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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  

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