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 (4)

Forest Park Herb Walks: Free!

2960 NW Upshur St

Get your Vitamin N (for nature) and meet your plant neighbors! The Traditional Roots Institute leads free plant walks every month. Break out your boots, dust off your pack and join the Forest Park Conservancy and the Traditional Roots Institute for our series of one-hour guided hikes. Led by local naturopathic physicians and NUNM students, these one-hour walks will introduce you to the medicinal uses of plants found in your own back yard. Hike space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise indicated, these hikes are suitable for ages 10 & up. Pre-register through the Forest Park Conservancy: https://www.forestparkconservancy.org/calendar/ ***Please note that the Traditional Roots Institute of NUNM organizes these free events -- I cannot answer any questions about them, and I'm unaffiliated with them. But the organizer of TradRoots is a fantastic herbalist and ND, so I bet these walks are fantastic!***

Free Plant Walk! with Missy Rohs

Mt Tabor North Parking Lot

Join Missy for a free medicinal plant walk! We'll meet in front of the map in the North parking lot at Mt. Tabor and stroll through the park and neighborhood talking about the healing herbs that we meet. Dress for the weather -- this walk will happen rain or shine!

Make Your Own Bath Salts!

Fred Meyer

Missy Rohs of the Arctos School will teach all about how to create your own bath salts using common ingredients found at your local grocery store. We’ll learn medicinal properties of herbs and other ingredients, such as stimulating your immune system, soothing your skin, and calming your nerves. We’ll make bath salts together and you’ll keep yours to enjoy at home. This is a community class at the Stadium Fred Meyer. The cost is $10, including all materials, light snacks, and beverages. Registration is required through Fred Meyer: http://communityclasses.fredmeyermedia.com/classes/make-your-own-bath-salts-1

Herbal Foundations Program

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The Arctos School's Herbal Foundations Program is designed for students who want a solid grounding in herbalism and ethical wildcrafting and lead busy lives that require weekend classes. In this empowering 144-hour March-October course, our time is split between the forest, kitchen, garden, and classroom as we gain hands-on experience and develop herbal healing skills to last a lifetime. The course provides a firm foundation in herbal materia medica, botanical identification, plant energetics, and medicine-making in a participatory, engaging setting. Our field trips will uncover hidden gems of the Pacific Northwest, showing off old-growth wonders and fabulous fungi as we wildcraft edibles and medicinal plants. Our herbal journey will begin with the basics: nourishing herbs, ecology, and botanical identification. From there, we’ll sprinkle in urban ecosystems, forest foraging, and different approaches to ethical wildcrafting as we explore the systems of the body. Magical connections with plants, first aid skills, and kitchen witchery will all get their time in the sun. As we transition into autumn, we’ll explore the dynamics of privilege and oppression in herbalism, delve into the wonders of mushroom hunting, and keep things lively with herbal games. At the end of the term, students will have the skills to forage and create their own plant medicines and use them with friends and family. There are many approaches to herbalism; this course is designed from a feminist, queer perspective in which weeds are embraced and wild is wonderful. In the field, we cultivate a sense of place and a relationship with the land. Our focus is bioregional, stressing sustainability and accessibility for all. The Herbalism Foundations Program is taught by Missy Rohs and features Gradey Proctor and other guest instructors. Class size is limited to 12 students. The course meets twelve Saturdays and Sundays, March through October, for a total of 144 hours. The total cost is $1750, and a discount is offered for pre-payment in full. A payment plan is available. There is a small scholarship available to BIPOC students and LGBTQI students. *** For complete information, including dates and how to schedule an interview, go to https://arctosschool.org/herbalism-ecosystems/ *** An interview is required to enter this program. Please note that an RSVP on Meetup does not count as registration for this course.

Past events (7)

Medicinal Plants Free Mini-Class

Portland Nursery

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