FULL: Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop with Dr. James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy

June 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cluff Vista Park
304 W Ojai Ave
Ojai, CA 93023
$75 by Paypal or personal check
Lanny Kaufer
(805) 646-6281

Photo by Christopher Nyerges

Please note: This event is fully booked so registration is closed. Please contact lanny@herbwalks.com to be added to a list to be notified about Dr. Adams’ next visit to Ojai.

Please join me and special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy on Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m for a one-day Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop on how 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 at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Cluff Vista Park, a native plant garden in downtown Ojai, where  Dr. Adams and I 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 in Ojai. After the workshop, participants will receive a complete list of all plants that are  identified and/or utilized with recipes and other info.

The morning outing from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. will be a slow-paced stroll around the park. It is 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 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. will focus on preparing seasonal plants for edible and medicinal uses. Some of the plants to be used are Green Everlasting, Elderberry, Datura, Prickly Pear, Cleveland Sage and acorns.

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

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 new 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.

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.”

Dr. Jim with his handmade traditional Chumash ceremonial skirt.

The cost for the workshop is $75. To pre-register, please use the link below or email register@herbwalks.com. Once you secure your space with a payment using the PayPal button below, you will be added to the “registered” list, emailed a receipt from PayPal, a confirmation from me, and another email from register@herbwalks.com about a week prior with all necessary information including directions, what to bring, etc. Please contact register@herbwalks.com if you prefer to mail in a check.

Dr. Jim speaks to the group on the trail at the Fall 2016 Medicinal Plant Weekend.

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.

One Response to “FULL: Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop with Dr. James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy”

  1. Hey Lanny im looking forward to seeing you sat gonna be fun to get back in the woods again!

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