Friday June 22
4 PM WORKSHOPS
Natural Dyeing with Plants with Pylleri Ball
4 pm, Tent 1
Join Phylleri Ball of Three Sisters Weaving to learn the beautiful art of making vibrant natural dyes with vegetables, flowers, roots and trees. During this workshop participants will learn the how to create dyes, use mordants to keep the dyes light and color fast, and experience dyeing cotton, silk and wool. Participants will get to take home natural dyed samples from the workshop. Price includes all materials.
The Stories that Plants Tell Us with Martin Ogle
4 pm, Plant Walk
Join naturalist, Martin Ogle, on a fun and entertaining walk that brings plants alive in our imagination through story! As you walk through the woods and fields, Martin will share stories about native and exotic plants that share our world, personal observations and anecdotes that will tickle your fancy; stories of how plants connected our ancestors to our living planet! Martin was Chief Naturalist for the Northern Virginia Regional Parks for 27 years and now coordinates the education program for Lafayette Open Space.
Saturday June 23
9 AM WORKSHOPS
In Relation: an introduction to ethnobotany and its role in our lives with Linda Black Elk
9 am, Tent 1
Growing Your Own Mushrooms with Michael Heim
9 am, Tent 2
$95 includes all supplies
Join Michael Heim of Enso Farm and Forage to dive into the magical world of mushrooms! Participants will peer through the lens of how fungi interact in the forest ecosystem to learn the categories of mushrooms and which species are suitable for home cultivation. Each participant will receive their own growing kit. Cost includes all materials.
Natural Beauty and Aromatherapy with Mindy Green
9 am, Kitchenette
$65 includes all supplies
Plant based cosmetics using both herbs and essential oils are fun and easy to make, and your skin loves them! With constituents that our human bodies evolved with, we will discuss botanical ingredients that are compatible, effective and gentle on all skin types. This workshop will encompass a brief history of herbs in cosmetics as well as a primer on the use of essential oils for safe uses in bath and body care. We will make some products in class and each participant will go home with two products that are personally formulated. All materials are included.
Medicinal Plants of the Front Range with Brigitte Mars
9 am, Herb Walk
Join well-known herbalist, Brigitte Mars, on an introductory walk through the wild areas of Three Leaf Farm along the banks of the Coal Creek as she gives an informative and entertaining discussion about the native plants of the front range in Colorado.
11 AM WORKSHOPS
Introduction to Floral Illustration with Isa Down
11 am, Tent 1
In this class you’ll learn how to create beautiful floral drawings using real flowers and plants as inspiration. After taking this class, you’ll be able to draw stunning floral designs as cards, gifts, doodles, and so much more! Your instructor, Isa, will give you a basic demonstration and overview of how to draw plants and flowers – taking them from the vase to the page. You’ll learn how to illustrate basic line-drawn florals, and will bring them to life with colored pencils or watercolor. Once you’ve practiced your new skills, Isa will walk you through your final project: a beautiful floral wreath
Magical Herbalism: Folklore & Witchcraft with Sara Stewart Martinelli
1 pm, Tent 2
$50 includes all supplies
People have long had intimate relationships with plants that transcend the every day use into the realm of the spirit. Centuries of use as medicine and food have taught people about the energetic qualities of the plants, and over time, great stories and folklore about their magic have arisen. In this workshop, explore the way herbs, flowers, roots and seeds have been used throughout history in rituals to promote spiritual connection to the divine. This workshop will start with a discussion about some familiar herbs and will explore the history and folklore of each. A short guided meditation will allow participants to attune themselves to the spirit of the plants. Participants will have the opportunity to create a personal herbal charm and will participate in a non-denominational ritual to purify and charge it, learning the basics of ritual and how to create sacred space.
Wild Foods with Wendy “Butter” Petty
11 am, Kitchenette
In this hands-on workshop, students will get to go through every stage of creating a meal with abundant and weedy wild edible plants. We will start with a short plant walk in which ingredients will be gathered. Next, participants will engage in one of the most important parts of foraging – learning to process the intended food. This step both gives practical experience in taking wild foods from the field to the table, and also creates a true connection with the plants via sense memories. Finally, we will be cooking up and tasting wildly delicious dishes with our foraged finds. Peppered throughout the workshop will be discussions about how to safely and sustainably harvest wild edibles.
Wildcrafting as a Sacred Act with Erin Smith
11am, Herb Walk
One of the most important ways to develop a deeper relationship with nature is to use her resources. As foraging has become more mainstream, there is growing concern and fear about using these natural resources. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In this workshop, we will cover how to harvest your own plant medicines and wild foods in a sustainable and respectful way. We will discuss why this tradition is not only a sustainable act but a sacred act as well. Participants will learn simple rules for harvesting and get to wildcraft some herbs to take home.
1 PM WORKSHOPS
Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine with Tammi Hartung
1pm, Tent 1
Tammi Hartung will be sharing insights and stories about some of her favorite North American plants, and how people have been in relationship with these plants since early times. You’ll learn that cholla spines were used as tattoo needles, cattails are being used for biofuel and to clean waterways near factory farms, hickory bark makes delicious syrup, and echinacea is a fantastic medicine plant, plus you can comb your hair with it! Tammi will tell you how milkweed can keep you warm on a snowy day and save the planet during an oil spill disaster. Join her to discover more about plants we all love.
Summer Skincare Workshop with Faith Rodgers
1pm, Tent 2
Join herbalist, Faith Rodgers from the Little Herbal Apothecary to learn how to create your own botanical skincare products for summertime! Make your own sunscreen using botanicals & minerals AND learn how to tint your sunscreen to match your skin color. Create your own wonderful smelling bug repellent using pure, organic essential oils. Learn how to concoct herbal deodorant bars that will keep the funk away! Participants will take home sunscreen, deodorant & bug spray. Cost includes all materials.
Making Mead with Rebecca Schwendler
$75 includes all supplies
Drink of ancient heroes and modern wizards, mead is known archaeologically to be at least 5,000 years old, and may be much older than that. Mead is probably one of the first alcoholic beverages our ancestors ever consumed. Unlike beer, whiskey, and wine, mead is created from completely wild, naturally occurring ingredients rather than domesticated grains and grapes. As a result, mead is a very approachable and personable drink that is easy to make and infinitely adaptable to personal taste and experimentation. This workshop will begin with a brief history of mead and its appearance in ancient and modern literature. Next will come a summary of the great variety of mead-like drinks that can be made. During the heart of the workshop, participants will start their own half-gallon batches of mead using pure honey and water, and optionally flavored with one or more flowers, herbs, fruits, or woods of their choosing.
Plant – Based Traditional Living Skills with Ian Sanderson
1pm, Herb Walk
For those seeking to learn about and deepen their relationship with plants, the words “edible and medicinal” most often come to mind. While this of course is a beautiful and vital area of study, we can sometimes forget that plants have made up the bulk of all endeavors for human beings since our beginning. While stone and bone certainly have been critical, it is plants that have made up the majority of our tool-making resources. From shelter-building to fire-making, cordage to containers, it is our understanding of plants and all their myriad uses that have allowed us to continue as a species. Traditional living skills these days are often referred to as “survival” skills. While that certainly might be the case in an unexpected turn of events in a wilderness outing in modern times, human beings wouldn’t have had the ability to come up with such profoundly diverse spiritual philosophies if we were always in “survival” mode for thousands of years. The knowledge and skills we learned from the natural world and integrated over time allowed us to move from surviving to thriving. In this workshop we’ll reconnect with exploring and building some fundamental skills in using plants as tools for the purposes of fire-making, cordage, and food gathering, and maybe along the way we’ll get a glimpse of what this knowledge allowed our ancestors to see about the nature of reality…
3 PM WORKSHOPS
Scent of Place: Creating Incense with Local Plants with Lauren Stauber
3pm, Tent 2
$65 includes all supplies
Humans have enjoyed fragrant plant smoke for millennia. Across cultures, we burn plants and resins for ritual and ceremony, healing and pleasure, to open gateways and close circles, to prepare ourselves for meditation and rites of passage, to mark the changing seasons and cycling moons, to protect, cleanse and purify, to carry our prayers, feed the deities, care for the sick and dying, and welcome in the newborn. We burn plants to make our homes more welcoming, tend to the subtle energies of the day, and for simple sensual delight. On a practical level, the antimicrobial smoke of many plants and resins helps temper the spread of disease where people gather. Plant-based incenses also nurture our relationship with the land around us, especially blends made primarily with plants that are common to the places where we live. The process of creating these blends invites us to open ourselves to the plants, and as we burn them it’s as if we are immersed in the very spirit of the land itself, breathing it in. In this class we will focus on local flora in incense making. There will be a demo of techniques for creating different forms of incense, as well as approaches to burning incense that can influence the amount of smoke released. We will also discuss the foundations of cultivating ethical relationship with the plants we work with.
Medicine of the Prairie Herb Walk with Linda Black Elk
3 pm, Herb Walk
Join Linda Black Elk for a walk along the banks of the Coal Creek and learn about the traditional medicines of the prairie and front range.
Sunday June 24
9 AM WORKSHOPS
Growing your Own Medicine Tea Garden with Sara Stewart Martinelli
10 am, Tent 1
Join Three Leaf Farm owner Sara Martinelli in a discussion of some of the easiest to grow plants for an herbal tea garden in the Colorado Foothills. You’ll learn which plants are easy to start from seed and which are best purchased as starts. The workshop will explore which plants are best used for teas and infusions and we will discuss both the medicinal value and flavor profile of each. Participants will have the opportunity to start about 6 different kinds of plants to take home with them. Learn the best methods of cultivation, harvesting, drying, and storage. A number of easy recipes will also be given for using these botanical allies as medicinal infusions. Class is limited to 10 participants. Cost includes all materials.
Weaving in the West: Basketry with Kat MacKinnon
10 am, Tent 2
$50 includes all supplies
Coil basketry as a method has been found throughout the world. From the bee skeps and mats of ancient Europe, to the pine needle baskets of the American West, to the sweetgrass containers of Africa. This global and cultural diversity mirrors the diversity of containers that can be made with this method. In this hands-on class we’ll go into the materials particular to the Southwest, as well as collection, processing, and several styles of weave using coil basketry techniques. Along with your own hand made basket, you’ll go away with the principles to make everything from water tight rock boil baskets to tough as nails gathering containers.
Designed for the beginner to intermediate basket maker, come prepared to dive into some seriously fun and useful ancient technology!
Medicine Making – Plant Medicines: Making Tinctures with Erin Smith
10 am, Kitchenette
$50 includes all supplies
Medicine is one of the most fundamental relationships we have with plants. Outside of teas, alcohol extracts or tinctures are one of the oldest ways of making plant medicine. Join Erin Smith to learn how to make your own tinctures at home with medicine found right outside your door. We will cover the different ways to make a tincture, which plants work best as tinctures, which spirits are best and more. Each participant will make their own tincture to take home.
Forest Bathing Experience with Cat Pantaleo
10 am, Forest Experience
As humans, we spend less time in nature than any time in history. A deep reverence and connection with the natural world is in our DNA and is essential for the health and well-being of all who dwell on this magnificent planet. Join Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Cat Pantaleo, or an immersive, fully embodied nature connection experience. Based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, it is an extraordinary opportunity to slow down, connect to the more-than-human-world, cultivate inner peace, and delight in the wondrous beauty of nature. There is a growing body of scientific research validating the numerous health benefits of spending time outdoors, including: decrease in stress hormones, reducing anxiety and increasing immune function.