Introduction to the Magic of Herbal and Mushroom Medicine
This workshop will be an introduction to the wonderful world of plant and mushroom medicine, briefly discussing plant and mushroom identification, medicine making, and how to use easily accessible plant medicines (such as native plants and common culinary herbs) to help take care of yourself, your family, and your community. We will learn how to make tinctures, teas, infused oils, syrups, and more, as well as discussing the medicinal properties of several PNW native plants and culinary herbs. You will leave this class with a deeper understanding of how to use the plants in your environment and in your kitchen to treat common health imbalances such as headaches, sore throats, digestion issues, diarrhea, nausea, respiratory ailments, sore muscles, wounds, anxiety, insomnia, fungal issues, coughs, and more. For both beginner and experienced herbalists.
Sensual Embodiment Plant and Mushroom Walk
Come take a prance in the forest from a fairy’s perspective - say hello to surrounding plants, mushrooms, and trees, learning each of their names and their healing properties. Take a nibble on new growth of a cedar frond, inhale the intoxicating aroma of wild rose, dance with the feathery leaves of pacific bleeding heart, listen to the sound of wind whistling through the bracts of Douglas fir cones, and see the interconnection, beauty, and aliveness of the forest with new eyes …
Plant Communication and Connection: How to Form Relationships with Botanical Beings
Plants possess photoreceptors that can sense the presence and direction of sunlight.. Plants emit pheromones to alert neighboring plants of environmental changes or seduce pollinators to spread its seed.. Plants know when there’s an insect nibbling on a leaf, and Plants also know when a human is harvesting its flowers, climbing its branches, tickling its tendrils. Plants can sense and respond to their environment, and even communicate its experience to neighboring organisms … including humans, if we can tune into a language more ancient than words, and humble ourselves deeply enough to truly listen. Through visions, song, feelings, and a plethora of other avenues, plants communicate with us. In this workshop, we’ll go over some techniques for how to listen, connect deeply, and even develop relationships with plant and mushroom entities.
Reishi Strauss grew up in the Appalachian mountains of southwestern Virginia, learning the basics of traditional western herbalism from various teachers and the plants themselves. In the summer of 2016 she drove her van cross-country to attend school at Bastyr University, where she completed courses in botanical medicine, mycology, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, the history of herbal medicine, and more. She specializes in wildcrafting, intuitive plant medicine, medicine making, aromatherapy, and medicinal mushrooms. A yoga teacher and ecstatic dance practitioner, Reishi also weaves breathwork, meditation, and sensory practices into her practice of plant medicine. Reishi has taught plant identification walks and workshops at Cascadia Festival, Blessed Coast, Resonance Restival, Bastyr Herb and Food Fair, and Firefly Earth Skills Gathering.