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SHA: Chiricahuas Field Trip

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.

SHA: Medicine-making Session II

Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship (SHA) Program: Medicine-making Session II

Sunday, July 26, 2015  9a-3:30p

One full day of medicine-making at Desert Tortoise Botanicals clinic, garden, and apothecary in Tucson, AZ. This session will include, but is not limited to, the following hands-in exercises in herbal medicine-making: Syrups, Oxymels, Honey Infusions, Honey Pastes, Honey pills, and Prickly Pear preparations. There are a great variety of methods to create and preserve herbal remedies with honey. In this session we will explore the healing benefits of honey, its ability to extract medicine from herbs, and the variety of ways we can combine it with other ingredients to create healing remedies. Each student will receive extensive handout notes on the theory and process of each method of herbal medicine-making as well as specific recipes to follow or create from. Additionally, each participant will leave with a sample of each medicine that we create. This is a hands-on class. Each participant will take part in the various preparations allowing them to gather the knowledge through their individual sensory prioritization. Understanding that each person learns differently and most learn best by doing, this interaction will be fully encouraged and facilitated.

We will be using a variety of herbs (both dry and fresh) for these preparations. They will largely be wildharvested herbs from within our region, or organically grown locally. These herbs retain the center of our focus. Additionally, we will be using copious local honey and vinegar. Some vinegar will be made in-house, and we will briefly cover some simple methods to create your own vinegar at home (you don’t have to be a poor/unlucky wine maker) from a variety of desert fruits and herbs.

To register for this module as a non-participant in the 2015 SHA Program click the button below:

Price: $95.00

SHA: Medicine-making Session I

Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship (SHA) Program: Medicine-making Session I

Saturday-Sunday, June 13-14, 2015

9a-3:30p each day

Two full days of medicine-making at Desert Tortoise Botanicals clinic, garden, and apothecary in Tucson, AZ. This session will include, but is not limited to, the following hands-on exercises in herbal medicine-making: Oil Infusions, Salve, Dry Plant Tincture, Fresh Plant Tincture, Percolation, Dual extractions. Each of these methods will be covered in depth over the course of the weekend. Each student will receive extensive handout notes on the theory and process of each method of herbal medicine-making as well as specific recipes to follow or create from. Additionally, each participant will leave with a sample of each medicine that we create.

We will be using a variety of herbs (both dry and fresh) for these preparations. They will largely be wildharvested herbs from within our region, or organically grown, locally. As bioregional herbalists, our local flora is our main focus. Additionally, we implement non-local herbs such as chaga, ginger, cinnamon, or elecampane, for example, in our various preparations.

To register for this module as a non-participant in the 2015 SHA Program click the button below:

Price: $180.00

Herbal Traditions of Mexico – El Pinacate to Estero Santa Rosa

January 28-31, 2015
Led by Sonoran Herbalist John Slattery 
with the Molina Martinez family 
DSC_0599Sonoran herbalist, educator, forager, clinician, and experienced liáson to this family of herbalists John Slattery will be your guide on this trip. John’s goal is to help facilitate the most meaningful experience for you on this trip while informing you in whatever way he can (logistics, botany, traditional knowledge, etc.). John will be translating the content of the discussions and lessons presented by our hosts in Spanish. Normally, there are also native Spanish speakers in the group who can assist.

Seri game

This trip journeys through some of the most remote and driest desert in North America. However, the timing of our trip may allow us to see the desert erupt in a tremendous rainbow of floral display (weather permitting). From the volcanic lava fields of El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve in northwestern Sonora, through the shifting sand dunes of the coastal thornscrub vegetation, down into the Santa Rosa estuary at the mouth of the Little Hell’s Channel (Canal Infiernillo) at the Sea of Cortéz this trip will provide a unique glimpse into this fascinating terrain.

Each day of our trip will be filled with a variety of exploration, cultural immersion, plant knowledge, language, music, foods of the land, traditional healing, and so much more. This opportunity allows participants to immerse themselves in the world of the Seri and begin to see through their eyes the world in which they live.

Several meals are included with vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free options available. Meals prepared by loving, caring women using traditional ingredients cooked over natural wood fire, or in some cases freshly harvested from the sea. 

*More details coming soon.

photo credit - Ardea Maddock

photo credit – Ardea Maddock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation is each participant’s responsibility. 

Full trip fee is $395 per person.

For further information:  mexicotrips@sonoranherbalist.com

Space is limited.

Price: $395.00

*Deposits are 100% refundable before January 1, 2015; 50% refundable January 1 – 15, 2015. Deposits non-refundable after January 15, 2015.