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Afternoon Medicinal Plant Walk with Jim Adams

February 20, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Please note: Due to an unexpected circumstance, Enrique Villaseñor will lead this walk in Jim Adams’ place. I will still be there, too. Those of you who have attended Jim’s walks or workshops in recent years have met Enrique and know that he is very well-informed about the plants we will see and is a co-author with Jim of the 4th edition of Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West. – Lanny


Please join me and special guest Professor Emeritus James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy for a Winter Medicinal Plant Walk in Ojai on Saturday afternoon, February 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dr. Adams has been a frequent and popular contributor to my events for the past eight years. This walk is based on his ground-breaking pharmacological studies on local native plants and his personal commitment to sharing the traditional medicinal practices he learned from Chumash healer Cecilia Garcia. Dr. Adams is the co-author, with Michelle Wong and Enrique Villaseñor, of the fourth edition of Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use. The cultural portion is based on the teachings of Cecilia Garcia and the scientific portion is derived from Dr. Adams’ laboratory studies.

The walk will be held at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ventura River Preserve in Meiners Oaks, west of Ojai.  It will be a slow-paced walk on a well-used dirt trail identifying and discussing local medicinal plants. It will involve stopping for discussion for periods of time. A lightweight campstool could be useful for those uncomfortable standing. Weather permitting, at 4:00 p.m. we will open a mobile bookstore where Dr. Adams will sign copies of his books.

A morning session is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Cluff Vista Park in downtown Ojai. Please visit this page to read more and register for that separate event.

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.” Now retired from active teaching and enjoying his new status as Professor Emeritus, Dr. Adams taught pharmacy students, medical students, doctors and other healthcare professionals for over 25 years at USC while researching the natural pharmaceutical compounds in native plants. He has over 200 publications.
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. They wrote a book and 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 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.” Here is an excellent 2017 article about Dr. Adams from USC School of Pharmacy magazine: “A Scientist’s Calling to Practice Chumash Healing.”

Please note: This walk will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour that morning and/or a forecast of an 80-100% chance of heavy rain that day. No dogs or smoking, please.

The cost for the walk is $45/person. After the workshop, participants will receive an email with a complete list of all plants that are identified and/or utilized as well as recipes and other info. Please use the REGISTER button at top or bottom of this page to sign up before clicking on the PayPal button to secure your space.

If the event sells out, PayPal will not accept your payment. You will see a message that says this event “is not available at this time” and you will be returned to this page. If that happens, be sure to click on the REGISTER button below to sign up for the waiting list. If spaces become available they will be filled based on date and time of registration.



February 20, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Riverview Trailhead, Ventura River Preserve


Lanny Kaufer
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