The good work with the land, the plants, and the medicine relies on the help of other folks. Seed and Thistle happily welcomes the help of others although this help relies more on organized work party days. Please contact me if you're interested in volunteering.
Seed and Thistle will be running another year of the apprenticeship program, as well as a year two for current apprentices. The 2018 Apprenticeship is currently full. Apprenticeship includes monthly formal classes such as 'Herbal Actions', 'Traditional Western Energetics' at the beginning of the year onto more hands on like basic medicinal plant cultivation, medicine making and more during the warmer seasons. Kathleen Coulton will lead many of the medicine making and wildcrafting, who is the co teacher for our youth programs. Included are some wildcrafting trips and field trips. Also for 2018, we will have Carme Jimenez, a Mayan curandera provide a class on plants, and letty chichitonyolotli martinez teach botany and Peter McCoy from Radical Mycology teach a class on medicinal mushroom cultivation. There will be medicine making for the pop up mobile clinic, The Seasonal Wellness Clinic, which launched the summer 2017 and informal education around herbalism and access. Fees for the full program are 1,000-1,300$ for 2018 and there is financial accommodations for BIPOC folks that especially long to connect to traditional healing modalities that have been colonized and undermined in their ancestry. For 2019 we are working to secure scholarship spots. The Seed and Thistle apprenticeship program requires self motivation and initiative to spend a lot of personal time and study, while there is guided direction on books and references and materials.
Image of Tilly, a volunteer, helping to process a harvest of Elecampane and Marshmallow root.