Forest Medicine Intensive | Nettle: the inner spark
Join us for a truly one-of-a-kind experience delving deeply into the medicine of our wild medicinal plant allies.
During the 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.
Ubiquitous to the Northern Hemisphere of plant Earth, Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), is an abundant, and oft-misunderstood, native plant. Sometimes considered a stinging weed to be feared, Nettle is a useful medicinal plant, and actually one of the most nutrient dense 'superfoods' that can be found wild and plentiful in our local ecosystem. Often found in moist ditches and along stream sides, Nettle is commonly found growing in the low-lying filtered light of our Red Alder forests.
During this intensive we will explore the medicine of Nettle, and how this plant can help us access a deeper sense of our self and our power to act in the world, initiating the 'inner spark' 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 Nettle growing wild in a beautiful farm meadow in the Highlands, and you will learn how to do this respectfully and sustainably in a way that will benefit the plants. We will be processing the aerial parts of the plant and making medicine together in community. We will also be preparing nettle as a food. Nettle 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 in the forest.
Note this workshop takes place outdoors, on the moderately level ground of open fields with some rocky areas and gentle slopes. We do not have covered shelter for this workshop. 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)
gloves (gardening type)
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