Join us for a day of slow exploration along the John Muir Trail with Herbalist Holli Richey. This outing coincides with John Muir's birthday! Holli specializes in the medicinal properties of native plants. So in addition to identifying wildflowers - at about the peak time in the Southern Appalachians - Holli will discuss how some of these plants have been used historically, and currently to treat a variety of maladies. This is going to be an outstanding day of learning. During lunch, Tennessee Wild's Jeff Hunter will read some John Muir. The total length of this hike will be between 3-4 miles.
We will be hiking along the JMT from the Powerhouse - headed east along the Hiwassee. This is a section of the JMT that we have not explored before with a naturalist. If you attended Holli's outing last year, we ask that you allow others to attend this outing. Thanks for your cooperation. Registration will open for this outing on March 22.
Here's some additional info about our guest hike leader;
Medical herbalist and Clinical Social Worker, Holli Richey, MS, LMSW, MAT, has been studying medicinal plants for 16 years. Holli practices at the Center for Integrative Medicine in Chattanooga where she provides wellness consultations as a clinical social worker and compounds customized herbal formulas to address an individual's symptoms and restore balance. In addition to her practice, Holli shares her love of the plant world through her blog hollirichey.com, teaching classes, and leading herb walks. Past lectures Holli has given have been at the University of Georgia, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s Medicinal Plant Symposium, Brenau University's Nursing Program and multiple university Appalachian Studies programs. Holli has lead herb walks at the US Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC, the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, and for many groups in urban, suburban and wilderness settings.