Forest Medicine Intensive | Dandelion
Join us for a truly one-of-a-kind experience delving deeply into the medicine of our wild medicinal plant allies. During the Forest Medicine 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.
Two Forest Medicine Intensives are offered this spring: Nettle & Dandelion. Sign up for either individually or both for a discount (see bottom of page).
with Jessy Delleman
Sunday, May 12 2019
Location: Central Saanich
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are one of the first plants to bloom in the spring. They appear like miniature golden suns upon the fields bringing warmth and lightness to our lives, and an abundant source of nectar and pollen for the bees. Often viewed as a weed to be pulled, the Dandelion is valued around the world as a source of both nutrition and valuable healing properties.
During this intensive we will explore the medicine of Dandelion, and how this plant can help us access a sense of resilience within our selves, and how we can shine our strengths outward for the benefit of our community. 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 Dandelion growing wild in a beautiful farm meadow in the Central Saanich area. The entire Dandelion plant is useful, from root to leaf to flower, and we will be discussing ideal harvest times and methods for each. We will be processing the aerial parts of the plant and making medicine together in community. Dandelion tincture, tea, and snacks 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.
Note this workshop takes place outdoors. 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.
Please come prepared so that you will be comfortable!
What to bring:
sturdy footwear, rain gear, and warm clothing in layers
something waterproof to sit on in the meadow (tarp, plastic bag, small pillow etc)
a kitchen knife for chopping herbs and a cutting board
secatuers (hand pruners) and/or scissors
a bag or basket for gathering herbs
an open mind and heart
Forest Medicine | Both spring intensives
Nettle - Sunday, April 14 2019
Dandelion - Sunday, May 12 2019