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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor & Detroit / Wayne County Michigan

Learn to Gather Medicinal Herbs

Jim McDonald

Herbalist Jim McDonald will lead participants with social distancing guidelines in place around the fields and woods surrounding the Michigan Folk School from 2 to 5 p.m., July 9, to explore the medicinal virtues, identification, folklore and preparation of many of the common “weeds” and wildflowers we pass by every day.

McDonald says, “One of the oldest professions in the civilized world is the collection and preparation of wild plants for use as medicine, special foods or home remedies. Ancient as this skill is, it is far from outdated. The very best way to obtain this knowledge is by apprenticing yourself to a practicing wildcrafter and following him around all you can. Join us for a very special seasonal plant walk, discussion and gathering of some traditional wild medicinals.”

The information is both specific and practical, based on McDonald’s 21 years of experience in gathering, preparing and using herbal remedies. It will provide a basis for participants to incorporate what they have learned into usable skills to restore and maintain health.

Location: 7734 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor To register (maximum 10 people), call 734-985-0198 or visit