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Upcoming Events & Workshops



APRIL 11 - OCTOBER 24

THE WANDER SCHOOL 
WILD FORAGING & HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING APPRENTICESHIP

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location:  Sacred Mountain Sanctuary
                   96 Rocky Cove Rd
                   Candler, NC
Cost: $480/season, $1240 for all 3 seasons (That's a $200 discount!), $960 for summer & fall ($100 discount!)
There are a limited number of spaces for each season to accommodate the hands-on nature of the program and create a close-knit learning community. 

There are a lot of herbal education programs out there, many more expensive than ours. So, what makes this one different? Our program is completely hands-on and almost completely outdoors, in the natural habitat of the plants! Every season, apprentices rave about what a unique experience this is, offering what they've always looked for, but never been able to find.

From a previous apprentice:
"[The apprenticeship] has been of the best and most rewarding experiences I have ever had. I have learned so much from Abby and plan to continue. I would highly recommend to anyone who has an opportunity to attend a class, workshop or her WANDER School, to DO IT!" - Lisa S 

Past apprentices have valued the gift of a day a week spent in nature. That simple time is
life changing. Throughout the seasons, we become a close community, connecting to the
earth, the plants, and each other, growing and learning together. This program is for all
levels of plant enthusiasts, removing the intimidation and fear of wild plant identification,
teaching basic to intermediate botany, demonstrating herbal formulating techniques,
and so much more through a mix of some of the following, but not limited to
(*season and weather dependent):


Hands-on Foraging/Wildcrafting (including instruction in safety, ethics, sustainability, and proper tools and foraging techniques)

Processing foraged/wildcrafted items (with information on preservation and storage)

Herbal Medicine Making (of a wide range of herbal formulas and products, with samples and recipes to take home)



Apprenticeship Dates (subject to change)

Spring:
4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30

Summer:
6/20, 6/27, no class July 4th, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15

Fall: 
8/29, 9/5, no class 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24



MAY 19th, 2018

Wild Edible & Herbal Plant Walk
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location:  Mt. Airy Forest 
                    5083 Colerain Avenue
                    Cincinnati, Ohio 

Cost: $25 for one, $40 for two if you register before 5/19, $30 on 5/19

You'll be amazed at how much free food and herbs surround us everyday!  Let's walk through the forest and discover them together.  Many of these valuable plants could be in your own backyard.  Learn tips and tricks for plant identification, helpful tools, safe and ethical harvesting techniques, processing and storage methods, and what to do with your wild bounty.  Bring notebooks, cameras, and field guides (optional).  Dress for the weather.  Abby will be selling her wild harvested Appalachian herbal remedies and educational edible and medicinal plant cards after the walk. 

We'll meet in front of the Treehouse.  Take a left from the entrance and park in front of the treehouse on the right.  


          MAY 21st, 2018

Fundamentals of Foraging
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:  Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
                   606 New Leicester Hwy, Suite F
                   Asheville, NC
Cost: $30   

Come to a beautiful and informative slideshow.  As a plant lover, I have a deep connection with wild plants.  I'll share photos and stories of my year-long foraging adventures in the woods and fields.  I'll also talk about some basics of foraging safety, ethics, and the logistics of foraging professionally or for your own food and medicine.  There will be slides with in-depth information on local wild plants and when and where they like to grow.  Bring your questions; there will be a time for discussion at the end of the presentation. 


MAY 21st, 2018

Fundamentals of Foraging
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:  Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
                   606 New Leicester Hwy, Suite F
                   Asheville, NC
Cost: $30   

Come to a beautiful and informative slideshow.  As a plant lover, I have a deep connection with wild plants.  I'll share photos and stories of my year-long foraging adventures in the woods and fields.  I'll also talk about some basics of foraging safety, ethics, and the logistics of foraging professionally or for your own food and medicine.  There will be slides with in-depth information on local wild plants and when and where they like to grow.  Bring your questions; there will be a time for discussion at the end of the presentation. 


JUNE 3rd, 2018 & JULY 1st, 2018

Wild Edible & Herbal Appalachian Walkabout 
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:  Springmaid Mountain Resort
                   2171 Henredon Road
                   Spruce Pine, NC
Cost: $28   

This is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, with so much to offer in the way of food, medicine, and of course, beauty.  We will go on an adventure into the forest and open spaces to see what free foods and herbs surround us, how we safely and ethically harvest them, and how to preserve them.  We'll get to use all our senses, to identify, smell, touch, taste, and learn more about these plants.  Bring your questions, field guides, notebooks, and camerals, along with hiking books, rain jackets, and water bottles.  

Family friendly! Kids ages 5-10 are free! 


JUNE 25th, 2018

DIY Herbal Syrups & Oxymels 
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location:  Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
                   606 New Leicester Hwy, Suite F
                   Asheville, NC
Cost: $35   

Remember what Mary Poppins said about a spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down? Well it's true with herbs, too, for kids and adults.  Our herbs don't have to be bitter (unless you want them to, but that's a different class) or choked down.  Our family drinks elderberry syrup every day and it keeps away those nasty bugs.  Did you know that elderberry is a native super food you can grow, and it can prevent the flu virus from infecting our cells? It's also so much cheaper to make it yourself. 

In this hands-on class, you'll learn to make syrups and oxymels and take home your own recipes and tips to make your own locally harvested cough and elderberry syrups.  And at the end of the day, you'll leave with your own samples to taste and take home.