Outdoor Plantschool Weekend Immersion Program

March-0ctober 2020

15 spots

COURSE DESCRIPTION

When I was reflecting about what I want to teach this year, I took a look back at the past three years of teaching and asked myself “when were the moments that my students were the most fulfilled and having the most fun?” Those moments were almost all when we were outside, actively engaged with our environment, with the plants around us and with each other. This program is a new offering that I created in response to that realization.

 

My goal for this program is to:

  • foster detailed knowledge about the natural environment around us with a focus on plants.

  • learn about the medicinal properties of plants and how to use them.

  • learn to tend wild places and gardens.

  • interact with plants with hands on projects (herbal medicines, foods, crafts, meditations, etc)

  • increase body-awareness

  • build relationship with place

  • build community

  • have a whole lot of nourishing, healing fun

 

This program will be taught all outside. I’m an herbalist, so herbal medicine will be our main focus, but we will also delve into eating plants, flower essences, basket making, cordage making, plant art, plant spirituality, gardening and more. My teaching style is organic, collaborative, and participatory. We'll visit a wide range of people working the land, wild places, and parks. Each class will be a different experience, and a different adventure.

CURRICULUM 

 

The focus of this class is hands on interaction with the plant world.

- medicinal uses of the wild and cultivated plants that we come into contact with

- plant ID

- harvesting and processing plants for medicine

- wildcrafting ethics and sustainability

- medicine making (mostly folk style, since we'll be doing it outside.)

- using plant pigments (natural dyeing, flower pounding and botanicals inks)

- flower essences

- seed starting, basic gardening

- basketry and cordage from found materials.

- wild food plants

- MORE

 

WHO TEACHES

Natalie Hammerquist with guest teacher Diana Law and more TBA soon.

 

LOCATIONS

Locations will include parks in Seattle, farms, gardens. Sometimes we will need to take ferries to get where we need to go. There will also be a campout weekend that will include one overnight.

 

DATES AND TIMES:

March- October 2020

One Saturday and Sunday a month (Exact dates TBA)

10:00am-4:00pm each day (students are expected to be on time)

Times for class may be as early as 9AM and as late as 5pm on certain days that require more travel.
 

MATERIALS

At times you will be responsible for bringing some of your own tools and materials to class. This will include things like alcohol for making tinctures, honey, jars, a hammer, etc.

 

WHO I’M LOOKING FOR

Participants in this program will be willing to brave the weather, ready to connect with nature and other people in community, and ready to go on all kinds of adventures. They are willing to do things will make them uncomfortable, like walking in the woods without a trail, being outside in the rain, and trying things they’re not good at. However, outside of willingness, you don’t need to have any prior nature experience or experience with plants or plant medicines. This is an opportunity to be initiated into a deeper connection with the natural world that you may have been denied in your life. Participants will need to be able to travel to various locations around Seattle and outside Seattle. There will be carpool opportunities available for those without cars.

APPLYING FOR THE PROGRAM:

There are 15 spots in this program. I prefer students who can commit to full attendance. Please read the application and selection information below carefully so you know what to expect

Application process

  • ENROLLMENT PERIOD: Now- January 5, 2020

  • Submit your fully completed application during the enrollment period, by email. I will email you back to confirm I got it. If you don't get a confirmation email please email me again, as I don't want to miss your application.

  • Applications received by January 5th, 2020 have priority. Applications received after will be considered if there are still spots.

 

Selection process:

  • I will review applications and contact accepted and waitlisted applicants within a week of the enrollment period end via email.

  • Priority will be given to students who have already studied with me in some capacity. For example, if you have been taking my classes and have been intending to do my program for a while, you are more likely to be accepted.

  • If you are accepted, you have 7 days to respond and make your $300 deposit for the program.

  • Wait-listed applicants may be offered a spot in the program at any time up until the program starts. I typically have one or two cancellations in the program.

 

Tuition:

$1800.00 per student (which includes the $300 deposit)

Contact me for more info about payment plans and small scholarships for LGBTQ and BIPOC folks.

 

APPLICATION:

 

Please either type your answers directly into an email, or make a PDF version of a word document (I don’t have word on my computer).

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  1. Contact info

    • Name

    • Phone number

    • Email address (please use the one you check the most often. I will use this to send your acceptance and emails during the program)

    • Allergies

    • Preferred pronouns

    • Emergency contact (name, relationship, phone number)

  2. What classes have you taken with Natalie?

  3. Why are you interested in this class in particular? What caught your eye? What experience are you hoping for?

  4. What previous experience do you have with nature and plants?

  5. Are you able to attend all classes?

  6. Do you have any schedule conflicts that may prevent you from coming to class?

  7. Are you able to walk 2 miles on uneven ground, possibly uphill?

  8. Do you have any health concerns (including allergies or pregnancy) that we should know about that may affect your participation in the program?​

  9. How did you hear about The Adiantum School?

WORK TRADE

Work Trade Position Information

  • This program has one work trade position available. 

  • The work trade student will pay half tuition ($900), and help out in the class.

 

Work Trade DUTIES:

  • Arrive 15 mins early to indoor classes. Sometimes stay 15 minutes after if needed.

  • Help with setup, organizing handouts, making tea.

  • Help doing dishes and cleanup after indoor class days.

  • Sometimes help press tinctures for Natalie’s apothecary either during lunch or after class.

  • Be self sufficient in performing these duties.

Work Trade Application Questions:

  1. Are you able to arrive to class 15 minutes early and stay 15 minutes after?

  2. Why are you applying for the work trade position?

  3. Please rate your level of need as honestly as possible, on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being very small and 10 being very large).

  4. If you don’t get the work trade position,  do you still want to be considered for a full price position?

Please submit your application to adiantumschool [at] gmail.com.