Forest Medicine Intensive | Hawthorn: the heart protector
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.
Abundant in the hedgerows of our country fields, abandoned meadows and clearings, Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a small multi-stemmed tree native to Europe where it is steeped in ancient folklore and herbal tradition. Considered an invasive species here on Vancouver Island, Hawthorn is a useful wild medicinal herb and an abundant edible food source for overwintering birds and humans alike. We also have a much rarer and native species, Black Hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii), which you will get the chance to meet as well.
During this intensive we will explore the medicine of Hawthorn, and how this plant can help us access and develop a deeper awareness of our hearts centre and emotional boundaries, initiating the 'heart protector' 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 Hawthorn 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 flowers and making medicine together in community. Hawthorn (leaf, flower, and berry) tincture, and tea 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 moderately level ground of open fields. We will be sitting with the plants out in nature, and harvesting herbs, which will involve periods of standing, bending over or squatting, as well and sitting on the ground, you may wish to bring a fold up camping chair or stool if that will enhance your comfort. We may spend part of this intensive at Fireweed Farm, weather depending.
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 meadow (tarp, plastic bag, small pillow etc)
gloves (gardening type)
a kitchen knife for chopping herbs and a cutting board
secatuers (hand pruners)
a bag or basket for gathering herbs
an open mind and heart