Forest Medicine Intensive | Western Red Cedar
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 Forest Medicine intensives, each class is centred around one of our local medicinal forest plants and builds relationship through plant meditations, materia medica, ethical wild harvesting, and medicine making.
There are three separate Forest Medicine Intensives offered in our 2018 fall schedule: Devil's Club, Western Red Cedar, and Old Man's Beard. Each intensive can be signed up for individually or together as a series for a discount (see link at bottom of page).
with Jessy Delleman
Sunday October 28th 2018 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: Central Saanich
An iconic tree of the Pacific Northwest rainforest, also known as the 'Tree of Life', Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) has many uses and has provided indigenous people of the region with clothing, shelter, tools, and medicine for thousands of years. Cedar with its deep cinnamon-brown coloured bark and sweeping evergreen branches that shelter all below, is found in low-lying mixed forests where the coolness and calm of shade and moisture are abundant.
During this intensive we will explore the spiritual/emotional and physiological medicine of Cedar, and how this plant can aid us in expressing healthy boundaries and find the ability to become grounded into our ourselves, helping us find the 'home within'. You will be given tools to enhance relationship building with the plants, through 'plant sits' and meditation, deepening your connection to nature, and opening awareness of your place within it and within your self.
We will spend time gathering Cedar from the wild, and you will learn how to do this sustainably in a way that is respectful to the plants. We will be delving deeply into the materia medica of Cedar, processing the leaves and making medicine together in community. Cedar 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. 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 if it is raining we may spend part of this workshop at Fireweed in the geodome as we will be near by.
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
secateurs or scissors for harvesting
a bag or basket for gathering herbs
an open mind and heart
Devil’s Club - October 21 2018
Western Red Cedar - October 28 2018
Old Man’s Beard - November 4 2018