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Wild Cooking, Ethnobotany & Herbal Expedition


July 31-August 5, 2016 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 glaciated alpine meadows and experience rare medicinal wildflowers, then 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.

Course Availability:

Open and geared to ages 18-26 with no prerequisite, while others who have attended our weekend workshops or other camps and expeditions in the past may also be welcome. Ages 9-17 may attend the Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics youth camp running 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:

Our goal for those who have studied herbalism in the past is to elevate you to the next level as an herbalist. We will help you to recognize and understand the mental, emotional, physical, social, and potentially the spiritual needs of your patients so they may fully heal.

Scott Fanello during his Herbal Expedition

Scott during the Herbal Expedition

Course Itinerary:

Sunday 5-6 Dinner; 6:00-6:30 Orientation; 6:30-7:00 Introduction & Honorable Harvesting; 7-9 Intensive Course Intro; 9-10 Music, Stories & Sleep;

Monday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-12 Morning Edible & Medicinal Plant Harvesting Walk; Harvest Nettles for Fiber; Harvest Cattails for Food; 12-1 Lunch, Cooling Pine & Mint Sun Tea; 1-2 Edible Plants Processing, Willow Decoction; 2-3 Nature Journaling Session; 3-4 Cedar Rope Making & Creek Baths; 4-5 Natural Sunscreen; 5-6 Dinner; 6-7 Herbal Oils; 7-8 Insect Repellent; 8-9 Choice of Lakeside Sunset Plant Walk or In Camp Lunar Infusion; 9-10 Music, Stories & Sleep;

Tuesday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-11 Morning Plant Family Intensive, Purchase Seaweed/Shellfish Licenses & Travel to Deception Pass; 11-4 Seaweeds, Shellfish & Shorelife Walk at Low Tide; 4-7 Wild Edible Seashore Cooking & Dinner with Wild Chef Charlie Borrowman; 7-9 Plant Family Study on Drive back to Lake Sammamish; 9-10 Music, Stories & Sleep;

Wednesday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-10 Wilderness First Aid Training; 10-11 Herbal Plant Properties; 11-12 Herbal Tincture; 12-1 Lunch; 1-2 Plant Craft Materials Preparations; 2-5 Start Berry Baskets, Cherry Bark Bailers, Flutes & Drums; 5-6 Dinner;  6-7 Peaceful Place Nature Journaling; 7-9 Finish Ethnobotany Projects; 9-10 Music, Stories & Sleep;

Thursday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-10 Study Alpine Plants on drive to Snoqualmie Pass; 10-11 Alpine Meadow Herbal Plant Hike; 11-12 Backpacker Camp Stove Lunch with Alpine Herbs; 12-2 Pack & Drive to Yakima Canyon Sagebrush Steppe; 2-4 Desert Plants Harvest; 4-5 Southwestern Theme Wild Cooking; 5-6 Dinner; 6-7 Wildflower Drying & Wild Edible Foods Cooking; 7-9 Return Drive to Lake Sammamish; 9-10 Music, Stories & Sleep;

Friday 7-8 Camp Pack-Up; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-12 Herbal Health Spa; 12-2 Lunch, Stream Swim & Peaceful Place Journaling; 2:00-3:30 Day Camp Wildlife & Survival Workshops & Dinner Prep; 3:30-4:30 Group Wild Cooking; 4:30-5:30 Wild Edible Meal & Celebration;

Course Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm

Kim Chisholm will be lead instructor with staff assistants.

Location, Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation Options:

Click for Arrival Details: 5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4460 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 located ACROSS the road from the Lake Sammamish State Park BOAT LANDING. Or use our transportation – 3:00 SeaTac Airport or Seattle Amtrak $45; or 2:00 Puyallup Wolf Campus $35.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us at the group camp for our closing ceremonies and herbal workshop from 4:30-5:30. Final departure 5:30-6:00. Or stay later for dinner and depart 7-8 pm $25, or use our transportation to Seattle Amtrak, Bus or Airport 7:30 Friday for $35, or Puyallup Wolf Campus 8-9 pm for $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening $125; Sunday Morning $165; Sunday SeaTac Airport $180; Full Weekend Stayover $195. 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:

$695 includes all costs. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit below and your balance will be due upon arrival. The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific gear. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional week you attend this summer, $10 off per additional family member attending this summer, $10 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and once you’ve attended a program, $10 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the Better Business Bureau and other sites forbid any incentive for writing reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it since it’s hard to get reviews when people are as satisfied as our camp families. Thanks!

Scholarships Availability: This camp involves a lot of expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships this week. Expedition scholarships are available for ages 18-25 who drive to Tracking Wolf Country or Wilderness Navigation & Orienteering, as well as for youth ages 9-17 attending Survivors Side of the Mountain and Secrets of the Ancient Scout. Click those links to check availability and apply early in case spaces fill up. Please also note that our focus for scholarships is for residents of the Pacific Northwest states, and especially foster children, enrolled tribal members, and underprivileged young people. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships which are granted by the Western Outdoor Learning Fund (WOLF Foundation) – a Washington State non-profit organization, independent from Wolf Camp and the Conservation College, whose mission it is to support those wishing to attend programs of earth skills education. To apply, add to your camp registration form answers to the 8 financial aid scholarship questions, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.

Registration Options:

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 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Just sign into paypal.com and “send money” to our email address or use the PayPal links below – might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)


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Refund Policy: If your registration is not accepted, you will receive a full refund on deposits. Otherwise, deposits are not refundable. If you cancel after making further payment, you may receive a credit for future programs, minus deposit, in case of emergency, although additional leniency may be given if you registered more than a month in advance. You will receive a full refund if the program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, except in case of natural disasters or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us for future use whenever the program is rescheduled or whenever space is available in any future program of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave for inappropriateness as determined by our agreements for participation.

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Course Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Click here for our Expedition Agreements

Click here for our Summer Expeditions Packing List

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions