Advanced Herbal Medicine

Advanced Herbal Medicine camp at the Wolf College

Advanced Herbalists enjoying Spa Day

July 5-10, 2015 Overnight Youth Camp with prerequisite

Take your herbal skills to a new level this week, becoming a wild chef as you wander through fields, forests and seashores in search of wild foods, dining on edible roots and shoots, drinks and desserts – and don’t forget the preparation of edible insects! We’ll make placemats, bowls, soup spoons and plates from natural materials for our feasts out under the stars.  We’ll make increasingly more intricate plant extractions and experiment with more herbs.

As advanced herbalists, we will practice first aid so that you can go beyond the beginner level of wilderness medicine. We will learn the valuable skills of navigating, lost-proofing and orienteering in order to stay safe while wandering through nature.  We’ll also practice how to respond if confronted by a wild animal. And of course, we’ll enjoy Mother Nature’s Herbal Spa, complete with clay masks, facial steams, hair care, aromatherapy, flower essences and more.

Finally, you will have a say in what happens this week.  In fact, you can let us know which activities and skills you want us to emphasize, so register right away so we can better include your suggestions.

Camp Availability:

Open/Available for ages 9-13 & 13-17 with the Wilderness Chefs & Herbal Medics or with parent/guardian enrolled in the Wild Ethnobotany & Herbal Foray running simultaneously.

Camp Goals and Skills:

We'll make medicine from both native and cultivated plants such as this Echinacea purpurea grown at Blue Skye Farm.

We’ll make medicine from both native and cultivated plants such as this Echinacea purpurea grown at Blue Skye Farm.

The goal of this camp session is to bring 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. Skills introduced include:

• Ability to feed yourself on wild edibles without losing energy.
• Ability to honor any plants you harvest by putting all their parts to good use.
• Ability to store harvested goods throughout a turning of the sun.
• Ability to orient yourself using the sun, moon and stars and navigate with or without a compass.
• Ability to heal wounds and keep yourself healthy with medicinal herbs and herbal first aid.
• Ability to stay clean and safe from injury in every activity.
• Recognize the identifying characteristics of the Top 10 Important Plant Groups.
• Understand the meaning of plant characteristics (astringents, etc.)
• Ability to make plant extractions (decoctions, infusions, etc.)
• Completion of Journal Entries on your healing plants, and on corresponding poisonous plants.

Camp Schedule and Activities:

Advanced herbalist harvesting the chicory roots to roast for a coffee substitute (it's really good!).

Advanced herbalist harvesting chicory roots to roast as a coffee substitute (it’s really good!).

Sunday 5-6 Camp Setup; 7-9 Intro Course Review; 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

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm Kim Chisholm is lead instructor for this camp, with staff assistants. Chris will be running the day camp happening simultaneously this week.

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

For logistical information, click on the intro Wilderness Chefs & Herbal Medics or the adult Wild Ethnobotany & Herbal Foray running simultaneously.


Costs are the same as for the intro Wilderness Chefs & Herbal Medics or the adult Wild Ethnobotany & Herbal Foray.

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 253-604-4681 or 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:
Participant Name(s) & Age(s):
Phone Number(s) & Airport/Bus/Train Transportation Needs(s):

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.

Camp Preparation: Agreements & Packing List

Agreements for Participation in Camp

Summer Camp Packing List