In-Person & Online Options!
Thursday, July 15, 2021 – Wildcrafting Edible & Medicinal Plants
Friday, July 16, 2021 – Advanced Ethnobotany Skills Training
Join us for one or both of these great workshops, online or in-person at Blue Skye Farm in Puyallup WA with lead instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm.
July 15 Intermediate Wildcrafting (no prerequisite; see below for online and in-person registration options)
We’ll begin 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.
Then 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.
In the afternoon, we’ll head into the wilds to harvest 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 those important plant families, and finally how to start herbal remedies including tinctures, glycerites, salves, herbal oils, decoctions and infusions that we’ll continue working on for those who return tomorrow.
July 16 Advanced Wildcrafting (prior workshop prerequisite; see below for online and in-person registration options)
We’ll begin in the morning by infusing healing herbs in warm oil as a precursor to salve-making near the end of the day. We’ll spend the rest of the morning in the Blue Skye Farm herb garden and greenhouse, working with medicinal herbs we cultivate on site, preparing tinctures, glycerites, salves, herbal oils, decoctions and infusions.
“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
Workshop Times, Cost & Registration
In-Person Participation: We currently have a waitlist for in-person workshop spaces in the latter half of this week, but do email us as we may be able to open space if the state reopens business as suggested by July 1st. In-person workshops run from 9:30-3:30 with time afterwards for hands-on help. Cost is $95 for one workshop/person, and $90 for each additional workshop and/or friend/family member registering together. Kim & Chris Chisholm will take turns leading portions of each workshop.
On-Line Participation: We will use Zoom to broadcast the workshops, and your participation will be interactive with a dedicated instructor and include hourly eye breaks for you to carry out field exercises independently at home. Virtual workshop registration rates are: $65 for you (and others in your household sharing the same connection) to attend one workshop, $60 for your second, third or fourth workshop, and $50 to add the Friday workshop. It’s fine to register for one now, and add more later at the same rates.
Pandemic-Era Registration Process: Just email us to reserve space and we will email you back with prep info and an invoice for July payment options.
Non-Pandemic Era Registration Options:
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
Check/Mail Registration Option: Send with a check payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 with participant names, your phone number, email address, age of any minors, and any allergies or health restrictions we should know about.
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Virtual Class FAQs
What online format do we use? Zoom in 2021. Google Meet in 2020.
Were classes live and interactive? Yes. Instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm engage participants throughout.
Do you sell the recordings afterwards? Yes, we might have them available for purchase later at a reduced price, so we will ask all participants to sign a release granting permission.
What ages can participate? All ages may participate, although online classes are not recommended for ages 8 and under unless an adult is helping. We leave it up to parents to decide if children are old enough to participate, as well as whether to participate alongside them online and outside with recommended activities.
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.