What we're about

Hi, plant lovers! My name is Missy Rohs, and, together with Gradey Proctor, I run the Arctos School of Herbal & Botanical Studies. We offer classes in medicine making, botanical identification, native ecosystems, herbal remedies, wildcrafting, urban foraging, mushroom hunting, and more. We have a strong emphasis on sustainability and a passion for social justice that informs our work.

Join this group to not just hear about our upcoming classes, from free neighborhood walks to eight-month immersion programs, but also to learn about other herbalism-related offerings in the Portland area!

Upcoming events (5)

Monthly Plant Walk: Dead Stem Detectives

Portland

On this wintry walk with Gradey Proctor of the Arctos School, we will learn to ID perennial plants based on their skeletal remains. ***To register and secure your spot, visit https://arctosschool.org.*** Noting the arrangement of leaves, branching and flowering pattern, and perhaps a few lingering seeds we can find clues as to who those ghosts may be. We will also keep an eye out for winter annuals that emerge in late fall and grow slowly through the coldest season in order to bloom at the first sign of spring. Our plant identification tools will inspire us to keep coming back to see what the plants can teach in all their presentations. Along the way we will explore winter ecology, herbalism, and basic botany. Class location TBD within the Portland Metro area. Cost is $30-$45, sliding scale. To keep things covid-safe, class size is limited. Registration at arctosschool.org is required by January 25. Full location details are available upon registration.

Saturday Herbalism Mini-Series

Portland

For students who want to explore the world of herbalism, ecology, botany, DIY plant medicine, and herbal energetics, but don’t have the time to commit to a longer program, the Arctos School offers our Saturday Herbalism Mini-Series. Each 4-week intensive includes two full-day field trips led by Gradey Proctor and two online classroom days taught by Missy Rohs, for a combination of nature immersion, hands-on medicine-making, lecture, discussion, and sensory learning. Students can choose to sign up for as many mini-series as they like, delving into different focus topics throughout the year. Each block of classes is deeply seasonal, centering us with a sense of place and a knowledge of our bodies through the cycles of the year: - Winter Wellness, Winter Wildcrafting - Saturdays, February 6-27 - Magical Wildflowers & Medicinal Weeds - Saturdays, April 3-24 - Ecology & Alchemy - Saturdays, June 5-26 - Asking the Right Questions: Plant Families & First Aid - Saturdays, August 7-28 - Mushrooms & Adaptogens - Saturdays, October 2-23 Class time each Saturday runs from 10am-4pm, with field trips meeting as early as 8am and returning as late as 6pm so that we can explore a variety of special ecosystems. Each Mini-Series is 24 hours of instruction and includes plant material for group medicine-making. The total cost of an individual series is $390. A discount of 10% is applied if registering for two courses at a time, for a total of $700. A discount of 15% is applied if registering for three or more classes at a time. There is a modest scholarship available to BIPOC (Black people, Indigenous people, & people of color) students who register for two or more series at once; please inquire for details. Join us for our 2021 Mini-Series! We’d love to dive into the world of plant medicine with you. Full details and registration are found here: https://arctosschool.org/weekendherbalism

Starting Seeds - Outdoor Class

Oregon City

This workshop will explore the art of growing medicinals from seed, with the intention of getting participants all set up to start a healing herbal garden of their own! ***To register and secure your spot, visit https://arctosschool.org.*** Gradey Proctor of the Arctos School will share tricks of the trade from his many years of growing plants at his micro nursery, The Medicine Garden. We will cover the basics of saving and storing seed, tricks to help germination, and other ways to get your plant babies off to the right start. Whether you want to invest in some basic equipment or pull things off on the cheap, this class will empower you with the information you need. Included in the cost, participants will get an herbalist gardener’s starter kit of 4 packs of medicinal plant seed, soil, tags, and a starting tray all planted out! Class will be held on Gradey’s farm in Oregon City. We will be outdoors with masks and social distancing for covid safety; dress for the weather. Full details available upon registration. Class cost is $50-$60, sliding scale, materials included. Half of all proceeds will go directly to Mudbone Grown, a black-owned farm enterprise that promotes community-based farming! Pre-registration is required at arctosschool.org.

Monthly Plant Walk: Poplar Buds & Red Cedar

Portland

On this short hike with Gradey Proctor of the Arctos School, we will learn to identify trees and shrubs based on their twigs and buds as we discover more secrets of the season. ***To register and secure your spot, visit https://arctosschool.org.*** Though these cold, wet days might not seem to be the optimal time to work with the plants, it is in fact the BEST time to work with a few of our premier medicinals. Gradey will guide us through exploring the winter landscape to see how the plants can always reveal their stories if we have the right tools. We will also discuss medicinal uses, winter ecology, and ethical wildcrafting. Class location TBD within the Portland Metro area. Cost is $30-$45, sliding scale. To keep things covid-safe, class size is limited. Registration at arctosschool.org is required by February 22. Full location details are available upon registration.

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