2020 Herb Walks aka 'Plant Medicine Rambles'
Herb Walks In the Countryside, Mountains, the City & at the Seashore
Each Walk is a separate event.
Save and take them all as the Bio-Regional Herbs of Place package!
Herb walks take place on Wednesdays.
$50. per western WA walks $85. for June eastern WA all day adventure to Leavenworth, WA
Bring lunch, journal/sketchbook, camera, dress for the weather...we go rain or shine!
All walks are limited to 12 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 that, too! These walks are an integrated perspective gained from engaging these areas through 4 decades and watching how land and people change through time. A look at herbal medicine from the ground up.
"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 that 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 an adventure through time and place. You'll learn common names, botanical names, and names yet to be discovered. You may 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 many 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...through coming to your senses you'll see, hear, taste, smell and feel what nature has to offer...
Lake Tradition Trail
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Meet at the High Point trail head, exit 20 on I - 90. A Discover Pass is required for lot parking. Parking on frontage road is free.
Lake Tradition trail is accessible by bus from Seattle, Metro route 208
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 plenty 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 13, 2020
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 Sno-Valley Tilth Experience Farming Project, and perhaps meet one of the local farmers. Bring a lunch and enjoy the story of How the River Lost Her Braid. Remember your journal for the taking home story.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm (A Full day)
$85. Register here
Leavenworth, WA East of the Cascades
Meet-up site sent upon registration...
A visit to the renowned Cashmere Museum & Pioneer Village rounds out the day. $8.00 admission not included in Herb Walk registration.
This magnificent full day cross mountain adventure to eastern WA includes plant ID forays all along the way. Blue elder, yarrow, ceanothus are a few of the plants we'll meet on the drive over the Cascades. In Leavenworth, we'll ramble along a system of trails that includes Waterfront Park, Blackbird Island and Enchantment Park. These trails meander beside the beautiful Wenatchee River and provide a delightful opportunity to expand your plant ID skills.
This unusual niche environment is rich in biodiversity. You'll find little leaf lindens planted in the landscape and cherry trees gone wild, brought in by birds from neighboring orchards. Hawthorn, cow parsnip, wild rose and berries abound.
This is a long day trip. Bring your field guides, your sense of adventure and a lunch. A visit to the Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village adds historical depth to the day before the return drive west to Monroe.
UW Medicinal Herb Garden, Center for Urban Horticulture & Farm
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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 once 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. This is a long walk...
Iron Goat Trail
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
9:00am -- 5:00pm
Monroe, WA Meet-up
Stevens Pass Highway
Two hikes in one day! This is a full day...
A Long Hike Beneath an Old Snowshed &
A Short Hike at Deception Falls Picnic Area!
Wending through the old snowshed, stories linger in the mountains to this day. Rivulets and lilies, Douglas maple, slide alder, devil's club, wild ginger and Angelica genuflexa call this path home. Bring a lunch and enjoy the story of Kneeling Angelica and Her Sisters! Oh, yes, there'll be a taking home story on this one for sure…dress warm. The short hike runs through old growth trees and moss covered stones, logs and, perhaps, even orchids beside emerald pools await...this is where water begins its journey to the sea.
Wear hiking boots, remember a lunch and you'll surely want your journal on this amazing mountain ramble!
Herbs at the Seashore
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
10:00am - 2:00pm
We're heading to a place along the Salish Sea, yet to be determined 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 coming...