Herbalism & Foraging
Adult Programs: East Pathway
The relationships that traditional people had with the plants in their environment was significant in every aspect of their life and culture. The songs, ceremonies and daily choices revolved around the shrubs that were in fruit, the herbs that were in seed and the roots underground. Every poisonous, edible and medicinal plant was known. The quality of wood of each species was known from the tension and compression performance for making bows, to the chemical composition for smoking and tanning hides. By the age of 8 a child in a traditional culture would have the knowledge base of the plants in their bio-region comparable to a modern PHD in botany.
Approaching the world of plants can be intimidating, but it is extremely rewarding. Having the knowledge to step outside in any season to grab a handful of wild edible plants is empowering. If you are a survivalist or person of the outdoors this is essential knowledge.
We use a variety of methods to approach the “Wall of Green.”
Through the sit spot routine, journalling, the use of the Newcomb’s and Families identification systems, as well as attending courses with our Instructors in Herbalism and Foraging, you will be well on your way to an entirely new relationship with your environment.