Forest Skills: Discovering Our Living Mountains
Dates: Thursdays, April 16 – June 25 (no class April 30th). Fall dates TBD.
Course Length: 10 Thursdays, 9am-4:30/5:00pm (varies due to traveling time)
Instructor: Luke Cannon
Guest Instructors: Clint Corley, Marissa Percoco
Excited to learn more about our local Plants and Fungi? Ready to go deeper with Wild Foods, Medicinal Plants and Mountain Ecology? This class will dive deep into identification of Spring trees and wildflowers, edible & medicinal plants, ecological connections and techniques for expanding awareness. Hands on activities, such as fire, cordage and basket craft will be utilized to deepen participants connections with the living forest. Additional focuses topics include Bird Language and Animal Tracking. You will walk away from this course feeling more attuned to your natural surroundings, knowledgeable in wild foods and medicines and grateful for all the wonders of Spring!
What You Will Learn: Gain a strong foundation in Spring Plant, Tree and Mushroom Identification, Uses, Ecology, Harvesting Ethics, and Wild foods. You will also be introduced to Bird Language, Tracking, Fire by Friction, Wild Cordage and Basket Craft techniques. Our classroom will be an array of beautiful forest sites in the greater Asheville area. We will also be at ASHH for plant processing, lectures, and in inclement weather.
- Beginning and experienced herbal medicine and ecology students
- Environmental educators and outdoor enthusiasts
- Survivalists and earth skills students
- Those new to the region wanting to learn more about local forests and plant diversity
- Anyone wanting to build a meaningful connection with the natural world we live in
Prerequisites/Requirements: commitment to upholding sacred space in class; including but not limited to: arriving on time, talking in turn, respecting instructors and classmates, maintaining excellent attendance Please Note: Average Hikes are 1 to 2 miles, two hikes are in the 3 to 4 mile range.
Tuition: $575, Payment Plans Available
Your nonrefundable $50 deposit holds your place in the class and is applied to tuition.
Quotes from Fall ’14 students:
“Luke Cannon’s class is about bringing awareness through immersion… Being in the woods and able to taste, touch, smell and be a part of every experience is what helps build the foundation for life-long learning. Every minute was filled with knowledge and gratitude for the life growing around us”
“Taking Luke’s class this past fall was one of the best experiential programs I’ve taken. Beyond just being well versed in the botany and ecology of this region, he has a deep sense of love and inquisitiveness for his natural surroundings”