July 5-10, 2015 Overnight Camp near Seattle WA with field trips into the North Cascades wilderness forests, alpine meadows, sagebrush canyonlands, and the wild seashore at low tide
Join us for an amazing introduction to herbal medicine and wild edible plants, traditional fire-making, plant crafts and much more. We reserved the entire Hans Jensen Group Campground at Lake Sammamish for the week, and in addition to spending our days roaming those fields, forests, and shores, we will travel east to wildcraft the alpine meadows and sagebrush canyons of the North Cascades, plus go west to collect seaweeds and shore plants of the Salish Sea.
Your lead camp instructors Kim Chisholm and French Culinary School Graduate “Wild Chef” Charlie Borrowman will lead you in collecting some of the Top 10 Most Important Plants for health and survival. You will have the opportunity to roast fresh cattails over the fire; make tasty pesto from nettles and pine nuts; and bake pancakes made from acorn flour. Additionally, we will make teas, salves, oils, tinctures, syrups, and other concoctions for health and medicine all of which you will take home when you depart.
We will also spend time focusing on personal health and relaxation with a wonderful spa day. By the time this incredible week ends, you will be well on your way to becoming a knowledgeable herbalist and wild gourmet chef!
Ages 9-13: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 18 and up including parents: You may participate in the Wild Ethnobotany & Herbal Foray running simultaneously.
Camp Goals and Skills Covered:
The goal of this expedition is to provide participants with hands-on learning about Wild Edible Foods & Herbal Medicine. Skills covered include:
- How to harvest, process and store the Top 10 Edible Plants;
- How to understand the meaning of plant characteristics (astringents, etc.);
- How to harvest, process and administer the most important medicinal herbs of the northwest;
- How to honorably harvest and process plants;
- How to make fire, cook over an open fire, and “rock boil”;
- How to make rope from stinging nettle, cattail; cedar bark, and fire weed;
- How to harvest and cook with cattails, and hazelnuts;
- How to make a medicine pouch to fill with your personal herbs;
- How to dry and store herbs to take home, make herbal chocolates;
- How to purify water naturally for cleansing wounds and making teas;
- How to use a map and compass;
- Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios;
- How to 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;
- How to make a medicine pouch, dream catcher, and small collecting basket;
- How to dry and store herbs to take home;
- How to make salves, oils, tinctures and other medicines to take home;
- Learn knife safety so you can carry a knife for harvesting.
Sunday: Introductions; Ice Breakers; Make Journals; Learn Honorable Harvesting; Mugwort Tea; Learn Infusion vs. Decoction;
Monday: Awareness Skills; Safety in the Woods; Harvest Stinging Nettle to Dry for Cordage; Learn Cordage; Knife Safety; Make Insect Repellent; Start Herbal Oil; Make Pine & Mint Teas;
Tuesday 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-12 Morning Plant Family Intensive & Travel to Deception Pass; 12-5 Seaweeds, Shellfish & Shorelife Walk at Low Tide; 5-8 Wild Edible Seashore Cooking & Dinner with Wild Chef Charlie Borrowman; 8-10 Drive back to Lake Sammamish & Turn In;
Wednesday: Learn Map/Compass; Collect Plants for Vegetable Broth (Nettle. Chickweed, Cleaver, Dandelion, Wild Mustard); Berry Collecting & Top Wild Edibles; Pit Cooking; Herbal Sachet; Stinging Nettle Cordage; Make Catnip/Lemon Balm Syrup; Finish Salve; Burn Spoons;
Thursday: 7-8 Yoga & Calesthenics; 8-9 Breakfast & Cleanup; 9-10 Study Alpine Plants on drive to Snoqualmie Pass; 10-12 Alpine Meadow Herbal Wildcrafting Hike; 12-1 Lunch & Move to North Cascades Pine Forests; 1-3 Wild Edible Foraging; 3-4 Drive to Yakima Canyon Sagebrush Steppe; 4-6 Sagebrush Steppe Edibles & Medicinals Hike; 6-7 Wildflower Drying & Wild Edible Foods Cooking; 7-8 Wild Edibles Dinner; 8-10 Return Drive to Lake Sammamish with Alpine Star Gazing Stop;
Friday: Spa Day: Face Scrub; Steam; Toner; Oil; Finish Salve; Tea & Meditation.
Herbiology by camper Ashley Tee –
You can eat herbs, they taste good too,
But pick the right ones, or they could poison you,
You can make tinctures, pesto or fritters,
And watch out, make sure not to eat the critters!
You can also make balm, tea or coffee,
Maybe you can also make hazelnut toffees!
And if you like this herby rhyme,
Then come on down: it’s harvest time!
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Click for Arrival Details: 5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at Lake Sammamish State Park – Hans Jensen GROUP CAMP located ACROSS the road from the boat landing. Or use our transportation – 3:15 SeaTac Airport or Seattle Amtrak $45; or 2:00-2:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $45.
Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us at the group camp for our closing performances 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 Station 7:30 Friday $35, or depart Puyallup Wolf Campus 8-9 pm Friday $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening Puyallup $125; Sunday Morning Puyallup $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!
$595 if you register by June 5th, or $600 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot and lock in the earliest registration discount, make a $175 minimum deposit below and your balance will be due upon arrival.
Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 per additional family member attending this summer, $5 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.
The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific gear, although we have plenty of extra just in case you can’t acquire something. 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.
Click here for costs for attending multiple weeks: Recommended additions to Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics include the Nature Arts & Survival Film Camp for an introduction the week prior, then Survivors Side of the Mountain taking place the following week, Wilderness Nav & Orienteering Camp after that, plus Ancient Archers & Artisans and the Paleo Diet & Lifestyle camp in August.
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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