Plants are all around us, and our lives wouldn't be possible without them, but how much do we know about these green and sprawling creatures? Can we see past the wall of green and to the plants themselves as individuals? In this 8-month intensive, you will begin to learn how to live in greater symbiosis with the plant world, gaining valuable skills in identifying various species, utilizing them for food and medicine, and helping to ensure that they continue to thrive in their ecosystem. Through botany, beginning plant medicine, basketry, foraging, natural dyes, permaculture, and habitat restoration, you will gain a greater understanding of both the big ecological picture of plants in Central Texas, and the details of their individual constituents and growth habits.
This intensive will meet one weekend per month October-April. Each weekend we will dive into a different topic. Everything that we do in class will be dependent on what is most vibrant and alive the weekend we are meeting for class and we will certainly take advantage of any surprise plant visitors on the land. All classes will take place at our beautiful Bastrop campus. Bordering the muddy shores Cedar Creek and reaching up to a high Oak Savannah dotted with Mesquite and Juniper, we are lucky to have land that encompasses many micro-climates. No matter where in Texas you are from, you will probably see a patch of our land that looks like home.
Taught by Jessica Ennis, who has been studying plants from Michigan to Washington and all over Texas for over a decade, this intensive is not an herb school, it's not a Permaculture Design Course, and it's not a botany class. It's a journey into understanding how these things fit together. It takes from these and many other disciplines, but it is its own deep study of finding our place among the plants surrounding us.
No prior herbal studies or botanical knowledge are required, simply a thirst for knowledge and understanding, and a willingness to slow down and really look. Most of our time will be spent in the field, with lectures sprinkled throughout each weekend and assignments to do at home, helping you deepen your personal study between classes.
Program Topics will Include:
*Botany & plant ID
*Foraging and preparation of Central Texas staple foods (mesquite, pecans, acorns)
*Medicinal preparations of native & invasive plants
*Permaculture principles and hands-on land projects
*Natural dyes and cordage
*Basketry with native plants
Note: Physical exertion during the local program weekends is light and moderate on the field trips. Participants must be capable of walking on uneven terrain.
NOT RUNNING IN 2017/18
$400 non-refundable deposit due at the time of enrollment
Location: Our beautiful wooded campus west of Bastrop, TX: 137 Woodview Lane, 78602
Times: 9:00am-5:00pm Saturdays, 9:00am-3:00pm Sundays (hours may vary)
Program cost: $1295 or pay monthly for $110 a month*
*Payment plan based on 9 monthly payments (from Sept-May) and a $400 deposit.
Open to ages 16 and up