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Herb Spiral Design Class - Herbs for Everyday Health

Join us for one or more day(s) -- 6 Workshops - all on Sundays

Workshop 1: April 7th - Herb Spiral. Lecture and demonstration of which herbs to grow, how and why. Walk a large herb spiral at Shambala Farm on Camano Is, and learn why you would group herbs for medicinal reasons, and how to combine guilding for a healthy garden. Different herbal needs and preferences will be discussed with the creation of three small functional herb spirals, focused on how to establish a relationship with herbs.

Workshop 2: May 5th - Herb Walk. Walk through Iverson Beach and learn how to identify and why to use some of our abundant medicinal "weeds". We will be discussing and recording our understanding of yarrow, nettle, yellow dock and a host of other wild ones as we amble through the many different micro climates of Iverson - a 10 minute drive from Shambala. Learn about herbal first aid and useful allies.

Workshop 3: June 9th - Medicinal Properties in Plants. In this discussion we examine the different actions of herbs and how to group the 6 different tastes in a world view that allows for treating an ailment. This is an introductory window into the  traditional practice of western herbalism with information and guides on how to further your investigations.

Workshop 4: July 14th - Medicine Making. Hands on demonstration of how to process herbs for tasty effective medicine and the underlying principles of preservation. Further first aid and everyday remedies as we take advantage of our locally abundant allies. We will be making st johns wort salve and tincture, cedar salve for worts, preparing rosemary and tyme for the winter in honeys and other syrups and tinctures galore!

Workshop 5: September 8th - Make your own salves, lotions and shampoos. Demonstration and lecture on basic skin care maintenance and products using local wildcrafted herbs.  The skin is a great indicator of personal health and we will have an in-depth discussion on how overall vitality reflects wholeness while making great shampoos, vinegar rinses and face creams. We will also understand herbal constituents to be able to best prepare them for the most effective medicine.

Workshop 6: October 20th - Herb Walk. Walk through the forest and learn how to identify and why to use some of our native roots and mushrooms.  Off to Pilchuck to hunt down the king of the forest, devils club and discuss how these plants effect and work with the adrenals. We will also be talking about Oregon grape and safe considerate educated wild crafting principles.

Instructors: Natasha Clarke of Wildcrafts. For any questions about the classes and course content contact Natasha at 360-[masked] or [masked].

Natasha Clarke is a herbalist living and practicing on Camano Island. While designing edible gardens Natasha began to explore the world of medicinal perennials. Through experimentation making fun natural things with her children Natasha stumbled into a love of herbalism. Being well versed in archetypes she began to seriously study and practice the art of healing with herbs. Natasha is hoping to create interest in a local group meeting monthly to share herbal lore and experience.

Cost: $35 per class, cash price; all funds must be received 3 business days prior to the class. Mail check to Shambala Farms or for your convenience you can purchase tickets online with a processing fee at:


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  • Nancy C.

    Was incredible, had a great group here that was not afraid of the rain- it was clear folks learned volumes from Natasha, who brings a fun twist on intuitive herbal gardening and how to use herbs for true benefit, planting design ideas, quality of life, harvest, medical and emotional applications. Natasha has experience that is diversified, intuitive, and comprehensive that can readily fill 3 hours. Folks are looking forward to returning to our next class May 5, in her series of 6- note there is a discount for attending all!

    April 9, 2013

  • Stephanie K.

    I'm so sorry, I cant make it tomorrow. I will be able to make the one next month.

    April 6, 2013

  • Kate S.

    I live in the Columbia city neighborhood in Seattle. Is anyone driving up to this April 7th class from Seattle that has room to carpool?

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't at this time to do something that far and late in the day, as I am working nights 7 days a week and am in bed by 3 or 4 pm to leave for work at 915, but I am looking at some of the later dates.

    March 7, 2013

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