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Herbal Weekend with Heather Houskeeper
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Herbal Weekend with Heather Houskeeper

Certified Herbalist

A Man Standing On Top Of A Mountain

From Friday, November 10, 2023 to Sunday, November 12, 2023 November 10, 2023 November 12, 2023 The Lodge at Woodloch

Herbal Weekend with Heather Houskeeper
November 10th & 12th
Heather is a Certified Herbalist, long-distance hiker, author, and lover of all things wild. She has hiked the Appalachian Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, Finger Lakes Trail, and Long Path, researching the plants and foraging along the way. She aspires everyday to learn more about and connect deeper with the natural world in which she lives, as well as open her eyes ever wider to the beauty of which she is a part.

Friday, November 10th
Herbs for Immunity 

With cold season fast approaching, it is time to bolster your immune system with healthful and medicinal herbs. Immuno-modulating herbs strengthen and support the immune system to prevent illness, whereas immune stimulants and antimicrobial herbs work to fight illness when it has already taken hold. Join our Certified Herbalist, Heather for a slideshow presentation and learn how you may use these herbs to nurture your wellness.
Savoring Medicinal Teas  
Do you love discovering new teas? Are you curious about the medicinal benefits of herbal teas? Join our Certified Herbalist, Heather for an herbal tea tasting and discussion of this blend’s myriad of healthy attributes. Not only will you leave refreshed and renewed but with the knowledge of how to prepare this same blend at home!

Do-It-Yourself Herbal Salve 
Protect and nourish your skin with your very own hand-crafted herbal salve. Join our Certified Herbalist in preparing a salve perfect for preventing and treating dry and scratchy skin, and cracked hands, and promoting the general wellness of your first line of defense against germs and bacteria - your precious skin. Take home your own tin of herbal salve and the knowledge of how to make your own salve for years to come. Please sign-up for this activity with the Spa Concierge.

Sunday, November 12th
Q & A with an Appalachian Trail and Long 

The Appalachian Trail stretches 2175 from Georgia to Maine and takes 6 months to hike. Perhaps you’ve considered a day hike, hiked a section yourself, or perhaps are preparing for your very own thru-hike! Heather, our Certified Herbalist has hiked the trail from beginning to end. She has also thru-hiked North Carolina’s 1200-mile Mountains to Sea Trail twice, New York’s 1000-mile Finger Lakes Trail, the 400-mile Long Path, the 1100-mile Florida Trail, and Pennsylvania’s 330-mile Mid State Trail. Her trail name is the Botanical Hiker. She studies the wild plants she encounters along her treks and forages, incorporating the wild plants into her backcountry meals and medicines. To talk trail, pay Heather a visit!  

What’s That Tree: Tree Identification 101 
Learn how to confidently identify trees using a tree identification key and magnifying loop. Together we’ll learn the language of dendrology (the study of trees) and discover how to identify the trees that surround you in any season. We’ll also discuss the edible and medicinal attributes of the trees that we meet.

Seasonal Foraging: Barks, Roots, Evergreens 
Ever wonder what plants you could eat in the wild or maybe from your own backyard? Interested in healthy eating and natural medicine? Join Heather, our Certified Herbalist, in discovering what edible and medicinal plants you may have growing near you. Our colder months are the perfect time for harvesting nutrient-rich roots, medicinal barks, and even some precious greens that can be found year-round. The class will consist of a slideshow of easy-to-find, simple-to-use, and delicious plants that can be found from woodlands to urban sidewalks. Bring your foraging questions.