The Forager's Path - School of Botanical Studies

Scheduling Custom & Private Herb Classes

The Forager’s Path offers many day long, weekend and extended courses of study in Community and Bio-Regional Herbalism. These scheduled offerings address topics that are both the most relevant and most commonly requested for developing herbalists and foragers.

Sharing the bounty of a riparian habitat with students from Northern Arizona University

In addition to the regular calendar of programs, the director, Mike Masek, is available to present individually tailored workshops to a variety of groups: university, community college, garden club, home school, yoga instructors, massage clinic and private group instruction.

Sponsorship and scholarships are available for these offerings.

Available Workshops:
Creating the Home Pharmacy
Herbal Skin Care: Make Your Own Herbal Oils, Salves & Lotions

This hands-on workshop guides you through each step beginning with the dried or fresh herbs to the finished products. After taking this workshop, students will have the ability to make herbal infused oils which are then used to create topical salves and nourishing skin lotion.
3 hours    $35 per person   6 person minimum + travel expenses and class materilas if needed

Understanding the Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Indian Ayurveda from a Western Perspective
Traditional forms of health care from other regions of the world can initially feel overwhelming and lacking in scientific foundation. What do Five Elements, Yin, Yang, Chi, Prana and Doshas all mean anyway? This workshop is a combination of lecture and discussion with an opportunity to taste different herbs to gain first hand experience of these concepts from Asia. Connections to basic Western scientific principles will be emphasized throughout the workshop.
3 hours     $25 per person    6 person minimum + travel expenses

“Flagstaff essential oil” “Flagstaff essential oils” “Flagstaff aromatherapy” “Prescott essential oil” “Prescott essential oils” “Prescott aromatherapy” “Sedona essential oil” “Sedona essential oils” “Sedona aromatherapy” “Phoenix essential oil” “Phoenix essential oils” “Phoenix aromatherapy” “Las Vegas essential oil” “Las Vegas essential oils” “Las Vegas aromatherapy” “Arizona Herbal medicine” “Sedona herbal medicine” “Phoenix herbal medicine” “Colorado herbal medicine” “Las Vegas herbal medicine” “Prescott herbal medicine” “Flagstaff herbal medicine” “Oak Creek Canyon” “New Mexico herbal medicine”
Introducing botany and plant ID to a homeschool group

Creating Your Home Pharmacy:
Making Alcohol Extracts and Cough Syrup

A combination of alcohol and water as solvents extracts more plant constituents than either one alone. The final product, commonly known as a tincture, is an effective and convenient way to use herbs.
This hands-on workshop guides you through each step in making tinctures at home. An added bonus is a recipe for using tinctures in making a time-tested cough syrup remedy that has been used in my practice for 20+ years.
2.5 hours     $25 per person     6 person minimum + travel expenses and class materials if needed

Stay Healthy in the Snowy Season
A long time favorite! This workshop goes far beyond the simple “Use Echinacea” approach.
The workshop includes: Five time-tested steps to strengthen the immune system and prevent getting sick + Herbal strategies to use if the cold or flu virus gets you down.
2.5 hours    $25 per person    6 person minimum + travel expenses and materials if needed

Using Aromatic Plant Medicine: the Science & Tradition of Essential Oils
A 2 day course that empowers students to safely and effectively use these aromatic plant compounds. This program emphasizes practical hands-on ways to use the oils, shares scientific validation of some uses and debunks some common myths.
2 days    9:00am -3:00pm    $190 per person     6 person minimum + travel expenses and materials if needed

Plant Walks for Medicinal Herbs and Wild Edibles
The location can be as tame as your backyard or wild and remote. One of the advantages of living in the American Southwest is the rapid and dramatic change in topography, climate and plant communities. Travel time from the desert saguaro to the mountain aspen is surprisingly short.

Plant Walks introduce the flora from a variety of perspectives including: plant ID, safety issues & toxic look-a-likes, edibility, traditional therapeutic uses, harvesting methods, chemistry and ethnobotany. The specific focus can be tailored to the group.

Location & elevation of the Walk depends on the season, weather and fitness level of the group.
 3 hours      $25 per person      6 person minimum + travel expenses

Demonstrating how to prepare a prickly pear pad poultice

Foundations of Herbal Medicine
Our flagship program is available for private groups throughout the Southwest. It meets one weekend a month for 9 months. Meeting dates are flexible for private groups.
6 person minimum + travel expenses
Complete details are here.

Many other topics are available. Let us know your interests.
If you would like to schedule a workshop, class or plant walk, email or call Mike Masek at 928-890-7417.


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