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Spring Herbal Medicine Workshop Series

All classes are part of our Free Spring Herbal Medicine Workshop Series--a seven-class series that is free and open to all. You are welcome to join us for all seven classes, or pick and choose as you'd like. You do not need to RSVP, but you may want to arrive early in order to get a spot. Please join us in welcoming Spring and celebrating plant medicine!

All Thursday evening classes will be held at The Farmhouse at Evergreen State College: 2712 Lewis Rd, Olympia 98502. For the Saturday plant walk, please meet at the Longhouse Garden at the Evergreen State College.

  • Thurs. April 16 6:30-8:00 Medicinal Mushrooms and Immune Health with Renee Davis
  • Thurs. April 23 6:30-8:00 Herbal First Aid with Renee Davis
  • Thurs. April 30 6:30-8:00 Herbs as Allies in Trauma Healing with Jean Madrone
  • Thurs. May 7 6:30-8:00: Ways To Learn About Medicinal Plants with Katherine James
  • Thurs. May 14 6:30-8:00 Herbs for Mental Health with Sean Croke
  • Sat. May 16 1:00-3:00  Spring Plant Walk with Sean Croke (*meet at the Longhouse Garden)
  • Thurs. May 21 6:30-8:00  Plant Spirit Communication with Joyce Netishen

    Please direct questions to thea.schnase@naimh.org. Detailed class descriptions are below.


    Thurs. April 16 6:30-8:00

    Medicinal Mushrooms and Immune Health with Renee Davis

    Mushrooms have a lot to offer herbal practice. In this class, we'll review the uses and applications of 3 Northwest mushrooms: Reishi, Lion's Mane, and Turkey Tail. We'll also cover medicine making techniques and keys to identification, as well as common points of confusion (ie using mushrooms in people with Candida).

    Renee is a clinical herbal educator at the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic and owns Goldroot Botanical Medicine & Consulting, providing herbal consultations to the Olympia community and botanical research services to clinicians and authors for 7 years. She is a science educator and product development coordinator a medicinal mushroom company in Washington state. http://www.goldrootherbs.com/


    Thurs. April 23 6:30-8:00

    Herbal First Aid with Renee Davis

    In this class we'll cover the basics of herbal first aid. This includes situations commonly encountered in wilderness and field settings, materia medica, techniques, and how to set up and maintain your own kit. 

    Renee is a clinical herbal educator at the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic and owns Goldroot Botanical Medicine & Consulting, providing herbal consultations to the Olympia community and botanical research services to clinicians and authors for 7 years. She is a science educator and product development coordinator a medicinal mushroom company in Washington state. http://www.goldrootherbs.com/


    Thurs. April 30 6:30-8:00

    Herbs as Allies in Trauma Healing with Jean Madrone

    Relationship to the plant world is an essential part of our experience as humans and is in itself profoundly healing to personal and cultural trauma. In this class, we will explore the many ways in which plants can be allies to us in our healing paths. We will explore five plants (and surely some more in the process) that can support us to heal and thrive in the wake of trauma: Passionflower , Bleeding Heart, St John’s Wort, Nettles, and Ashwaganda. We will look at specific indications for each plant, review differentials in nervines, go over some considerations in working with folks who have traumatic experiences, and certainly drink some lovely tea.

    Jean Madrone practices herbal medicine through Madrone Botanical Medicine and the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic. Her background is in southern folk medicine, clinical western herbalism, traditional nutrition, energetic medicine, and plant magic. She is currently in the Somatic Experiencing Therapist Training Program and looks forward to continuing to integrate therapies for trauma resolution into her practice. She primarily works with identifying underlying patterns of imbalance in the body, and working with plants to support the body's innate healing abilities. Focuses of her practice include supporting recovery from stress and trauma, as well as supporting emotional and mental health. She also has extensive experience working with chronic fatigue, digestive, and immune conditions. She loves working with plants during pregnancy and birth, as well as working with plants to support those experiencing miscarriage and pregnancy loss. She believes that every symptom is an invitation into our most whole and powerful selves, and that connection to the healing abilities of plants is part of our birthright as humans.


    Thurs. May 7 6:30-8:00

    Ways To Learn About Medicinal Plants with Katherine James

    In this workshop, we'll focus on tools and resources that can be helpful in learning about herbalism and medicinal plants. We'll look into the areas of study that can make up herbalism as a field, talk about navigate herbal information in books & learning materials, look at classes and formal training programs, and explore & try out ways of gathering information directly from plants themselves, through observation, taste, and direct relationship. Please come ready to share experiences and resources that have been helpful to you.

    Katherine is a gardener, explorer and herbalist. She practices as an herbal educator at the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic. She is a graduate from both the Evergreen State College and the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine where she studied with Karyn Saunders & Sarah Holms. She has also learned from Joshua Muskat, Mimi Kamp, & plants themselves. She is a founder of the Radical Herbalist Gathering SW which seeks to bring a critical analysis to the field of herbalism.


    Thurs. May 14 6:30-8:00

    Herbs for Mental Health with Sean Croke

    Sean Croke is a wildcrafter, medicine maker, and gardener who has been working with the plants of the Pacific Northwest for ten years. He is a co-founder of Understory Apothecary which produces small batch tinctures of local herbs and provides fresh harvested medicinal herbs to medicine makers, and is also involved in Cascadia Terroir which produces essential oils from native plants. He has also recently co-founded The Hawthorne School of Plant Medicine. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College with a BA/BS where he focused on Ethnobotany and Organic Chemistry, including doing independent research on the medicinal constituents of Lavender and Devil’s Club. He has studied at The School of Forest Medicine and under Sean Donahue. Sean can be found vending at the Olympia Farmer’s Market, is the main medicine maker for the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic, leads classes around the PNW, and would love to help out in your garden. http://www.understoryapothecary.com


    Sat. May 16 1:00-3:00 

    Spring Plant Walk with Sean Croke

    Please meet at the Longhouse Garden.

    Sean Croke is a wildcrafter, medicine maker, and gardener who has been working with the plants of the Pacific Northwest for ten years. He is a co-founder of Understory Apothecary which produces small batch tinctures of local herbs and provides fresh harvested medicinal herbs to medicine makers, and is also involved in Cascadia Terroir which produces essential oils from native plants. He has also recently co-founded The Hawthorne School of Plant Medicine. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College with a BA/BS where he focused on Ethnobotany and Organic Chemistry, including doing independent research on the medicinal constituents of Lavender and Devil’s Club. He has studied at The School of Forest Medicine and under Sean Donahue. Sean can be found vending at the Olympia Farmer’s Market, is the main medicine maker for the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic, leads classes around the PNW, and would love to help out in your garden. http://www.understoryapothecary.com


    Thurs. May 21 6:30-8:00

    Plant Spirit Communication with Joyce Netishen

    Joyce is the owner and caretaker of Fire Rose Farm, a small abundant, beautiful and inspired herb farm where wondrous and magical things happen.  She is a a healer in a busy private practice for almost thirty years working with the plants, the spirits, and the Elements of Nature to bring insight, beauty, and healing to people... and to the world.  She is a keeper of the Sacred Fire, a lover of roses, and has completed two twelve year apprenticeships with the late Guadalupe Gonzales Rios, a Huichol Shaman and Elder of Mexico.  She is a dedicated medicine maker and offers an exquisite line of Fire Rose Farm Flower Essences and other handmade herbcraft and magnificent rustic soap.  She teaches classes and apprenticeships about the spirit of plants and other powerful and profound forms of invisible medicine.  From Joyce: "Hey Kumar Hey... Long live the magical purpose." http://www.firerosefarm.com/

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