Calendar of Events

    Feb
    9
    Sat
    2019
    Tasting the Wild: Foraged Flavors of Local Plants and Mushrooms − A Workshop with Jess Starwood @ Meet at unmarked parking lot for carpool to trailhead
    Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

     

    Tasting the Wild: Foraged Flavors of Local Plants and Mushrooms −

    A Workshop with Jess Starwood

     

    Jess Starwood, clinical herbalist and forager of wild medicine, will return on Saturday, February 9, for her second Herb Walks workshop in Ojai. Jess is the owner of SunRaven Apothecary in Thousand Oaks, California where she can be found brewing up herbal elixirs, crafting gourmet wild foods, and teaching classes and workshops on medicinal and edible plants and mushrooms. With her lifelong passion for nature and gourmet food, Jess has studied holistic health and herbal medicine for over 10 years and has a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in Portland, Oregon. This hands-on workshop follows her well-received presentation entitled “Wild Epicure: Infusing Local Flavors and Healing Herbs into Gourmet and Everyday Cuisine for Vibrant Health” at our 1st Ojai Herbal Symposium in November 2018. Her first Ojai workshop was in February 2018.

    In this class, you will identify and experience several wild winter plants and mushrooms to be found in Southern California locales this time of year. In the kitchen, Jess will share for the first time her wildly popular medicinal mushroom chocolate truffle recipe and all participants will go home with some truffles they made by hand themselves, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

    We will meet in the morning for an Herb Walk led by Jess and me at the Ventura River Preserve followed by the afternoon session in a downtown kitchen and workshop space. Please note: This workshop will go on RAIN OR SHINE with substitution of morning indoor activities in case of heavy downpour in the morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that morning. More details will be provided upon registration. In the meantime, please email questions to register@herbwalks.com.

    After the workshop, you will receive digital notes including recipes, a list of all plants identified and discussed, and PDFs of any slides shown.

    Please use the REGISTER button below to sign up and the PayPal link to secure a space. The $75 fee includes all materials. Registrants will be emailed a receipt from PayPal immediately and receive another email from register@herbwalks.com with all necessary information including directions, what to bring, etc. Contact register@herbwalks.com if you prefer to mail in a check.

     

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    Feb
    18
    Mon
    2019
    San Antonio Creek Herb Walk (Tucker’s Grove) @ Tucker's Grove County Park, Goleta
    Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
    San Antonio Creek Herb Walk (Tucker's Grove) @ Tucker's Grove County Park, Goleta | Santa Barbara | California | United States

    Thanks to the winter rain we’ve had so far, water has returned to San Antonio Creek along with Miner’s Lettuce and other native and non-native edible greens. I will lead a 3-hour Herb Walk there on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    On this walk, we will identify, demonstrate and discuss the many uses of wild plants for foragers, herbalists, and naturalists seeking out plants for food, first aid, home remedies, survival, crafts, ceremony and more. Poisonous plants will also be identified.

    Trailside discussion will include humankind’s role in the ecological balance, sustainable harvesting, Chumash plant uses, and other topics generated by the participants. This slow-paced walk is suitable for hikers of all levels able to walk 2 miles round-trip and stand for periods of time.

    “Herb Walks” originated in Santa Barbara in the early 1970’s, the creation of renowned herbalist William LeSassier who was living in the Montecito foothills at the time. I was a neighbor, friend and student of William and began leading my own Herb Walks around the Ojai Valley in 1976 after he moved east. I also studied with Juanita Centeno, the late Chumash plant expert — right here on the San Antonio Creek Trail — in the late ’70s.

    The cost is $25 for adults or $20 for full-time students and seniors 62-and-older. No pre-payment is required to register. Kids 5-12 can go free with an adult by prior arrangement. Toddlers must be in a carrier. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No smoking and no dogs, please, as they can transmit poison oak on their fur.

    Register now by clicking below or by calling 805-646-6281. You also can return to this website any time and click on the event listing itself in the right sidebar on the homepage or click on the “Register for an Event” link under ABOUT in the top menu. There is no pre-payment required for this walk, just your promise to let us know if your plans change. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info about a week prior.

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    Apr
    6
    Sat
    2019
    Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop with James Adams, PhD, of USC School of Pharmacy @ Meet at unmarked parking lot
    Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Please join me and special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy for a Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Dr. Adams has been a frequent and popular contributor to my events for the past seven years. This workshop is based on his ground-breaking pharmacological studies on local native plants. All his workshops here have filled up. 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 and Lanny will identify and discuss the medicinal uses of a wide variety of plants. The morning outing from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.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 walking and standing for periods of time. A few benches are scattered about. A lightweight campstool could be useful as well if standing is a problem.

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

    After a one-hour lunch break, the afternoon kitchen session from 12:30 to 3:00 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 seasonal native plant material such as California Sagebrush, Sacred Datura, and Black Sage. Participants will prepare and take home a jar of liniment for pain relief. After the workshop, they will receive a complete list of all plants that are identified and/or utilized as well as recipes and other info.

    A prepared lunch option will be available. Info on 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 some camping and lodging options.

    Photo: Christopher Nyerges

    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.”

    He 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 book can be purchased beforehand at that link and will also be available for purchase and signing at the event.

    Page 14 of Fall issue of Results magazine published by USC School Pharmacy.

    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. Dr. Adams will have copies of all his 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.

    Please use the REGISTER button below to sign up and the PayPal link to secure a space. The $75 fee includes all materials. Registrants will be emailed a receipt from PayPal immediately and receive another email from register@herbwalks.com with all necessary information including directions, what to bring, etc. Contact register@herbwalks.com if you prefer to mail in a check.

     

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