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.
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.
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)
Reclaiming Your Inner Flow State with Hanna Jordan, LCSW
CREATIVE FLOW – NEUROSCIENCE – VITAL MIND+BRAIN HERBS
EMOTIONAL RE-PATTERNING – SELF DISCOVERY