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 Wild Plant Permaculture and Sacred Ecology

July 20- 27, 2018  -
       The Wild Plant Permaculture and Practices of Sacred Ecology Course is a 8 day intensive with hands-on instruction focusing on an integration of wild edible and medicinal plants and holistic health as part of the daily practices. These practices assist in the alignment of harmony between our internal landscape and our external environment.  This course highlights cultural transformation through the power of community. The course is taught by a team of experienced teachers including Katrina Blair, Tyler VanGemert, and additional local permaculture activists. The course will be held on several sites including: a food forest community garden close to Durango, Colorado at 7,000' elevation and a mountainous hut in the La Plata Mountains at elevations of 8-9,000'.
       We will begin with reviewing the permaculture basics, and then dive in deeper to understand how wild plants embody permaculture and cooperate to enhance the environment for the benefit of all. We will experience hands-on projects and expand our understanding of permaculture design through explorations of sacred ecological practices.  We will look to the wild wisdom for inspiration and support while we re-design own rhythmic patterns and participate more powerfully in a regenerative transformation of the world.
Suggested Donation is $1111 which includes all instruction, food and lodging.
Contact Katrina Blair at 970-317-0988 for more information                                                                    
Please Register for Course by emailing turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com

Topics highlighted in the course

Preparing and Eating Wild Plant Foods as a Daily Practice

Sustainable Wild-crafting

Simple Medicine Making (tinctures, root vinegars, teas, salves)

Wild Body Care Products (tooth powder, lotion, shampoo)

Solar Dehydrators

Harvesting and Making Green Superfood Powder

Composting Toilet Designs

Fire Circle (Including Fire by Friction), Optional Sweatlodge

Nature Connection and Daily Practices (qigong, meditation, yoga)

Myco-Ecology: Soil Health and Gut Health

Making Fermentations (both for the soil and for the gut)

Review of Permaculture Principals and Ethics

Basic Patterns in Nature’s Design

Wild Gardening and Food Forests

Organic Land Stewardship

Wild Wisdom of Weeds


Greenhouse Designs

Harmonizing Ourselves with Nature’s Cycles    

Honey Bees and Wild Pollinators

Economics of Happiness

Detoxification and Back to Basics Nutrition

Designing a Permaculture Life Map 

 Addition Exposure to:

Natural Building Examples

Energy Efficiency Systems

Rain Water Colection and Storage


Meet the Teachers

Katrina Blair

KatrinaBlair.jpg  Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to focus on eating wild foods.  She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College.  In 1997 she completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education.  She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. Turtle Lake Refuge is a wild harvested, locally grown and living foods café and sustainable education center for the community.  Katrina teaches sustainable living practices and wild edible and medicinal classes locally and globally.  She is author of a book titled “Local Wild Life- Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep” and “ The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival” published by Chelsea Green 2014.


Tyler VanGemert

image008.jpgEnvironmental Biologist, Acupuncturist, and Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Tyler VanGemert LAc uses elements of both eastern and western traditions to facilitate transformative, interactive classes. Methods include Functional medicine, herbalism, Qi Gong healing, Tai Chi for health and meditation to name a few. As founder of Mountain Medicine Acupuncture, Tyler teaches the practice of wellness to empower everyone to realize wellbeing in their lives. You can reach him by calling 970.247.1233 and by emailing MountainMedicine@Ymail.com or feel free to explore his website: www.mountainmedicineacupuncture.com.


Joel Glanzberg  

 Joel-Glanzberg-Mentor.jpg Joel has been a leading practitioner of Permaculture and Regenerative Design and Development for three decades. He has worked and taught on Five Continents. His early development of the research and experimentation site "Flowering Tree" has been featured in magazines, television, and in the book Gaia's Garden. He helped to co-found Regenesis Collaborative to shift how building and development are done. This has taken him from several hundred acre brownfield in-fill sites to helping to write green building standards for Abu Dhaubi. His passion is to help us to learn to see, think, and work like nature..in patterns. patternmind.org