May 15-20th 2008 - Heronwalk Retreat Center
Over this May long weekend we gathered at Heronwalk retreat center to learn about wild edible and Medicinal plants. Everyone was very eager to learn and we spent time both in the class room as well as in the field. Some of the topics we covered included Plant identification, plant journaling, use of field guides, characteristics of both edible and medicinal plants, cooking with wild plants, herbal tea making, harvesting, drying and preparation, specific plant uses, the caretakers attitude, medicine pouch making and a variety of other subjects relating to the uses of plants. We all learned a lot and became like one large family as we began to walk the path of the plant nation. Working with wild plants is a journey that lasts a lifetime and as our experience grows so to does our knowledge about not only the edible and medicinal qualities of specific herbs, but also too we get to know the spirit or essence that each plant holds. I would like to thank everyone who came out to this class and made is such a great experience. Earth Tracks looks forward to continuing to offer this program and build and expand on the material. Perhaps soon there will be an advanced class? I would also like to thank Chuck and Sandy at Heronwalk for providing such a wonderful space and nourishing food. Lastly my deepest thanksgiving goes out to all the plants that shared thier teachings with us as we learned to use them in a good way.