2019 Herb Walks aka 'Plant Medicine Rambles'
Herb Walks In the Countryside, Mountains, the City & at the Seashore once a month
Each Walk is a separate event.
Herb walks take place on Wednesdays.
$50. per walk
Bring lunch, journal/sketchbook, camera, dress for the weather...we go rain or shine!
All walks are limited to 20 participants
Plant Medicine Rambles are much more than walks singling out individual plants and reducing them to what they're "good" for or how to harvest them, although, we will do some of that! These walks are an integrated perspective gained from a contemplative meditation on what we're "good" for, at least in the context of a ramble through nature! How is it we came to be here? And, what the *$&?^ are we doing here, anyway!
Come find out what plants have to say…come if you're willing to have fun, be silly and learn something anyway…
"Remember, we're guests here so don't take yourself too seriously."
Grandmothers of Snoqualmie Valley
Ramble with me for a day and your perception of medicine may enter a whole new realm. A way of seeing through time how plants tell stories of place and how they appear as inhabitants of place and how we, as wondering wanderers, might be invited into their realm as guests, allies or participants of place rather than something out of place.
Join me in a ramble over some of the most beautiful paths I've tended and who have tended me for decades. You'll meet plants, hear stories and, perhaps, even find a medicine sweetly your own in the countryside, in the city, along the Salish Sea or in the foothills and mountains of Cascadia…
Each ramble is a 4 hour adventure through time and place. You'll learn common names, botanical names, and names yet to be discovered. You'll learn to hear a song emanating from earth. You'll hear stories, make up stories and leave stories behind nourishing and tonifying earth within and without.
You'll taste tastes you've never tasted. You'll smell and feel things you've never smelt or felt before. You'll hear sounds and see sights you will remember all ways…
Are you ready? Let's go!
On all rambles wear suitable clothing and foot gear for engaging weather and rugged terrain.
Bring lunch, snacks and beverage for personal comfort...
Bring your open mind, open heart, a journal and/or sketchbook...let's see, hear, taste, smell and feel what nature has to offer...
Lake Tradition Trail
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Meet at the High Point trail head, exit 20 on I-90, park in lot. A Discover Pass is required for lot parking.
Click here for map...
An easy ramble through deciduous forest, mixed forest and conifers. A track by the lake, through the wetlands and along a power line grade provide lots of variable habitat to meet plant allies. Nettle, elder, kinnickkinnick, Oregon Grape, yarrow and many more. Perhaps, even the elusive Canis familiaris overturnus will show itself to our merry band. Bring a lunch and enjoy the story of How The Meadow Came To Be and Left Again. Bring a journal and write a taking home story.
A Meander Along the Snoqualmie River
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Between Duvall and Carnation
Directions provided upon registration
Through meadows, farms and along the old railroad grade beside the river. Disturbed land, flood terrain, the old railroad grade, the living library is abundant here. Hawthorn, wild apples & plums and amazing berries with their bioflavinoid rich deliciousness live here. Alders, maples and many other plants will reveal their secrets on this countryside ramble! We'll meander through the Tilth Experience Farming Project and visit with Sean Stratman, farm manager and other local farmers. Bring a lunch and enjoy the story of How the River Lost Her Braid. Remember your journal for the taking home story.
A City Herb Walk:
Duwamish Hill Preserve
Wednesday June 12, 2019
10:00am - 2:00pm
Co-taught with J.T., Herbalist
Duwamish hill was formed from glaciers, and is older than Mt. Rainier! Within the park you will find native plants of different ecosystems, a Puget Sound Salish Cultural Garden, and artwork and signs by a local artist, Mette Hanson. A labor of love co-created by volunteers, community leaders and area neighbors, Duwamish Hill gives people an opportunity to get outside and play in an urban setting.
Herbalist guides, EagleSong Gardener and J.T. bring this engaging urban park to life as they show how plants, people and place intersect through time.
Bring a lunch, your journal and the spirit of adventure as we ramble in the city...
Learn more here
Longtime Northwest herbalist J.T. delights in connecting people with plants. She gathers herbs from mountain to city to sea and has taught hundreds of students of all ages how to gather and make their own medicine. Wherever you find her, a class with J.T. offers practical, effective, and joyful knowledge for your herbal adventures.
UW Medicinal Herb Garden, Center for Urban Horticulture & Farm
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
10:00am - 2:00pm
We'll start at the UW Medicinal Herb Garden. The century-old garden spans 2.5 acres and boasts more than 1,000 species of medicinal herbs and plants from around the world. Paths meander through seven sections of species, raised beds and vibrant edge. A hidden garden and long-time favorite of EagleSong's where you can see living plants you may have only read about in books! Many stories here...
From there, we'll head over to the Center for Urban Horticulture and UW Farm to explore the Fragrance Garden, the Goodfellow Grove and the UW Farm. A valuable garden resource in Seattle, complete with library, greenhouses and plants you'll want to meet.
If time allows we can take a tour of the Union Bay Mitigation site and see how Seattle's largest garbage dump is being restored into a thriving green wetland of native plants.
Wear good walking shoes, bring your journals, sketch books and lunch.
Herbs at the Seashore
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Camano Island State Park
Camano Island, WA
We're heading to Camano Island State Park for the August Herb Walk...Plant Medicine Ramble!
Beach, forest, estuary plants abound...bring a picnic lunch! Let's get outside and meet the plants!
Inquire regarding Meet--up for car pool.
Map & Directions to the park...