Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants - A forager's guide, Part 1
An Online Course by Olivia Lai Shetler
• This original course will be live on Sunday, June 6th, but will also be archived and able to be purchased and viewed asynchronously anytime after this date.
ABOUT THE CLASS:
Are you interested in connecting more with the wild edible and medicinal plants in your area? Ever wished you could experiment more in the kitchen with hyper-local flavors that evolve with the seasons? If so, foraging might be just the thing for you! More and more people are getting the itch to go outside and experiment with wild recipes, so why not jump-start your new interest with an accessible course that will highlight many of the best beginner plants, identification methods, and safety procedures to put your best foot forward on this wild journey! This course will feature highlights of plant families readily available across temperate zones, safety measures for proper handling and harvesting, methods of processing plants for later use, and recipes from a Northern Californian forager and cook with experience in wild cuisine and medicine-making. Whether you're looking to just swap in a wild ingredient here and there in your recipes or start a new lifelong relationship with the bounty and remedies of the great outdoors, this class is the perfect start!
THEMES COVERED IN THIS COURSE
- Why forage?
- The history behind interestingly-named plants and the stories behind their names, for ex: Miner's lettuce, cleavers, and the names of "worts" (eg. mugwort, motherwort, pennywort...)
- The significance of herbalism and foraging for remedies and culinary uses in various parts of the world
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE CLASS:
The day of the course, you will receive an email with a link to the class. Please watch for the email and instructions. The class is hosted live and participants will have a chance to ask questions during the Q&A segment.
We will be sharing resources during the workshop, so you may want to have your notebook and pencil handy.
This course is filled with lectures and demonstrations, as well as suggestions and tools for more outdoor activities or post-processing plants.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Olivia Shetler (aka “OSHET”) is a Cantonese-American San Francisco native designer and artist with a background in graphic design, fine arts, illustration, animation, and biology.
Before switching studies to film and animation, their main focus was on the varied sciences on offer at UC Berkeley and, inspired by the rise of New Nordic Cuisine, they expanded their personal culinary and herbalism journey to include more wild edibles. In 2017, they launched an Instagram account dedicated to educational foraging posts, outdoor hobbies, and travels, where they share recipes and cooking stories to inspire others to explore their local wilderness with new perspectives.
They have incorporated these interests in their illustrations, and exhibited their art at several recent gallery shows, traveled across the country to the table at over a dozen art conventions, and worked on brand campaigns for several start-ups and large retailers.
After having taken hands-on courses on herbal medicine making, they have just soft-launched their own storefront for natural remedies and skincare. They also continue to make and release art prints and stationery goods inspired by their heritage and travel experiences.
They can be found on most social media sites under the artist handle @oshetart and on IG for their foraging/cooking/outdoorsy posts at @oshetlife.
About Young Mystics:
Light Grey Art Lab's Young Mystics meet-ups allow curious minds to explore metaphysical and mystical concepts with an enthusiastic and encouraging community of individuals with backgrounds in art, symbolism, philosophy, Tarot, and other esoteric interests. Classes are on a variety of rotating subjects! Everyone is welcome.
Lindsay Nohl has been teaching/lecturing on Tarot for over 8 years and is a student of metaphysics, philosophy, and esoteric literature. She has been an instructor at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design since 2004.
Jenny Wells has been reading tarot / hosting Tarot events for the past 8 years and will be assisting with our interactive portions of the workshop.
They have been working together at Light Grey Art Lab and have published the Light Grey Tarot, Cosmos Tarot & Oracle Deck, been lecturers together at a variety of Tarot meetups, and more :)
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