“There are certain things you can experience in life that change the way you view the world. A plant walk with friendly, hip instructor Becky is one of them.” – Angela H., Urban Foraging 101 attendee

Urban Foraging 101: Plant Identification & Meditation
Sunday, June 14, 2 pm to 5 pm
New Renaissance Bookshop
1338 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, OR 97210

Come along for a unique eco-journey through the urban wilderness of northwest Portland in which common weeds and trees are revealed to be food, medicine and poison. Our adventure will wind around the urban blocks surrounding New Renaissance Bookshop, eventually leading us back to the metaphysical store’s sacred event space, which is saturated with very positive energy. Here we will explore plant spirit healing work in a special guided meditation to meet plants in the non-physical realm. Here you will receive activations for your ability to commune with the plant spirit world and experience firsthand the wisdom and healing energy of these beautiful beings. This unique workshop is both an opportunity to connect with the plant world and also a chance to offer some much-needed healing energy to the Earth in the form of our attention, intention, and love.

Wear comfortable shoes. You may want to bring water and a snack, as well as a camera and notebook.

Fee: $40, reserve your spot by calling (503) 224-4929 or visiting the store. Drop-ins welcome if space allows.

Location: We begin and end class at the event center at New Renaissance. Visit

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For information about the 2015 Herbal Apprenticeship program, (currently full) click here.




Other herbal educators in and around Portland:
*Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine
*The School of Forest Medicine
* School of Traditional Western Herbalism

The local nonprofit Cascadia Wild has a foraging club.

John Kallas of Wild Food Adventures also offers foraging workshops.

In Eugene, consider the Columbines School of Botanical Medicine and Sharol Tilgner’s classes as well.

Here’s a good list of other herb schools across the country. Some even have distance-learning programs.


21 thoughts on “Classes

  1. Do you know of any correspondence herbalism courses that focus on the plant, the medicines, remedies, identification… ect. That doesn’t involve Plant Magic? I’m baptist, so the calling of corners would be conflicting for me…..

  2. Yes! Enjoying your works. Continue, if it pleases, then please continue!

    Recently moved from living in the piedmont of NC to Seattle, WA. Pleased to find so many familiar edibles in the urban landscape, and excited to learn/experience others. Finally, a month later, settling into new digs on the western side of Friday Harbor, WA, where it seems the land may provide an opportunity to prepare a curious albeit old recipe for pickled skunk cabbage. Laws permitting, of course. Up for a visit?

  3. I see you are at Goucher. It’d be great if you do a class when you are in Baltimore. Shoot me an email, there’s a strong interest in urban foraging/ag here. Can probably get lots of interest.

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    • Hi Ryan.

      I e-mailed you with details. :-) It would be tomorrow (Thurs) at 7 in Highland Park. Write me back for more info at RebeccaELerner(at)

  8. Where in New Jersey are you thinking of having these classes? I really like what you are doing, it is a great idea!

    • Steven:

      Would be in New Brunswick or Highland Park next Thursday night at 7. I e-mailed ya.

      Thanks for your interest!


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  10. I just became aware of your website…one day too late for your Earth Day walk in Portland. I am most interested in attending the next local class you have, and also have a friend that would be, as well.

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