July 6-11, 2014 Expedition near Mt. Rainier south of Seattle WA
Discover the secret world of plants and their powers to heal and nourish the body, inside and out. Become a wild chef this weeks as you wander through fields, forests and seashores in search of wild foods, as we dine on edible roots and shoots, drinks and desserts. Harvest kelp and other seaweed from the shore, and work with your hands to weave place mats and gathering baskets, plus make bowls and spoons from native trees. Learn proper harvesting methods Make herbal tinctures, oils, salves, glycerites, and infusions, plus poultices as part of herbal first aid training, then enjoy an herbal spa, complete with clay masks, facial steams, and natural tattoos
Current Enrollment: Open/Available for adults while a youth camp version also 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:
• Recognize the identifying characteristics of the Top Important Plant Groups.
• Understand the meaning of plant characteristics (astringents, etc.)
• Ability to identify plant families.
• Ability to honorably harvest and process plants (decoctions, oils, tinctures, etc.)
• Ability to make fire and to “rock boil.”
• Completion of Journal Entries on your healing plants, and on corresponding poisonous plants.
Goals for those who have studied herbalism in the past include bringing you to the next level as an herbalist, from merely working with the herbs on a physical level, to also understanding the mental, emotional, physical and social needs of your patients so that they may fully heal.
Our schedule during the week includes morning wake-up, stretches, washing, and breakfast vary slightly depending on previous evening activities, but if all was quiet by 10:00 p.m. we would awake at 7:00, do warm-ups from 7:30-8:00, and have breakfast from 8:00-9:00 … 9:00-12:00 is the morning session. 12:00-1:00 is lunch, and 1:00-2:00 is usually swimming or o
ther recreational time. 2:00-5:00 is the afternoon session. 5:00-6:00 is dinner, and 6:00-7:00 is usually personal time. Evening sessions begin at 7:00, and bedtime varies according to the activity and the time of sunset.
Other activities covered during this expedition include, but are not limited to the following schedule, and are somewhat dependent on weather, instructor discretion, participant desire, and serendipity.
• Cook over an open fire
• Make rope from stinging nettle, cedar bark, roots and branches.
• Make a medicine pouch and an herbal sachet.
• Dry and store herbs to take home.
• Learn knife safety.
• Using a map and compass so as not to get lost when wildcrafting.
• Make herbal chocolates.
• Purify water naturally for cleansing wounds and making teas.
• Learn Easy Plant Drawing
• Keep in Shape with Daily Workouts.
• Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios.
• Make and maintain fire in any weather, and witness traditional fire by friction.
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Arrival Options on Sunday:
Complimentary Arrival Option: Meet us at Sahara Creek Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. and help us set up camp from 5:30-6:00. We’ll give families an overview of the week from 6:00-6:30 followed by camp orientation from 6:30-7:00 during which accompanying friends/family are free to depart. We will have some food available for those who were not able to eat dinner before arriving, but we also encourage you to bring hors d’oeuvres to share during the arrival period since it really helps bring an immediate community feel to camp.
$75 SeaTac Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday morning in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 2:00 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 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 Options: Family & Friends are invited to meet us at Sahara Creek on Friday between 2:00-3:30 p.m. for our closing ceremonies which really helps participants integrate this unique experience back into their home lives. Final departure will be from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
$45 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Options: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 6:00-9:00 p.m. after participants travel back home with us.
$95 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday in Puyallup.
$125 Saturday Afternoon Bus/TrainAirport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. Drop-off at ticket counter 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 Bus/Train/Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay Friday & Saturday nights with us, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in time for afternoon departures. Drop-off at ticket counter unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option: Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us next 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 $575 if you register by February 10th, $580 if you register by March 20th, $585 if you register by April 30th, $590 if you register by June 5th, and $595 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.
Our refund policy is that deposits are not refundable unless your registration is not accepted. If you cancel after making additional payment, you may receive a credit for a future program, minus a 25% administration fee of total payments made, in case of emergency. You will receive a full refund if your program is canceled and not rescheduled at a time that you can attend. No refund (and not necessarily any credit) is given if a participant is inappropriate at the program and asked to leave.
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