NEW Upcoming E-Course!
Medicinal Mushrooms and Herbal Medicine for Challenging Times
Live 10 Week Video Series
About the Class
In this 10-week Zoom video-based series, herbalist and mycologist Reishi Strauss and author and ethnobotanist Nate Summers will guide you on a deep journey into reconnecting and rewilding your mind, body, and spirit through the world of Medicinal Mushrooms and Herbal Medicine.
All classes will be recorded and available for your viewing convenience!
What would it feel like to be empowered to take care of your own health (and your family and friends) through knowing the plants and mushrooms around you?
Rediscover your own ability to be connected to the Green World in challenging times...
This class gives you tools to connect more deeply with your local landscape, identifying common wild plants & fungi and utilizing kitchen herbs to make medicines to support our minds & bodies as we deal with the inevitable stressors of life
Between the two of them Reishi and Nate have over 30 years combined experience teaching about Plants, Mushrooms, and our connection to nature. They have taught at venues such as Cascadia Music and Arts Festival, Imagine Arts Festival, the Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference, and at Survival Skills Schools and Natural Medicine Schools around the country. They are excited to lead you into this deep dive into the Green World each week!
Each 90+ minute class will include Lecture, Demonstrations, Question and Answer, Storytelling, and Practical Exercises plus take-home projects and exercises each week
Ample time for Q&A will be provided during and at the end of class, as needed
Tentative schedule posted below subject to change based on the needs of participants.
Recordings of the classes will be made available to all participants.
Videos can be viewed at any time.
SPECIAL BONUS #1:
FREE WILD FOODS COOKBOOK: Wild Feasting by Nate Summers
Not available anywhere else yet. Pre-release. Valued at $27
SPECIAL BONUS #2:
Special report on Chinese herbal protocols for treating COVID-19
When you register for the online course!
Receive these Special Bonuses
TENTATIVE OUTLINE OF CLASS:
Session 1: Introduction and Overview of Herbal Medicine and Medicinal Mushrooms and Respiratory System
Session 2: Medicine-Making the Myriad Methods! How to make:
Herbal compresses, soaks, & baths
Honeys, Vinegars, & Oxymels
Infused oils & salves
Session 3: Herbs for the Cardiovascular System
Session 4: Fortifying the Jade Screen: Maximizing Our Immune System
Session 5: Strengthening the Center and Stoking the Inner Fire: Digestive System
Session 6: Interfacing with the World: Skin
Session 7: Nervous System Support/Spirit-Calming Medicinals
Session 8: Decolonizing Herbal Medicine Histories, Complexities, and stories. Indigenous female guest instructor: Jess La Tour
Session 9: Ancestral Medicine, Plant Spirit Medicine and talking to the Mushrooms and Plants!
Session 10: Wrapping the Bundle, review, restore, regenerate, Tending the Wild!!!
Session 11: Special Bonus class, reflections, final Q and A, next steps
Each week an email will go out to participants with a summary of what we covered, access to a video link of the class, and exercises to practice and do.
At the end of the course, participants will be given permanent links to all of the class material including the ability to download, a PDF of relevant info, and summary of what has been covered!
Reishi Strauss is an Appalachian-born herbalist and mycologist now based in the Pacific Northwest, where she attended Bastyr University and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Herbal Science. A lover of the intersections between science and spirit, Reishi has taken courses in Pharmacology, Ethnobotany, Herb/Drug Interactions, the History of Herbal Medicine, and more .. layered onto her foundation of Appalachian folk herbalism. Reishi is also passionate about utilizing plant & mushroom medicines in a way that is respectful and reciprocal to the Earth and the indigenous communities who steward them. Reishi owns & operates her own medicinal mushroom business out of her yurt on Orcas Island called Earth & Spirit Botanicals, although she currently resides high up on Chirripo Mountain in the Talamanca mountain range of Costa Rica.
Nate Summers, M.Ac.
Nate Summers has been a student of, practitioner of, and teacher of Chinese Medicine and Natural Healing Arts for over two decades. He is the author of Primal: Why We Long to Be Wild and Free and Awakening Fire: The Essential Guide to Flame, Ignition, and Wood. Nate has served as a faculty member at the Wilderness Awareness School, the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, and the Asian Institute of Medical Studies. He deeply loves plants and empowering others in their health journey by connecting them to the Green World all around them. Nate has taught survival skills, ethnobotany, herbal medicine and natural movement to people all over the country and all over the world. He loves foraging for wild foods with his family, playing outside barefoot wild and free, and making medicine. His three-year old son Orion has a deep love of mushrooms and seemingly has since he was born!
Jess Rene is a caretaker of the land, its plant families, and people. With her deep connection to spiritual and traditional indigenous medicine, Auntie Jess offers intuitive plant healing and shapes the earth into beautiful ceramic art sets. Her lovingly made signature vessels are infused with the intention to feed and nourish the soul. Auntie Jess’s background as a career care provider to elders, babies, and young children is both a testament to her compassionate heart and her unique patience in providing guidance. She most enjoys sharing her knowledge of medicine, plants, ceremony, song, dance, interior/garden design, and art therapy. Her mission is to connect others to sacred relationships with the land, the plant families that provide healing for us, and our own creative roots.
Occupying Multnomah & Chinook land, Talyce Ketura (she/they) is a Queer Afro-Caribe birthworker, educator, herbalist & community activist. They are the founder of the BIPOC Sanctuary, a pop- up healing space that centers QTBIPOC from a framework of transformative justice and community engagement. As a full- spectrum doula & gestational worker, Talyce works specifically with communities of color interweaving diasporic traditions and herbal medicine into her practice. They dedicate their work to sharing tools for embodied Ancestral Healing through reconnecting to the land from a de-colonial perspective, crafting ceremony & ritual with the use of plant allies, and developing skills for somatic integration. Talyce is a community builder who aims to generate social equity through a lense of active decolonization and with a centralized focus on intergenerational healing through multidisciplinary practices.
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