EagleSong Gardener is an American herbalist, lifelong gardener, pilgrim adventurer hailing from the magnificent Pacific northwest. A woman in love with plants and the earth, she is the founder of RavenCroft Garden in Monroe, WA, home of the first community centered herbal apprenticeship in America.
After retiring from a 10-year adventure as Director of Natural Beauty at the world renowned Herbfarm Restaurant & Willows Lodge in Woodinville, WA, where she designed and implemented sound generative garden systems in high end landscapes and completed a course in Therapeutic and Healing Gardens through the University of Washington. EagleSong returned home to cultivate heart and soul in the wise woman tradition at RavenCroft Garden and as director of her new endeavor, Pacific Wise Women. A daily practice of natural health, simple living and herbal medicine grounds her herbal apprenticeships for those interested in the rigorous journey of being human. Weekend summer camps in slow gardens, slow medicine and slow food are offered for those interested in garnering experiential learning through natural living at RavenCroft. Pacific Wise Women events include an annual Spring Herbal Infusion and the fall Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference.
Currently, EagleSong finds great satisfaction practicing and sharing mischief making in the hedge for those eager to cultivate an ever deepening understanding of this journey we call life.
2018 Presentations by EagleSong Gardener
THURSDAY AFTERNOON INTENSIVE CLASS Thursday, August 23 ~ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm in Staff Quarters A "Fermentation: Cultivating the Wild" Participants please bring $5.00 supply fee, 1 quart canning jar with lid, 2 heads cabbage and dress for a mess! Yogurt! Cheese? KimChee? Sauerkraut! Tsukemono? Wine? Salami? Yup, all fermented! In this wild, irreverent, hands-on workshop you’ll learn how you can create delicious, nutritious fermented foods in your own kitchen. In one active, messy, afternoon, you’ll meet new friends, get some culture and take home the skills and confidence necessary to create living foods for year round enjoyment. Fermentation is a local/global practice passed through time in all cultures on the planet. Ever wonder why this practice is experiencing a flourishing revival here in America? Fermentation, the slow digestion of foods by what Linnaeus called “chaos” and what we now know as microbes, improves nutrient assimilation, naturally preserves foods for extended periods and is an eating adventure outside the box. Soul food nourishes people and culture deeply and carries us forward through time intact. Anyway, a “good mess” is just too much fun to miss. Bring a quart jar and 2 cabbages and join the Kraut Stomp. You’ll take home sauerkraut, recipes, skills and memories of tasty samples as inspiration to begin or continue crafting these life-filled foods in your own kitchen.
Friday, August 24 ~ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm in Auditorium A "Strong Earth Medicine: A Woman's Approach" Under a growing moon, in the month of berries, we gather. Navigating the spiral dance of the seasons, ripeness and roundness express in the garden. Earth draws her energy inward, quickening the ripening of fruits, grains, herbs and vegetables. Digestion, assimilation. What does it mean to engage strong earth medicine? Plant-medicine is life-medicine. Plants carry the wisdom of the ages in their cells. A sideways glance, an honest engagement may open you to their wisdom. In this way, it takes 7 lifetimes to become an herbalist. Are you willing? Do you hear ear-th’s song singing through plants? Herbal allies oatstraw, vervain, calendula and red clover will join our merry band as we nourish, tonify and engage vitality with strong earth medicine.
Sunday, August 26 ~ 8:30 am - 10:00 am in Classroom Building B "Healthy Heart: How to ..." What is the heart? Have you ever wondered how a heart works? What do hearts have to do with how we feel and how do our feelings affect our hearts? What do hormones have to do with hearts? Which plants, nourish, tonify and strengthen a heart? How did the heart become the home of courage? What is courage anyway? Did you know women have 2 hearts? Are you curious about these questions or are other heart-felt questions pressing on you? Are you ready to cultivate a heart healthy practice for your life? Then, you’re invited to join EagleSong Gardener and a wild, wise and weedy entourage of herbal allies for an adventure of the heart. It’s easier than you think! The gnarly old hag, hawthorn and chocolate will be there! Will you?
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