Herban Resilience Series Registration Deadline Extended to July 13th

We’ve reopened registration through Friday July 13th, and have set a new start date of July 18th!

Join us for our weekly series for lively and intimate conversation and hands-on exploration of health, resilience in a time of crisis, community collaboration, and healing with medicinal plants.

In a quiet backyard garden setting we’ll touch in weekly on medicinal plants you can easily cultivate and prepare into healing tonics for your friends, family, and neighbors. Partial scholarships available to anyone in need.

Learn more here, and join the conversation on Facebook here!

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Closing words from the Allied Media Conference by adrienne maree brown

by adrienne maree brown

http://adriennemareebrown.net/

“we claim the power
of our outrageous grief
our righteous anger
our responsibility for our precious lives
our interconnected individual and collective joy
and our impossible magic

we embrace our edges
that they may teach us to grow
in right relationship to the living world
our human messiness
our weird and brilliant wonders
we know how to be
in so many incredible ways

with these gifts we can
foment a revolutionary now
that centers love, care, needs
creativity and magic

we plant the seeds of radical honesty
vulnerability, authenticity
and the kindness that eases inevitable change

we will not settle!
we will grow weirder and wilder
more interdependent
for our liberation
for our liberation
for our liberation!”

How will we claim our power today? How will we embrace our edges now? Let us foment this revolutionary now, together!

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Tomorrow: Herb Walk at Powell Butte!

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Tomorrow is our walk together – it is forecasted to be clear, sunny, and warm, so please dress to protect yourself from sun and bring water. I took a walk here with students on Sunday, and there are so many flowers and herbs to see – it’s an ideal time to take a romp through the meadows at the summit!
DIRECTIONS: From SE Powell Blvd, turn south on SE 162nd St and follow it until it dead-ends at the park’s welcome center by the upper parking lot. Meet at the Powell Butte Welcome Center by the bathrooms.
No one turned away for lack of funds. We want you to join us!
More details at the class page here.

In one word- LUSH

A wild and peaceful stroll along the Cape Horn trail along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. We didn’t venture down to the cape itself, as the trail is closed half the year to protect Peregrine falcon nesting sites.

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Beginning along the trail, enveloped in cow parsnip and larkspur.

Tiger lily

Delightful tiger lily

Maiden hair fern

Lovely maidenhair fern

Baneberry

Goatsbeard

Wild honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

Cow parsnip and larkspur

A fairy’s garden of cow parsnip and larkspur

Columbia River Gorge

Breathtaking Columbia River overlook

Fringe cups

Sparkly fringe cups

Western red columbine

My old friend, western red columbine

California Pitcher Sage (Lepichinia calycina) – a vignette

On a visit home to the bay area to wish grandma a great 80th birthday as well as to give my blessings to my best friend’s soon-to-be little baby, I took a walk in the hills above Palo Alto with my sister and her two daughters. I had the great fortune to come across a plant in those rolling oak meadows that I love very much – California pitcher sage. It’s a tad stinky, on edge of fetid like clary sage can be, and it also has a rich balsamic sage scent that carries the overall essence towards the pleasurable.

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It has a large, stature, with white bell like flowers on the ends of semi-herbaceous stems.

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You can grow this amazing  plant if you’re in the central California region- it’s easy to grow if you offer the conditions it loves – which include the gorgeous meadows edges along the hills encircling the bay area and likely beyond. Native Here Nursery offers plants for those of you in the East Bay – all their plants are propagated from locally collected seed, so each plant contributes to the overall genetic resilience of the species. A cousin, Lepichinia fragrans, occurs in Southern California.

I’ve never harvested it, as I’ve never found it in abundance – but the medicine I received from just a few minutes of inhaling its scent was all I needed to feel most blessed. Like its distant cousin white sage, it holds space for magic.

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Bloodroot

This at-risk Appalachian woodland plant, blood root (Sanguinaria canadensis), is easy to grow in a small pot, or place it in a shaded place in your garden, preferably under the boughs of a deciduous tree. The tree’s leaves will mulch the ground in the wintertime and keep this little baby quite happy.