The Planetary Herbcrafter Field Intensive – Foundations

with Nicole Telkes, September 26-27, 2015

Course Information

Do You Suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder? Spend two weekends with Nicole Telkes, learning some essential rewilding skills in the field with weedy and wild medicinal plants. The goal of this intensive series is to give students a solid foundation in plant taxonomy and identification, bioregional wild edible and medicinal plants, and introduce some key concepts regarding safety and sustainability when harvesting from the wild or weedy spaces. The skills learned here can be brought back to your own area, even if it is a different bioregion, and applied in a practical, hands-on way. Classes will include lectures, plant walks, hands-on experience using botany kits and pressing plants, plant sits, and possibly some stewarding if one of the sites needs a little help. Please be aware that students will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from the plant walk site within Victoria, which for this event is Beacon Hill Park.

This foundational weekend will introduce students to sensual herbalism: plant identification with all 6 senses and how to shift your vision to really “see” subtle differences between plants. Topics covered include the following:
• An overview of how plants are named
• Anatomy, physiology and growth patterns of plants
• How plants are divided into various groups based on reproductive characteristics
• Introduction to common plant families in herbalism and medicinal properties they may share
• An overview of how to use a handlens (We will spend some time looking closely into the plant world with our botany kits and inspecting plant material with our lens.)
• The use field guides to get the most out of plant walks • Introduction to the practice of bioregional herbalism and weedcrafting
• Tips for learning Latin Binomials using photography, sketching, medical astrology,and why scientific names are important
• Nature Awareness skills for the field
• When and how much do you harvest in the wild and how to give back
• Edible and medicinal plant walk

Course Instructor

Nicole Telkes, (RH) AHG and Naturalist, is the founder and Director of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in Austin, TX. She has a background in botanical studies, permaculture, plant conservation work, community activism, and herbal first aid clinics. Nicole was the first of her family born in North America. She began her herbal journey using wild remedies and hunting mushrooms and plants with her grandmother and family friends from Eastern Europe in Canada. After receiving a BA from the University of Texas in Environmental Resource Management, Nicole began studying medicinal plants formally and informally around the wild and weedy corners of North America including Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. She believes strongly in herbal medicine being the people’s medicine and has a goal of putting an herbalist in every home. As a deep ecologist, she focuses on “weedcrafting” bioregional native and naturalized medicinal plants in herb practice. She is also a key organizer in the Tradition Not Trademark Free Fire Cider Campaign.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, 2015, 9:00am-5:00pm

  • Saturday component at Pacific Rim College
  • Sunday field intensive component at Beacon Hill Park

*second Field Intensive workshop on October 3-4.

Recommended Course Texts and Supplies

Recommended Texts:
Botany in a Day by Thomas Elpel
The Practical Botanist by Rick Imes
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon

Botany Kit (may purchase or bring your own), Handlens, poker, tweezers, knife, cutting board

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until August 1)
Student – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until August 1)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until August 1)

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*PRC diploma students will receive 1 WHS academic credit for this workshop.

Course Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.

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