Urban Foraging  Herbal Medicine is a seasonal educational program to teach the community about wild medicinal and edible plants that are readily available to us.

It is a way of connecting with nature, the land we live on, and our ancestral roots no matter where we are from. 
One thing Covid has taught us is when everything else fails you can count on nature.  However, we can't rely on nature successfully if we don't know how to access all that it has to offer.

The program is intentional in teaching families how to make herbal medicine from the plants that they harvest and to respect and support the wildlife around us.  Strengthening our connection with nature 1 family at a time.
Connect Thrive and Heal

We Explore plants as living beings, 
Discover the science of botanical identification, the art of wildcrafting and herbal medicine through this captivating voyage into wild edible and herbal botanicals!
Here is what you learn and experience in this program

Foraging 

Explore plants as living beings, and Discover the science of botanical identification.

  • you will collect plants to create an herbarium 
  • Each family member will pick 1 plant to study
  • Cultivate a relationship with healing plants
  • Harvesting and drying herbsplants
  • Plant Classification, Scientific Names, and Key Terms
  • Introduction to Five Common Plant Families
  • Connecting With Your Own Herbal Lineage & Honoring those Traditions
Herbalism
  • Introduction to a medicinal preparation
  • Herbal infusion and decoction
  • Herbal Honey and Syrups
  • Herbal Preparations: Vinegar, Poultices, Compresses, Soaks, Infused Oils, and Salves
  • Introduction to Herbal Action Terms
Others
  • Ginger bug
  •  Turmeric bug
  • Fermenting wild plants
Senses Training

To fully be able to maximize nature benefits we need to fully open up, connect and trust our senses.
We will train our sense of smell, taste, intuition, sight, hearing, and touch through various games.
Fun Games
  • Yoga 
  • Children games( tag,etc)
  • Geo caching
  • Wilderness survival games
Final day together 

On the last day is we will have our final cookout.
We can invite friends and family to join us at no charge. Each family will do a presentation on the herbs they have researched. We will also take this opportunity to share with our friends and family the herbal medicine we have made.

The idea here is to be actively present with each other to further our connections and to share with others
Location & time

May 22nd -June 26th 

11am-2pm

Location: Concrete Plant Park & various other locations

Course syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to Herbalism and Foraging

  • Cultivating Relationships with Healing Plants
  • Guidelines to Foraging and Wildcrafting
  • Poisonous Plants and Notable Constituents
  • Foraging Self-Care, Precautions, and First Aid
  • Harvesting and Drying
Module 2: Botany and Plant Identification  
  • Introduction to Botany: Plant Classification, Scientific Names, and Key Terms
  • Edible Flowers
  • Botany: Leaf and Vegetative Terminology
  • Introduction to Five Common Plant Families

Week 3: Early Spring Foraging   

  • Chickweed – Stellaria media
  • Violet – Viola spp.
  • Purple Dead Nettle – Lamium purpureum
  • Cleavers  – Galium aparine
  • Creasy Greens – Barbarea verna and B. vulgaris
  • Garlic Mustard – Alliaria petiolata
  • Stinging Nettles – Urtica dioica
  • Interactive Review of
Week 4: Core Medicinal Preparations 
  • Introduction to Medicinal Preparations
  • Herbal Tinctures
  • Herbal Infusions and Decoctions
  • Herbal Honey and Syrups
  • Herbal Preparations: Vinegar, Poultices, Compresses, Soaks, Infused Oils, and Salves
  • Introduction to Herbal Action Terms
Module 5: Late Spring Foraging 
  • Lamb’s Quarters – Chenopodium album
  • Japanese Honeysuckle – Lonicera japonica
  • Daylily – Hemerocallis fulva
  • Rose – Rosa spp.
Week 6:  Cookout & presentation
 
Meet your instructor


Journei Bimwala is a Clinical Herbalist, Family Health & Lifestyle Development Specialist, Certified Health Coach, Yoga instructor and Foraging practitioner.

A homeschool mom of 3, who uses nature as a classroom. Journei uses her expertise and experience to educate families on wellness and self-sufficiency. Her work empowers families who want to take charge of their own health, become more informed, educated, confident and skillful in the art of healing.