Dr. Adams at Spring 2018 workshop in Ojai. Photo by Enrique Villasenor.

Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop with James Adams, PhD, of USC School of Pharmacy

When:
April 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
2019-04-06T09:00:00-07:00
2019-04-06T15:00:00-07:00
Where:
Meet at unmarked parking lot
180 N. Blanche St.
Ojai
CA 93023
Cost:
$75 (includes all materials)
Contact:
Lanny Kaufer
8056466281

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is full. You can sign up for the waiting list by emailing register@herbwalks.com.

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 1:00 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is full. You can sign up for the waiting list by emailing register@herbwalks.com.

 

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