Sonoran Herbal Classes

2015 Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship Program2015 SHA_web page

An Introduction to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran desert bioregion

February 7 – October 18, 2015

with Sonoran Herbalist, John Slattery

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Native Seed Search Salon



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.


Wild Foods Walkabout

Green Yucca fruit

Green Yucca fruit

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 with any questions about the class content

Register:  email Dan at 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.


Summer Plant Harvest in the White Mountains

Monarda Honey

Monarda Honey

  • When:  Saturday, June 22, 2013  9a-4p
  • Where:  White Mountains, AZ (near Alpine, AZ).  Directions to meeting place will be given upon registration.
  • Cost:  $40 per person     *Limited space available
  • Registration:  Contact John Slattery at for registration or questions about the walk.  You can 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).


Plant Medicine Wilderness RetreatVerbascum thapsus - Mullein

  • When:  Wednesday, September 25 – Saturday, September 28, 2013
  • 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.
  • Contact:  John Slattery at for registration or questions about the retreat.

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.

Logistics:  There will be one base camp for the entire retreat.  We will leave each morning from the base camp 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 around freezing this time of year), and transportation to the meeting place and from the base camp.  There is plenty of clear, clean water at our base camp.

We hope to see you there!

3 thoughts on “Sonoran Herbal Classes

  1. Michelle

    Hi, I’m very interested in the apprenticeship program. Please keep me updated with any and all additional information.


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