“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
Intro to Herbal Medicine Making in Portland, OR, on Sunday, June 23
Creating your own apothecary is empowering, fun, and can save you from expensive doctor bills. Learn the basics of home medicine making with this hands-on workshop that covers infusions, decoctions, salves, glycerites and tinctures. Meet awesome people and go home with the medicine you make in class to get your stockpile started! Cost includes all materials, containers, and herbs.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at HARP, 1611 SE Bybee Blvd., Portland, OR
$45. Space is limited; advance registration is required to secure your spot via PayPal.
Foraging Adventure in Willamina, OR, on Sunday, August 18
Together we will explore the wild plants & weeds we commonly overlook, and learn about their uses and expand our connection with plant consciousness. We will also get the opportunity to smoke some legal relaxing herbs and make our very own tinctures!
Also included in this class is a raw vegan lunch catered by Betty Rawker, followed by a fabulous rawking dessert! Optional after class: a refreshing dip & swim in the little waterfall by Betty’s house.
$50, noon to 3 p.m. on August 18 in Willamina, OR
Important: MUST register here by July 15.
Plant ID Walks & Home Yard Tours
Wondering what those wild plants in your yard are and what you can do with them? Or are you an apartment dweller, school group, or person new to Portland who wants to discover the abundance of resources on the city streets? With a private plant walk or home yard tour, you will learn to confidently identify and use an amazing array of edible and medicinal wild plants — especially the ones we tend to think of as “just weeds”. Indoor presentations are also available.
Rates vary with size of group and time. Street tours are typically two-hours; yard tours are typically one. E-mail RebeccaELerner@gmail.com to inquire. For those outside of Portland, lessons are available with a travel surcharge.
Learn to make effective herbal medicines in the comfort of your own home, or arrange a private lesson for your group or organization. Make tinctures, glycerites, infusions, decoctions, syrups, infused oils, and salves.
Class is generally two to three hours long. Rates vary with size of group. E-mail RebeccaELerner@gmail.com to arrange. For those outside of Portland, this workshops is available with a travel surcharge.
Private Plant-Spirit Workshops
A guided ceremony that teaches you how to connect with your botanical spirit allies using meditation, tinctures, and smoking blends. To learn more about Becky’s approach, visit Plant Spirit Reiki. Email RebeccaELerner@gmail.com to inquire
“Becky’s class is awesome. [It] has the power to completely alter your paradigm and allow you to see below the surface of your everyday life.” – Logan S., Urban Foraging 101
“An entirely enjoyable and illuminating experience! Although we walked around my home neighborhood, with Rebecca’s guidance I began to see the sidewalks, alleys and parks in a whole new way. The weekend afternoon with Rebecca was one of the highlights of my year.” – Heather J., Urban Foraging 101
“I simply cannot thank you enough. We think you are awesome and appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge!!” – M.S. / Salem-based family, private tour
“We all had a great time. Thanks again, everyone truly enjoyed it!” – L.H. / Americorps group, plant ID class
The local nonprofit Cascadia Wild has a foraging club.
John Kallas of Wild Food Adventures also offers foraging workshops.
Here’s a good list of other herb schools across the country. Some even have distance-learning programs.