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2015 Schedule of Workshops, Courses and Events

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2015 Permaculture Design Course

North Cascadia Workshop Tour, April 2015
Inland Northwest Herbalists' Gathering

Starting in June I'll be teaching a two-week, residential intensive
Permaculture Design Course at the Heartsong Retreat Center, Tumtum, WA
with a special emphasis on Earth Restoration.



May 23 (Saturday) 10:00 am to June 7 (Sunday) 12:00 noon at the Heartsong Retreat Center, Tumtum, Washington, ½ hour northwest of Spokane

Instructed by Michael Pilarski & guest speakers.

Permaculture design can be applied to any property large or small … urban or rural. Learn permaculture design from the region’s most experienced permaculture teacher.

LEARN ABOUT:
100's of useful plants/crops,
100's of ideas for income generation,
100's of techniques for earth healing,
100's of ways to improve our social & economic systems.

For more information, visit the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild website.

or contact:

Michael Pilarski
Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild
PO Box 165, Hot Springs, MT 59845
406-741-5809 friendsofthetrees@yahoo.com

Course Fees:
$850 full course fee.
Couple rate of $750 each.
Single Days: $80.
Register Now!

The course fee covers instruction, meals, permaculture design certificate and curriculum materials.

A limited number of partial work-trades are available. Inquire for particulars.


Michael Pilarski’s North Cascadia Workshop Tour,
April 2015

 Three types of workshops on this tour:

1) Wildcrafting Edible and Medicinal Plantsfor Home Use & Income

REGISTER NOW!

2) 1000 Crops for Northwest Growers

3) The Emerging Alliance Between Humans and Nature Spirits

For information regarding workshops with no local contact

email Michael Pilarski, friendsofthetrees@yahoo.com 

 

Sustainable harvesting from native and non-native plants. See schedule below.

All wildcrafting workshops are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. $50.

Click HERE to Register.

The workshop will be largely held outside looking at between 60–100 plant species & will explore:

  • Common name(s), latin name & plant family relations;
  • If native, what is its status on the scale of common to endangered? If non-native, what is its invasive weed status?
  • Traditional and modern medicinal and other uses of the plants;
  • Time(s) to harvest;
  • Tools/techniques of harvesting and processing.

Michael Pilarski has wildcrafted medicinal plants commercially for 17 years and farms medicinal plants. He is familiar with both the Maritime and the Inland Northwest species. He makes herb tinctures and infused oils. He combines the science of herbs with the magic of herbs through his studies in plant spirit medicine. Michael has initiated and organized many herb gatherings including the Northwest Herbal Fair, the Montana Herb Gathering, and the Spokane Herbal Fair. He is the author of many books and articles including Growing & Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants in the Pacific Northwest and the Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Resource Guide.

 Schedule

Lummi Island, April 10, Friday. Contact Rachel Sefick, 360-510-8308, sefickrj@yahoo.com Directions sent upon registration.  

Algers, April 12, Sunday. Workshop is full.  

Upper Skagit/Rockport, April 13, Monday At Feral Farm with Matt Van Boven. Contact Matt Van Boven, 360-708-8832. feralfarm23@yahoo.com 

Whidbey Island, April 16, Thursday. At Pacific Rim Institute, 180 Parker Road, Coupeville, WA 98239. Contact Michael Seraphinoff, 360-544-2278. mjseraph@whidbey.net 

Port Townsend, April 18, Saturday. Fort Worden State Park, Meet at Park Office, Board Room. Contact Ashley Kehl, 360-301-3055. mastershrouper@yahoo.com 

This Workshop is FULL - North Seattle, April 22, Wednesday. At Discovery Park with special afternoon guest Arthur Lee Jacobson. Directions sent upon registration. 

Please note: We will NOT be wildcrafting plants in workshops held in public parks. It is unethical and illegal to wildcraft in city parks, state parks, national parks, designated wildernesses and Indian reservations.

Sustainable wildcrafting is one of my expertises. I have been been commercially wildcrafting for 17 years with one of the main foci being how it can be done sustainably. I write and teach extensively on the sustainability aspect and am one of the Northwest experts on the topic.

In all of my talks I recommend native plant and ecological restoration to create increased wildcrafting opportunities. I also promote and teach how to bring wild foods and medicines onto farms as crops. The goal is to increase the resource not decrease it. Another thing I focus on is wildcrafting non-native invasive plants. How can wildcrafting help control invasive weedy species. A good reference on this is Invasive Plant Medicine by Timothy Scott.

My native plant and restoration credentials are long. For instance I was behind the Inland Northwest Restoration Conference held at WSU Pullman in 2006. I am currently in the process of setting up an Earth Repair Institute.

This Workshop is FULL - South Seattle, April 23, Thursday. At Seward Park. Contact Laurie Horne, 206-856-1396. emberglow8@hotmail.com Directions sent upon registration.  

Please note: We will NOT be wildcrafting plants in workshops held in public parks. It is unethical and illegal to wildcraft in city parks, state parks, national parks, designated wildernesses and Indian reservations.

Sustainable wildcrafting is one of my expertises. I have been been commercially wildcrafting for 17 years with one of the main foci being how it can be done sustainably. I write and teach extensively on the sustainability aspect and am one of the Northwest experts on the topic.

In all of my talks I recommend native plant and ecological restoration to create increased wildcrafting opportunities. I also promote and teach how to bring wild foods and medicines onto farms as crops. The goal is to increase the resource not decrease it. Another thing I focus on is wildcrafting non-native invasive plants. How can wildcrafting help control invasive weedy species. A good reference on this is Invasive Plant Medicine by Timothy Scott.

My native plant and restoration credentials are long. For instance I was behind the Inland Northwest Restoration Conference held at WSU Pullman in 2006. I am currently in the process of setting up an Earth Repair Institute.

Tacoma, April 24, Friday. Changed Date! New date: April 25. Same location. Same time. Swan Creek Park Food Forest, near the E. Roosevelt and E. 42nd St entrance to the park. 2820 Pioneer Way, Tacoma, WA 98404. Contact Kelda Lorax, kelda@riseup.net 

This Workshop is FULL - Olympia/Oakville, April 26, Sunday. At Wild Thyme Farm, 72 Mattson Road, Oakville WA 98568.


All 1000 Crops workshops are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. They are by donation at the event.

Farmers and gardeners are always on the lookout for new crops. Crop diversity spreads out the risks, staggers the harvests and extends times of income generation.  This can lead to a steady stream of income year round.

This one-day workshop will give an overview of 50 crop categories involving thousands of potential crops including medicinal plants and Northwest native plants.  We will make extensive use of images from the internet. 

See a specialized listing of crops for Spokane that has been compiled by the presenter HERE.

See a specialized listing of crops for the Maritime NW that has been compiled by the presenter HERE.

Bring a list of plants you are interested in. Bring your questions. The workshop will allow us to draw on the knowledge and personal experience of the participants. Everyone will go away with new ideas. This is an opportunity to form a network of farmers and plant people to share information on a continuing basis.

Suggested donation: $20 to $50.
Bring a brown bag lunch
Send an email that you’re coming to:

 Schedule

Mount Vernon, [CANCELLED] April 14, Tuesday. With Matt VanBoven. Contact Matt Van Boven, 360-708-8832. feralfarm23@yahoo.com (venue to be announced.) 

Whidbey Island, April 15, Wednesday. At Unity of Whidbey. 5671 Crawford Road, Langley, WA 98260. Contact Michael Seraphinoff, 360-544-2278. mjseraph@whidbey.net 

Port Townsend, April 19, Sunday. AtQuimper Grange, 1219 Corona Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Contact Ashley Kehl, 360-301-3055. mastershrouper@yahoo.com 

Olympia, April 27, Monday. At The Woman’s Club of Olympia, 1002 Washington St SE.


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Fairy & Faery Beings, Humans, Wild Creatures & Plants: Working Together for Gaia.

All fairy workshops are 6:30 – 8:30 pm (except for North Seattle).

They are by donation at the event.  

Bellingham, April 11, Saturday. At Wise Awakening, 314 E. Holly Street, Bellingham  

Whidbey Island, April 15, Wednesday. At Unity of Whidbey. 5671 Crawford Road, Langley.  

Port Townsend, April 19, Sunday. AtQuimper Grange, 1219 Corona Street, Port Townsend. 

North Seattle, April 22, Wednesday. 7:00 – 9:00 pm. At Dandelion Botanical, 5424 Ballard Ave. NW  

South Seattle, April 23, Thursday. At HorneholdiaUrban Permaculture Homestead, Seattle, WA. Contact Laurie Horne, 206-856-1396. emberglow8@hotmail.com 

Tacoma, April 24, Friday. At Crystal Voyage, 3802 South Cedar Street, Tacoma, WA 98409.  

Olympia, April 27, Monday. At The Woman’s Club of Olympia, 1002 Washington St SE. 


Spokane Herbal Fair

May 17, Sunday New Date!

At the Corbin Senior Center in Spokane
827 W Cleveland Ave.

For all the details go HERE.

 



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Riversong herb garden in October, 2006. End of year one.
 
Michael Pilarski in Riversong Farm herb garden. Hood River, Oregon. June 1st, 2006. Planting almost finished.
 
Sunny Pine Farm / Arnica Chamissonis
 
Sheep Sorrell in bloom at Sunny Pine Farm, Eastern Washington
 
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