wildroot botanicals welcome



Student Clinic



Oct 12-14 2018



cathy skipper

Aroma, Trauma and Addiction


Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer

April 28-29



Awakening Health: Tools for Inner Alignment


Yarrow & Angela Willard

Sunday May 6th 2018



tiffany freeman

Herbs for the Wee Folk: Herbal Pediatrics


Dr. Tiffany Freeman


Saturday March 31, 2018

9am to 5pm


Traditional Medicine: An Indigenous perspective on Medicine & Healing


Friday March 30

5-7 pm



Medicinal Herb Micro-Farms

A workshop with Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Botanicals

March 4, Sunday.

There is a shortage of high-quality, domestically-grown herbs. This workshop will give you an idea of the possibilities of getting into small-scale medicinal herb production. Species selection, tillage, fertilizing, organic methods, spacing, propagation, planting, weeding, water, harvesting, and so forth. We will discuss examples of rhizomatous bed crops, subshrubs, annuals, biennials, 4-year root crops, long-term perennials, trees, etc. I have learned how to achieve good production starting in year one and every year thereafter. My systems are influenced by permaculture.

The workshop will be geared towards small-scale, commercial production. Yard-scale up to a couple acres. This workshop will be useful to people already growing herbs as well as people thinking of getting into herb farming. It doesn't take a large production if you have a value-added business. The most land Michael has farmed at one time is two acres. He is currently farming two plots totaling ¾ of an acre with 100 plant species. My specialty is medicinal agroforestry systems, aka medicinal food forests.

I do a lot of my farming with hand tools. Generally I have my new plots worked up with a tractor. I then plant a perennial system and it is only hand tools after that. Tractors and rototillers are great tools at certain scales, but all scales of intensive herbal production require a great deal of hand labor, human eyes, attentiveness, and love.
Michael Pilarski, of Friends of the Trees Botanicals, has farmed a wide diversity of crops in permaculture and agroforestry systems. He has been farming medicinal plants for the last 22 years in western and eastern Washington with a focus on small-scale and low capitalization. An Herb Growers Cooperative is in the process of forming. Get in on the ground floor.
Bring a brown bag lunch. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and come prepared for the weather as we will be outside part of the day.

Medicinal plants in terms of growth habit and plant part used:
Rhizomatous, bed crops such as meadow arnica, nettles, skullcap, sheep sorrel, horsetail, bugleweed, California poppy,
Subshrubs, such as thyme, hyssop, oregano, garden sage, winter savory, betony,
Annual flowers, such as calendula.
Biennial flowers such as mullein.
Perennial flowers such as arnica, red clover, St John's wort, yarrow, beebalm,
Long term perennial root crops, such as black cohosh, goldenseal, ginseng culver's root, Joe-Pye weed, Echinacea,
Biennial roots such as burdock, yellow dock, teasel, valerian,
Perennial roots such as comfrey, elecampane, marshmallow, horseradish,
Barks such as willow, Amur cork tree, cascara, larch, .
Shrub roots such as Oregon-grape, bayberry.
Rootbark from trees and shrubs such as devil's club and mulberry,
Flowers from trees and shrubs such as elderberry, hawthorn, linden, rose,
Long term perennials with harvested aerial parts such as boneset, meadowsweet, lady's mantle, wormwood, mugwort,
Short term perennials such as catnip,
Leaves such as alfalfa,
Annual herbs such as holy basil, blessed thistle, sweet annie,
Fruit and berries such as elderberry, hawthorn, rosehips,
Seed such as burdock, Echinacea, nettles, milky oats
Straw such as oatstraw
Rhizomes such as nettle root, quackgrass, sweetflag,
Gummy buds such as gumweed
Nuts such as horse chestnuts, black walnut hulls
Twigs/leaves such as huckleberry, blueberry, bayberry,
Conifer foliage such as western red cedar, eastern white cedar, juniper, Pacific yew,
Tree leaves such as ginkgo.
Garden weeds such as dandelion, wild lettuce, sheep sorrel, shepherds purse, chickweed, plantain.





Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants for Home Use & Income
Native & Non-Native: Sustainability & Restoration

A workshop with Michael Pilarski, Friends of the Trees Botanicals

March 3, Saturday.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We will discuss many aspects of wildcrafting for home use as well as commercially. We will introduce the main medicinal plants found in Washington State with optimum harvest times, tools, processing and drying. Sustainable wildcrafting concerns and guidelines will be addressed as well as restoration and ethno-ecology. Michael will bring samples of fresh and dried herbs, tools and relevant books. There are things to wildcraft every month of the year and we will look at the yearly round.

Michael Pilarski is a plant enthusiast, farmer, educator and founder/director of Friends of the Trees Society. Michael has commercially wildcrafted medicinal plants for 23 years in Washington State, north Idaho and Northwest Montana. He farms medicinal plants in complex, agroforestry systems and has expertise in seed collecting and propagation of many native and non-native species. He is the author of "Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Resource Guide" and "Growing & Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants in the Pacific Northwest".

Michael will show and tell his favorite harvesting tools and demonstrate harvesting techniques. There will be a display of relevant books and some for sale.

Bring a brown bag lunch. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and come prepared for the weather as we will be outside for most of the day.

Ideally we would ask all of these questions for each plant we wildcraft:

* Common name(s).
* Latin name of the plant and what other plants it is related to.
* If native, what is its status on the scale of common to endangered? If non-native, what is its invasive weed status?
* Traditional and modern uses of the plants.
* Optimum time(s) to harvest.
* Tools/techniques of harvesting and processing.
* Each plant specie's roles in the ecosystem: what eats it, what insects does it host, is it a nitrogen fixer, role in succession, ecological parameters (where does it live), etc.
Some plants will be covered in more depth and others will be given short shrift. But every plant species deserves at least a nod and their name. Most day-long workshops walking through a number of habitats will generally turn up between 60 and 100 species.


sean donahu

The Well of Healing

Sean Donahue

Feb 3-4 2018



Sam Coffman

Sept 22-24 2017

5 day wilderness first aid responder course


margi flint

Reading the Body


Margi Flint

Part 1, March 25 & 26:

Part 2, March 27:



Part 1, March 25 & 26:

Each color, line and marking on the face, tongue & nails holds meaning of your internal health. Margi will be explaining and demonstrating diagnostic techniques taught to her by the late William Le Sassier. This two-day seminar will focus on various diagnostic techniques including facial signs, tissue color, elimination analysis, signs of hot, cold, damp, dry and wind conditions. Reading what the body has to say, we can learn how to prevent illness. Our seminar will consist of both lecture and hands on learning with ample opportunity for questions to understand what your body is saying to you.

Part 2, March 27:

What does a tone of voice mean? What does the location of your headache mean? In this seminar, you’ll learn the physical characteristics, verbal and emotional expressions that indicate an organ out of balance. Information covered in detail will include endocrine markers, lack of intrinsic factor and food intolerances along with indications of the face, fingernails and hands. Margi will touch on vitamin and mineral deficiencies, headaches and herbs for head trauma. By knowing what the body has to say, we can learn how to prevent illness before it arrives as well as effectively treating what is present. This seminar will consist of both lecture and hands-on learning with ample opportunity for questions to better understand what your body is saying to you.


jim mcdonaldrebecca altman

Humorum Practicum: Elements, humours and temperaments in western herbalism

January 26, 2017 – January 29, 2017


In order to understand temperaments, we have to understand the context they arose from. The temperaments correlate to the elements of earth, air, fire and water, and these elements give rise to humours and the energetic principles of heat and cold, dampness and dryness, tension and laxity. Understanding these patterns, and how temperaments and energetics work together gives an important framework for using the temperaments in a practical manner. We'll also look at how historical and social themes affected our understanding of temperaments, adapting, refining and misrepresenting them over time.

We'll spend the day exploring the melancholic and sanguine temperaments in depth, looking at how they incline one towards physical, behavioral and emotional predispositions. How do these inclinations present in a balanced state? When in excess or deficiency? When overtly blocked? How do these inclinations manifest in the body, and what herbs can be used to exacerbate and balance them?

We'll continue looking deeply at the temperaments, this time focusing on the choleric and phlegmatic. As with friday, we'll be exploring the temperaments from various angles and discussing herbs too.

Just as the color brown cannot be reduced down to one of the primary colors it is made up of, understanding single temperaments isn't enough to make use of this constitutional model: we have to consider combinations. We have to see how an individual manifests each of their humours, which are in balance and which are not, and consider how their environment and experience has affected the expression of their temperament.

$375 or sign up before January 1st for $350


We will be meeting 15 minutes South of Bellingham in Bow, WA. The address will be given upon registration or feel free to contact leslie {at} wildrootbotanicals {dot} com for more information.

About the Instructors:
jim mcdonald is an herbalist in southeast Michigan (that cool state that looks like a mitten you can see from space) where he teaches, sees clients, wildharvests, and concocts herbal formulas. His approach to herbalism is a blend of traditional folk and indigenous influences mixed up with a bit of 19th century eclectic and physiomedical vitalism, which he tries to blend with a bit of humor and discretionary irreverence so as not to appear to be too serious about life. jim hosts the website www.herbcraft.org which lists his offerings and conveys his thoughts of plants and herbalism.

Rebecca Altman is a Scottish herbalist living in Los Angeles, California (that cool state that everyone knows the location of so it doesn't need descriptors). She began her study of bioregional herbalism interning with a herbalist and nutritionist in Palm Desert in the early aughts. After this she commenced a practice of energetic and emotional healing in the Maker tradition (a European shamanic tradition) and then moved to Los Angles to attend Chinese Medical School. Her ongoing studies have led her to a form of somatic therapy that she's now studying in Berlin, Germany. Her approach to healing incorporates energetic healing, bioregional herbalism, somatic therapy, western herbal energetics, and a smattering Chinese medicine. Rebecca makes and sells herbal products online at www.kingsroadapothecary.com and offers her writings at www.thornandwonder.com

Sean Donahue

Kindling the Heart Fire

with Sean Donahue

February 11 & 12, 2017


In cultures around the world, the heart has long been viewed as the seat of consciousness and the source of true expression. What happens when the heart's fire dies down? How do we rekindle its flame?

In this workshop, we will explore how herbs and simple ritual techniques can ignite, nourish, and support the heart. We will spend time with Damiana, Wormwood, Devil's Club, Calamus, and more. Come learn how to
bring back the blazing glory of the fire of the heart when cold winds have all but extinguished it.

About Sean Donahue

Sean is a neurodivergent/NeuroQueer/Autistic semi-nomadic wild forest creature whose range mostly extends through the unceded territories of Chinookan, Coast Salish, Yakima and Klickitat peoples from Portland, OR to Victoria, BC. Sean is an herbalist, a writer, a poet, a teacher, and a witch.

Sean is an initiated priest of the BlackHeart line of the Feri tradition of witchcraft. In this tradition one engages in ecstatic relation with ourselves in all of our parts – human, wild, and divine– and with the
land, the gods, and the living world around us. The practice tends to ourselves, to each other, to our world, and to the turning of the stars in the sky. Sean's own priesthood involves deep work with ancestors and the human and other-than-human dead.

From 2012-2016, Sean taught herbal energetics, mental health therapeutics, and phytochemistry at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, and supervised students in clinics at the college and the Victoria Native Friendship
Center. Sean remain a member of the college's faculty, offering occasional workshops and courses.

Sean now has a private practice in Portland, OR, providing herbal and ritual support for trauma survivors, neurodivergent people, activists,
people experiencing spiritual crises and openings, Veterans, and other people at cultural edges and margins. Sean's practice is Queer positive,
Trans positive, sex positive, poly positive, body positive, and trauma informed. Sean's ultimate prescription for everyone is the abolition of
capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy, white supremacy, heteronormativity, binary gender enforcement, and compulsory neurotypicality.

Sean is a columnist for Plant Healer magazine and a regular contributor to Gods & Radicals.


Thomas Easley

A Systematic Approach to Natural Autoimmune Treatment with Herbalist Thomas Easley

November 18, 2016 3-7 pm

People with auto-immune disorders are increasingly turning to alternative medicine for help. Yet auto-immune disorders are complex conditions that can be overwhelming. In this 3.5 hour intensive we will cover the role of diet and nutrition, gut health, latent infections, specific botanicals to regulate the immune system, and my step by step approach to reversing autoimmunity. In addition we will cover medical testing for auto-immunity, how to interpret them, as well as how to identify and correct the nutrient deficiencies that occur with auto-immunity and because of medication for auto-immunity.

Class is only $30! Call Wildroot Botanicals at 360 724 7668 to register and hold your spot.

About Thomas Easley, RH(AHG), Director of ESHM

Thomas is a Traditional Western Herbalist. While he loves bioregional herbalism he use herbs from all over the world, including Ayuveda and TCM. However he applies them in the Western tradition. You won't hear Thomas talk much about Chi, or Prana, or even Doshas. He respects other cultures' systems of medicine, but chooses to focus on the deep and rich tradition of Western Herbalism. Keeping with that approach you will hear him talk about humoral imbalances and constitution, Eclectic and Physiomedical approaches to disease, modern Naturopathic therapies, functional blood work ranges and even the occasional reference to Sheldon's Somatotypes. Thomas also emphasizes using foods as medicine and uses intensive diets as well as stress reduction techniques, nutritional supplements and exercise to help his clients achieve their health goals. In addition to herbs, diet, supplements and lifestyle approaches, Thomas also uses drop dose botanicals and occasionally homeopathic remedies or flower essences.

Thomas believes that herbal medicine has the potential to change the world. Unfortunately much of what is taught about herbs and supplements is driven by marketing and not based in tradition or science. His approach draws on his extensive clinical experience which spans 15 years of full time practice and over 10,000 clients.

For more information visit his website at http://eclecticschoolofherbalmedicine.com/




Matt Wood

Shamanic Herbalism


Matthew Wood

Nov 19-20 2016



Botany for Herbalists 5 day Intensive



September 28th - October 2, 2016


Mushroom Mysteries


Yarrow Willard Cl.H.

October 23rd 2016

Join Herbalist Yarrow Willard as he takes us into the fascinating world of medicinal mushroom, unraveling the science and folklore of how to use them as food and medicine. The higher level tree mushrooms, having a complementary modulatory effect on our external environment as well as our immune and other body systems.
In this intensive we will take a deeper look at many of the medicinal mushrooms that can be found locally, as well as some of the most world renowned ones. Through better understanding the mode of action mushrooms have we can learn how best to unlock their healing powers and use them to assist in creating a state of radiant health and vitality.
There will be both an in class and in the forest portion to this workshop, where Yarrow will share his experience and insight from a lifetime of studying, harvesting, and working commercially and clinically with these fungal allies.
So bring a notebook, suitable outdoor clothes, a lunch and a willingness to learn all about all the amazing things mushrooms have to offer.


Yarrow Willard is a Clinical/Master Herbalist. He is the co-visionary/formulator of the Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary at www.harmonicarts.ca and acting director of the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing at www.wrc.net .
Raised by two herbalist parents, he has been immersed in the world of plant medicine since birth. Yarrow is continually updating his knowledge and understanding with the growing edge science of re-claiming wellness and vibrant living through cultivating a deeper connection with the natural world and a seasonally tuned holistic approach to life. With hopes in deepening our collective connection to plants and planet, he shares health empowering practices with herbs, mushrooms, superfoods, advanced nutrition, sensory perception and more.



angela willard

Seaweed Nutrion & Medicine


Angela Willard

Sat July 23rd


Seaweeds are a miracle food that have been a key component in coastal peoples diet since at least 12,000 BCE. Bringing seaweed into our daily lives is advantageous to our well being for many reasons. Come learn about some of the phenomenal nutritive and medicinal benefits of these water world wonders! In this class we will look at the unique properties of the 3 categories of macro algae; reds, browns, and greens. Our main focus will be on local seaweeds and how to incorporate them into your practice. We will also discuss a variety of other traditional uses for seaweeds, some easy recipes to prepare, and how they can help regenerate the planet.

The first half of the day will be in class theory, and the afternoon will be spent out in the field.
In the intertidal zone we will learn to identify local species, as well as sustainably and safely wild harvest your own!


Jim McDonald

Herbal Energetics Intensive


Jim McDonald


June 10-12, 2016

foundational herbcraft
. : actions & energetics in western herbalism : .


Margi Flint

Herbal Intensive with Margi Flint

Reading the Body

February 6 & 7, 2016




Michael Pilarski

Medicinal Plant Permiculture Design

With Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski

February 21 2016 9:00-5:00



yarrow and mushrooms

Mushrooms Mysteries and Medicine

with Yarrow Willard

Sunday October 4th 2015



Willow basket

Willow Basket Weaving Course


Rourke McDermott

Sunday April 10th 2016



Wildroot Botanicals Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2015

This course is designed to introduce you to herbalism and give you the tools to be an effective and empowered herbalist. Each class will be hands on and interactive. Our focus will be on the local plants that grow here in the Pacific Northwest. After each class you will have medicine from our harvests to take home.

We will travel to various locations in Whatcom and Skagit counties where we will learn about:

* Plant identification.

* Specific medicine making techniques.

* Plant, constitutional and disease energetics and how to match the energetics of a plant to the energetics of a person for health and healing.

* Wildcrafting techniques and ethics.

* Harvesting,drying and storing techniques.

* Preparation of herbal medicine and food from our harvests such as: tinctures, teas, salves, lotions, liniments, oxymels, herbal vinegars and food preparations.

* Body System Therapeutics: digestive system, nervous system, immune system, skin and more.


April 25 • May 30 • June 20 • July 11 • August 22 September 26 • October 31 • November 21


10 am – 3 pm

(some classes may go longer if we travel further away)



Each class will be taught by Leslie Lekos. Leslie is founder of Wildroot Botanicals and has been an herbalist for 14 years. She has studied extensively with respected herbalists from across the country including Aviva Romm, Michael Tierra, Rosemary Gladstar, 7song, Rosalee de la Foret and Jim McDonald. She has a deep love for plants, the natural world and supporting people to find tools to reconnect with their innate inner knowing and connection to health. She
is also a doula, Iyengar yoga instructor and co-author of the book, Yoga for Pregnancy.



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