My passion is educating my community on the many benefits that herbal medicine can provide for them. I teach in a wide variety of formats: via local herbal apothecaries, herbal conferences and events, in person one-on-one sessions, or online. See below for a list of current class offerings.
Would you like to book me to teach at your event/school? Please contact me to do so!
During our current social distancing restrictions due to the COVID pandemic, I am happy to book on online class that can be arranged to suite you or your event needs.
Community Class Offerings
Plant Identification in the PNW
A three part course designed to introduce you to the foundations of Plant Identification. The first class will teach you about plant morphology, the main method used for identifying plants. You will learn about the various ways in which a plant organizes its features, its morphology, and the course will cover morphological traits that pertain to stem, root, leaf, flower, inflorescence, and fruit morphology. The second course in the series will cover the morphological traits specific to a group of families prevalent in the PNW; and will then take you into the field on herb walks to identify specific species of plants found in the families covered. We will discuss the traits used to identify our medicinal species, how to sustainably wildcraft plants for medicinal use, how to use plants as medicine via learning about the materia medica of the plant, and we will explore the many methods used in making medicine from our local medicinal plants. The third and final course will teach you how to use the main dichotomous key of the region, The Flora of the Pacific Northwest, in order to learn how to key a plant in the wild to its corresponding family, genus and species. You will learn about the tools used in plant identification, the skills employed in keying out plants, and will have the opportunity to work in the field to key out a number of plants using the The Flora of the Pacific Northwest. Come explore your environment and learn about the wondrous herbs it has to offer!
The course can be taken as a whole, or you can sign up for each course that speaks to you.
Learn the basic skills that will help you to be able to identify a plant by using a regional flora (book used to key a plant out to its species). This class will focus on how to determine the morphological traits of a plant by exploring what type of stem, bud, root, leaf, flower, inflorescence, and fruit a plant is expressing. By learning about the morphological traits of a plant we can begin to fairly accurately key a plant into what family it belongs in, what genus it is housed in, and what specific type of species it is. Learn your morphology and you’ll be well on your road to identifying plants in the wild.
Plants are classified into what family they belong in first, then what specific genus they are housed in, and further into what unique species they are. When we learn the basic morphological traits of a family we can then move forward to keying a plant out into what genus and species it is. In this class we will explore the key morphological traits of the main families prevalent in the PNW, which provide us with a wealth of food and medicine. We will also be expanding our medicinal knowledge of the plants belonging to the families covered by exploring the therapeutic qualities associated with each family. Once the core features of the families are learned we will take an herb walk, which will be focused on applying our morphological training to identify our native plants from the families covered. We will explore the medicinal properties of the plants highlighted on our walk, and we will discuss the best method for harvesting each herb and for preparing the herbs into medicine for our personal medicine chests. You will be amazed by the medicinal properties of plants you have already met and will be tickled by getting to know some new plant allies as well.
Keying a mystery plant out to its family, genus and species is both challenging and rewarding, and a must if you are wildcrafting your medicinal herbs. Proper plant identification is vital when collecting plants in the wild, you want your herbal medicine to support you and heal you, not kill you! During this class students will be introduced to how to use 2 of the most widely used dichotomous keys in the PNW, Hitchcock and Cronquist’s Flora of the PNW, and Eugene Kozloff’s, Plants of Western Oregon, Washington & British Columbia. We will take a walk in nature and will stop along the way to key plants out using these keys. If using a key seems overwhelming or difficult to you this class will de-mystify the process and will give you the skills to use a key with confidence. Students will need to bring one, or both of the above keys to the class for their personal use.
Mystery, Medicine and Magic Apprenticeship
It is my great honor to be teaching and learning during this 2 year long apprenticeship. May my heart open, my mind expand, and my love of the plants explode in a flurry of green goodness! At this time the apprenticeship is full.
Class details by Joyce Netishen, mystery magic plant spirit goddess!
"Mystery, Medicine, and Magic... a healer's path. An apprenticeship for women… by women. This apprenticeship is about the path of the healer. It’s about mystery and medicine. It’s about oracles and healing, beauty and power. It’s about a woman’s remembering and intuition, and how she develops a healing touch so intentional that her hands become the medicine."