This year I am partaking in Jessica Belden’s Herbal Apprenticeship. Familiarizing myself with the medicinal and edible plants growing nearby. I feel very fortunate to share this opportunity with my fellow classmates as we immerse ourselves in this wild and bountiful study.
Jesse is mother of two, a practicing herbalist, teacher and has an AMAZING herbal product line on etsy called Herban Vagabond Apothecary. She has a great sense of humor, is very knowledgeable and has a huge heart! She even made the pesto for us from the beloved Monarda plant. Down-to-earth + smart + constantly growing = great teacher.
This particular class, Monarda Monday we meandered through the fields near Minnehaha Park. Finding Yarrow, Monarda, Wormwood, Vervains, Hyssop and so many gorgeous and abundant plants. We were even gifted with stalks of Mullein (with the root) that someone had stripped out of the earth and just left laying there. We salvaged the situation and utilized as much of the plant as we could. With so much abundance surrounding us, our baskets & hearts were full.
Allying with our plant relatives connects me with life and fills me gratitude for life. I absolutely love this class and all the amazing people and plants that have crossed my path. Thank you water, sun, earth, air, fire for creating all that makes up this mysterious and beloved planet. And thank you Jesse for offering your time and leading the way to building a strong relationship with our green friends!