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2016 SHA Module, Session 11: Field Study – Chiricahuas

ChiricahuasSeptember 6-11    *5 nights camping

Trip Fee: $575  (includes 6 days of instruction and handout materials)

Instructor: John Slattery

This module features 5 nights camping in the wild and rugged Chiricahua mountain range of the Desert Archipelago. Here Sierra Madre Occidental meets the Rocky Mountains – each at their extreme edges.

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 which we inhabit. This is the longest module of the 2016 SHA Program, allowing participants to sink deeply into place and plants creating strong relationship bonds. These bonds deeply inform the medicine we know and receive from plants. This is the hidden gem within Bioregional Herbalism. It must be experienced to begin to understand its power and relevance.

No other Sky Island in the US is quite like the Chiricahuas. Whether for unique geology, convergence of ecotones, diversity of plants, animals, and insects, or unique cultural heritage and energetic resonance. Here we will encounter such important medicines as lobelia, Sonoran grape root (relative of Oregon grape), red root (3 species), self-heal, poke, vervain (3 species) and chaparral; and such unique or unheralded plants such as bidens, silk tassel, Wright’s eryngo, lead plant, indigobush, mariola, wild oregano, pony’s foot, Arizona cypress, beebush, and many, many more.

Camping will be in primitive camp sites with outhouses and picnic tables. Good drinking water is available at one spring, and drinking water can be filtered from a nearby stream. 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 limited number of items (tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats) are available for a $4 rental fee per item. Each participant will be responsible for their own meals on the trip.

Questions, email: john@johnjslattery.com

Registration for this Session is now closed

 

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.