Wildcrafting Intensive in the Methow Valley

Students of Wildroot Botanicals harvesting arrowleaf balsamroot

Dates/Times: June 4-5, 2022; Saturday 9:30-4:30, Sunday 9:30-3:30

For Registration and Payment click here.

Join us for a weekend of identification and wildcrafting in the beautiful Methow Valley, located just east of the Cascade Mountains in WA state. This pristine valley is an exciting place for herbalists to visit because it is home to many powerful herbal medicines that are not available on the west side of the Cascades. It is also a quiet and peaceful place to relax and unwind. This class is suited for all students interested in learning about herbal medicine from beginner to experienced students.

We will be discussing identification features, harvesting and processing techniques and making medicines from several plants like: red root, arnica, elder flower, false solomon’s seal, arrow leaf balsam, lomatium, pipsissewa, and many others. Students will go home with medicines for their own apothecaries.


Due to the nature of plants growing patterns, we will announce exact locations and meeting places to registered students within a week of class dates. Most likely on Saturday we will be exploring in the wilderness outside of Twisp and on Sunday we will be in the wilderness outside the Mazama area.

Structure of the Class

There will be a morning section and an afternoon section with an hour and a half break for lunch. Sunday will end a little early so students have plenty of time to drive home.


Course will be taught by Leslie Lekos who has been visiting the Methow since she was a child.  See more about Leslie in the bio page.

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Course Fee

$250. Registration is here.

Other Details

Participants are responsible for providing your own transportation, food, lodging, accommodations, and bringing harvesting baskets and tools. 


There are ample camping options in the Methow, but it is done on a first-come first-served basis. We recommend airbnb for finding cabins but there are also many other lodging options.  

Suggested tools

A full list of suggested supplies will be sent to registered students. Some main items we recommend are a backpack, hori hori, hand pruners, 5-10 paper and plastic bags, harvesting basket, several pint mason jars, 1/2 – 1 gallon of inexpensive 40-50% vodka.