So you've binged TV shows, RIGHT?
And you're so sick of Netflix?
GOOD. TV is boring. Plants are AWESOME.
We've got an EMPOWERING lineup for you to "Plant Learn & Chill" at whatever level you can support The WANDER School's important work of RECONNECTING people to the WILD.
Ok? Ready to COVID-responsibly Plant Learn and Chill? Forward this post to your favorite friend(s) in a fun and flirty way, and start the most empowering binge EVER!
p.s. Now is a great time to order your copy of The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders (if you don't have one yet). And hey, if you get your friend a copy too, this helps Abby AND the postal service. Order now.
Lately I hear myself saying and thinking two things daily, “It’s a difficult time to be alive,” and “Now more than ever.” I believe these both deeply in my soul.
Over the last few months, every single event I was supposed to teach at through the end of the year has been canceled. That being about 90-95% of my income, has been a crushing financial hardship. And at the same time, I’ve been asked, by students and potential students, when I will start teaching. There is hunger for this knowledge as we need it, “now more than ever” to not only survive, but try to thrive through this uncertain and often scary time.
Sweet friends who wanted to support the important work of providing opportunities for people to learn more about the wild edible and medicinal plants growing in abundance around us, volunteered their new home, a 112 acre farm in Burnsville, NC. So I scheduled a walk and got excited to see you again and teach.
In-Person Plant Walk Rescheduled from 8/15 -> 9/12
SOLD OUT - IN-PERSON (!) Wild Edible & Herbal Appalachian Walkabout in Burnsville, NC
$35.00 - $90.00
Saturday, September 12 • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
672 Bee Branch Road
Burnsville, NC 28714
RESCHEDULED from the original date of Saturday, August 15. More info and reflections here: https://www.thewanderschool.com/home/rescheduling-our-first-in-person-plant-walk-since-quarantine
Come learn about wild plants you can eat and use as medicine to EMPOWER yourself and your community!
Abby Artemisia, a botanist, herbalist, and forager, will take you on an adventure through a gorgeous, biodiverse rural area to see what free foods and herbs surround us, how we safely and ethically harvest them, and how to preserve them.
Appalachia 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.
On this walkabout, you'll get an introduction to basic botany to demystify plant identification and use all of your senses to learn more about these plants.
WHAT TO BRING:
Bring your questions, field guides, notebooks, and cameras, along with hiking boots, rain jackets, and water bottles. We will be on a gravel road that slopes. It won't be intensely physical, but we will be walking about a mile, partly uphill. Bring a chair or something to sit on in case there is rain and we end up in the barn.
Masks are not required, as we will be outside.
You will be responsible for keeping social distance.
Abby will have her book, The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders, and her ethically wildcrafted Appalachian herbal products available for sale after the walk. Bring cash, check, or cards to purchase.
SLIDING SCALE INFORMATION:
Contact Abby about options for work trades or scholarships.
Why the reschedule?
Well, a week before the event, I have discovered that I was possibly exposed to COVID 19. I have debated with myself the best way to approach the walk. I thought maybe if I got tested and the test came up negative, that would be enough. But the research on the accuracy of the testing is inconclusive and quarantining is still recommended for at least a week and a half. So even though I will get tested next week and I’m asymptomatic, I’m choosing to postpone this walk.
As someone who teaches about natural health care, I feel it would irresponsible of me to do anything less. Plus, “now more than ever” I think we need to have as much compassion as we can muster. And if we can’t muster up compassion for each other’s wellness, safety, and getting our own needs met, then how can we continue to grow?
One of my team members and I have been discussing the deeper meaning of the acronym WANDER in The WANDER School. The WAND part (Wild Artemisia Nature Discovery) is like a wand to help us magically create the ER, empowerment and reconnection, like an ER for good health to prevent emergencies. I want so badly to help you empower yourself with your own health, and by not offering this walk, I’m trying to do that, but also offering virtual options (on the website [that will continue to expand], discovering the plants around your home and apprenticeships, and ongoing botanical education on Patreon). We have to be creative with our own wands, inventing new ways to reconnect, with each other virtually and in small groups, and in nature every moment we can.
It’s a difficult time to be alive, but now more than ever, we have to band together to support and empower each other. What can I do to help empower you? How could you use more compassion right now? Let me know. Wishing you health, body, mind, and spirit.
Abby Artemisia of The WANDER School
p.s. Here's a FREE spring botany walk I made for y'all!
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