Forest Medicine Intensive | Arbutus: the naked dancer
Join us for a truly one-of-a-kind experience delving deeply into the medicine of our wild medicinal plant allies.
During the day-long intensives, each class is centred around one of our local medicinal forest plants and incorporates plant spirit work, materia medica, ethical wild harvesting, and medicine making.
Unique to the coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest and down into California, Arbutus (Arbutus menziesii), sometimes known as Madrone, is Canada's only native broadleaved evergreen tree. Arbutus, with its dense wood, outwardly sprawling and arching branches, and rust coloured bark that peels away in the heat of summer to reveal the avocado green photosynthetic cambium within, is found rooting deep along the shoreline cliffs and dry rocky slopes, mountain sides and meadows of Vancouver Island.
During this intensive we will explore the medicine of Arbutus, and how this plant can aid us shedding what no longer is serving us, unveiling the authentic and expressive self within, initiating the 'naked dancer' with in us. You will be given tools to enhance the practice of building relationships with plants and deepening your connection to nature, opening awareness of your place within it and within your self.
We will spend time gathering Abrutus from the wild, and you will learn how to do this sustainably in a way that is respectful to the plants. We will be processing the leaves and bark and making medicine together in community. Arbutus tincture, tea, and salve will be provided throughout the workshop.
At the end of the class you will go home with detailed handouts on course material, a basket of wild-harvested herb and a herbal preparation prepared in class. Most importantly, you will be steeped in connection to your new herbal ally in the forest.
Note this workshop takes place outdoors, on the un-level ground of the open, dry, rocky outcroppings of the Saanich Highlands. We will be sitting with the plants out in nature, and harvesting herbs, which will involve periods of traversing uneven terrain, standing, bending over or squatting, as well and sitting on the ground. We will not have access to a shelter for this workshop but there will be shady spots to sit out of the sun.
Please come prepared so that you will be comfortable!
What to bring:
lunch and water (hot herbal tea will be provided)
sturdy footwear, weather appropriate clothing such as a sun hat
a bag or basket for gathering herbs
an open mind and heart