Most of our workshops are one-day-long and focus on either a specific plant or a specific process of medicine-making. Plant Walks are usually 3-4 hours long and aim to expose participants to a wide variety of plants growing in a specific area.
We are based near Reno, Nevada and the Truckee Meadows, a diverse ecological region lying between the Sierra Nevada range to the west and the vast Great Basin Desert to the east. The continual transition between high mountains and high desert, arid expanses and wetland oases provides us with a bounty of habitats supporting numerous edible and medicinal plants. We strive to offer each person a complete and hands-on experience by combining time in the field with time in the herb lab. We believe that only by doing can a person transform information into true understanding and knowledge.
Upcoming Workshops and Walks ~ 2021-2022:
Saturday, October 23 - Wildcrafting: Chokecherry. We will harvest wild chokecherry bark to make a cold infusion, then blend it with several other herbs into a soothing cough syrup. Read the flyer for more information and how to register - FLYERLearn more about chokecherry - Chokecherry: Uses, Distribution, Ecology
Saturday November 20 - The Art & Craft of Herbal Medicine-Making: Essential Oil Distillation. We will distill and decant the essential oil from sagebrush (or another local plant). Also, a general overview of essential oils and their uses.
December - No Workshop; you're going to need time to wrap all of the herbal Christmas presents you have made.
Saturday, January 22 - Wildcrafting: Balsam Poplar. We will harvest the winter buds of our regional balsam poplar tree and make a steeped oil and salve from them.
February - Warm in Winter: 2-Day Tour of the Medicinally Important Plants of the Mojave Desert. (Dates not yet decideded, but they will be a Saturday and Sunday.) To help me determine if this is a viable format for a workshop, let me know if you are potentially interested in and willing to commit to that much time and travel.