July 5-10, 2015 Expedition near Seattle WA with trips into North Cascades wilderness forests, alpine meadows, sagebrush canyonlands, super low tide seashores and more…
Discover the secret world of plants and their ability to heal and nourish the body. Become a wild chef this week as you wander through fields, forests and seashores in search of wild foods. We will dine on edible roots and shoots, drinks and desserts; harvest kelp and other seaweed from the shore; work with our hands to weave place mats, gathering baskets, bowls and spoons from native trees.
Travel to Paradise on Mt. Rainier to experience rare plants of the glaciated alpine meadows, and continue to the east side of the Cascade Mountains where diverse pine forests and sagebrush canyonlands bring you untold numbers of wild edible and medicinal plants. Make herbal tinctures, oils, salves, glycerites, and infusions, and poultices as part of herbal first aid training. Then, enjoy an herbal spa, complete with clay masks, facial steams, and more.
Enrollment: Open/Available for adults while a youth camp version runs simultaneously.
Course Goals & Skills Covered:
The goal of this expedition is to provide participants with hands-on learning about Wild Edible Foods & Herbal Medicine. Skills covered include:
- Harvest, process and store the Top 10 Edible Plants.
- Understand the meaning of plant characteristics (astringents, etc.)
- Ability to harvest, process and administer the most important medicinal herbs of the northwest.
- Ability to honorably harvest and process plants (decoctions, oils, tinctures, etc.)
- Ability to make fire, cook over an open fire, and to “rock boil.”
- Harvest and cook with cattails, hazelnuts, and more
- Ability to make rope from nettles, cattails, fireweed, and other natural materials
- Make a medicine pouch to fill with your personal herbs.
- Dry and store herbs to take home, make herbal chocolates, and more.
- Purify water naturally for cleansing wounds and making teas.
- Using a map and compass so as not to get lost when wildcrafting.
- Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios.
- Make and maintain fire in any weather, and witness traditional fire by friction.
- Learn Easy Plant Drawing and complete Journal Entries on your healing plants, and on corresponding poisonous plants.
Our goal for those who have studied herbalism in the past is to elevate you to the next level as an herbalist. Previously, you merely worked with the herbs on a physical level. We will teach you to recognize and understand the mental, emotional, physical and social needs of your patients so they may fully heal.
Sunday 5-6 Camp Setup; 7-9 Intensive Course Intro; 9-10 Campfire Snack, Stories & Questions;
Monday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-12 Morning Edible Plant Harvesting Walk; 12-1 Lunch; 1-2 Edible Plant Processing; 2-4 Herbal Medicine Plant Harvesting Walk; 4-5 Herbal Medicine Processing; 5-6 Dinner; 6-7 River Field Trip & Cedar Rope Making; 7-9 Utilitarian Plant Harvest for Fibers, Fire & Wooden Tools; 9-10 Campfire Burn Bowls & Spoons;
Tuesday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-12 Morning Plant Family Intensive; 12-1 Lunch; 1-2 Peaceful Place Plant Journaling; 2-5 Berry Baskets & Bark Bailers; 5-6 Dinner; 6-9 Wild Edible Foods Cooking Intensive with Charlie Borrowman; 9-10 Campfire Flute & Drum Making;
Wednesday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Drive to Paradise on Mt. Rainier; 9-12 Alpine Meadow Wildflower ID Hike; 12-2 Lunch & Drive to Eastside Pineforests & Sagebrush Canyonlands; 2-5 Sagebrush Steppe & Pine Forest Plant ID Hike; 5-7 Wild Edible Cooking & Dinner; 7-10 Drive Back to Sahara Creek with Star Gazing Stop;
Thursday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-12 Herbal Medicine Making; 12-2 Lunch, River Swim & Peaceful Place Journaling; 2-5 Herbal Health Spa; 5-6 Dinner; 6-9 Projects Completion; 9-10 Campfire Music & Stories;
Friday 7-8 Camp Pack-Up; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-10 Drive to Herbal Store; 10-11 Radiance Herbs; 11-12 Seaweeds, Shellfish & Shorelife Walk at Super Low Tide; 12-2 Seaweeds & Shellfish Harvest; 2-3 Seaweeds & Clam Chowder Beach Cooking Extravaganza; 3-4 Celebratory Wild Edible Meal; 4-5 Intensive Botany Review
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Arrival Options on Sunday:
Complimentary Park Arrival Option: Meet us at Lake Sammammish State Park – Hans Jensen Group Camp at 4450 E Lake Sammammish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 with entrance ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE BOAT LANDING – click here for map. Arrive on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. and help us set up camp from 5:30-6:00. We will start at 6:00 sharp with an introduction to the week, followed by final camp set-up and orientation from 6:30-7:00, at which point we recommend family/friends depart. Participants should eat a full, healthy dinner before arriving, unless traveling by airplane or train, in which case dinner is included in your pick-up fee. Participants arriving directly at our campground location are also encouraged to bring hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share with others during camp set-up time.
$45 Seattle Airport, Bus or Train Arrival Option: Book your arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:15 p.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate or unaccompanied minor waiting area.
$45 Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 2:00-2:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to arrive at Lake Sammammish State Park – Hans Jensen Group Camp at 4450 E Lake Sammammish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE BOAT LANDING – click here for map) on Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us for our closing performances from 4:30-5:30. Final departure will be from 5:30-6:00.
$25 Friday Evening Lake Sammammish Departure Option:Participants can stay for dinner and campfire music and stories before departing anytime between 7:00-8:00 from Lake Sammammish.
$45 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay later into the evening and depart between 8:00-9:00 from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup.
$95 Saturday Morning Lake Sammammish Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday from Lake Sammammish.
$125 Saturday Afternoon SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport/Bus/Train Station in Seattle-Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. Drop-off at security unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$140 Saturday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday night and depart Saturday evening after dinner in Puyallup.
$165 Sunday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday & Saturday nights and then depart on Sunday before 12:00 noon in Puyallup.
$180 Sunday Afternoon SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay Friday & Saturday nights with us, and then get dropped off at the SeaTac Airport on Sunday at 12:00 noon in time for afternoon departures. Drop-off at security unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option Between Camp Weeks: Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us for our next camp week!
To add transportation and weekend stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!
Tuition for Summer Expeditions is $595 if you complete registration at least one week prior to the start date, or $600 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot and lock in the earliest registration discount, make a $175 minimum deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival.
You can also receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional friend/family member attending together, $10 per additional expedition you attend, and $10 for successfully referring others to attend. The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will need specific camping gear, although we have plenty of extra just in case. You will also need health insurance, but check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional pickup/dropoff and weekend stayover choices.
Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 253-604-4681 or 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
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