- Herbal First Aid Beginning-Intermediate class for laypersons, homesteaders, wilderness trekkers, earthquake preparers, forest or social justice activists. Learn some basic herbal first aid skills and assessment tools or enhance your existing knowledge. Plant identification, wildcrafting/plant collecting ethics, herbal first aid kit ingredients techniques such as wound poulticing, sprain management and heat exhaustion. Empower your home or community toward greater self-reliance. Greta has practiced herbal first aid exclusively for 22 years, and has first hand experience treating a wide range of injuries & ailments in children, livestock, and large groups of people. Students will gain an understanding of how to apply herbal first aid in their home and communities. 3 hour class or 2-day intensive.
- Herbal First Aid Clinic Administration Advanced, 2 hours. This class is geared toward experienced herbalists and community builders. The basics of how to set up and manage an off-grid, “pop-up” herbal first aid or wellness clinic will be presented with details on: staffing, infrastructure, “Items Needed”, apothecary needs, patient care protocols, securing donations, and interaction with event or disaster response coordinators. Since 1991 Greta has supported the Earth First! Round River Rendezvous and direct action campaigns with herbal first aid and wellness, and administered the base clinic at the convergence space during the WTO protests/Seattle Shut Down in Seattle in 1999. She founded the MASHH Clinic Collective in 1997, Cascadia Health Educators in 2002, was a member of Black Cross Health Collective in Portland, OR, is EMT trained, and a Wilderness First Responder. Students may gain some new first aid skills and an understanding of what it takes to set up and administer an herbal-based first aid & wellness clinic.
- Intro to Ayurveda Intermediate, 2 hours. The “Science or Knowledge of Life”, a 5000 year old medical system originating in India. It is a holistic medical system that helps one to know balance in life by considering life’s polarities and how the five elements interact. Basic philosophy, and introduction to the Universal Qualities (Gunas), Dhatus (the seven tissues), and the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). We’ll look at proper food combining and daily routines according to body type, the Ayurvedic view of the dis-ease process (Samprapti), and Pancha Karma (the five cleansings). Ayurveda is an inexpensive medicine system of the people, encouraging us to practice prevention in our homes, rather than responding to crisis. This is a good class for practicing herbalists to learn Ayurvedic assessment skills.
- Healthy Grieving With Our Herb Allies All levels. This class is geared for practitioners who are interested in gaining skills in death-midwifery but all are welcome. Drawing from my experience of losing my 10 year old son in a tragic accident, I begin with an overview of how to support the grieving process with herbs and other healing modalities during the first week, months, and year. There are more resources coming forth for dealing with the death of a loved one in a more natural, intimate way and I will outline what is available in the US
- Holistic Skin Care Beginning/General. Teens and up. Hands-on facial care and body scrubs for well being. Learn simple techniques using common edible kitchen ingredients to support the skin and address problems using food like honey & yogurt, and herbs, not chemicals. This class is hands-on and face-in. Recipes will be given for Steams, Exfoliants, Body scrubs, Masks, Astringents, and Moisturizers. Bring a towel and something to secure your hair.
- Spring Cleansing Beginning/General. Western and Ayurvedic Botanicals Materia Medica for Detoxification. Clear heat, eliminate excess, improve digestion, rejuvenate organs, tonify stomach, build gastric fire (Agni), clear parasites, remove toxicity, reduce accumulated doshas, resolve constipation. These are all gentle and effective Ayurvedic techniques to restore balance seasonally. In an effort to support Bioregionalism, I’m attempting to discover western analogs for the Ayurvedic herbs often imported from India, where harvesting or cultivation practices are not as closely monitored as they are here in the US. Students will learn techniques to incorporate Ayurvedic cleansing techniques into their herbal practices.
- Raising Livestock with Herbs Intermediate/General. For Animal husbandrists practicing herbal health care with their animals. Keeping livestock healthy and disease free is simple when animals are offered or allowed to eat medicinal plants. Modern agricultural and husbandry practices encourage over-medicating our animals with chemical vaccines, wormers and harsh topicals that are bad for invertebrates in the soils and pollute our watersheds. We can make a difference for Earth and for our goats, sheep, horses, chickens, bees, rabbits, dogs and cats by turning back toward ancestral practices as much as we can.
- Common Kitchen Spices and Their Medicinal Qualities Beginner-All Levels. Many powerful remedies are at hand in your spice cabinet or kitchen herb garden. This class will look deeper at the common kitchen spice rack and the history of the spice trade, and expand on our knowledge of these herbs. They are not simply for flavoring; most spices can have profound influence on our health, are easy to grow out our kitchen door, and can save us significant amounts of money on soaring allopathic health care costs if we open to their abilities to help us heal our own bodies.
- Community and Herbal Approaches to Disaster Situations Beginner-All Levels.
When disaster strikes, government response is often slow leaving victims without help for days. Community preparedness and response is vital. This is an introductory workshop that will show you how to begin to prepare yourself and your community. Our approach recognizes the importance of plants, and community building, and further education.