Plant Wisdom Hike with the Arctos School
Join Missy Rohs and Gradey Proctor from the Arctos School as we explore forests both recently logged and beautiful old growth forests to learn about how our work as plant people intersects with the important work of Bark. We will walk through a recently logged area and talk about how early seral forests creates opportunities for us as herbalists and wildcrafters. We will also venture into some beautiful old growth, places we’d never harvest medicine, but to explore as a place where our forest communities could be. Throughout our journey we will discuss botany, medicinal uses and wildcrafting basics.
This hike will leave from Bark's Summer Base Camp!
Missy Rohs is a community herbalist and dandelion lover. She grows and wildcrafts her own herbs with a focus on sustainable herbal remedies: those that grow easily in populated habitats, and those that can be harvested in the wild with minimal impact.
Missy’s path to herbal teaching began with grassroots labor activism and cross-border solidarity. From there, she joined the Black Cross Health Collective, which provided integrative first aid and aftercare for activists, and used that as a springboard to dive head-first into the world of herbal learning. Encouraged by her herbal mentors, Krista Olson and Colette Gardiner, she packed her bags to study with Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Upon her return to Portland, she began selling tinctures at a farmers’ market and leading plant medicine workshops around town.
As the Arctos School has thrived, Missy has remained active in other parts of the herbal community, teaching at conferences, volunteering with Natural Doctors International in Nicaragua, and leading hikes for Bark. In between herbal endeavors, she can be found concocting delicious meals with her sweetie or snuggling with her cats.
Gradey Proctor is a botanist who has spent years studying the flora and fungi of Oregon's forests. Growing up in a place without intact ecosystems, Gradey fell hopelessly in love with the Northwest upon his arrival in the '90s. His longing to develop a sense of place has driven his passion for wildcrafting medicinal and edible plants -- and he loves supporting his community by teaching others to do the same.
Gradey studied at the Columbine’s School with Howie Brounstein to hone his botanical skills. Working with Bark, a nonprofit that advocates for and protects the Mt. Hood National Forest, added depth and breadth to his knowledge. Gradey’s insatiable love of plants has driven him to work and learn in nurseries, farms, and gardens. His newest endeavor, the Medicine Garden, is an independent herbal nursery and plant medicine CSA.
When not hanging out with plants, Gradey reads about plants, listens to all kinds of music, and spends his time with his daughters, Scarlet and Madrone, and his wife, Rhea.
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