Ray Mears Makes Wild Sea-Buckthorn Juice!

Check out this excellent video of British wild food expert Ray Mears harvesting wild sea-buckthorn, Hippophae sp., and making fruit juice with it!

Learn more about sea-buckthorn in my previous blog post here: http://firstways.com/2013/12/18/sea-buckthorn-cancer-busting-berries/

Upcoming Classes:
Connecting with Plant Spirits: Your Botanical Allies
7 to 8:30 pm  on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
New Renaissance Bookstore, NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR
$15, at the door or register online
Everyone can connect with plant spirits, the elders of our world. In this class, you’ll learn everything you need to know in order to personally receive the wisdom, guidance, and healing that you seek from plants. We’ll highlight four wonderful plant spirits who love to help people and in a guided meditation, practice using our hearts as perceptual organs in order to communicate with them. We’ll also talk about ways to bring plant spirits into your daily life. (I wrote on this subject recently here).

Wild Plants of the Urban Jungle – Evolver Webinar (Distance Learning!)
Two 90 minute classes, 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific on Tuesdays Jan. 21 & 28, 2014
$65 if you sign up by Jan. 15 (special rate extended!), $85 later
Uncover the essential botanical patterns woven into Earth’s greenery that can help you identify a future mystery plant, discerning poison from treasure; explore the ethical and ecological challenges of foraging in a city; learn how to avoid making common rookie mistakes; and much more. Sign up by Jan. 10 and use code WILD to save $20. See the full syllabus and register here.

Herbal Smoking Blends
6:15 to 7:15 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
The Herb Shoppe, 3327 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR
A free talk on making herbal smoking blends for ceremony, medicine, or fun, with an opportunity for all attendees to sample a blend.

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