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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

 

2016 SHA Module, Session 4: Medicine-making II

herbal vinegarJuly 16-17   9a-3p, both days

Class Fee: $155

Instructor: John Slattery

Location: Tucson, AZ

How would you like to learn to make your own herbal remedies? AND, at a fraction of the cost of purchasing these remedies!

This 2-day class will cover a variety of basic herbal medicine making techniques, including syrups, oxymels, and honey preparations. All of our preparations in this class will feature local wildflower honey as a solvent and a healing agent. Honey is perhaps one of the oldest medicinal substances known to humankind. It is, in fact, where the word medicine is derived from (as well as “mead”). It is said that the origin of the word medicine stems back to ancient Egypt where it derives from the application of honey so frequently as medicine.

Oxymel is an ancient term referring to a preparation made with vinegar and honey. We’ll explore a variety of possibilities with various vinegars (some homemade) and herbs well-suited to oxymel preparations. There are oxymels for any occasion and climate. Simple formulation strategies discussed in this class help to optimize the enjoyment and effectiveness of the oxymel.

 As the student begins to explore the techniques many possibilities are illuminated. Variations are endless. Herbal medicine making is an art above all, but the science of it will be discussed at length during this class.. Additionally, detailed handouts for all the preparations we make in class (including recipes) will be delivered. 

Bring your curiosity for creativity with healing plants, to take away endless ideas for creating with widely available and locally available plants.

Questions: Contact john@sonoranherbalist.com

Register:  

Price: $155.00

2016 SHA Module, Session 3: Medicine-making I

DSC_0044March 25-26   9a-4p, both days

Class Fee: $170

Instructor: John Slattery

Location: Tucson, AZ

How would you like to learn to make your own herbal remedies? AND, at a fraction of the cost of purchasing these remedies!

This 2-day class will cover a variety of basic herbal medicine making techniques, including oil infusions, salves, creams, tinctures, percolations. Such preparations make the foundation for a wide array of commonly used remedies and formulations with both internal and topical applications. Participants will learn these techniques, hands-on, while being encouraged to explore the world of herbalism safely, and with great creativity. Herbal medicine making is an art above all, but the science of it will be discussed at length. Additionally, detailed handouts for all the preparations we make in class (including recipes) will be delivered. 

Bring your curiosity for creativity with healing plants, to take away endless ideas for creating with widely available and locally available plants.

Register:  

Price: $170.00

Refund Policy: 100% Refund within 7 days of purchase. Zero Refund given within 3 weeks of the class (even if within 7 days of purchase.

There is no credit given for missed classes.

2016 SHA Module, Session 2: Field Study – Catalina State Park

IMG_0660March 17-20     *3 nights camping

Regular Trip Fee: $476

20% Discount through midnight (MST) Saturday, March 12: $380.80

 Use Coupon code: CATALINA1

 Instructor: John Slattery

Module 2 of the 2016 Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship (SHA) Program is available for enrollment. Our first overnight field study of the year is in glorious Catalina State Park at the foot of Mt Lemmon at over 9,100 feet elevation. Here, Sonoran Upland Division desert is marked by palo verde and saguaro cactus amidst bouldered hillsides and small mesas where ancient indigenous settlements overlooked desert riparian drainages coming down from the high elevation. Oak and juniper descend the canyon, while desert lavender and limberbush inhabit the hot rocky hillsides above.

Arriving at the height of spring floral abundance, our 3 nights and 4 days will be spent exploring various parts of this vast state park and adjacent forest service land. Several dozen plants will be viewed, discussed, and tasted as medicine. Several basic medicine making techniques will be demonstrated and explored in detail (including hot and cold infusions, decoctions, poultices, steam inhalations, and fomentations).

34 Training Hours

Register:  

Price: $476.00

Refund Policy: 100% Refund within 7 days of purchase. Zero Refund given if cancelled within 30 days of the class start (even if within 7 days of purchase).

There is no credit given for missed classes.

Cerro de Aconchi

Sonoran River Valley Ethnobotany

October 27-29     *2 nights camping

Trip Fee: $350

*Use Promotion Code DAMIANA to register for $300 by Winter Solstice December 22, 2015

Instructor: John Slattery

This field study trip follows our Sonoran Coastal Thornscrub & Wild Food and Medicine of the Seri (Mexico) up through the picturesque Sonoran River valley. The Río Sonora is believed to have once been inhabited by the Ópata people. Here, their mestizo descendants continue the traditions of farming and gathering wild plant foods such as bellotas, chiltepines, and agave, or mescál, for the distillation of bacanora. The beauty and tranquility of the Sonoran river valley touches the heart of many who pass through it. 

Our home for these 2 nights will be an encampment at the aguas termales, or hot springs, beneath El Cerro de Aconchi, a Sky Island ringed by organ pipe cactus, tree ocotillo, and riparian mesquite forests. We will have access to numerous bathing tubs, outhouses, tables, and the nearest town, Aconchi, is a 20 minute drive.  

Our days will be spent hiking and exploring the valley and talking with local people about their relationship with wild plants, whenever possible. We will visit and discuss the medicine of damiana, tree ocotillo, elephant tree, organ pipe cactus, pochote, cacahuiste, chicura, and many other curious plants of the Sonoran river valley. There will be a guided tincture making class in the field or at our campsite. And for a very special treat we will clamor up into the hills in search of the ripened wild chiltepines (Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum). Following, we’ll have a go at creating a variety of traditional chiltepín preparations with what we’ve gathered – pickled unripe fruits, chiltepín-quince salsa, chiltepín-garlic salsa, and more!

DSC_0788For those not present on the Sonoran Coastal Thornscrub field study (10/19-23), we will be meeting on highway 15 just north of Hermosillo before caravanning as a complete group up highway 14 along the Río Sonora. Complete directions will be given upon registration.

Trip Participation Requirements:

  • Complete Registration
  • Valid Passport
  • Reliable transportation -or- Rideshare within our group
  • Basic Camping Equipment

More specific trip details will be sent upon registration.

Register: 

Price: $350.00

Plant Energetics: Building Immunity

Monarda fistulosa var. menthifoliaSaturday, December 12, 2015 10a – 4p

Location: Desert Tortoise Botanicals, 4802 E. Montecito St. Tucson 85711

Instructor: John Slattery

This class will focus on a variety of herbs (for example, wild oregano, spikenard, & yerba santa) which we can utilize to help strengthen and stabilize our immune response. Through skilled combination we will create several herbal medicines which each participant will bring home.

Exploring the energetics of plants opens a world of discovery. As we discover a plant’s Nature, we begin to develop intimate relationship which offers unlimited possibilities.

Several herbs will be tasted and discussed within the context of the priniciples of Vitalism, and the way in which our bodies are nourished and healed. Following discussions we will make a variety of herbal remedies together, including syrup, oxymel, and tea blends.

This class will be held at the office of Desert Tortoise Botanicals. Please bring a lunch as we will take a short lunch break midday. A discount of 10% off all Desert Tortoise Botanicals products as an added benefit to all class participants.

Class fee: $75  *All materials fees included.

  

Price: $75.00

Field Study: Borderlands – Pajarito Wilderness

Sonoran Herbalist Program
September 4-5, 2015   
(Friday-Saturday)

7a-4p

Class Fee: $205

Field Study: Borderlands – Pajarito Wilderness

Discussion, Application, Gathering and Processing of Wild Herbal Medicines of the riparian canyons, desert grasslands, and oak savanna of the Pajarito Wilderness at the Arizona-Sonora border.

with John Slattery

This 2-day, 1-night camping excursion takes place in the remote and rugged desert and canyon terrain known as the Pajarito Mountains of southern Arizona. Situated west of Nogales, AZ and south of Tucson this land is home to a variety of rare, endemic plants as well as abundant bird, insect, reptile, and animal species (including the jaguar). Our explorations will take us through steep, desert canyons lined with a dense vegetation including manzanita, alligator juniper, sycamore, Emory oak, kidney wood, saya, ocotillo, mala mujer, canyon grape, cardinal flower, vervain, skullcap, willow, sage, bricklebush, wild oregano, and many, many more. Summer rains often bring tremendous moisture and verdancy to these canyons and grasslands creating a lush landscape not often seen in Arizona. With the guidance of experienced herbalist and forager, John Slattery, we will traverse this terrain in search of a great variety of medicinal plants. Each participant will learn to properly identify these plants as we discuss their virtues and explore their potential healing qualities. There will be opportunities for group herb gathering when abundance is encountered. 

Each participant is required to provide their own transportation, camping equipment, food, and water. A central, 2-burner propane camp stove will be provided for the group’s usage. A full list of suggested camping and class supplies will be provided upon registration.

Each participant should be aware of the environment which we are entering. It is a wild place with very little amenities provided (there’s access to an outhouse a long walk/short drive from camp). There will be no running water or other usual amenities available to us. Cell service is very limited and intermittent in the area. With the summer rains come a great variety of insects, including mosquitos and chiggers. Although not dangerous, they can make one uncomfortable. Further details on how to prepare oneself for this camping trip will be provided upon registration.

No prior experience is necessary, but an openness to learning is essential. General fitness to sustain a mild exertion in a hot, humid climate is required.

John Slattery, Sonoran Herbalist  © 2015

Tucson, AZ  

Field Study: La Sierra Blanca

Verbascum thapsus - MulleinThursday, August 20

8a-4p

Class Fee: $98

Field Study: La Sierra Blanca

Discussion, Application, Gathering and Processing of Wild Herbal Medicines of the high mountains, canyons, and rivers of the White Mountains of Arizona

with John Slattery

This full day of field study with herbalist and forager, John Slattery, is a unique opportunity to experience hands-on learning with the plants and a group of interested and committed students. John has been developing relationship with the plants of this area for the past 11 years. We will be viewing and discussing 12 to 15 different plants, in depth, throughout the day with opportunities to gather some plants for food or medicine. Some field medicine making instructions will be provided.

Each participant should bring a packed lunch, 2-4L of drinking water (including something to conveniently carry it on walks), comfortable footwear for walking, a daypack/bag, rain gear, suitable sun protection, notebook, pen, and camera (optional). Further supplies potentially needed (optional) will be discussed upon registration.   

Carpooling may be available upon arrival at our meet-up location in Alpine, AZ.

Register:

 

Price: $98.00

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.

Monthly Classes at Desert Tortoise Botanicals

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London rocket (Sisymbrium irio)

 

Herb of theMonth Series

at Desert Tortoise Botanicals

November 22 (Sat. 3-5p):  Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)  

December 13 (Sat 3-5p):  Onion  (Allium spp.) 

January 10 (Sat 3-5p):  London Rocket  (Sisymbrium irio)

February 14 (Sat 3-5p):  Calendula  (Calendula

officinalis)

Calendula officinalis

Calendula officinalis

March 22 (Sun 2-4p): Chamomile  (Matricaria recutita)

May 2 (Sat 3:30-5:30): Canadian Fleabane (Conyza canadensis)

Class Fee – $10

Register now to reserve your space or pay at the door (Limited to 15 participants):

 

Price: $10.00

Location – Desert Tortoise Botanicals, 4802 E Montecito St. Tucson, AZ 85711

Join herbalist John Slattery on an exploration of the plants at the Desert Tortoise Botanicals garden. From naturalized plants to the intentionally planted he’ll be covering what’s in season. Traditions of use, edibility, medicine making, ecological significance, how to cultivate, clinical applications, and how to talk your neighbor into letting you harvest their weeds (so long as they’ve resisted using herbicides). Whenever applicable we’ll be tasting herbs, preparing as food and as medicine, sampling preparations, and discussing their historical and current significance. Each class will leave you inspired and excited to enjoy the plants of your area more thoroughly as you incorporate them into your life.