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Jun
24
Sun
2018
Summer Solstice Nature Hike on Pine Mountain @ Maricopa Plaza for carpool
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Rondia at the trailhead

Celebrate the Summer Solstice  with a Nature Hike on Pine Mountain. We’ll visit some of the most spectacular scenery and habitat that Ventura County has to offer just when many late spring wildflowers are blooming up there at an elevation of 7000 feet.  According to Craig Carey, author of Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura, the Reyes Peak Trail along the northern slope of the peak is “quite simply one of the most beautiful stretches in the southern Los Padres.”

The outing will start at 9:00 a.m. with a carpool caravan of about 35 miles up Highway 33 from the Maricopa Plaza, (1207 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, CA 93023) to the Reyes Peak trailhead. The final 5.5 miles are on a narrow, winding paved road and the very last half-mile is dirt. Trucks or SUV’s are preferred for the last stretch but most passenger cars with high clearance can also make the drive.

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Lanny examines the needles of a White Fir sapling on the Reyes Peak Trail.

We will start walking into the Sespe Wilderness from the trailhead (where there is a restroom) at about 10:30 a.m., stop for lunch (not provided) in the forest, and return to the trailhead at 3:00 p.m., arriving back at the Maricopa Plaza by 4:00 p.m. We will hike on a well-used trail through Yellow Pine Forest habitat, stopping often to identify and discuss native plants, birds and wildlife. There will be some elevation gain and loss skirting the north side of Reyes Peak, sometimes traversing hillsides on a narrow trail. The total hiking distance will be about 3 miles.

This intermediate level hike is suitable for moderately experienced hikers or physically fit beginners. Weather and marine layer permitting, we will have panoramic views of the Cuyama Valley to the north and the Channel Islands to the south.  This hike is another in a series of backcountry walks and hikes under an Operating Permit from the Ojai Ranger District Office of the U.S. Forest Service designed for guides who provide recreational and interpretive services to the public.

There is no prepayment required, just your promise to notify me in a timely fashion if your plans change. You will receive a confirmation email several days before with all necessary info. After the hike you will receive an email with a complete list of all the plants and wildlife identified, including common and scientific names.

The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62 and older, and $20 for full-time students 13-18. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No dogs or smoking, please.

Carpool: If possible, please be prepared to either take a few passengers or share in the gas cost as a passenger. There is no obligation to participate in the carpool but parking is limited at the trailhead and we like to cut down on our group’s gas consumption and exhaust emissions when we can.

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View of the Channel Islands looking south from Pine Mountain. Photo by Erika Klohe.

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View north of the Cuyama Valley from Pine Mountain

Jul
14
Sat
2018
Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop with Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy @ Downtown parking lot
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Professor James Adams will return to Ojai on Saturday, July 14, for a Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop. Photo: David Sprague

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Following another sold-out class in April, special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy will return to Ojai on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m for a one-day Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop on how to use Chumash medicine to treat summer colds, adjust to the changing season, treat pain and anxiety, and stay healthy all summer.

The morning plant identification session will take place on the pathways of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Cluff Vista Park and the Ojai Valley Museum’s Chumash Garden, two native plant gardens in downtown Ojai, where  Dr. Adams and I will identify and discuss the medicinal uses of a wide variety of native plants. It will be a slow-paced stroll around the gardens. Both are wheelchair-accessible. It will involve stopping for discussion for periods of time. A few benches are scattered about. A lightweight campstool could be useful as well.

After a one-hour lunch break, the afternoon kitchen session from will focus on preparing seasonal plants for edible and medicinal uses. Some of the plants that may be used are Green Everlasting, California Sagebrush, Elderberry, Datura, Prickly Pear, Black Sage, and Hibiscus (“Jamaica”).

Professor Adams discussing Elderberry at the Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop, April 2018. Photo: Enrique Villaseñor

The afternoon hands-on preparation session will be held at a community kitchen in Ojai. After the workshop, participants will receive a follow-up email with a complete list of all plants that are identified and/or utilized along with recipes and other info. 

Dr. Adams brings to Ojai a wealth of scientific knowledge and field experience as well as a singular perspective on herbal medicine. As he tells it, “My family came to Virginia in 1635 and has always survived by using American Indian healing. On the frontier, there were no doctors. American Indian healing was better than European medicine anyway. I continue this tradition.”

Dr. Adams is the co-author — with the late Chumash healer Cecilia Garcia — of the groundbreaking book, Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use. The revision to the 3rd edition will be available for purchase and signing at the workshop.

As an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the prestigious University of Southern California, Dr. Adams has been teaching pharmacy students, medical students, doctors and other healthcare professionals for over 25 years while researching the natural pharmaceutical compounds in native plants. He has over 200 publications. He was recently featured in a beautifully illustrated cover story in the School of Pharmacy’s magazine, Results. Here is a link to an online edition of the magazine. Advance to page 14 for the article “The Healing Power of Plants” as seen here on the right side of this page. You may have to do a quick, free signup for the online viewing service.

Running parallel with his academic career, Dr. Adams has worked with the Chumash people since 1998 and studied Chumash healing with Cecilia Garcia for almost 15 years. In addition to their book, they wrote 30 journal articles together. Jim is now the carrier of the healing knowledge passed to him by his teacher. “Humans have used plant medicines ever since humans came into existence, about 200,000 years ago,” Dr. Adams explains in the book. “That means that our ancestors experienced an intense natural selection. Those who responded to plant medicines survived and passed their genes on. We are the products of this natural selection. Our bodies are designed to respond to plant medicines.”

View photos of previous workshops at this photo gallery page.

Dr. Jim at a previous workshop with his handmade traditional Chumash ceremonial skirt. Photo: Lanny Kaufer

The cost for the workshop is $75. Please use the REGISTER link below or email register@herbwalks.com to sign up. When you’re ready, secure your space with a payment using the PayPal button below. You will then be added to the “registered” list, emailed a receipt from PayPal, a confirmation from me. Another email will be sent about a week prior with all necessary information including directions, what to bring, etc. Please contact me if you prefer to mail in a check.

No dogs or smoking, please.

Please note: This event will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour that morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that day.

 

 

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Aug
11
Sat
2018
Brewing Wild Beers with Local Plants: A Workshop with Pascal Baudar @ Downtown parking lot
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Brewing wild beers with local plants – Extracting yeast and more!

Pascal Baudar, author and renowned professional forager for L.A.’s top chefs, will return to Ojai as our special guest on Saturday, August 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a workshop on brewing wild beers with local plants. He will demonstrate techniques described in his latest book, The Wildcrafting Brewer, the follow-up to his best-selling 2016 book, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir.  A limited number of copies of both books will be available for sale and signing.

Let’s get back to the basics of making beer. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to make tasty beers at home with little equipment. During this workshop, you learn about plants that have been used during history as brewing ingredients, how to extract wild yeast, creating sugar sources from fruits and berries and much more!

First we’ll go on a plant walk and identify some of the plants and other ingredients (such as barks and roots) that have been used historically to create interesting brews (Horehound, Mugwort, Yarrow, etc.). We’ll also talk about medicinal and edible plants during the walk. It’s a very slow walk, probably 1-2 hours.

After the walk, we’ll go back to a community kitchen where Pascal will show you the process of making a simple wild beer on location. Together, we’ll go through all the steps so you can easily redo it at home.

Some wild refreshments, some beer tasting and wild-foraged snacks will be served.

The $75 fee includes the walk and all foods and beverages to be sampled. Click on the REGISTER link below to register and then the PayPal button to secure your space. Online price includes PayPal fee. If you prefer, you can mail a check. Let me know when you register.

 

Pascal’s last two events in Ojai sold out quickly so pre-payment is highly recommended to secure your space. See PayPal link at bottom of page.

Left: Horehound and California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica). Middle: Fresh Mugwort leaf and Sugar Bush berries (Rhus ovata) – very lemony. Right: Mild Hops flowers

ABOUT PASCAL BAUDAR:
Pascal Baudar is a professional forager, wild food instructor, and a self-styled “culinary alchemist” based in Los Angeles. His locally sourced wild ingredients and unique preserves have made their way into the kitchens of celebrated restaurants like Trois Mec in L.A. and such star chefs as Ludo Lefebvre, Josiah Citrin, Ari Taymor, Michael Voltaggio, Chris Jacobson and Niki Nakayama. His website is www.urbanoutdoorskills.com.

Over the years, through his weekly classes and seminars, he has introduced thousands of home cooks, local chefs, and others to the flavors offered by the wild terroir of southern California.

Pascal has served as a wild food consultant for several TV shows including MasterChef and Top Chef Duels. He has been featured in numerous TV shows and publications, including Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, and the New York Times. In 2014, he was named one of the 25 most influential tastemakers in L.A. by Los Angeles magazine.

His unique primitive brewing techniques were featured in a January 2016 article in Craft Beer & Brewing magazine entitled “L.A.’s Wildest Homebrewer.”

 

Lanny and Pascal at their 2016 workshop in Ojai. Photo: Steve Toscher

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Oct
6
Sat
2018
Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop in Ojai with James Adams, PhD @ Meet at unmarked parking lot
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Photo: Angela Kirwin

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Please join me and special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy for our annual Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Dr. Adams has been a frequent and popular contributor to my events for the past six years. This workshop is based on his ground-breaking pharmacological studies on local native plants. All his workshops here have filled up so, as the saying goes, he’s “back by popular demand.”

The plant identification session will take place on the pathways at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Cluff Vista Park and the Ojai Valley Museum’s Chumash Garden, two native plant gardens in downtown Ojai, where Dr. Adams will identify and discuss the medicinal uses of a wide variety of native plants. The afternoon hands-on preparation session will be held at a community kitchen nearby. After the workshop, participants will receive a complete list of all plants that are identified and/or utilized as well as recipes and other info.

Dr. Jim with a wild Buckwheat cake fresh out of the oven at the Fall 2016 workshop

The morning outing from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. will be a slow-paced walk around the two gardens. They are both wheelchair-accessible although there is a hill entering Cluff Vista Park. The morning session will involve stopping for discussion for periods of time. A few benches are scattered about. A lightweight campstool could be useful as well. After a one-hour lunch break, the afternoon kitchen session from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. will focus on preparing seasonal plants for edible and medicinal uses. Dr. Adams will demonstrate how to prepare edible and medicinal products from wild foraged plant material such as yerba santa, California buckwheat seed, oak acorns, black walnuts, and hollyleaf cherry. The specific seasonal plants to be used will be determined as the date gets closer. those who register.

A prepared lunch option will be available. That and a short list of cafes will be shared in a confirmation email sent to those registered.  If you’d like to stay overnight, here is a guide to camping and lodging options.

Lanny and Jim on OVLC's Ventura River preserve. Photo: Harold Wissell

Lanny and Jim on OVLC’s Ventura River preserve. Photo: Harold Wissell

Dr. Adams brings to Ojai a wealth of scientific knowledge and field experience as well as a singular perspective on herbal medicine. As he tells it, “My family came to Virginia in 1635 and has always survived by using American Indian healing. On the frontier, there were no doctors. American Indian healing was better than European medicine anyway. I continue this tradition.”

Dr. Adams is the co-author — with the late Chumash healer Cecilia Garcia — of the groundbreaking book, Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their UseThe book can be purchased beforehand at that link and will also be available for purchase and signing at the event.

As an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the prestigious University of Southern California, Dr. Adams has been teaching pharmacy students, medical students, doctors and other healthcare professionals for over 25 years while researching the natural pharmaceutical compounds in native plants. He has over 200 publications.

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Photo: Christopher Nyerges

Running parallel with his academic career, Dr. Adams has worked with the Chumash people since 1998 and studied Chumash healing with Cecilia Garcia for almost 15 years. In addition to their book, they wrote 30 journal articles together. Jim is now the carrier of the healing knowledge passed to him by his teacher. Dr. Adams will have copies of all his several books with him for purchase and signing.“Humans have used plant medicines ever since humans came into existence, about 200,000 years ago,” Dr. Adams explains in Healing with Medicinal Plants. “That means that our ancestors experienced an intense natural selection. Those who responded to plant medicines survived and passed their genes on. We are the products of this natural selection. Our bodies are designed to respond to plant medicines.”

Please note: This workshop will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour in the morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that day. No dogs or smoking, please.

The cost for the Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop is $75, including all materials for preparing plant medicines. After the workshop, participants will receive a follow-up email including plant lists and recipes.

To pre-register, use the REGISTER button below. To complete registration and secure your space with a payment, please use the PayPal button. Registrants will be emailed a receipt from PayPal and also receive a confirmation email from register@herbwalks.com with all necessary information including directions, what to bring, etc.

Please contact lanny@herbwalks.com if you prefer to mail in a check.

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Nov
16
Fri
2018
SAVE THE DATE: Ojai Herbal Symposium @ Various venues
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm

Coming November 16-18, 2018. Details soon at OjaiHerbalSymposium.org

Tickets on sale July 16

 

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