Next Workshop Dates in Puyallup WA:
• Friday, July 8, 2022 from 9:30-4:30 with prerequisite of prior workshop or related program with us.
• Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 9:30-4:30 with no prerequisite.
Join us for these great workshops, in-person at Blue Skye Farm in Puyallup WA with lead instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm.
General Workshop Itinerary
We always start this workshops by infusing healing herbs in warm oil as a precursor to salve-making near the end of the day. We’ll continue with a unique Conservation College ethnobotany powerpoint, followed by a walk around Blue Skye Farm to learn key plant families, discussing and practicing honorable harvesting methods as we select the plant parts we need to store for later use.
We’ll spend the rest of the morning in the Blue Skye Farm herb garden and greenhouse, working with some of the Top Medicinal Plants of the region, discussing when (time of day, season, etc.) to collect them and how to process them for optimal efficacy. We’ll also learn key characteristics of their important plant families, and finally how to start herbal remedies including tinctures, glycerites, salves, herbal oils, decoctions and infusions we cultivate on site, preparing tinctures, glycerites, salves, herbal oils, decoctions and infusions.
In the afternoon, we’ll head into the wilds to learn when and where to look for the Top Wild Foods of our region, and how to identify and prepare them. We’ll also mention poisonous look-a-likes and discuss safety in the forest. Finally, we’ll return to Blue Skye Farm to process and cook the plants we’ve collected, and enjoy some tasty samples, but please pack a lunch and/or snacks to supplement what we collect.
“It was a relaxed group of participants with varying degrees of outdoors experience. Throughout the day, we learned about the uses of local plants for survival. Chris encouraged active learning among the group with his careful explanations on how to harvest and consume plants on the trail in a sustainable way. We spent the second half of the day at Chris and Kim’s farm, where we saw how to make a fire, soup bowls, and boiled nettle stew using nothing but wood and stone. We also used freshly harvested ingredients to make tinctures and balms that we took home in sample jars. As another eloquent attendee put it, learning how to survive in nature makes it possible to walk out of your home and feel like you’re walking into your living room. By the end of this meetup, sitting by our fire and drinking nettle soup, I had tasted the possibilities of living in the wilderness, and was ready to come back to learn survival skills in more serious detail.” – Samual Wan, Herbal First Aid Workshop, 2010/03/05
Cost & Registration Options
Cost is $95, and $90 per additional friend/family member registering together in advance. Or register for all 3 workshops running this week for $265 per person.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
Or use Zelle and “send money” to our email address with a note on names, phone number, age of any minors, and any allergies or health restrictions we should know, and we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need.
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Who are the instructors? Kim & Chris Chisholm lead all workshops.
Can we get a refund if we cancel? Our refund policy below only offers credit for future programs if you cancel, such as if the recorded online format doesn’t appeal to you and you prefer attending future programs in-person. Our official refund policy states that deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit is needed to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in cases of natural (weather, geologic, wildfire, etc) disasters, epidemics, grid failures, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it unsafe for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. Reasons include the expenditure of funds (property rentals, advertising, materials, admin staff time, etc.) long before programs take place, i.e. deposits make it feasible for Wolf Camp to schedule programs in the first place, but our mutually understood agreement is that Wolf Camp will run the program at the safest available time in the future. Finally, no refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.