Refund Policy:We are a very small business and we rely on tuition payments in order to teach our program. We can't buy materials or pay our bills without it! We cannot issue refunds for tuition payments unless you suffer a serious personal or family emergency that renders you incapable of attending.
January 19th, 2019 Shrubs, Tonics and the Healing Magic of Vinegar ---- Time: 11-2 PM Location: The Hawk and Hawthorne, Barnardsville NC Cost: 30-90$ Sliding Scale Vinegar has been used for medicine for thousands of years by many nations of people. The Wander School's Abby Artemisia and Becky Beyer of Blood and Spicebush bring you a Spring cleaning like no other with remedies and recipes for vinegar tonics, sippable shrubs and Appalachian folk medicines made from one of the simplest, yet effective home remedies. Learn about all the health benefits of different kinds of vinegar, how to make alcohol-free tinctures with it, along with tonics and shrubs, a delicious health-boosting beverage made with herbs, vinegar, and honey. We'll forage ingredients for vinegar based medicines and learn the history and how-to with all things vinegar. Take home your own handmade herbal vinegar tonic.
February 23rd, 2019 Bark Eaters! The Edible and Medicinal Uses of Trees ---- Time: 11-2 PM Location: The Hawk and Hawthorne, Barnardsville NC Cost: 30-90$ Sliding Scale Join The Wander School's Abby Artemisia and Becky Beyer of Blood and Spicebush for a winter woods walk. We'll practice winter tree ID and learn the edible and medicinal benefits of trees in the Southern Appalachians like black birch, white pine and many more. We'll taste and craft medicines from the trees and each student will go home with makings for a remedy all their own. In these times between the leaf fall and the leaf out, the woods can appear barren and empty, but when you look closer you'll see they are filled with medicine and magic.
APRIL - OCTOBER (WEEKENDS) RETREAT & RECONNECT: A SERIES OF BOTANICAL RETREATS
Two days of plant walks, foraging, wild food cooking, herbal medicine making, botanical identification, primitive skills and MUCH much more! Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (+ time for dinner) Saturday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sunday Location: 128 Sugar Creek Rd Weaverville, NC Cost:$250 each weekend (includes all food and materials) or $250 off (one FREE retreat!) if you register for the whole series by January 1st ($1,500), $150 discount if you register for the whole series after January 1st ($1,600)
More details coming in the next few days... Stay tuned!
Payment plans and (first come first served) work trade positions available. Ask for more information on local lodging and camping options.
These are "retreats" in the true sense of the word. A chance to escape to the forest and mountains, a chance to disconnect and reconnect with our deeper needs, connection with nature and each other, nourishing food and herbs, and a chance to hear what our souls need, what we might not have time to hear in our daily lives. This is a true opportunity for immersion, giving ourselves a chance to absorb traditional skills by being fully in it. We'll have two whole days to immerse ourselves in plant walks, also including foraging, wild food cooking, botany and plant identification and plant education, including hands-on dyeing of your own silk scarf and yarn (included in cost) to take home. All in a breathtakingly gorgeous rural setting in the Appalachian Mountains backing up to Pisgah National Forest. Tickets are $250 per person which includes a simple lunch both days, foraged dinner Saturday, all the herbal tea you can drink, and all materials. Lodging available nearby and camping onsite. Contact Abby for details. April 20 - 21RETREAT & RECONNECT: MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS & MYCELIAL MAGICCo-taught with Gina Rivers Contla Whether you are one of the beshroomed or just mycocurious, this immersion into the mystical and veiled kingdom of fungi will not disappoint you! This magical experience will start with an informative and lively lecture that is designed to introduce fundamental concepts to the fungal uninitiated. We will introduce simple distinctions surrounding the elusive kingdom of fungi, and quickly branch into various and diverse applications for medicinal mushrooms. While several concepts will be introduced for the audience’s consideration, a focus will be placed on clinical applications of using medicinal fungi in herbal practice. Fundamental anatomy and physiology of the innate, acquired and primary immune response will be reviewed, and the known impact that mushrooms have on the human immune system will be revealed. We will review the most current and cutting-edge research as well as the ethnomycology exploring 5 distinct mushroom species, (Lion's Mane [Hericium erinaceus], Reishi [Ganoderma lucidum], Hen of the Woods [Grifola frondosa], Chaga [Inonotus obliquus], and Turkey Tail [Trametes versicolor]). We will discuss how herbal practitioners and clinicians may incorporate these functional foods into daily clinical applications and utilize them in herbal formulation. In summary, this course explores the lifecycle of mushrooms, how mushrooms impact aspects of immune function, dispels common mycophobias, reviews the basics of mushroom cultivation and medicine making, and illuminates several key species and their affinities of activity for specific body systems. The day will culminate in creation of an edible Garden Giant mushroom (Stropharia rugoso annulate) pollinator garden. Each participant will be able to take home their own ready to inoculate substrate to build their own edible ecosystem.
The weekend will also include a plant walk with Abby, learning basic botany, plant identification, sustainable and ethical harvesting techniques, foraging, and cooking a foraged dinner together for a feast on Saturday night. More about Gina: Gina is an herbalist and an educator. Through her work with the notorious mushroom enthusiast, Paul Stamets, Gina has traveled internationally training practitioners and the public on the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms. She has served as a community herbalist throughout the South, and currently resides in the Southeastern Appalachian Mountains. When not traveling and teaching, she focuses on cultivating medicinal herbs and mushrooms through sustainable organic farming practices.
May 18 - 19RETREAT & RECONNECT: TREE CULTURECo-taught with Doug Crouch
June 29 - 30RETREAT & RECONNECT: MAKING LOCAL & SUSTAINABLE PLANT MEDICINECo-taught with Mimi Hernandez
July 20 - 21RETREAT & RECONNECT: HERBAL FIRST AIDCo-taught with Kat Shaw
August 17 -18RETREAT & RECONNECT: EXTRAORDINARY OAKSCo-taught with Alexander Meander
September 21 - 22RETREAT & RECONNECT: MEETING YOUR MEDICINECo-taught with Cassandra Lee Nicholson
October 5 - 6RETREAT & RECONNECT: HEDGECRAFT Co-taught with Becky Beyer
A Botanic Folk School: We see a school based upon the principles of knowing and working with plants in the folkway: a return to the old lore of learning and making food and medicine. Where the way in which we craft our baskets is as important as the way we brew our tea. Kudzu and sweet birch. Violet and bittercress. Old is made new.
Make Your Own Field Journal Wild Foods and Spices Ancestral Nutrition/ Wild Food Nutrition Cooking over Fire Appalachian Folk Uses of Plants Appalachian Folk Medicine Crafting your own Harvest Baskets Medicine Making: teas, tinctures, liniments, oils, salves, syrups, oxymels, glycerites and alcohol-free tinctures Creating Your Home Apothecary Sustainable/Ethical Wildcrafting Making an Herbal First Aid Kit