Wildcrafting and Medicine Making Intensive

May 19-22 or October 13-16, 2022

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PLEASE NOTE: Because our classroom is outdoors and we require masks at close distance, we feel confident that all classes will run in 2022. If conditions change and we need to adjust, we will notify students immediately. For more info on classes during covid, see our refund policy and our protocols and procedures


A hands-on herbalist class where you learn how to identify, harvest, prepare, and use medicinal plants.

Do you want to take the power of healing into your own hands?  Are you skeptical of conventional Western medicine and pharmaceutical drugs?  Do you want to learn to recognize and work with plant allies?  Are you drawn to wildcrafting, but feel intimidated?  This is the wildcrafting herbalist class for you!  It will empower you to identify and utilize plants — both wild and cultivated — for healing and vitality.

Join our inspired and experienced team of herbalists, artisans, and ethnobotanists for this 4-day intensive.  You’ll leave with a basket full of homemade medicines (made by you!). Plus, you’ll gain the knowledge of how to make more — from plants growing all around you.

harvesting elder flowers for herbal medicine making in an herbalist class


preparing herbal medicine in an herbal medicine training

What to expect in this wildcrafting class and herbal workshop:

We’ll cover all aspects of wildcrafting herbal medicines. Starting with a wild plants walk, we’ll also learn traditional uses of medicinal herbs, and how to make decoctions, infusions, herbal honeys, cordials, tinctures, oxymels, salves, and more. We’ll cover plant identification, and the ethics and safety of harvesting, along with medicinal herb cultivation and wild foods cookery.

At the beautiful, lush Lindera campus, we’ll explore both wild and cultivated medicinal herbs and wild edibles.  Experienced and talented herbalist instructors will guide you in learning to make multiple medicines to fill your apothecary. When these knowledgeable teachers walk you through how to make herbal preparations, you’ll feel confident making your own after the class.  Throughout the long weekend of wildcrafting, we’ll make and enjoy tasty herbal treats.


The fields and forest become your pharmacy when you learn wildcrafting and herbal medicine-making.


wildcrafting reishi medicinal mushrooms

This herbalist class covers:

Plant Identification

How to get to know wild plants, even if you’ve never met them before, plus how to ID common medicinals and how NOT to confuse them with poisonous plants

Ethical Wildcrafting Practices

How to harvest responsibly, maintaining healthy wild plant populations through wild tending

Growing and Propagating Medicinal Herbs at Home

How to start and maintain your own herb garden

Wild Foods Preparation and Cooking

How to confidently cook wild foods, turning them into delicious meals


making medicine in herbal workshopIn this herbal workshop you will make and actually get to take home:

Herbal Salves

Topical medicine for skin healing

Herbal Tinctures

Concentrated, shelf-stable plant extracts

Herbal Liqueurs and Cordials

Fun and scrumptious healing drinks

Oxymels

Tasty herbal tonics made with vinegar and honey


wildcrafted salad with orange daylily flowers

Integrating Herbalism and Wildcrafting into our Lives

Our students leave not only feeling equipped to wildcraft medicinal herbs themselves, but also inspired and motivated to incorporate these plant allies into their lives.  It’s one thing to know how to identify wild plants, or to understand how to turn leaves into an herbal preparation; we take a step beyond this. Our team of instructors — plant lovers who have been wildcrafting for years — actually have relationships with these herbs and use them on a regular basis. Throughout this herbalist class they will share with you bigger reflections like: how they make time to get out into the woods to wildcraft; guidance for growing herbs even if you don’t have a garden; recipes for herbal delights that can be consumed daily and aren’t just for acute conditions; and much more.

We’re excited about plants (can you tell?), and we can’t wait to share our excitement with you.

herbalist class project elderflowersDuring the class we’ll make several of these “everyday” herbal goodies and enjoy them together:

Infusions

Easy, tasty teas made from leaves and flowers steeped in hot water

Decoctions

Rich, flavorful teas made from leaves, barks, roots and berries, slow-simmered to perfection (think spiced chai, yum!)

Wildcrafted “Weed” Salad

A colorful and flavorful alternative to plain old lettuce that is higher in nutrients and healing properties.


Delight in the delicious, healing gifts given by the plants, and gathered by wildcrafting


This class takes place at Lindera

Unlike many of our classes, the Wildcrafting & Medicine Making Intensive is NOT held at the Wild Abundance Homestead Campus. Instead, the class meets at Lindera, the home of your lead instructor, Becky Beyer. It’s just over the mountain from Wild Abundance, in Marshall, NC. Students will received detailed information about the site, plus directions, upon registration.


Honey Ng Wildcrafting Student“I attended [this] course without any prior knowledge of the subject, and I’ve walked away with so much…The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable, approachable, and accessible. My classmates were kind, inspiring, and so connected. The material is so practical, I’m already putting what I’ve learned into use and will undoubtedly continue to do so…It is essential that we take responsibility for our health and wellbeing! I look forward to exploring more courses in the future.”

 

Connie Ng


Instructors

Becky Beyer

Becky (she/her) started her crazy love affair with all things homesteading while growing up on a farm in central New Jersey. After getting her B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont, she moved to Asheville, NC, to explore all the amazing work being done in this beautiful bioregion. She teaches spoon ...

Brandon Ruiz

Brandon Ruiz (he/him) is a community herbalist and urban farmer living in Charlotte, NC. He owns Atabey Choreto Medicinals and directs the CLT Herbal Accessibility Project and spends his time working in urban gardens, making medicine and working with his community. Brandon works mainly with plants of the tropics, specifically from the Caribbean and in ...
Tyson Sampson

Tyson Sampson

Tyson Sampson is an Eastern Band Cherokee Indian ( ᎠᏳᏫᏯ ᎨᏯᏔᎯᎤᏁᏉᎳᏗᏍᎩ). He has been educating about harvesting and processing regional flora for 21 years. Tyson organizes his relations to document culturally sensitive life-ways to prepare the next wave of Traditional Ecological Resiliency.  The collective is referred to as the Bigwitch Indian Wisdom Initiative.

Local Accommodations

This class takes place at Lindera, not the Wild Abundance Campus.

Lindera is a mountainside community in the Shelton Laurel region of Marshall, NC about 45 minutes from Wild Abundance’s campus. They have a few flat spots tucked here and there amongst the beautiful wild flowers and trees of their 9 acre holler for tent camping. They also have plenty of space for hammocks! Please bring tents with good tarps or rain flies to keep you dry in case of rain. It can get muddy in bad weather so good boots as well.

All students will have access to a “viking” outhouse, hot outdoor shower, and sweet little outdoor kitchen. If you prefer more creature comforts, please check out the hotels and air B and B’s in Marshall or Hot Springs NC or Greenville TN, as Lindera is just next to the TN border!

Registration Info

Get on the waitlist below to be notified when we open registration for 2022

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We strive to make our classes accessible to those who wish to learn. Please pay on the sliding scale what you can afford, given your income.

May 19-22 or October 13-16, 2022

Sliding Scale Pricing: $750 – $1,200

The following are included in the price of the course: instruction, optional camping, and facility use (kitchen, outhouse). 

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