Herbal Field Studies - Living Earth School of Herbalism

This is a series of seven full-day field workshops with Michael Vertolli running monthly from April to October. Each workshop takes place a different wilderness location outside of, but close to, Toronto. Participants will learn how to identify, harvest and use many wild herbs that grow in Ontario . At each field workshop they will also have the opportunity to make some kind of herbal preparation using herbs that they will harvest during the workshop.

The course begins with an online introductory class that establishes the theoretical foundation for the field workshops and is a prerequisite to attending any of the field workshops. Please click here to register for the online introductory class.

The first workshop will be on Saturday, April 22nd, however, you can attend any of the workshops at any time once you've taken the online class. Whenever possible, carpooling will be arranged for participants who do not have vehicles.

 Topics include:
Identifying local herbs through the various stages of their life-cycle; introductory botany and plant anatomy; the ecology of wild harvesting herbs; harvesting instructions for different herb species; drying herbs; making herbal preparations from fresh plants; the medicinal properties and uses of local herbs. 

Required textbooks:
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Lawrence Newcomb).
Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants of Eastern and Central North America
(Steven Foster, James Duke).

Dates: Saturdays 10:30am to 5pm: April 22, May 20, June 10, July 8 & 29, August 12, October 14.   


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