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Medicine from the Forest 1: Wildcrafting

  • Vital Ways Apothecary 2714 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211 USA (map)

Wildcrafting is the craft of harvesting medicinal plants from the wild. Humans have been wildcrafting since the dawn of time, but today when medicines are so easily procured, one might question the effort and time required to gather your own. I can assure you that the benefits of harvesting and making medicine from wild plants are many. It is not only more sustainable to use the medicinal plants that grow in the regions where we live, but the herbs we gather will be fresher and more potent. Also, because they are born of the same forces that give shape to our own physical and spiritual beings, local plants are more likely to offer deep healing benefits for our bodies, minds, and souls.


  • Speaking the Language of Plants: Plant Morphology and the Doctrine of Signatures
  • Toxic Plants
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Principles of Ethical and Sustainable Wildcrafting
  • Asking Permission and Making Offerings
  • Endangered, Threatened, and Sensitive Species
  • The Legality of Wildcrafting
  • Determining Whether a Harvest Is Ethical and Sustainable
  • Mutually Beneficial Wildcrafting
  • Processing, Drying, and Storing Herbs

Dates: 2 Tuesday nights, May 30 & June 6
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Vital Ways Apothecary 2714 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211
Cost: $75

Earlier Event: May 24
Panther Creek Communion