Calendar of Events

    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

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    There must be a reason why I have been inviting Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy to Ojai again and again for the past seven years, filling the events each time. Could it be that Dr. Adams has a unique perspective on plant medicine that is resonating with people eager to explore natural alternatives to pain management and other troubling conditions? You can find out for yourself when Professor Adams and plant educator Enrique Villaseñor return on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop focused on Dr. Adams’ groundbreaking pharmacological studies on natural pain management using medicinal native plants.

    The plant identification session will take place on the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ventura River Preserve where Dr. Adams and I will identify a wide variety of useful plants. The afternoon hands-on preparation session will be held at a community kitchen in Ojai. Dr. Adams will demonstrate how to prepare medicinal products from seasonal native plant material such as California Sagebrush, Sacred Datura, and Black Sage. Villaseñor will give instruction on preparing healing foods and drinks from Prickly Pear Cactus pads. Participants will go home with a jar of liniment they prepared themselves. After the workshop, they will receive a complete list of all plants that are identified and/or utilized as well as recipes, journal articles, and other info.

    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. Enrique will demonstrate preparation of Prickly Pear pads. 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.

    If you’d like to stay overnight, here is a guide to some camping and lodging options.

    Photo: Christopher Nyerges

     

    ABOUT DR. ADAMS:
    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 click on the REGISTER button below to sign up and then 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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    Apr
    18
    Thu
    2019
    Full Moon Sunset Nature Walk @ Ojai Park & Ride for carpool to trailhead
    Apr 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Full Moon Sunset Nature Walk @ Ojai Park & Ride for carpool to trailhead

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    The Supermoon Sunset Nature Walk in March was a great success except for one thing. Although it was a beautiful evening with a great group, clouds on the eastern horizon obscured our view of the moonrise until we were back down the hill off the trail. So in our eternal quest for perfection, we’re doing it again for the April full moon. Technically, the exact moment of the full moon will occur at 4:12 a.m. on Friday, April 19, making Thursday night’s moon the closest we’ll get to fullness. The sun is due to set at 7:31 so that is our target time to be at our vista point overlooking the beautiful Ojai Valley (Valley of the Moon).

    We’ll meet at the Park-and-Ride lot downtown  between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. and carpool to the trailhead to minimize the crowded parking situation. From there we’ll gradually walk about 3/4 of a mile to the vista point, stopping along the way to meet some valuable native plants.

    After witnessing the setting of the sun and rising of the full moon, we’ll walk back to the trailhead by remaining daylight, moonlight, and flashlight, returning to the Park-and-Ride by 8:30 p.m.

    From there you’re invited to join me across the street for beverages, appetizers or dinner at Ojai Valley Brewery where brewmaster Jeremy Haffner has created some truly delicious lager-style craft beers and ales using some of the same local plants we’ll meet on the trail. His brews change with the seasons and reflect the plants of Ojai. At our March gathering, we had some amazing Chaparral Ale bittered with sagebrush and sage instead of the usual hops, New Moon Oat Stout brewed with wild oat grass, and Sugar Bush IPA flavored with local sumac berries.

    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. If it fills up, priority will be given to those who registered in advance.  Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info a few days prior.

    Photo (retouched): Lanny Kaufer

     

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    Apr
    27
    Sat
    2019
    Bounty of a Working Medicinal Herb Garden − A Workshop with Carol Wade and Lanny Kaufer @ Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden
    Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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    “The Bounty of a Working Medicinal Herb Garden”

    Ojai herbalist Carol Wade tending the Rosemary bush and enjoying some aromatherapy while she works

    Gardener/herbalist Carol Wade and native plant guide Lanny Kaufer, invite you to join them on Saturday, April 27, at Ojai’s Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden — miraculously spared by the 2017 fire — to appreciate the nature still standing, the resiliency of the natural world and of our human bodies, and the many ways plant medicine lends itself to whole body/mind health.

    You will spend a lovely morning touring this East End jewel with the garden’s founder, herbalist Carol Wade, as your guide. Enjoy the beautiful vistas as you learn about how to grow and care for the many herbal allies that live among us.  Many of these gems are native. We will gather a few for some of the herbal preparations we’ll be making in the afternoon. After our in-depth tour of the garden, we’ll break for lunch and reconvene at a downtown  kitchen for some herbal medicine making:

    • Mullein oil
    • Hummingbird Sage tea
    • Lemon Verbena ice cream

    Details will be described in a confirmation email sent to registrants prior to the workshop.

    ABOUT CAROL WADE:

    Carol Wade has been practicing as a professional herbalist and nutritional counselor for over 25 years, and is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Her garden, the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden in Ojai, California, serves as a hub for several medicinal herb-oriented ventures that bring the idea of using medicinal herbs in daily living as a viable and logical choice to the community at large.

    After practicing privately for much of her career, seven years ago Carol joined her work as a practitioner and educator with her background in the herbal and organic gardening fields to bring herbal medicine to a wider audience with the Earth Island Herbs Medicinal Herb Garden and the Earth Island Herbal Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project in Ojai, CA. She currently offers Eco-tours of the garden that combine medicine making with garden tours, workshops for the general public,  and presentations for school classrooms.

    In 2016, Carol founded the Ojai School of Herbal Studies, an 18-month herbal studies program that utilizes the garden, hands on medicine making, and an in-depth education in how to use herbs safely and effectively, including terminology, plant chemistry, anatomy and physiology, an extensive materia medica, and actual herb cultivation.  She was a presenter at the Ojai Herbal Symposium in November, 2018.

    There are two steps to registering. First, use the REGISTER button below to sign up. Second, to secure your space, please use the PayPal button to complete payment. The $75 fee includes all materials. Please email register@herbwalks.com if you prefer to mail in a check.

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    May
    4
    Sat
    2019
    Ojai Medical Cannabis Conference (MediCannaCon) @ Ojai Valley Woman's Club
    May 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Ojai Medical Cannabis Conference (MediCannaCon)

    Saturday, May 4, 2019, in beautiful Ojai, California

    Registration and information at OjaiHerbal.org

    5.5 units of Category 1 CE credit APPROVED by California Acupuncture Board.

     

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    9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and introductions

    9:15 – 10:15 Margaret Peterson, MD (The Claudia Jensen MD Center for Integrated Medicine) :

    “The Human Endocannabinoid System”

    10:15 – 11:00 David Bearman, MD:

    “Cannabis in Health and Disease”

    11:00 – 11:15 Break

    11:15 – 12:00 Dr. Bearman (cont.)

    12:00 – 1:30 Lunch break

    1:30 – 2:30 James Adams, PhD (USC School of Pharmacy):

    “Medical Uses of Full-Spectrum Cannabis”

    2:30 – 3:30 Susan Marks, RN, BSN, PHN

    “The Safe and Effective Cannabis Patient Experience”

    3:30 – 3:45 Break

    3:45 – 4:45  James Adams, PhD:

    “The Entourage Effect of Cannabis”

    David Bearman, MD
    Margaret Peterson, MD
    James D. Adams, PhD
    Susan Marks, RN, BSN, PHN

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Sponsored by: Sespe Creek Collective, Ventura County Reporter and CannaSuperior

    May
    27
    Mon
    2019
    Memorial Day Nature Hike in Matilija Canyon @ Maricopa Plaza parking lot for carpool
    May 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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    With the weekend workers in mind, on Memorial Day Monday, May 27, we’ll walk 2 miles into Matilija Campground in the heart of  the Matilija Wilderness, one of my favorite locations in the Los Padres National Forest. The views of the surrounding mountains are stunning and there is a great diversity of riparian and chaparral life to identify, sample and discuss. The chaparral plant community has made a striking comeback since the December, 2017, fire, and bears witness to nature’s resilience.

    Swallowtail on Yerba Santa
    Swallowtail on Yerba Santa

    As usual, we’ll stop along the way to discuss and demonstrate the many uses of native plants and explore their relationships with birds, insects, and other organisms in their environment. The fire ecology of the chaparral will be another topic of exploration. Once at the campground, we’ll practice cracking open and eating sweet Southern California Black Walnuts, one of the foods that foragers covet.

    Matilija Campground. Photo: Rich Kot
    Matilija Campground. Photo: Rich Kot

    This hike is one in a series of backcountry hikes under my Special Use Permit from the Los Padres National Forest for guides offering interpretive services to the public. It is an easy-to-moderate hike on a well-used trail with little to no elevator gain, suitable for anyone physically fit enough to walk a total of 4 miles and stand for periods of time.

    The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a carpool to the trailhead from the Maricopa Plaza, 1207 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, CA 93023. There is no obligation to participate in the carpool but there is very limited parking at the trailhead and I am always interested in cutting down on my group’s exhaust emissions as much as possible. Participants who wish to participate in the carpool should be prepared to either take a few passengers or share in the gas cost.

    We will start walking from the trailhead at 9:30, walk about 2 miles to the campground for a lunch stop, and return to the trailhead at approximately 2:30. That should put us back at the Maricopa Plaza by about 3:00 p.m.

    RAIN: Light rain will not cancel the hike but heavy rain will. Status will be updated for those registered as the day gets closer.

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    Raindrops in the Upper North Fork of Matilija Creek

    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 $15 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.

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    Jun
    23
    Sun
    2019
    Summer Solstice Nature Hike on Pine Mountain @ Maricopa Plaza for carpool
    Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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    Rondia at the trailhead

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    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 $15 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
    Nov
    16
    Sat
    2019
    Ojai Herbal Symposium @ Ojai CA
    Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm

    Coming November 16-17, 2019: the 2nd Annual Ojai Herbal Symposium

     

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    We’re in the planning stage now so, in the meantime, here’s last year’s flyer to give you an idea of what to expect when we bring together some of the top minds and most effective practitioners in the field of botanical medicine.