Douglas Fir Harvest Intensive
Saturday, March 21
Time: 9 am – 2:30 pm
Instructors: Heather Bruno and Suzanne Tabert
Emerge from winter hibernation and come celebrate the Spring Equinox by learning about one of the most prolific, health giving trees in the Pacific Northwest. Redolent with a citrusy-pine fragrance and taste, the needles of the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, are astringent and antimicrobial, full of vitamins, polyphenols and terpenes, complex volatile oils and aromatic resins that strengthen, support, and invigorate our immune system. Conifers have a special affinity for the respiratory system, opening up the lungs and sinuses, easing the breath and allowing for a more efficiently oxygenated cells throughout the body, as well as boosting our energy! What could be more perfect for recharging after the darker winter days. Let the light in, breath the fresh air and come learn about the gifts of this wise and always green tree to revitalize health and bring renewal to our souls!
Doug Fir can be used in so many ways: as a delicious elixir or oxymel, honey or tincture, transformed into syrups, refreshing beverages, incorporated into both sweet and savory recipes, added to baths, soothing steams and heavenly infused oils for salves, chest rubs and lotions. So. Much. Medicine!
Students will experience the healing magic of being in the forest as they learn about all things Doug Fir, including how to correctly identify and respectfully harvest and make natural remedies! Sample several creations and bring home detailed instructions and lots of recipes!
Make and Take: 2 half pints of infused honey, elixir, tincture, vinegar or oxymel (your choice), along with recipes and detailed instructions for what you can make at home using this generous tree!
Location: Suzanne’s herb sanctuary near the Snoqualmie Falls area. Address will be given in confirmation email upon registering. PLEASE NOTE: This is an outdoor workshop. We will be carpooling to a higher elevation, so please be prepared for all weather.
What to bring:
- Half pint each: raw local honey, raw apple cider vinegar, 151 proof vodka or rum
- Mug or cup to sample Doug Fir treats
- 2 clean half pint jars
- Small basket or bag
- Camp chair
- Lunch and water
Register for the Workshop: