Join local herbalist Heather Mashuga on a leisurely walk through the woods, noticing and admiring the multitudes of wildflowers and plants. Discover how to learn to use these plant allies to provide nourishment and healing.
Herbal medicine focuses on herbs to prevent and treat illness and promote health and has been used for centuries by diverse cultures, including Native Americans to people in China, India, and Nepal.
Heather holds this foraging opportunity monthly, April through October. The walk will highlight different plants depending upon time of year, growth and the parts used from each plant. You will learn to make and decant tinctures (herbal remedies taken internally) as well as salves (topical, for use on such things as bee stings, rashes, and scratches), depending upon the plants available each month.
Each month, respectful harvesting of plants and plant parts will be reviewed, plus where to find seasonal plants and safe techniques for producing herbal remedies.
Students are reminded to dress for the weather and to plan on walking about 1.5 hours, with about 30 minutes of inside class time. Class may be postponed if there is heavy rain.
Students are asked to bring:
- Collecting bag
- Water bottle
- Light snacks if needed
No experience required
Students of all ages are welcome to attend this class. Students ages 12 and older need to register with an adult and pay. Kids under age 12 can attend for free.
Marine Mills Folk School
550 Pine St. Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota 55047
Materials Fee: $10
Total Cost: $55
NOTE: Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached. We work to balance a teacher’s need to plan for a class with students’ busy schedules — not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!
If interested, you can find our cancellation policy here.