Saturday Workshop - Wild Foods Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making

This meetup is being cross-posted to our South Sound Meetup Group and website, and has 4 of 12 spaces still available as of Thursday 4/4. See below for cost options.

Join instructors Kim & Chris Chisholm for great day together. We'll begin the morning inside by infusing healing herbs in warm oil as a precursor to salve-making near the end of the day.  Then we'll go through an informative slide show before heading outside to discuss then practice honorable harvesting methods and plant stewardship as we select the plant parts we need and carefully collect and store them for later use. You'll learn when and where to look for the Top 10 Wild Food Plants of our region, and how to identify and prepare them.  We'll also spend some time examining poisonous look-a-likes and we'll discuss safety in the forest.

During lunchtime, we'll process the plants we've collected, and enjoy some tasty samples.  Please pack a lunch to supplement what we collect though:)  During lunch we'll  also learn key characteristics of common and important plant families, including the plants we harvested earlier in the day. Next we'll look for our Top 10 Medicinal Plants found in the region, and discuss when (time of day, season, etc.) to collect them and how to process them for optimal efficacy.  We'll spend the rest of the afternoon experimenting and making herbal remedies, including but not limited to:

• Tinctures
• Glycerites
• Salves
• Decoctions
• 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


$65 general, or $55 if you attended one of our introductory homeschool or evening survival classes.
$55 for a second friend/family member.
$45 for a third friend/family member.
$35 per additional friend/family member.
$25 if you have attended this workshop with us in the past, or covered this subject at one of our camps/expeditions, and wish to work on these skills with us again today.

If you would like to take home some of the herbal medicines you make today, we will ask for a donation for bottling etc. materials. We will also have our recommended field guides for sale, including Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Botany in a Day, Edible Wild Plants, Medicinal Plants of the West and more. Finally, please note that we can only scrape the surface in a 6 hour workshop, so if you would like to learn to a more advanced level and have time to really practice your skills, please enroll in our 5 Day Summer Course: Wild Ethnobotany and Herbalism Training


Check/Mail Registration Option: Send payment in full or a minimum $25 per person check deposit payable to the Wolf College,[masked]th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 with participant name(s), phone number, email address, age of any minors, and any allergies or health restrictions we should know about. Balances will be due upon arrival at the workshop.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at[masked] or[masked] and we will run your card securely over the phone.

Or RSVP Here to Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined and this would have been my first meet up ever. But I live in Everett. I will keep my eyes on the calendar for events closer to home. Looking forward to meet up soon!

    April 5, 2013

    • Chris C.

      Thanks Teresa. Hoping to meet you at a class or workshop sometime. Btw, we have plenty of space tomorrow, so we could offer a $65 - $20 travel discount = $45 if you like.

      April 5, 2013

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