Past Herbal Medicine classes
Aromatic Immersion: Natural Perfumery, Distillation, and Aromatherapy
This 6-week series offers an intensive introduction into the world of natural aromatics and essential oils, ideal for those looking to dive into the fascinating and complex world of scent, perfume and plant botanicals. Students will learn how to create natural perfumes while studying various extraction techniques including steam and hydro-distillation, tincturing and enfleurage. Each week, students will have the opportunity to learn a different technique, and the chance to work with a range of natural materials, from wild-foraged plants, to resins and balsams, to rare botanical extracts. Wild-crafting tips and techniques, medicinal applications of oils, perfume structure, basic safety, blending strategies, and product development will all be discussed throughout the series, with the 6th week culminating in each student creating a custom-blended perfume.
Folklore of Flowers
Join Liz Migliorelli of Sister Spinster in discussing flower folklore, ancient flower spells, and ways in which we can use flowers as medicinal remedies. We will be exploring the flowers of the Columbia River Gorge, such as lupine, balsam root, shooting star, and glacier lily to make our own essences to take home. Working outdoors on the windswept hills above the Columbia River, this class offers a truly special opportunity to capture the energy of a season and the potency of a place long-considered to hold deep, spiritual resonance.
Handmade Lotions, Creams and Body Butters
Why are we okay with putting things on our bodies, that we wouldn't put in our bodies? Let's change that practice, and come together for a day of nourishing skin satisfaction as we learn to whip up our own natural skincare in lotions and body bars. Making personal products from home is fun and easy, and far more economical than "fancy" creams made out of unpronounceable ingredients. In this workshop, herbalist Talia Hammond will guide us through the ins and outs of emulsions. Spoiler alert: we will make a lotion that is so yummy it has actually made people cry from happiness!
Healing Herbal Oils, Salves, Poultices and Balms
Join Katie Silva for a nurturing and inspiring day, engaging all of your senses and your intuition to connect with living herbs through hands-on experience. Together, we will meet some powerful plants, such as Violet, Comfrey, Plantain, and Saint John’s Wort. We will learn about their amazing healing powers and become empowered to use the plants growing around us as simple, effective home remedies and personal healing opportunities. We will explore and practice engaging with the plants for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Learn how to make herbal oils, salves, smudges, brushes, liniments, compresses, soaks, washes, and poultices. You will walk away refreshed and inspired, with herbal goodies in hand, such as aromatic salves and oils.
This workshop will be hosted in Mosier, OR, at Katie Silva's home studio, garden and medicine-making kitchen. Directions provided upon registration.
Herbal Wines, Cordials & Elixirs
The art of fermentation began more than 30,000 years ago, when ferments were sacred and often highly medicinal. This class will explore the history of herbal brewing and an introduction to basic winemaking principles. Participants will make medicinal elixirs, cordials (think violet elixir to add to a sparkling wine!), and herbal wines, and they will learn to improve their herbal apothecary. We will discuss medicinal values of the beverages we make (the apéritif had a purpose beyond being delicious), and gain inspiration for other tasty possibilities. Class includes an outdoor herb walk.
Medicine of the NW Coast
This class will offer students an introduction to coastal forest plant medicines by gaining identification and locating skills, ethical harvesting awareness, and medicine-making abilities. Students will spend time in the forest learning about plant ecology and botany, discussing the ethics of wild harvesting and medicine-making, and harvesting and making medicines to take home. Students will learn about plants such as nettle, salmonberry, salal, strawberry, willow, Oregon grape, fireweed, mallow, lily, and huckleberry, and learn to prepare teas, tinctures, honey, and oils with them. Group camping at Rock Creek in the Siuslaw National Forest.
This class will offer an introduction into the art of natural perfumery. Together we will explore the properties of essential oils, absolutes, concretes, tinctures, infusions, enfleurage techniques, CO2 extracts, and many more beautiful aromatic extractions. Focus will be placed on achieving harmony and balance within our blends, as well as creating perfumes with tenacity, radiance, interest, and lasting power. As we move through our palette of aromatics we will create two perfumes together; one in an alcohol base, and one in an oil base. This sensory immersion is suited for newbies and experienced blenders alike. Each student will leave with a bottle of our shared perfumes, and the knowledge to start creating on their own.
NW Plant Perfumery: Scents of Place
This class will focus on the use of Northwest harvested aromatic plants in the creation of medicinal natural perfumes. Sacred Black Poplar, Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Western Juniper, Devils Club, Violet, and a multitude of aromatic flower, leaf, root and bark extracts will be explored as stories are told about their beauty and ecological significance. These stories will accompany us as we construct a perfume made from the forests and fields we love. The medicinal properties of the ingredients will be taken into account as we make a perfume for our souls to remember what matters most.
Tending our Wild Hearts: Rose, Strawberry and Hawthorn Medicine
In May at WildCraft, wild strawberries cover the open fields like tiny jewels, and wild roses bloom in abundance. Herbalist and writer Elise Krohn will lead a harvest walk to fill our baskets with the bounty of the spring season. Back in the studio, we will explore how these medicines nurture and protect our cardiovascular system. We also will talk about the rich cultural and spiritual traditions around these plants. Participants will create a delicious medicinal cordial, tea, infused honey, and a toner for skin health.
The Art of Aroma: Distillation
Plant aromatics awaken our senses and spark memories. In this workshop Liisa Korpela, herbalist and founder of Bella Botanica, will guide us through the art of distillation. We will learn about the history of the still and aromatherapy, different kinds of distillation processes, and how a still works. We also will learn how to make a simple still that can be set up at home and how to