May 31, 2013

Visit to Wildcraft Studio School

We recently took a drive out through the Gorge to visit the Wildcraft Studio School. Located in White Salmon, Washington the property is rural and full of breathtaking views. We are so excited to be apart of the first summer of workshops out there. We'll be teaching a class on Seasonal Medicine with the focus being on Summer and slightly touching on Autumn preparedness. In the morning we'll take an herb walk and the afternoon will be a bit more hands on.

Chelsea has created a garden full of natural dye plants which she will use in her workshops this summer. Here is a picture of the garden just beginning to wake up from winter sleep.

The lunch at the workshop will be coming out of this beautiful hand built cob oven.

Gorgeous views up here. Chelsea and Kristen examining the spring plant life. 

Elie and Will the heartbreakingly cute Chihuahua, check out what's around the next corner on the trail. 

Our native columbine, Aquilegia formosa, so beautiful! These tiny flowers hid from our sight on the walk out but we spied them on the way home. Shy.

May 19, 2013

Orcas Island

I took a quick trip up to Orcas island last week- almost didn't come back! I got to spend some lovely time with my best friend who is pregnant (so excited for her!) and have nice leisurely family meals, something I don't do enough in Portland. I used to live on Orcas and have been visiting there since I was a kid, so it feels like coming home in a way. Falling asleep in the greenhouse to loud tree frogs and bright stars was magic. Hiking up in the tree farm and seeing the new growth on the fir trees and the blue camas and wild strawberries blooming made me really happy. 

                       so happy to wake up here

                        found a patch of morels while hiking up in the tree farm

                        harvested some of these tender fir tips