Forest Medicine Intensive | Devil's Club: the warrior spirit
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.
Thriving in the dappled shade along creeks and streams, wetlands and forest lowlands, Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridus) is a prominent plant in the understory of our Pacific Northwest coastal rainforests. Preferring a moist environment, Devils Club is not commonly found on the dry sunny Saanich Peninsula and Greater Victoria Region, so for this workshop we will be travelling to a magical spot just outside the town of Lake Cowichan, about a 1hr 20min drive northwest of Victoria.
During this intensive we will explore the medicine of Devil's Club, and how this plant can help us access a deeper sense of strength and fortitude within our selves, initiating the 'warrior spirit' 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 Devil's Club from the wild, and you will learn how to do this respectfully and sustainably in a way that will benefit the plants. We will be processing the inner bark of the rhizomes and making medicine together in community. Devil's Club 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 improtantly, you will be steeped in connection to your new herbal ally in the forest.
Note this workshop takes place outdoors, and involves a 15min-20min hike through moderate terrain which may involve climbing over the occasional fallen tree and navigating through a few deeply muddy sections and slippery boardwalks. We will be sitting with the plants out in nature, harvesting and packing out herbs, then returning to an outdoor covered shelter where we will process them.
Please come prepared so that you will be comfortable!
What to bring:
lunch and water (hot herbal tea will be provided)
sturdy footwear, rain gear, and warm clothing in layers
something waterproof to sit on in the forest (tarp, plastic bag, small pillow etc)
gloves (gardening type)
a knife for stripping bark
secatuers (hand pruners)
a small pair of loppers, or a small axe or machete
a backpack or bag for gathering herbs
an open mind and heart