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 Wild Plant Permaculture Class

July 10- 12, 2020  

       The Wild Plant Permaculture Class is 3 day intensive with hands-on instruction focusing on an integration of  permaculture, 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 class highlights the wild wisdom of weeds as some of the best permaculture teacher examples. This class will visit several sites including: Turtle Lake Refuge Cafe to witness the power of health rooted in community, 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' where we will be staying both nights.

       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 $333 which includes all instruction, food and lodging.

Contact Katrina Blair at 970-317-0988 for more information                                                                    

Please Register for Class at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-plant-permaculture-class-tickets-19149512708

Or by emailing us at  turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com


Topics highlighted in the course

Preparing and Eating Wild Plant Foods as a Daily Practice

Sustainable Wild-crafting

Simple Medicine Making (juices, 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 and Music Sharing

Nature Connection and Daily Practices

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

Detoxification and Back to Basics Nutrition

Designing a Permaculture Life Map 


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.