This year I will be co-facilitating workshops at the Arboretum on campus at the University of California, Santa Cruz. To register, go to Stay tuned for more workshops to come!

July 28- Making Plant-Based Salves

Learn about the process of making salve by infusing oil with herbs and adding beeswax. We will talk about how to use abundant local plant species and various methods of preparation depending on the plants and type of oil used. Walking around the arboretum and surrounding lands, we will discuss how we can use plants that grow around us for specific healing purposes. Everyone will take home 2 ounces of the two types of salves we create together and gain a deeper understanding of using plants as medicines, identifying wild plants, and making herbal remedies. 

10-1, limited to 15, Ages 12 and up
$45 (members), $55 (nonmembers) + $10 materials


September 29th- Dyeing Wool with Invasive Plants: Land Tending & Re-imagining Our Sense of Place

Join us to learn about harvesting plants for color using fire mimicry and wild-tending techniques. This workshop will include both hands-on and lecture portions as we go over techniques of caring for and rehabilitating oak savanna and coastal prairie ecosystems. We will discuss products and crafts that can be made from materials removed to enhance ecosystem health, and use naturalized “invasive” plant species to dye wool that can be used for felting, knitting, weaving and more. Each participant will leave with wool to use for their own projects, and a deeper understanding of various dyeing processes. Bring a bag lunch.

To register:

10-3, limited to 18, Ages 16 and up
$50 (members), $65 (non-members) + $15 materials
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Oct. 27th- Eco-printing on Silk 

Using leaves, flowers, vegetable skins, mushrooms, nut hulls and roots, we will naturally dye silk scarves. Eco-print is a technique where plants are placed on silk and wrapped around a copper, iron, or aluminum pole and steamed in a hot water bath. We will discuss using different dye mordants, harvesting and incorporating abundant local plant species, “recycling” food scraps by dyeing with them, and how to imprint the shape of plants onto fiber. Everyone will leave with a dyed silk scarf they make themselves. This class will include a short walk to identify particular plants, and classroom time designing and steaming our scarves. Please bring snacks or lunch for yourself.

10-2, Ages 16 and up, limited to 15
$50 (members), $60 (nonmembers) + $15 materials

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