Professor Adams discussing Elderberry at the Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop, April 2018. Photo: Enrique Villaseñor

Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop with Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy

July 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Downtown parking lot
180 N Blanche St
Ojai, CA 93023
$75 by Paypal or personal check
Lanny Kaufer
(805) 646-6281
Professor James Adams will return to Ojai on Saturday, July 14, for a Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop. Photo: David Sprague


Following another sold-out class in April, special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy will return to Ojai on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m for a one-day Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop on how to use Chumash medicine 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 of 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 I will identify and discuss the medicinal uses of a wide variety of native plants. It will be a slow-paced stroll around the gardens. Both are 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 will focus on preparing seasonal plants for edible and medicinal uses. Some of the plants that may be used are Green Everlasting, California Sagebrush, Elderberry, Datura, Prickly Pear, Black Sage, and Hibiscus (“Jamaica”).

Professor Adams discussing Elderberry at the Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop, April 2018. Photo: Enrique Villaseñor

The afternoon hands-on preparation session will be held at a community kitchen in Ojai. After the workshop, participants will receive a follow-up email with a complete list of all plants that are identified and/or utilized along with recipes and other info. 

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 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. 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. “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.”

View photos of previous workshops at this photo gallery page.

Dr. Jim at a previous workshop with his handmade traditional Chumash ceremonial skirt. Photo: Lanny Kaufer

The cost for the workshop is $75. Please use the REGISTER link below or email to sign up. When you’re ready, secure your space with a payment using the PayPal button below. You will then be added to the “registered” list, emailed a receipt from PayPal, a confirmation from me. Another email will be sent about a week prior with all necessary information including directions, what to bring, etc. Please contact me if you prefer to mail in a check.

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.





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