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Seaweed Excursion

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Early bird special ends July 21
$5 off for Orcas Food Co-op Members

Carpooling will be arranged to the class location.

Register here.

Seaweeds have traditionally been important plants for food and healing among coastal people throughout the world and are a rich source of diverse nutrients uncommonly available in land plants. This 3-hour in-the-field adventure will cover:

  • types of local seaweeds

  • harvesting and drying techniques

  • optimal harvest times

  • sustainable harvesting practices

  • healing properties

  • iodine and thyroid health

  • external uses of seaweeds

  • pollution issues

Participants will take home a jar of kelp pickles we will make in class.

The class yesterday was epic and I am left feeling inspired and excited for the next one! I loved teaming up with Kristy Bredin to organize and teach this class. Despite the rain it just all felt as it was meant to be. We identified about a dozen of the most common and useful local seaweeds and covered a ton of information, combined with hands-on demos and actual harvesting. Feeling grateful and honored to spend this time with such a great group of people and to share in this connection with the sea and a precious resource that is such a part of who I am. Most of all thanks to Kristy Bredin & Mermaid Botanicals for inspiring me to make the time for this this summer.
— Learner Limbach, Seaweed Class Co-Teacher
Thank you again for a great class the other day. Lots of really great knowledge from two passionate beings. I really loved how you both laid heavy emphasis on the experience that comes with harvesting from the Sea. How that ties into our well being as a whole community and planet, just spending time to know it a little more each time is invaluable. I feel the practice works wonders when embedded into the culture....We see the Sea but the interactions might be few and far between for some. This link is the link to caring for this wondrous resource and have been thinking of ways to bring that in.
— J.B., Seaweed Class Participant


Engaging the Life Force: Wild Carrot and Contraception

June 21-23
Green Gathering

Wild Carrot Seed (Daucas carota) has been used for centuries by women to prevent pregnancy. Working with this traditional method of contraception offers modern people with the ability to conceive an alternative birth control option as well as an opportunity to connect more deeply with the cycles of their bodies. This class covers:

  • signs of fertility and charting your cycle for working with wild carrot

  • ways that wild carrot has been used successfully for contraception, as well cases where it has not been effective

  • how wild carrot works in preventing pregnancy

  • considerations for appropriate use, side effects and contraindications

  • sourcing, harvesting and additional medicinal uses of this plant 

Kristy shares from several years experience successfully working with wild carrot for contraception and from the work of her teacher Robin Rose Bennett, who has compiled a wealth of empirical wisdom over the past 30 years from women and herbalists working with this plant and has written in depth on this subject.


Art and Science of Medicine Making

Coming soon.

In this class we explore the craft of making plant medicines—why work with herbs in different ways. Topics covered include:

  • common plant constituents and their medicinal effects

  • the dynamic chemistry of living plants (considerations in harvesting and potency of herbal medicines)

  • how to experience plant constituents and learn about plant medicines with our senses

  • whole plant versus active constituent medicine; high proof versus low proof tincturing

  • extraction techniques and considerations—how to choose the best solvent/menstruum

  • how herbal medicines move through and are accessed by the body