The Great Work now, as we move into a new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period when humans would be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner.
— Thomas Berry, The Great Work: Our Way into the Future

Our Mission

To meet the existential challenges of our times, The School of Forest Medicine is preparing the ground for a more healthy understanding of our human role within the community of life on Earth. As we develop relationships with plants and other nonhuman beings, we cultivate spaces which inspire the emergence of new stories of collective and individual flourishing. We intimately engage with ecological intelligence in order to welcome new patterns of thinking and feeling that will inform the awakening of regenerative lifeways. In these ways we work to support the thriving of individual humans and the Earth system as a whole.


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Scott Kloos—ceremonialist, author, wildcrafter, plant medicine maker and practitioner, animist, singer of plant songs, and aspiring integral ecologist—guides The School of Forest Medicine and Cascadia Folk Medicine and is author of Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness. Through his writing and his facilitation of co-created spaces of learning and healing, he explores various ways of working with plants and their medicine, relationships with our nonhuman kin, and ecologically integral modes of engaging with and thinking with the community of life.

In addition to his many years of ongoing solo and communal study within dirt-floored and green-walled groves of learning, he completed the 1999 Herbal Apprenticeship Program at the Herb Pharm in Williams, OR, and in 2000, he attended a nine-month Community Herbalist Training Program with Christopher Hobbs. He spent seven years studying the human psyche (his own and others) in Paul Levy’s Awakening in the Dream group. In 2009, he studied Traditional Western Herbalism: An Intuitive and Energetic Approach with Matthew Wood in Portland, OR, and in 2018 he earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA.

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Invite Scott to Speak at your event, Teach at your school, or host a workshop in your community

I really enjoy opportunities to share the teachings of our vegetal kin and together explore how we as humans can align with ecological intelligence to more fully understand our place in the web of life. Thanks for your interest!

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