Wilderness Series Continues: Herbal First Aid

Photo of WFA class
WFA students practice rolling a patient during a scenario to check his back for injuries.

You might remember that we held a Wilderness First Aid class back in June. It was a great class and we are looking forward to the next classes.

Upcoming classes include:

  • Herbal First Aid – August 29, 12-noon
  • Wilderness Skills: Fire – August 30, TBA
  • Wilderness Skills: Water – September 26, TBA

Herbal First Aid
Some of our best first aid remedies are right at our feet. Learn how to use common plants and home remedies to stop bleeding, soothe burns, reduce fevers, clean and heal wounds, and heal all kinds of minor aches and pains. Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up. Class fee is $40.

We will have more details on the Wilderness Skills Fire and Water classes in the next couple weeks.

Herbalists Without Borders Summer Newsletter

HerbalistsSmallTransparentLightBlueSome of you may know that I am on the board for Herbalists Without Borders. The latest newsletter is available here.

One of the HWB assertions is that health is a human right. Note that I said health, not health care. Although health care is nice, I’d rather live in a society where it isn’t needed. Because a society that valued health would teach everyone first aid, nutrition, and basic self care. A society that valued health would require corporations to prove the safety of their products, by-products, and waste.

Public health = social justice and vice versa.

So when I finished my masters studies in public health, I decided to start an educational project based on folk arts. The Trillium Center is my answer to what a society that values health might look like. We value disease prevention, deep nourishment, food preservation, wild gardening, sanctuary for endangered plants, creativity, wilderness skills, first aid, wild food foraging, and other self-reliance skills. I hope that our classes reflect these values.

To see our events, go to our Calendar. You can get updates by clicking on the follow button in the left-column; or on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest (links to these are below). Or you can get on our email list to receive our newsletter here: http://trilliumcenter.us10.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ed1d61b28464b767de8859f05&id=f598a8733a.

Viriditas!

Leah Wolfe

Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk – Saturday!

Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk

Saturday, July 25 ~ 4:00-6:00 PM*
*Note: the time has been changed to avoid the heat of the day.

100_1217Take a walk with herbalist Leah Wolfe to learn about the medicinal and edible flowers that are in bloom at high summer. We will walk around the Trillium Center where all kinds of plants are blooming or ready to gather. Come learn about how and when to use these herbal blessings.

Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up and get directions.

Class fee $10 per person.
Children are free!

Summer Classes at the Trillium Center

Art of Medicine Making: Healing Oils
Friday, July 17 ~ 6:00-8:00 PM
Come gather summer herbs and make them into healing oils for the skin, muscles, and joints. Sign up at trilliumctr@gmail.com. Class fee $20 includes samples to take home.

Serpentine Plant Study Group
Saturday, July 18 ~ 4:00-6:00 PM
Drink tea and learn about plant medicines through direct experience. This class will teach you how to identify medicinal properties by taste and you will get a sample to take home. Send an email to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up! Class fee $10.

Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk
Saturday, July 25 ~ Noon-2:00 PM
Take a walk with herbalist Leah Wolfe to learn about the medicinal and edible flowers that are in bloom at high summer. Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up and get directions. Class fee $10.

Art of Medicine Making: Herbs and Hydrotherapy
Friday, August 15 ~ 6:00-8:00 PM
Come gather late summer herbs and learn 15 ways to combine them with water to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Sign up at trilliumctr@gmail.com. Class fee $20 includes samples to take home.

Serpentine Plant Study Group
Saturday, August 15 ~ 3:00-5:00 PM
Drink tea and learn about plant medicines through direct experience. This class will teach you how to identify medicinal properties by taste and you will get a sample to take home. Send an email to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up! Class fee $10.

Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk
Saturday, August 22 ~ 3:00-5:00 PM
Take a walk with herbalist Leah Wolfe to learn about the medicinal and edible flowers that are in bloom at high summer. Write to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up and get directions. Class fee $10.

Herbal First Aid
August 29, Noon-4
Some of our best first aid remedies are right at our feet. Learn how to use common plants and home remedies to stop bleeding, soothe burns, reduce fevers, clean and heal wounds, and heal all kinds of minor aches and pains. $40

The Art of Medicine Making: Tinctures

The Art of Medicine Making: TincturesSJW tincture

Learn when tinctures are useful, how to make easy-to-use alcohol extracts, and what alcohol percentage works. We’ll talk about why tinctures are useful, when you might choose to make them vs. other remedies, what ingredients you need, and we’ll make some tinctures together that you will get to take home at the next Art of Medicine Making workshop!

Send an email to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up! We have just a few spaces left in the workshop.

Class is from 6-8 PM on Friday, June 26
715 Furnace Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030

If you aren’t on our email list, you might have missed the initial announcement for this hands-on tincture making class. You can join our list by clicking on the icon in the left-hand column or click here: http://trilliumcenter.us10.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ed1d61b28464b767de8859f05&id=f598a8733a!

Mobile Wellness and Herbal Education

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Last week, herbalist Leah Wolfe and herbal work/study Kristen Weeks from the Trillium Center went to the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference. This conference was held in Wisconsin at Camp Helen Brachman. Along with Lynn Green, Leah and Kristen offered medical and wellness support to the 350 attendees. They had first aid supplies, herbal remedies, and other wellness items such as toothbrushes and cough drops.

Right now at the Trillium Center, we are working on a mobile education and herbal program. We are going to take our wellness center and education clinic on the road throughout northeast Ohio  and western Pennsylvania. If you would like to support this project, please contact us or make a donation using the icon in the left hand column. We will offer herbal education consults to individuals, classes to groups, and plant walks.

Two Plant Events Saturday!

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Chickweed!

Join Leah Wolfe, herbalist and forager, at Raccoon Park on Saturday from 12-2 PM to learn about the medicinal plants growing along Lake Erie. Class fee is $10. Send an email to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up and get directions.

Join the Serpentine Plant Study Group from 4-6 PM at the Trillium Center, 715 Furnace Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030. Learn about medicinal plants through direct experience. We will drink tea and taste a tincture of a medicinal plant that is common to our region. Then after we develop a list of potential medicinal properties, I will tell you what the plant is and we will discuss the differences and similarities between what we taste in the medicine and what the books say. Class donation is $10/person. You will get a sample of the medicine to take home. Send an email to trilliumctr@gmail.com to sign up!

Read what we learned about Chickweed and other plants at http://serpentine-project.org.

Herbs for the Mouth

Echinacea purpurea: root powder can be used in mouth remedies!
Echinacea purpurea: root powder can be used in mouth remedies!

Tired of buying expensive chemical toothpastes? Come to this class and learn how to keep your teeth and mouth healthy with herbs!

Herbs for the Mouth

June 27 ~ 2:00-5:00 PM

Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH (AHG), author of Dental Herbalism will explore common kitchen herbs and spices for everyday oral care. Learn about six preparations, addressing teething as well as simple pastes and breath fresheners, and herbs to relieve pain or discomfort associated with any number of causes. This general workshop welcomes anyone curious about natural, affordable oral care alternatives.

Learn more about Leslie at http://www.restorationherbs.com.

TO REGISTER you must fill out this form and pay your class fee: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xX4ANGdoNh-QV9–ECJm1nzawhoy1gT1_CXoGAWuSRs/viewform?c=0&w=1

Class fee of $20 is due June 19. Instructions for making your payment will pop up when you finish the registration form. Please make your payment by June 19!

Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.

Leah Wolfe:

Wonderful! A metaphor for life. The forest is all around us.

Originally posted on Beyond Meds:

An incredible poem by David Wagoner shared below. Please read it. Then, following the poem, there is a relatively short video with David Whyte discussing this poem in conversation with Jeffrey Mishlove. Wonderful. Enjoy.

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"Grib skov" by Malene Thyssen - Own work “Grib skov” by Malene Thyssen – Own work

LOST
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

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