Closing words from the Allied Media Conference by adrienne maree brown

by adrienne maree brown

“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!


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.

Cape Horn Trail, WA
Beginning along the trail, enveloped in cow parsnip and larkspur.
Tiger lily
Delightful tiger lily
Maiden hair fern
Lovely maidenhair fern
Wild 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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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.

This Tuesday: Crafting Luscious and Healing Creams


Have you ever been fascinated by the alchemy of creating the perfect body cream? Join us as we demonstrate how to create a luscious rose water and shea body cream that nourishes the skin and delights the senses. All participants will take home a sample of the cream made in class.

Pre-registration through EventBrite offering sliding scale $10-$30. No one will be turned away for lack of sufficient funds.

Class takes place at The Herb Shoppe, at 3912 N. Mississippi Blvd.

Tonight! Accessible Herbalism: Having Fun with Powdered Herbs

Class tonight at The Herb Shoppe!

Powdered herbs are effective, inexpensive, and easy to use! Together, we’ll prepare a milky coconut ashwagandha beverage, a chai honey paste, and a tumeric ghee using powdered herbs. You’ll get to taste samples in class! This may be just the key to building a sustainable habit of taking your herbs every day.

A Jaunt in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge

We took a long, wet, wandering walk in the hills above the Mosier today, seeking what we wished would be epic fields of wildflowers. What a wonder we wound up in!

Beginning our ascent up the hills of basalt, serviceberry and maple blooms at our flanks.

Orobanche uniflora – a stunning patch of a this beautiful root parasite. Mark Turner writes they feed off of sedums, saxifrages, and species of the Aster family.

Collinsia grandiflora: Blue eyed Mary

Caryophyllaceae – Possibly a Silene?

With meadow as our classroom, we explored the basics of plant anatomy, botanical terminology, and plant ID.

Overlooking the Columbia river, with Castilleja (Indian Paintbrush), Balsamorrhiza careyana  (Carey’s Balsamroot), Delphinium (Larkspur), Dodecatheon (Shooting Star), and Lomatium (lomatium) in the foreground.

Meadows of Ranunculus occidentalis (Western Buttercup)

While it appeared peak bloom was still to come, the diversity we saw was incredible.

Fritillaria affinis (Chocolate Lily) – one of my favorite lilies!

Dodecatheon (Shooting star)

Delphinium (Larkspur) and Claytonia perfoliata (Miner’s lettuce)

After lunching amongst the oaks, we climbed to the top of the hill to prepare our flower essence and connect with the balsam root flowers.

Fields of Balsamorrhiza caryana (Carey’s Balsamroot) just beginning to really start to bloom!

Such a blessing to spend time with other plant lovers eager to learn all they can with and about our plant family.

Amelanchier alnifolia (Serviceberry)

Serviceberry amongst the lava spires.