Monthly Archives: April 2013

A day with Sonoran Herbalist, Doña Olga Ruiz

Doña Olga with Yerba del Oso

Doña Olga with Yerba del Oso

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Join us for a day with traditional Sonoran herbalist and healer, Doña Olga Ruiz of Imuris, Sonora. This monthly class led by John Slattery is held in Doña Olga’s home in Imuris. We will travel as a caravan from Tucson, AZ to her home where she will instruct us on the various uses of medicinal plants of the Sonoran desert, demonstrate her preparations, and unveil her knowledge of over 60 years of working with herbs. We will cover a variety of health concerns and traditional energetic approaches to healing these conditions in a casual q & a type format. Doña Olga’s wildharvested herbs will be available for sale. All subject matter will be translated into English. The trip includes a delicious home-cooked lunch provided by Doña Olga and her family. Vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options are available.

To register, pay class fee of $75 below via paypal

Price: $75.00

 

or email John at sonoranherbalist@desertortoisebotanicals.com for further details.

Actual class time is from 10a-3p with lunch included.

Meeting time in Tucson is at 7:30a. We should return to Tucson around 5:30-6p depending on border traffic. Meeting place will be given upon registration.

*You will need a valid passport or passport card to participate in the class.

Transportation is not provided, but carpooling can be arranged upon registration.

Any questions regarding this class: sonoranherbalist@desertortoisebotanicals.com

A day with Sonoran Herbalist, Doña Olga Ruiz

Doña Olga on a Walk

Doña Olga on a Walk

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Join us for a day with traditional Sonoran herbalist and healer, Doña Olga Ruiz of Imuris, Sonora. This monthly class led by John Slattery is held in Doña Olga’s home in Imuris. We will travel as a caravan from Tucson, AZ to her home where she will instruct us on the various uses of medicinal plants of the Sonoran desert, demonstrate her preparations, and unveil her knowledge of over 60 years of working with herbs. We will cover a variety of health concerns and traditional energetic approaches to healing these conditions in a casual q & a type format. Doña Olga’s wildharvested herbs will be available for sale. All subject matter will be translated into English. The trip includes a delicious home-cooked lunch provided by Doña Olga and her family. Vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options are available.

To register, pay class fee of $75 below via paypal

Price: $75.00

 

or email John at sonoranherbalist@desertortoisebotanicals.com for further details.

Actual class time is from 10a-3p with lunch included.

Meeting time in Tucson is at 7:30a. We should return to Tucson around 5:30-6p depending on border traffic. Meeting place will be given upon registration.

*You will need a valid passport or passport card to participate in the class.

Transportation is not provided, but carpooling can be arranged upon registration.

Any questions regarding this class: sonoranherbalist@desertortoisebotanicals.com

Summer & Winter Farmer’s Markets in Tucson

Winter

Heirloom Farmer’s Market – Rillito

9a – 1p     *Located at 1st Ave & River

The Community Food Bank’s Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market

3-6p     *Located at Mercado San Agustín (W Congress & El Convento; just west of I-10)

Summer

Heirloom Farmer’s Market – Rillito

8a – 12p     *Located at 1st Ave & River

The Community Food Bank’s Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market

4p-7p     *Located at Mercado San Agustín (W Congress & El Convento; just west of I-10)

You will find us here off and on throughout the summer. For up-to-the-minute information about our presence at either farmer’s market please visit our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/desertortoisebotanicals

For special orders please contact us by email: sales@desertortoisebotanicals.com

A day with Sonoran Herbalist, Doña Olga Ruiz

Doña Olga with BaiburillaFriday, May 3, 2013

Join us for a day with traditional Sonoran herbalist and healer, Doña Olga Ruiz of Imuris, Sonora. This monthly class led by John Slattery is held in Doña Olga’s home in Imuris. We will travel as a caravan from Tucson, AZ to her home where she will instruct us on the various uses of medicinal plants of the Sonoran desert, demonstrate her preparations, and unveil her knowledge of over 60 years of working with herbs. We will cover a variety of health concerns and traditional energetic approaches to healing these conditions in a casual q & a type format. Doña Olga’s wildharvested herbs will be available for sale. All subject matter will be translated into English. The trip includes a delicious home-cooked lunch provided by Doña Olga and her family. Vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options are available. 

To register, pay class fee of $75 below via paypal

Price: $75.00

 

or email John at sonoranherbalist@desertortoisebotanicals.com for further details.

Actual class time is from 10a-3p with lunch included.

Meeting time in Tucson is at 7:30a. We should return to Tucson around 5:30-6p depending on border traffic. Meeting place will be given upon registration.

*You will need a valid passport or passport card to participate in the class.

Transportation is not provided, but carpooling can be arranged upon registration.

Any questions regarding this class: sonoranherbalist@desertortoisebotanicals.com

Plant Medicine Wilderness Retreat

  • When:  Wednesday, September 25 – Saturday, September 28, 2013Verbascum thapsus - Mullein
  • Where:  The forests of the White Mountains of Arizona.  Meeting place will be in Alpine, AZ.
  • Cost:  $490  ($395 before July 1, 2013)  Class is limited to 7 participants.
Price: $490.00

 

  • Contact:  John Slattery at sonoranherbalist@desertortoisebotanicals.com with any further questions or for alternate means of payment.

Join Sonoran Herbalist John Slattery on this deep journey into healing with the plants of the White Mountains.  We will explore these mountains to the 4 directions bringing our experience full circle.  As the land transforms into Autumn we will be gathering a plant medicine bundle from the mountains to guide us towards our vitality and inner peace for the winter season.  John will be guiding participants through the forest each day sharing insights about the plants we encounter.  Each day we will make time for personal healing with the plants on guided meditations then bring this experience back to the group sharing our insights and choosing our medicine for the day and for that “direction” as we compile our medicine bundle.  Through our participation with the plants this healing experience is created from the ground up – each of us deriving our own personal medicine. In addition, John will be sharing details from his experiences with the plants we’ll be encountering throughout the trip. The learning on this retreat, therefore, will come through various methods: instructional lecturing, community-inspired teachings, and direct perception through guidance and mentoring.

All levels of knowledge and experience are welcome; a beginner’s mind is required.

Logistics:  There will be one base camp for the entire retreat in a wooded area with a nearby running

West Fork Black River

West Fork Black River

stream in National Forest at approximately 7800′ elevation. Whatever we bring in with us will be our only amenities – this is real “primitive” camping. We will leave each morning from the base camp (by vehicle) to explore the plants.  The retreat fee includes 6 meals; Wednesday evening, Thursday morning & evening, Friday morning & evening, and Saturday morning.  The retreat will conclude after our field excursion on Saturday, around 4p.  Each participant is responsible for the following: their own midday meal which will be taken with us on the trail, all necessary camping equipment (night-time temps can be in the 30s this time of year), and transportation to the meeting place and from the base camp.  There will be plenty of clean drinking water at our base camp.

We hope to see you there!

Summer Plant Harvest in the White Mountains

  • When:  Saturday, June 22, 2013  9a-4p

    Monarda Honey

    Monarda Honey

  • Where:  White Mountains, AZ (near Alpine, AZ).  Directions to meeting place will be given upon registration.
  • Cost:  $40 per person     *Limited space available
Price: $40.00

 

  • Registration:  Purchase here online.
  • Other options: Contact John Slattery at sonoranherbalist@desertortoisebotanicals.com and you’ll receive directions on where to mail a check or call with a credit card to reserve your space in the class.

 

Join Sonoran Herbalist, John Slattery, on a walkabout of discovery through the meadows, creeks, shady forests, and canyons of the high elevation White Mountains of Arizona.  We will be foraging for wild plant medicines and performing various field preparations including fresh plant tinctures, honey infusions, and more.  Each participant can go home with freshly harvested, potent & quality wild plant medicines with new insights into their use.  John will guide you through plant identification, proper processing techniques, wildharvesting ethics, and various applications for the plants we encounter.

Please remember to bring adequate protection from the sun, comfortable walking shoes, plenty of water, a packed lunch, a notebook, and harvesting tools (*see handout upon registration).

 

Green Yucca fruit

Wild Foods Walkabout

  • Saturday April 13, 2013  7:30a-3:30p
  • Cost:  $70  (includes wild foods sampling feast!)
  • Where:  Local wildlands – location to be announced weather depending
  • Contact:  John at sonoranherbalist@desertortoisebotanicals.com with any questions about the class content
  • Register:  email Dan at dorsey@dakotacom.net or call 520-624-8030

Learn to eat from what you find in the wild!  Join Sonoran herbalist, John Slattery, on a wild foraging journey in our local desert & mountains.  We will be exploring the great diversity of native wild foods which exist in our local habitat.  Numerous wild foods will be identified, and we’ll gather and prepare some select edibles.  Basic topics covered will include: Proper Identification of Edible Species, Time of Year for Proper Harvest, Methods of Preparation, Location, Environment, and Habitat for each Plant.  We can carpool from the meeting place to the mountains.

Please bring proper walking shoes, protection from the sun, adequate water for a full day of sun exposure, and a packed lunch.

Native Seed Search Salon

  • Monday, March 18  6-8p          

    Garlic

    Garlic

  • No Charge
  • Garlic: Medicine for the People
  • Location: Native Seed Search Conservation Center 3584 E River Rd Tucson, AZ 85718

From the Eurasian Steppe to the Sonoran desert, the magic and aroma of garlic permeates the lives of the peoples of the Earth.  From warding off evil spells to influenza, lowering blood pressure to fighting cancer, we as a people, have bonded with garlic for millennia.  Join Sonoran Herbalist, John Slattery, for a discussion on the healing prowess of our beloved garlic from ancient times to the cutting edge of present genomic study.

Monday, March 18 6-8p No Charge Garlic: Medicine for the People Location: Native Seed Search Conservation Center 3584 E River Rd Tucson, AZ 85718 From the Eurasian Steppe to the Sonoran desert, the magic and aroma of garlic permeates the lives of the peoples of the Earth. From warding off evil spells to influenza, lowering blood pressure to fighting cancer, we as a people, have bonded with garlic for millennia. Join Sonoran Herbalist, John Slattery, for a discussion on the healing prowess of our beloved garlic from ancient times to the cutting edge of present genomic study.