Foundation in Herbalism - Series of six this April on Sundays- $225 for all six, $45 per class. 

Plant Medicine Wisdom is a series of six comprehensively set herb classes that will teach a thorough understanding of the traditional uses of herbs for healing. It will allow you to build up your herbal vocabulary and will introduce you to herbal actions, the bases of Traditional Western Herbalism. Each class is two and half hours long with half an hour for open discussion and questions, class notes emailed to you.

This series will teach identification, wild crafting, medicine making and accurate application of herbal tonics, elixirs and tinctures allowing you as a budding herbalist to effectively treat your health needs and create your own materia medica. Most importantly it will teach you the principles of understanding how herbs heal so you can effectively further your own education and feel confident to make, prepare and use herbal medicine.

Classes will be held on Sunday from 3-6pm at Tea with your Dragon in Stanwood, Wa throughout April and into May.

Interested? Need dates and times? Sign up by emailing Natasha at sashasideways@yahoo.com. $50 deposit required to hold your spot for all six classes.

Class 1 - Herb spirals and plant family's.
We begin our class by becoming intimate with different groupings of herbs, botanically and medicinally. We start the process of classification that will follow us throughout the series, the understanding of a plants chemical makeup and the actions it has on the body, First of we start to learn about the different effect a herb has, is it a carminative? a bitter? and why that is important. Then we will start to group the herbs together. We will focus mainly on local wild herbs and the usual cultivated herbs that flourish in the pacific northwest.

Class 4 - Principles of Herbal Medicine
Here we delve deeper into the actions and energetics of plant medicine. We will be discussing the basic principles of herbal medicine that has been in practice in the west for hundreds of years. This class will empower you to understand what makes certain groups of herbs have particular results on certain types of illness and how to apply this understanding so that you have the confidence to use what herbs you have on hand.

 


Email or txt Natasha at 360 631 1996 or sashasideways@yahoo.com to reserve your spot

 

 

Class 2 - Wildcrafting
Find out what plants grow in your backyard and their uses. Understand the do's and donts of wildcrafting from identification to stewardship and join us on a jaunt through Iverson Beach. Most of our best first aid herbs are within ten feet of our doorways! This class will give you the confidence to be able to identify the useful herbs and the poisonous herbs, know how to gather and when and what to use them for.

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Class 5 - Medicine Making Part 2
Continuing on with understanding which herbs work best in certain preparations. Not just about being able to understand directions and recipes, an important part of making herbal medicine is being able to compare and evaluate the quality and to know what fred flags to look out for and what markers indicate good medicine. This class will enable you to go home and feel confident experimenting with your own tinctures, oils and salves

Class 3 - Medicine Making Part 1
Using Herbs and how to prepare them  is an integral part of herbal medicine. Medicine making is an understanding of how best to extract the active constituents as well as a way to preserve the plant so that it can be available all year round. at the end of this class you will be able to go home and make your own infusions as well as oxymels, herbal honeys and syrups.

 

Class 6 - Your Herb Chart
Understanding how certain herbs work in certain ways will get you halfway through the journey of  your personnel well being. Understanding what particular constitution you are is the other piece of the puzzle. We will study constitutions and how different aspects of your personality ebb and flow and effect your healing path. This class will leave you with a comprehensive medicine wheel chart suited specifically to your well being as well as an understanding of how the four elements help with aligning herbs.


The class will most likely be held 3:00pm -5:30pm every Sunday from April 1st - May 6th. After the class is full a poll will be taken for best time.

Plant Meditations - Calling in the Spirits - An earth centric practice

Clear your spirit, breathe and let the silence unfold as your heart opens to the wisdom of the plants and the ancient spirits that guide us in our healing. We will open the circle, clear the space with song and then sit and connect with a different plant every month, singing and sharing the offerings of wisdom that we receive.

Once a month I hold space for Plant Meditations - A practice where a group of people all focus and "sit" with an unknown medicinal plant. We open up the circle and our heart fields and drink a tea or chew a root or take a drop or two of tincture. we than silently meditate for about 25 minutes and see what wisdom we receive. The results and group focus is quite transformative, very often in depth insights or images or song which inspire and connect us deeper into our mother earth. This is a practice that enriches us and educates us how to open up our hearts to the incredible richness of non linear communication and feeling from this planet. I hold this practice in Seattle from January to May at the Cunning Crow Apothecary, Greenwood, Seattle. During the summer we gather on Camano Island. This circle is a safe space and is via donation only. Sign up to reserve your spot and receive notifications of times and dates.

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Cunning Crow Apothecary

January 19th, Friday 7:00 - 9:00pm, 

February 16th, Friday 7:00 - 9:00pm

March 16th, Friday 7:00 - 9:00pm

Rsvp at  Sashasideways@yahoo.com

 

Camano Island dates to be announced

Herbal Conferences for 2018

I will be teaching at the Green Gathering this year, a wonderful conference that is held for three days on Camano Island - for more information go to www.greengatheringwa.com