November 24, 2018 Foraging Autumn's Wild Cornucopia Fall is not just a perfect time for harvesting cultiv...

Upcoming Events & Workshops



November 24, 2018

Foraging Autumn's Wild Cornucopia

Fall is not just a perfect time for harvesting cultivated crops, it’s a great time for harvesting wild food and herbs. The wild greens that bolt and turn bitter or disappear completely, come back as the weather cools. It’s also a fantastic time to harvest roots, as the vitality returns to the storage center of the plants. Gather a wild bounty of free and vibrant herbs to stock your apothecary and pantry for the winter. Go on a walk with Abby to learn how to safely, ethically, and effectively identify, harvest, and preserve these herbs.


Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: 8959 Schlottman Rd
Maineville, Ohio 45039
Cost: $25 Early Bird Pricing (until November 22nd)
$30 after

November 25, 2018

Wild Herbs for First Aid 

Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Soda Pharm - Marysville, Ohio
Cost: $30 Early Bird Pricing (until November 1)
$35 thereafter if seats remain

Did you know that there is a free pharmacy surrounding us every day? It’s amazing how many wild herbs are in the fields and forests nearby, and even in our own yards. Many of the medicines today were synthesized from naturally occurring chemicals in wild plants. We can still work with these wild herbs to make our own therapeutic and tonifying formulas, often with many fewer side effects. See Abby’s pictures of these plants, hear stories of her own experience, and take the mystery out of making your own formulas, with her tips and tricks for safely and ethically harvesting and formulating your own first aid remedies, along with information to take home, including Abby’s suggested remedies to keep in your first aid kit and recipes. We’ll also take a short plant walk to introduce you to the wild herbs of autumn. You’ll be surprised at how many you can still see this time of year! Dress for the weather. 

December 8, 2018





Time: 2 - 4:30 PM
Location: Everland Cove- Barnardsville, NC
Cost: $25 Early Bird Pricing (until December 1st)
$30 thereafter if seats remain

Bitters are all the rage! But do you know their original purpose and how they work? We’ll look at this bitter history, a little science behind the medicine, and how to craft our own. The holidays are the perfect time for bitters! Whether adding an herbtastic addition to cocktails to be the host/ess with the mostest, or to help your liver and gallbladder digest the rich, fatty food of this time of year without falling into such a food coma, bitters are your friend! We’ll discover the different components of bitters: how that bitter taste stimulates digestion, what a carminative is and why it’s important, and the perfect crafting techniques to make your bitters delicious. We’ll get to taste a delightful array of recipes and experiment with concocting your own to take home. It will be ready to strain just in time for your favorite celebration.

December 15, 2018


Time: 2 - 4:30 PM
Location: Everland Cove- Barnardsville, NC
Cost: $50 ($40 + $10 Materials fee) Early Bird Pricing (until December 8th)
$55 thereafter if seats remain

Whether you celebrate Solstice, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Festivus, everyone loves handmade homemade herbal gifts for the holidays! Give the gift that is everyone's favorite with these heartfelt crafts. Come on out and create over some hot tea with new herbal friends. We’lll make a variety of gifts, from herbal vinegar, to homemade vanilla and aromatherapy bath salts. There's something for even the pickiest person on your list!

2019

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 - 21

RETREAT & 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 - 19

RETREAT & RECONNECT: TREE CULTURECo-taught with Doug Crouch


June 29 - 30

RETREAT & RECONNECT: MAKING LOCAL & SUSTAINABLE PLANT MEDICINECo-taught with Mimi Hernandez 


July 20 - 21

RETREAT & RECONNECT: HERBAL FIRST AIDCo-taught with Kat Shaw



August 17 -18

RETREAT & RECONNECT: EXTRAORDINARY OAKSCo-taught with Alexander Meander



September 21 - 22

RETREAT & RECONNECT: MEETING YOUR MEDICINECo-taught with Cassandra Lee Nicholson



October 5 - 6

RETREAT & RECONNECT: HEDGECRAFTCo-taught with Becky Beyer



MAY - OCTOBER (TUESDAYS)

THE SASSAFRAS SCHOOL OF APPALACHIAN PLANTCRAFT

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location:  Barnardsville & Weaverville, NC
Cost: Early Bird Pricing Before January 1, 2019: $1440
Standard Pricing after January 1, 2019 Pricing: $1650

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.

Curriculum:

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