Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship (SHA) Program: Chiricahuas Field Trip
September 10-13, 2015
The sky islands of Southeastern Arizona are home to a tremendous diversity of life in all its forms. Here, the southern extension of the Canadian Hudsonian zone (fir, spruce, aspen), enmeshes with the northern tip of the Sierra Madre Occidental (Gambel oak, Arizona madrone, alligator juniper, Apache pine) in the rugged homeland of the Chiricahua Apache. The richness and diversity of the local flora is usually at its height by early September begging the herb student, biologist, general lover of plants to sequester oneself in the rich, and fabled land of the Chiricahuas.
On this trip we will be camping in primitive areas, primarily. That means no running water (unless the streams provide – all the better!), no toilets, no tables (sometimes), no electricity, no “campsites” – just a rough road and a gradual pull-out for us to make our camp. Our days will be spent in contemplation with the plants, exploring, discussing what we find, gathering plants for food and medicine (maybe some mushrooms, too), processing and preparing medicine in the field, and exercising our full faculties to gain knowledge from the place in which we are enmeshed.
Transportation is each participants responsibility, but carpooling may be arranged upon registration. 4wd or high clearance is not necessary, but may be helpful. All camping equipment is each participant’s responsibility, but Desert Tortoise Botanicals may have some items for a nominal rental fee. Meals can be shared or you may keep to your own mess duties, but there will be a schedule for meals which we will all follow together. Daily “free time” will allow for some individual exploration, rest time, or joyful banter.
To apply for this module as a non-participant in the 2015 SHA Program email John@SonoranHerbalist.com
The tuition for this trip is $315.