Current Class Schedule

All classes are held in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

 

Making Medicine with Fresh Harvested Wild Plants: July 22

 

Making Medicine With Fresh Harvested Wild Plants

This workshop is a new take on both foraging classes, and medicine making classes. Rather than being in the field identifying and harvesting plants for medicine making, or being in a class room making medicine, we are going to do both. We will head out into the field for about an hour and search a few easily identifiable medicinal plants. After we have harvested these plants we will to a more centralized location and use the plants that we have just harvested to make some medicine. We may make a healing salve, or a tincture, or both depending on what plants we chose to harvest. This brand new experience will push the limits of our creativity, and Really help all of us internalize the identification and process of Foraging and medicine making. Thursday July 12 6pm-9pm 45.00 Location: Bayport National Wildlife refuge

$45.00

 

Edible and Medicinal Plant Identification Walk: July 22

 

Edible and medicinal wild plants identification walk July 22

If you have ever wanted to learn more about foraging, or make your jump into harvesting wild foods for yourself this could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Since the dawn of humanity Harvesting wild plants for food has been 1 of the corner stones of the human diet. During this “Plant Walk” we will discuss in depth several easily identifiable wild plants. We will discuss Identification factors, Edibility, Medicinal uses and Utilitarian purposes. These walks are always fun, plus, what a cool reason to get out into the woods with some like minded people for a few hours Sunday July 29 12pm-2pm Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Bloomington, Mn. 25.00

$25.00

Plants and Tracks: August 23

Plants and Tracks

If you are anything like me when you go out into the woods your head is spinning with all of the sights and sounds that seem to be everywhere around you. With so much beauty and so much wonder how could it not? Are we looking at plants, or tracks, or mushrooms, or trees, or birds, etc…? In this field based event we will discuss strategies for organizing your time, and keeping your head-space straight. You cannot focus on everything at once, but you can keep yourself open to experiencing what you encounter. We will utilize what is called an emergent curriculum. We will go out into Carlos Avery Wildlife management area, and we will interact with what we see. We will look at plants, we will look at animal tracks, we may even look at mushrooms or birds. We may cover identification points of edible and medicinal plants, we may cover basic tracking techniques and points. This will be a fun experience for everyone who comes along. We will meet at the shell gas station in Wyoming, MN at 5:45 and caravan into the park. We will likely visit 2-3 locations inside the park. See you there. Thursday August 23 6:00-8:30 pm Carlos Avery Wildlife management area. Wyoming, MN. 35.00

$35.00

Edible and Medicinal Plant Identification Walk: August 1

 

Plant Identification Walk: August 1

If you have ever wanted to learn more about foraging, or make your jump into harvesting wild foods for yourself this could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Since the dawn of humanity Harvesting wild plants for food has been 1 of the corner stones of the human diet. During this “Plant Walk” we will discuss in depth several easily identifiable wild plants. We will discuss Identification factors, Edibility, Medicinal uses and Utilitarian purposes. These walks are always fun, plus, what a cool reason to get out into the woods with some like minded people for a few hours Thursday May 24 6pm-8pm Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Bloomington, Mn. 25.00

$25.00

 

Plant Based Medicine Making: August 8

 

Plant Based Medicine making: August 8

While modern medicine definitely has a place in our lives, We have a nearly 7,000,000 year history of living happy and healthy lives before modern medicine existed. We did this by having an intimate relationship with the plants that surround and shelter us every day. Knowing which plants can heal and cure us, and how to process them has been an integral part of our collective culture for literally millennia. In this 3 hour work shop we will cover Minnesota based plants for medicinal uses. We will also walk you through the necessary steps to produce a basic healing salve, an immune boosting tincture, and a natural cough syrup. Yo will leave the class with your own home apothecary, as well as the knowledge to make your own in the future. Wednesday August 8 2018. 6:00pm-9:00pm 50.00 (Price includes jars, bottles, herbs, and ingredients for all medicines.) Location: TBD $50.00

$50.00

Awareness Exercises: September 5

 

Awareness Exercises

In the wild your sense of awareness is one of your most valuable tools. Your knowledge and experience can carry through most of your day, but it’s really your awareness that gives you an edge. A blue jay alarming in a far off tree can alert you to game or danger, a single strand of deer hair on a thorn can show you a trail. These fun exercises will give a tool for exploring and expanding your awareness and your sense of connection to the world around you. Wednesday September 5 6:00-9:00 30.00 Theodore wirth park

$30.00

Campfire Cooking: September 23

 

Campfire Cooking: September 23

So, you've got your tent set up, your fire is built, and you've been for a breathtaking hike to the river. Now what?Are you going to feed your family canned tuna and freeze dried green beans? or, would you rather roast a farm fresh chicken, and serve it with fresh baked bread? You don't have to carry 100 lbs. of gear to eat like royalty on your next outing. You can even cook mouth watering campfire food at home, to supplement your in home cooking. Gregg is know across the country for his campfire cooking, he has won several campfire cooking competitions, and now we will share his secrets with you. This 3 hour class will encompass several recipes and techniques. We will fire roast a chicken, stick roast some fresh bread. not only will you learn the techniques and tricks of camp fire cooking, but you will get your hands on the ingredients and do some cooking yourself. You will also eat your fill of the delicious food that we prepare. See you there! Sunday September 23 10am-2pm 45.00 (Price includes all, ingredients and utensils) Location: como park fire pits

$45.00

Shelter Building: September 30

 

Shelter Building

In a survival situation shelter is one of your first priorities. In bad weather your body heat will deplete quickly, and the correct shelter can be the difference between life and death. Water saps your body heat 25 times faster than cold air, and forcing your body to thermoregulate burns more calories than running. Which is a recipe for disaster. In this class we will discuss shelter building theory, and we will build a couple different tarp shelters as well as 1 easy and effective natural shelter. Come get dirty, and learn a very valuable skill. Sunday September 30 12pm-2pm Carlos Avery wildlife refuge 40.00

$40.00

Wool Anorak Making: September 27

Wool Anorak Making

Merriam Webster defines Anorak as: a usually pullover hooded jacket long enough to cover the hips. They come from far northern areas; IE. Greenland, northern Canada, etc. They were originally made of reindeer or seal skin. Now they can be found made from wool, canvas, Gortex, and pretty much any other warm water resistant fabric. In this 4 Day work shop we will teach you how to make a wool anorak roughly hip length, with a hood and a kangaroo pocket. I have been wearing the one in this picture since 2015, and it is the warmest and most comfortable coat that I have ever had. We will show you how to make the anorak to fit your body without a pattern. Day 1 will be laying out the coat on your blanket, and cutting out the pieces. Days 2-4 will be sewing the coat together. We will meet on Thursday nights from 6-9. All materials and tools provided. Thursday September 27 6pm-9pm, Thursday October 4 6pm-9pm, Thursday October 18 6pm-9pm, and Thursday October 25 6pm-9pm Finish just in time for cold weather. Venue TBD most likely in St. Paul or White Bear Lake 140.00

$140.00

Introduction to Acorns as food: October 3

Acorns as food

Acorns have been a staple food source for cultures all around the for centuries if no millennia. This nutrient rich and calorie dense food source is mostly ignored in the modern world. We see them on the ground and maybe pick one up to throw at your buddy. I ti s time that we change that. We have a huge food source just sitting at our feet. Why not come and learn what to do with it if you were to pick them up. We will show you how to harvest and what to look for. We will show you how to dry them, and how to Process them into flour, We will show you how to leach out the tannins, and how to sift and dry the flour. This is going to be a fast 3 hours. We will cover a lot of info, and when we are done you should be able to repeat the process on your own. Plus there will be food! October 3 6pm-9pm Location TBD in the twin cities area 40.00

$40.00

Food Preservation: October 14

Food Preservation

So now you have harvested your wild edible plants, and you have caught some fish or shot a deer, or whatever type of wild food it is that you like. You can't eat it all in 1 sitting. How do you preserve your harvest. How do you make your food last through the winter? In this workshop we will cover Making jerky, both with modern equipment and without. We will cover hang drying your herbs, Pickling, Canning, Tincturing, infusing, Blanching and freezing. This is going to be a jam packed day full of information and food. We will discuss when to preserve and when to just eat it. we will cover modern and primitive methods. If you hunt or forage for wild food you should not miss this class. Sunday October 14 10am-4pm NWWS Campus Siren, Wi. 65.00

$65.00

 

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