Winter Study: Winter Herbal Learning Circle
This winter we’ll delve into Fox Haven’s herbal stores and explore winter traditions and rituals that build phytonutrients into our lifestyle; whether you need restoration to recover from the year or stimulation to power you towards new goals. This hands-on collaborative study session will include winter plant ID and harvesting, kitchen experimentation and crafting, group research and formula making and many opportunities to develop relationships with local plants.
The group project topics serve as an anchor and focus for each person throughout the time we learn together. The creativity, research and preparation that each group puts into their final product (whether it be tea, ferment, lozenge, salve, broth etc.) will enrich each of our understanding of herbal actions and winter herbs.
Tea Blending, Spice Blends and Broths – February 11th 1-4pm
This circle begins with a tea tasting and discussion of herbal actions – from the circulation stimulating jolt of Rosemary to the soothing, easy-sipping infusion of Oats. We’ll learn to listen to cues and responses herbs invoke and begin crafting blends to accompany our seasonal situations. Using taste wheels, traditional recipes and creativity we’ll come away with herbal combinations that we can test throughout the winter.
Spice blends and broths have long been a form of delivering nutrients to the body. We’ll explore the art of toasting and grinding seeds and spices to create fragrant, stimulating additions to our food, cosmetics and therapeutics. Then we’ll play with our perception of broths adding wild edibles, nutritive herbs and spices to bring complexity to both our dishes and our gut biota. Groups will be formed to start working with an herbal action. Each group will work together over the weeks to craft presentations and formulas that exemplify their interpretation of their given topic: Warming, Stimulating, Soothing, Restorative, Building