Community Classes2018-10-08T03:05:44+00:00

Community Classes:

We offer many dynamic and exciting short and medium length evening and weekend classes for the community on a wide array of herbalism, nutrition and holistic health topics such as mushroom hunting, coping with a chronic disease, wild fermentation, stress reduction, dealing with IBS, medicine making, biofeedback training, and many more. To learn more, click here. Sign up for class notifications here, and see our calendar here.

Upcoming Classes:

Mushroom Hunting Saturday, October 13th

*Spaces are limited, register now to reserve your spot as we’re only doing one public walk this season.

Want to go into a magical forest and harvest delicious colorful beautiful fungi at the height of the Incredible Pacific Northwest Mushroom Season?

Join this mushroom walk and learn to safely identify delicious and potent medicinal mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest?  Chris brings his decades long love affair with the fungal kingdom and teaches you how to ID the top 5 edible mushrooms, most commonly encountered medicinals, and the mushrooms to be careful of.  You’re almost guaranteed to return home with yummy edibles, some medicinals and wonderful memories with a group of like minded cool people.

Things taught in this class:

  • Mushroom safety and identification

  • Edibility,  and cooking techniques

  • Lesser known delicious mushrooms that most people overlook

  • Medicinal and Edible Mushroom Resources, and Tools of the Mushroom Forager

  • Mushroom ecology and their potential role in the evolution of our species

Date: October 13th, 930-230

Location: 1 hour from Portland-Carpooling arranged.

Notes: This is an off trail walk through gorgeous mossy forests.  As such participants should be in reasonable hiking shape, and able to crawl over logs, step around slugs, and leap a small creek or two.  And it’s supposed to be sunny that day, so expect rain, and be prepared for wetness.

$50 for the day,and as a bonus you also receive a NW Mushroom bibliography and summaries of the most important medicinals of our region.

Mushroom Class

Upcoming Classes:

Detoxification Essentials Class:  October 17, 24, 2018

Are you one of the many people who have made sincere efforts to improve your health but still deal with symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, joint aches, digestive issues, skin concerns, and other stubborn symptoms?  Have you gotten little support from the mainstream or complementary medical system who tried to put you on a medication or encouraged you to spend thousands on tests that didn’t help? It’s quite possible that toxicity may be a significant contributor to the way you feel and by addressing it, you can go a long way into achieving your health goals.

It wasn’t that long ago, that the term ‘Toxicity’ was vague and ill-defined and ‘Toxins’ were being blamed for pretty much everything from fatigue, to a flat tire, to hurricanes.  But today, as American’s health is facing more challenges than ever, toxicity research is advancing rapidly and the clinical picture of what toxicity is, how to identify it, and address it, is becoming clearer each day.  We at Vital Ways are at the forefront of this synthesis of clinical, personal and scientific toxicity advancements, and are offering this class to dispel the myths, and encourage health empowerment though trustworthy actionable toxicity approaches.

The Detoxification Essentials class will cover:

  • What a toxin is, from metals like lead and mercury, to biotoxins from mold and water damaged buildings with a special mention of chronic infection toxins from conditions like Lyme disease.

  • How to identify toxicity,  and why most labs aren’t necessary or useful

  • How to pretox before you detox, so you don’t retox

  • Food and nutrients for detoxification

  • Which herbs you can use to keep your system processing toxins effectively

  • How to detox your home and work environment.

  • How to know if detox is right for you or if it’s not

  • How some detox protocols can harm you-The retox syndrome

  • How to know if your symptoms are likely due to a food allergy, toxin, infection or a combination.

  • How to use detoxification as part of a larger holistic model profoundly affect you health.

And much more!

Come for the introductory class or the 2 class more advanced series.

October 17,  6PM-9PM   Intro and Overview  $35

October 24,   6PM-9PM  2 Class Series            $65

Classes are held at Vital Ways and can be attended live, online.

In addition to the classes, each participant will receive a detailed How-to Pretox Handout and an extensive, comprehensive Detoxification Resources list, plus a bonus Detoxification Herbs and  Binders chart.

2 class series

Introductory class (only 10/17) 

Classes Coming Again in Early July!

Vital Kitchen: Food as Medicine

It’s now obvious that proper food choices are among the most important decisions that you can make to support the health of yourself, your loved ones and anyone you are trying to help.    The way we eat each day is based on slowly changing habits that we’ve established over the course of our lives.  When we invest energy intelligently, purposely and consciously to shift our patterns to better support vital foods in our lives, then it soon becomes automatic and only as effortful as our current way of eating in most cases.   This recurring class teaches fundamentals of healthy nutrition and guides you toward implementing easy changes to drastically improve your nutrition and your health.

Fat Adaptation Ketogenic Diet:


April 18th, for 6 consecutive Wednesday nights, 630-830

The Ketogenic Diet was the single most googled diet in 2016.  The benefits of this way of eating are extensive and profound.   It’s a primary effective therapeutic approach to a host of modern conditions, by some successful professionals for Alzheimer’s, Brain Fog, Anxiety, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, and is one of the best tools for weight management.  Depending on one’s health goals, it can be life changing.  However, like many things that quickly gain in popularity, there is a large amount of misinformation from both proponents and detractors alike. Looking for good information can be the research equivalent of trying to juggle water.

This class aims to teach you the details of the how, what, pitfalls and benefits of this way of 3 eating.  Understanding the details and benefits can empower you to know if this way of eating is right for you.  In this recurring class, you are guided through the process of fat adaptation so you can experience the differences for yourself.  Inquire for more details and about the next class start date.

Cost: for this 6 Wednesday Evening Classes.


Clarity, sharp memory, emotional balance, mental focus and quick problem solving are the signs of a Vital Mind. Too frequently people accept impaired cognitive function as a normal part of aging and brain fog, or declining mental function as just something that happens.

In this class, we’ll explore ways to improve mental functioning including nutrition, herbs, supplements and lifestyle.  Many people who use these concepts, herbs and nutrients report not only an increase the above categories but also in the general feeling of improved health.  This is a recurring class.  Inquire for more details and about the next class start date.