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Wisdom of the Herbs OPEN HOUSE and REUNION

Saturday, October 23, 1:00 to 3:30 pm

Held at Rhapsody Cafe – 28 Main St, Montpelier

You are invited to join George and me for our fall Open House and Reunion on Saturday, October 23, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm at Rhapsody Cafe in Montpelier. We look forward to seeing Wisdom graduates and meeting new folks!

• Learn about our nature-based programs: the very popular Wild Edibles series, and the eight-weekend Wisdom of the Herbs; and tune into our weeknight workshops – “Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk”, and “Eat on the Wild Side” – which will start up again in the spring and run through the fall. Let us know if you’d be interested in coming to some Winter Walks led by George, our resident naturalist.

• Learn about VSAC grant opportunities. Let us know your interests and goals.
Wisdom of the Herbs School now has a page on Facebook, thanks to George! Check out the gallery of photos there, including shots from last month’s Wisdom class of fire making with bow drill. Find us at

• Check out the Transition Presentation,  Sustainable Healthcare After Oil, this Thursday, Oct 21 at 6 pm, at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Details below.
And collect those wild apples – one of the most under-utilized wild foods – and make some crisp or sauce. Add Highbush Cranberries for a lovely rich pink color!

Best,  Annie McCleary, director


Sustainable Healthcare After Oil

Thursday, October 21, 6 to 8 pm
“Third Thursday Transition Night at the Library”
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier

How much of modern medicine is dependent on cheap oil? If oil prices double or triple, how much of our current health care system would still be functional? Didi Pershouse, founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, and author of the Sustainable Medicine Manifesto, will talk about what she learned while visiting and researching Cuba’s extraordinary post-oil health-care system: that creating affordable, local, “powered-down” health care is an important piece in building resilient communities and citizens. And that it can be done.

Participants will learn about how other areas have succeeded in creating low-cost sustainable systems that provide high quality care, discuss ways to build resilience that are specific to the needs of the town or area, and come up with an action plan for the coming months.

About the Presenter: Didi Pershouse founded the Center for Sustainable Medicine in 2006, which functions as a model of a small, sliding-scale, powered-down clinic using practices that are not dependent on cheap oil. She was also the founder and director of the Two Rivers Clinic–a group practice which provided Primary Care Natural Medicine, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Psychotherapy, and Body-Mind Therapies for rural communities in the Upper Connecticut River Valley for over 14 years.

For more information call the Library at 802-223-3338. Sponsored by Transition Town Montpelier and Kellogg-Hubbard Library.


Programs at Wisdom of the Herbs School

Wild Edibles 2011: Enhancing Local Food Security

Spring/Summer: May 8, June 5, July 10, 2011

Summer/Fall: Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, 2011– Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm

Rules for safe wild foraging.
Plant identification using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.
Principles and practices of sustainable wild harvesting.
Proper preparation of potentially toxic edible plants.
Naturalizing wild edibles into our gardens and dooryards.
Drying wild edibles for winter use.
Communicating with plant beings, asking their permission to harvest and offering gratitude.
Tuition $300 each term. Non-refundable deposit $50 each term.


Wisdom of the Herbs 2011: Eight-weekend Certification Program
Local wild edibles and medicinals, plant ID, plant spirit communication, home remedies, food as first medicine, fire making with bow drill and cordage making from plant material.

Classes meet eight weekends, 10 am to 4 pm. April 23-24, May 21-22, June 18-19, July 16-17, Aug 13-14, Sept 10-11, Oct 8-9,
Nov 5-6, 2011. Tuition $1750. Non-refundable deposit $250. Interview requested.


VSAC Grants

Qualifying Vermont residents may apply for Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) non-degree grants for Wisdom of the Herbs programs. VSAC is refunded each June.
Now is the time to apply for a grant for Wild Edibles 2011 Spring Term, and for the eight-weekend Wisdom of the Herbs 2011, while funding is assured.
Applying for a Grant now reserves your funding, and does not obligate you to attend the program – if as time comes closer, you decide not to attend, VSAC will simply pass the funding on to someone else.
Apply on-line or VSAC application forms may be obtained from Wisdom of the Herbs School, or call Vermont Student Assistance Corporation: 1-800-882-4166 or write P.O. Box 2000, Champlain Mill, Winooski, VT 05404-2601.

Wild Applesauce with Highbush Cranberries
Collect wild apples, quarter, take out the bad spots, and simmer in a little water until mushy. Throw in some Highbush Cranberries (Viburnum trilobum) which add a deep pink color to the applesauce. Run the cooked mixture through a Foley food mill. Enjoy!
The Mission of Wisdom of the Herbs School
To offer nature-based educational programs that embrace practical wisdom for healthy living and healing, build core sustainable living-skills, foster profound connection with nature and nature beings, and promote joyful responsibility for care taking of the Earth and all beings, embracing these times of transition and transformation.

Annie McCleary, Director
Wisdom of the Herbs School
Nature ~ Healing ~ Sustainable Living
1005 County Road
East Calais, Vermont 05650

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