollinators and humans who remember we will untangle the webs of death and amnesia to grieve the losses and celebrate the beauties of being alive in these times of great change. 

From Brick Walls to Dilapidated Fences: Working Towards Healthy Boundaries with the Help of Herbs
with Sam Roberts
We all have boundaries whether we are aware of them or not, and all too often that awareness only comes once a boundary has been crossed or is out of balance.  Have you experienced feeling mysteriously drained, constantly overwhelmed, unable to feel a connection with those around you, or struggled to hold your own in relation to others?  It could have been due to a boundary that had become out of balance. In this class we will explore different kinds of personal boundaries, be they the kind that keep our blood in our veins or the kind that separate our energy from the energy of those around us, and how to keep them tuned up and functioning properly for better physical, emotional, and psychic health.

When the Body Talks;Tools for Intentional Listening 
with Lindsay Buchannan
Harmonizing the mind, spirit and living in our bodies is no small feat, especially in our modern world. This class will explore the realistic and practical ways to deal with being present in and to our bodies. If you’ve been mired with chronic pain, physical symptoms, or chronic health issues, this class can help you explore a new approach in caring for the body. We’ll re-adjust and a-tune our listening to come from a place of curiosity, and gather some tools on how to do that in times of stress, illness and fatigue.

Flowers and Intention 
with Iris Mae Misciagna 
If you've worked with flower essences and enjoyed the relationship, you know that they are subtle and powerful medicine. They work on many levels, shifting our energy, emotions, and physical health. I believe part of the power of essences is the space they create for intention. Just as roses ask you to stop and smell them, slowing you down to make space for appreciation and gratitude, flower essences ask you to bring your attention to your own healing. 

In this class we will explore the power of intention with Blue Medicinal flower essences. Whether it is courage, faith, or love that you are seeking to call into you're life, learning to use essences can help you clarify and open to your intention.

Awakening the Heart’s Intelligence:  Transforming Stress and Creating Resilience
with Hanna Jordan 
For thousands of years world cultures have recognized the heart as a source of wisdom, connection, and deeper knowing. This class will explore the inspiring neuroscience of the heart and its implications for emotional healing, performance, and resilience. We will experience how we can cultivate a relationship with our hearts that not only enhances our health, creativity, focus, and intuition, but also the quality of our relationships and our connection with nature and the earth. In addition we will discuss 3 herbs that support our minds and hearts in creating this internal state we need for thriving and living as our best selves.

A Deeper Connection to the Seasons
with Erico Schleicher
What happens to our lungs in the Autumn? What happens to our livers in the Spring? We look closely at how plant medicines are involved in the ongoing dialogue between our complete selves and the energies of the world around us. There is a connection between the lives of plants and the seasonal changes that help us locate ourselves and our dynamic organ system health in the living world, our local Cascadia environment in particular. That resonance between the plants and our bodies, our rhythms and our emotions is enhanced by understanding the way these energetic forces work in the plants’ own life cycles. By orienting ourselves to the seasons, we share our experience more completely with the plant beings around us. 

For examples of years past, see the Archives page!


6th Annual Portland Plant Medicine Gathering 2014

Herbal Alternatives to Antibiotics
with Robin Rose Bennett
Our bodies come pre-equipped to protect us and our “immune system” is actually an interconnected web of all our physical systems working together in conjunction with our hearts and minds. There is no part of us that isn’t part of our natural immunity. Herbs can help the functioning of the lymphatic system, support the liver and digestive system, strengthen the skin’s natural ability to repel bacteria and other pathogens, and nourish and build the health and stability of the nervous system, which is inextricably linked to our physical health. Robin will share the specific gifts of a variety of herbs that are abundantly available and favorite recipes that have worked well for people all over the world. Finally, this class will include valuable information on tried and true remedies that can be used as natural “antibiotics”.

Deepening our Connection to Nature
with Sarah Holmes
This class will explore and celebrate the plant beings. What does that really mean? How can we be in deeper communication with Nature? What does it mean to be in a reciprocal relationship with the plants? What is our role as humans in the natural world? We will be discussing these concepts as well as spending some time meditating with the plants.

The Alterative Herbs: a 21st Century look at Blood Purificaiton
with Paul Bergner
The alterative action of herbs, a term left over from the 19th century practice of medicine and herbalism, is one of the most misunderstood groups in contemporary herbalism. 20th Century advances in physiology seemed to render the concept of “blood purification” obsolete, and herbs categorized as alteratives seem to be totally unrelated to each other in their physiological actions. I will present an explanation of this older concept in terms of contemporary pathophysiology, then show how the seemingly unrelated herbs have a unifying principle in the physiology of detoxification, and finally present assessment, protocols and formulation for “blood purification.”

The Skullcaps:  Important Restorative Allies
with Howie Brounstein
The Skullcaps, Scutellaria sp., are valuable plants that hold an important place in my clinic. They are calming nervines, and many are nutritive, restorative, and tonic. I will discuss their general and specific uses as well as their history, ecology, identification, wildcrafting techniques, and the differences in the various species. Drawing from 30 years experience with this plant, I will use case histories, illustrative stories, and humor.

Awakening the Senses with Aphrodisiac Herbs
with Missy Rohs
Join us in an exploration of plants that stir the senses and lubricate the libido. We’ll talk about herbs that you can find in your garden, kitchen, or local park as well as some exotic herbs, and we’ll learn about different ways to enjoy these luscious botanicals. Aphrodisiac plant allies can be used solo as well as with a lover, and they can definitely spice up these longest nights of the year.

Spirit of Land & Nature Elementals Ceremony
with Camilla Blossom
Join me in co-creative ceremony for the spirit of the land, water, and nature elementals at the location of NCNM. We will connect with the ancient spirits and Ancestors and bring forward messages, guidance, and ways to give offerings to this sacred place using plant medicine, flower essences, and sacred intentions. This is an opportunity to engage more deeply with places as your home-landsthe land you take care ofnature elementals and use of plants as energy medicine for Mother Earth and her living waters.

Herbs for Addiction and Recovery
with Sean Croke
Addiction causes damage to the lives and bodies of so many folks around us, and is often a health problem that is not discussed out of shame and fear. There has been a lot of research on the neurochemical factors that may lead a person to be predisposed to abuse substances, often these factors are rooted in past trauma and family history.

Herbs can be greatly helpful to people who are in all stages of the addiction/recovery spectrum. They can support a body that is having a hard time due to the drugs that are being put into it, help a person to have an easier time while they are withdrawing from drugs, and bring ease to a person learning to deal with their triggers and anxieties without returning to their substance of choice.

Medicinal Mushrooms in the Clinic: The Insights & Artful Practice of Reishi, Lion’s Mane, and Turkey Tail
with Renee Davis
Medicinal mushrooms have much to offer herbalists, particularly for immune health & wellness. But their cultivation, preparation and use remain elusive to many. This class will focus on the pharmacology, cultivation, preparation and clinical applications of 3 key medicinal mushrooms: Reishi, Lion’s Mane, and Turkey Tail. We’ll discuss their cultivation (and ubiquity in the Northwest), preparation, and demystify the mechanisms of fungal polysaccharide immunomodulation. Their clinical applications will be highlighted, and common areas of confusion (potential exacerbation of yeast overgrowth, autoimmunity, etc.) will be clarified.

Tending Story, Tending Medicine
with Dina Hartzell
Through time, and all over the world, people have recognized stories as powerful nourishment and medicine for culture, and have taken care to tend those stories for the continued health of the collective. As plant medicine people, we consciously tend those places where we find or grow the things we need for our well-being. We understand the importance of working to deepen and grow our relationships in the wild, on the farm, and in the garden, and we have many stories to tell from our experiences there. In this session, we’ll collectively tend some of those stories with the intent to see how they might have a positive effect on social and cultural health.

Please bring your plant and plant medicine stories (or just come and hear the others)ancient myths and new happenings; tales of wisdom and folly, sorrow and joy; family chronicles and tribal traditions; stories of all kindsso we can experience them together, learn from each other, and work deliberately and collectively with a vision toward healthier cultures for ourselves, and for future generations.

Decolonizing Herbalism
with Lara Pacheco
How do we as herbalists help loosen the shackles of colonialism that still shape our social structures? What roles can herbalists play in collective liberation? As herbalists we have the potential to educate and empower and learn, using the power of storytelling. We can help tell the stories of the plants to untie the bonds of the past. Join Lara Pacheco to explore working with Latino communities as an herbalist in Portland, and how to begin addressing the health crisis affecting marginalized communities of color, while learning from the art of oral histories and the wisdom of plant medicine.

Qi Gong & Acupressure Techniques for Health
with Sheridan Horning
Sheridan Horning, Licensed Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and Certified Qi Gong Instructor will be offering a workshop where you can learn self-massage, relaxation protocols, and simple qi gong techniques to optimize your health and alleviate symptoms associated with some common disorders. Whether you are in perfect order or in need of bringing more balance to your physical and emotional cycles, you will learn practical skills for your own use. Please wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to move and find peace in stillness.

Plant Medicine & Magic for Lunar Alignment
with Jacks Overstreet
This workshop will act as gateway into the magic, healing, and insight we can access when we welcome our plant allies into our Full and Dark Moon practices. We will be focusing on elemental healing/support through the lens of astrology and learning how to consciously invoke and embody the offerings of the Moon.

Enlisting the Aid of Plant Allies for Magical Elixir Making
with Larry Savides
Coming from a witchcraft perspective, Larry will share some principles and properties for inviting plant intelligences to participate with us in creating magical elixirs or enhancing traditional medicines. Some aspects covered will include selecting plants to invite, tending the energy of that invitation, and bolstering the strength of your intention. As a demonstration together we will recombine an existing tincture to deepen and strengthen its effectiveness

5th Annual Portland Plant Medicine Gathering 2013

Into the Green
with Colette Gardiner
Join us as we go on a journey down the path, through the gate and into the magical world of our green allies. We’ll explore our relationship to the green world from a magical perspective, meet some allies and create some change. We will have almost no lecture, so you should be willing to spend extended time on a trance journey. It’s fine if you have no experience, just be willing to use your imagination and daydream for awhile. 

Reading the Body
with Margi Flint
What do wrinkles, blemishes and thinning eyebrows mean? Why is there a crease in your earlobe? Will those lines go away? Each color, line and marking on the face, tongue and nails holds meaning of your internal health. I will be explaining facial indications and their correlations to organ health.

The Medicine of Trees
with Elise Krohn
In this hands-on workshop we will celebrate the medicine of our local evergreen trees including cedar, spruce, hemlock and fir. Essential oils, leaf and needle infused oils, teas, and incense making techniques will be discussed. Together we will make a chest rub for coughs using evergreen infused oils and essential oils. We will also create a winter tree body oil and a beautiful smelling incense.

Spirit of the Sea
with Trish Gallagher
We will meet the seaweeds of the Pacific Northwest that are commonly used as food and medicine. We will also discuss the essence uses of the seaweeds. Those who bring a 1 ounce bottle can take a sample of one of the essences we have discussed. We will discuss practical application of seaweed in your clinical practice and a few Sea Witch stories.

Precious Essence of the Flower Spirits
with Camilla Blossom
Come explore the multidimensional teachings, wisdom, and healing gifts offered to you through the Spirit of Mock Orange, Rhododendron, and White Bog Orchid and their flower essences. These regional wildflowers are calling us to their medicine right now to help us fully love and care for ourselves. They want us to experience the joys of true love, romance, and empowerment in our relationships. What can we learn from listening, observing, experiencing, feeling, sensing, and journeying with them? We will open to receiving the resonant frequencies of these beings and attuning to our own precious essence, in gratitude.

Plant Spirit Mediumship
with Scott Kloos
We are all mediums to one degree or another. Many people drawn to working with plants are quite sensitive carriers of energy. When the gift of mediumship is not understood and the responsibilities are not fully accepted, many discomforts and challenges may be experienced in life, but by cultivating relationships with the spirits of the plants, we can bring ourselves to a place of balance where our sensitivities are no longer a hindrance. As we offer ourselves as vessels to carry and transmit the healing energies of the plants, we collaborate with them to effect the deep healing of others. Join me in imagining a community of healer mediums dedicated to manifesting the spiritual and energetic medicine of the plant  kingdom.

Blessed Bee: The Spirit & Nature of the Honeybee
with Jacqueline Freeman and Robin Wise
Most people think the honeybee’s role is to pollinate crops and make honey for us. This narrow view prevents us from seeing the tremendous depth of knowledge bees embody and the generosity with which they carry forth each day. We’ll hear — in the bees own words — how they help fulfill the mission of plants, stimulate healing with their medicines, and patiently nudge forward the evolution of the world. Experience the power of their vibrational sounds and see video closeups of bees that unravel the mysteries of their behavior.

Heart Medicine: Botanicals for the Broken Heart
with Wheels Darling
Join this class as we discuss healing wounds of the Heart: from heartache to heart break. Through the lenses of Western Physiology and East Asian Five Elements we will examine what makes the heart ache, at times, tremendously so – and what strategies can be employed to soften and heal the ache and burn of betrayal, compounded traumas, and emotional pain. We will discuss botanical remedies and other self-healing strategies that help the Heart re-align itself with brilliance, joy, brightness, warmth, connection, intimacy, and laughter.

Maintaining Energetic Boundaries Using Flower Essences and Gem Elixirs
with Shayne Case
In this class we will discuss energetic boundaries: what they are, how they become compromised, and what we can do to heal them. We will take essences and learn how these energetic medicines play a vital role in protecting our field from physical and psychic vulnerabilities; help us stop negative cycles of repetitive patterns around love, relationships, money, and health; and bolster our immunity to environmental toxins. Please bring questions and your own magical and practical boundary protection techniques so that we may learn from each other.

The Medicine of the Seasons
with Missy Rohs
We talk about eating with the seasons — what about using remedies of the seasons?  There is a special magic to using plants that are ripe and ready to heal; there is a wisdom in knowing which remedies get used over and over at certain times of the year.  We’ll talk about the wheel of the year and broad guidelines for seasons, and then dive into some specific plants that are fantastic for autumn.

Spagyrics: The Ancient Alchemical Art of Preparing Celestial Medicine
with Sajah Popham
Spagyrics is the practical application of the ancient philosophy and spiritual science known as alchemy. It is one of the great contributions of Paracelsus to natural medicine and especially to the herbalist. In this class, we will discuss what spagyrics is, how to prepare them, the alchemical cosmology of nature, alchemy as a universal science, medicine and spirituality, and how this tradition greatly enhances ones understanding of plants and how they heal on the physical, energetic and spiritual levels. We will also discuss the art of calcination and crystallization of the mineral salts in plants, as well as preparing the Spagyric Essence, fermentation, and distillation techniques.

Self-Care Through the Menstrual Cycle
with Silke Akerson
The menstrual cycle can be a great teacher and can point us back to physical and emotional health and balance if we learn how to listen to it. In this class we will cover each phase of the menstrual cycle including physiology, signs of imbalance and the acts of self-care we can use to heal issues that arise in the cycle. We will focus especially on premenstrual symptoms, cramps, irregular cycles and the emotional, spiritual, and physical benefits of bleeding.

Astrological Elemental Constitutions for Herbalists
with Jaysen Paulson 
Are you looking to gain a greater understanding of temperaments? Are you curious about predispositions of yourself, family and clients? Jaysen  will show you how to understand the elemental constitution through the astrological birth-map and how to work with it. JayP will also introduce specific planetary configurations in addition to elemental constitutions. This is an introductory-level western astrology lecture suited for herbalists, beginner to more advanced. Please bring your own birth chart, we will be working with yours!

English Ivy Basket Weaving
with Peter Bauer
In this class we will learn how to weave a simple basket out of the invasive plant species English Ivy. Weaving takes patience and concentration. It can work as a form of meditation to help calm our minds. Combining this meditative work with pulling invasive plants and making something useful out of them is an all around holistic form of healing: connecting the healing of our landscapes with the healing of our own minds and selves.

Decolonization through Invasive Plants and The Magic and Medicine of bees
with Benjamin Pixie

Benjamin will be sharing stories of Bees as stewards of the fecundity of life and examples of alternative styles of civilization that promote diversity. This class will focus on healing the damage to our world, psyches and bodies created by the poison idea of static ecosystems and invasive alien species. Through myth, story and history this class will examine the ways our current experiments in civilization are heading towards catastrophe as currently seen in Colony Collapse Disorder. The class will include honey tasting.

3rd Annual Portland Plant Medicine Gathering 2011

Pacific Northwest Plants:  Healing Wealth from Both Sides of the Mountains (Friday eve. 7-9pm)
with Cascade Anderson Geller
Join us for a slide show presentation featuring some of the amazing healing plants available from the Pacific Northwest.  Cascade will share details about the plants themselves and some of their many abilities, especially those that are less known but powerful.

Cascade’s herbal roots reach back to the rugged mountains and people of the southern Appalachians across the continent to the Pacific Northwest. A graduate of Dominion Herbal College, and having trained with various herbal elders,  Cascade was a founding member of the Everett House Healing Center (now Common Ground) where she had an herbal practice and taught classes beginning in 1979.  Most of her apothecary was composed of preparations she had made and many from wildcrafted plants.  She was Department Chair of Botanical Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic (now Natural) Medicine from 1979-1992.  She has been affiliated with the founding of two other naturopathic medicine colleges and has taught at many institutions.  She owned and operated an herb store in Portland in the late 1980′s.  Cascade consults with practitioners about herbal therapies, is a frequent presenter at conferences, leads herb trips, and walks, to special places around the world.  She lives in Portland, Oregon.

From Trauma to Initiation
with Scott Kloos
In this culture we have little understanding of the process of initiation, the awakening of who we are in relation to the land in which we live. For this reason many of us suffer unnecessarily through abuse or physical/emotional traumas, but thankfully there are many Plant Medicines that we can work with to help ourselves or others on this journey of transformation. We will talk about plants for various aspects of this process as well as ways to gracefully surrender to the force of nature that is initiation.

Community Herbalism – Collective Radical Healing without Clinical Care
with Erico Schleicher

The core of community herbalism is the radical endeavor of groups of people taking care of themselves using herbs without the need for professional health care. Herbal medicine traditions are founded in collective knowledge that is shared by all community members – whether housemates, families, or whole tribes – for mutual survival and health, social resiliency, and forming ritualized ecological connection with the Earth and the network of life. While we are learning about ideal local healing plants for this work, we invite them to be a part of our shared experience. At the same time, we identify the specific health needs of communities and begin generating our own culture of sharing herbal medicine work with one another, eventually knowing ourselves by our commitment to these plants.

The Art of Connecting with Flowers
with Iris Misciagna

Flowers are a pleasure. They fill our gardens, cultivated beauties that surround our homes; they shine, rare gems spied in the wild. We list them in Latin and are charmed by their common names. Connecting with flowers can be an art, both insightful, and creative. This class offers perspectives and tools for exploring this connection through image, shape, and form. We will discuss the rich symbolism of flowers in art, and how we can draw on this knowledge to create our own symbolic understandings. We will also explore flowers in stories and myths, medicinal uses of flowers, and flower essences. This is not an art class—no skills are required. Rather, this class offers simple tools that allow you to deepen your personal relationship with flowers.

Down in the Dumps! The physiology of Depression and Botanical Intervention
with Lydia Anne Bartholow

This workshop covers the aspects of mood that are based in physiology, covers the consequences of untreated stress and depression on the body and wraps up with a brief materia medica for depression. But don’t get too down – we’ll have fun while we explore interventions for cruddy moods and why this is so dang important in promoting health in general.
*this workshop will not cover interventions for severe or bi-polar depression.

Health Justice
with Lydia Anne Bartholow

Health justice is the notion that health, and health care, are political and that in doing health related work, we are also activists. Novel idea, huh?

This workshop offers a basic framework for health justice for herbalists and addresses some foundational ideas on health equity such as harm reduction, white supremacy and LGBTQI care, among others.

10 Herbs For Small Scale Organic Herb Production
with Laura Altvater

In this class Laura will discuss in depth 10 of her favorite herbs to grow in the Pacific Northwest.  She will discuss the delights and troubles of growing each of these plants.  She will talk about yields and share tips and skills that come from years of experience and experimentation.

Strategies for Healing Emotional Trauma with Plant Medicine
with  Allison Carr

Emotional trauma leaves very real and lasting scars on the body. Even though we can’t always see them, like in physical trauma, they can create an affect on our health and well being for many years. Plant medicine is a wonderful modality to address these wounds because it can affect both the physical and energetic aspects of healing. In this class we will look at the energetic patterns of disruption that are caused by emotional trauma, and explore some botanical remedies to alleviate the affects of both acute and longstanding emotional trauma. This class will focus on identifying patterns of trauma, using some of the theories from Chinese Medicine. I will discuss my favorite  herbs from both Chinese and western herbal traditions, but my aim is  to present a versatile template of treatment that will work with any botanical tradition.

Seasonal Herbal Diet Therapy Cooking Class: Integrating East and West
with Felicia Ferruzza, LAc

In this dynamic, colorful class, we will focus on diet therapy integrating Chinese and Western medicinal herbs with seasonal, organic whole foods and how to use your own backyard culinary and medicinal weeds in your delicious cooking! We will learn about 5 element theory and how it relates to the seasons, body systems, flavors, and colors in your diet.
Learn how cooking with Medicinal Herbs and whole foods for the Season can restore your balance!

Wild Plants of the City
with Rebecca Lerner

Are you an apartment dweller without a garden? Urban foraging is for you. This workshop offers an introduction to 10 common wild edible and/or medicinal plants of Portland, with explanations on when to harvest them, where to find them and what to do with them. We will talk about safety and sustainability, too.