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Hikes and Herbalism Workshops

Learn about healing herbs with the Arctos School! Sliding-scale pricing for our workshops makes them extra non-profit-worker-friendly.

Botanical Wonders of the Columbia Gorge with Gradey Proctor Friday, April 30th, 9am-4pm On this hike we will spend our time in the Columbia Gorge exploring a variety of ways to learn about plants: from the perspectives of botanical identification, storytelling, sketching, and evoking the imagination. And, of course, we’ll chat about medicinal and edible uses of the plants. Please bring lunch, water, notebook, and gear for a day in the wild. Carpool will leave from SE Portland. Cost: $25 - $35, sliding scale. Registration required – email [email protected].

May Day Herbs for Emotional Well-Being with Missy Rohs Saturday, May 1st, 12:30pm-1:30pm For the Herb Shoppe’s May Day Herbal Faire, we'll explore local medicinals that have long been associated with Beltane, a holiday celebrating passion, abundance, fertility, and good will. Our focus will be on nervines and uplifting herbs that can be found in Northwest gardens and fields. Feel free to dress for a celebration! Location: The Herb Shoppe (3327 SE Hawthorne). No registration necessary for this free class.

Herbs for Rest, Relaxation, & Rejuvenation with Missy Rohs Saturday, May 8th, 1pm-2:30pm Struggling with sleepless nights? Gritting your teeth throughout the workday? Seeing your massage therapist more often than you see your friends? The plant world has some amazing allies to help you relieve stress and feel better. We’ll sample teas and tinctures, discuss proper dosage, and examine which herbs are appropriate for which people. Location: People’s Co-op Community Room (3029 SE 21st Ave.) Cost: $15-$25, sliding scale. Registration required – email [email protected].

Gardening for Medicine with Gradey Proctor Six Saturdays (36 hours), May 22 through Oct. 16 In this series, we’ll spend our days learning in an established herb garden throughout the season. Mornings, we’ll be outdoors, tending the plants and learning when and how to harvest them for medicine. Afternoons will be devoted to in-depth discussion of medicinal uses, tastings of plants, and basic herbal preparations. Students will harvest an abundance of sustainably-grown herbs to take home for personal use, CSA-style. The Gardening for Medicine program is $450, including the CSA-style herb share and most materials. To interview, email [email protected]. Class size is very limited.

About our instructors: Gradey Proctor is a botanist who studies the flora and fungi of Oregon's forests and wildcrafts medicinal and edible plants for his community. Missy Rohs is a community herbalist who makes her own sustainably-grown plant medicines and loves the forest with a passion. More classes at http://arctosschool.org.