Sharon has been a herbalist since 1985…..starting a herb farm in the Upper Clearwater Valley near Wells Gray Park named Mullein Stone….it now grows more than 200 types of herbs from Sweet Cicely, to Good King Henry ( a pot herb) the Apothecary rose (the oldest cultivated rose) and Perfume de l’Hay (grown for its very aromatic petals) as well as the usual parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme etc….In this zone 2 mountain climate there is now a 20 year old lavender (of the munstead descent) that thrives multiplies and is left alone by the deer. Forest House Gardens has more than 10,000 sq feet of food production but also a large circle herb garden is planted as a teaching and demo garden with plans to expand to include a labyrinth and pergola . This zone 5 zone gives more opportunity to grow interesting varieties…like ashwaghanda, gotu kola, Grosso Lavender and pineapple sage. The herb classes offered this year marks the 18th year and include 6 courses that take the initiate through the stages of creating, gathering and making a herb and spice chest for home medicine and culinary uses.. This year 2014 all 6 courses will be offered in one intensive weekend in July for those who wish to fit it in to their busy schedules…this is July 18, 19, and 20th for $150.00 The courses can be taken individually and over and over again….so book soon as the space fills up as the class size is limited to 10 (excepting the wildcrafting in June). each one is only $30 for a 4-6 hour program..give us a call or email
BUILDING A MEDICINAL AND SPICE HERB GARDEN MAY 3RD, AT FOREST HOUSE $30
This one day intro course will cover the basics of designing and planting a medicinal and culinary herb garden.
Included are sources for plants and information (some plants will be for sale)
-choosing your plants
-planting and maintenance
WILDCRAFTING $30 June 14th
Come on a day hike and wander in the North Thompson with long time local herbalist and learn about the medicinal and useful local wild plants. learn some basic identification and ethical and sustainable gathering practices. and take home a compound made from your gatherings.
HOMEMADE MEDICINE July 19th —$30
Gathering from the medicine gardens at Mullein Stone Herbs in Upper Clearwater near Wells Gray Park Learn how to make safe ‘simples’ to aid in minor ailments.
Infusions, tinctures, decoctions for flus, colds, sprains and strains.
Preparing herbal Oils and Cremes – $30 – Aug 2nd
A day in the apothecary preparing and using herbal oils and ointments from the herbs and flowers that we gather. Includes materials.
Harvesting and Storage – Aug 23rd – $30
Learn specific harvesting and drying storage procedures for herbal roots, leaves and flowers.
Crafting with Herbs – Sep 13th – $30
This fun day will take us into the gardens to pick items to create gifts and goods. Herbal blends for cooking and teas. Herbal vinegars. Dream pillows. Soap. Materials included.
School garden program with Raft River Elementary and the PAC
People often ask me what makes me so happy. How do you have so much energy? they think I tapped into something mystical..Well I am. It is called FLOW.
Flow is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of full involvement and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In the 70’s and earlier Mihaly Csikzntmihalyi, and his fellow researchers interviewed thousands of people over a broad socio economic range around the world to discover this is a concept of positive psychology.
although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions. I have termed it ‘FAMA’ Focused Intention and Motivated Action. It is good guideline to use when attempting to achieve a goal. It is how to create your reality.
The interesting to see results show that it isnt money or beautify or owning stuff that makes us happy or engaged. One must be engaged in a process that requires our attention and skill . there are people with several very specific personality traits that help them achieve the state of flow more often than the average person. These personality traits include curiosity, persistence, low self-centeredness, and a high rate of performing activities for intrinsic reasons only. People with most of these personality traits are said to have an autotelic personality.
Flow is an innately positive experience; it is known to “produce intense feelings of enjoyment”. An experience that is so enjoyable should lead to positive affect and happinessin the long run. Also, Csikszentmihalyi stated that happiness is derived from personal development and growth – and flow situations permit the experience of personal development.
Flow theory postulates three conditions that have to be met to achieve a flow state:
- One must be involved in an activity with a clear set of goals. This adds direction and structure to the task.
- The task at hand must have clear and immediate feedback. This helps the person negotiate any changing demands and allows him or her to adjust his or her performance to maintain the flow state.
- One must have a good balance between the perceived challenges of the task at hand and his or her ownperceived skills. One must have confidence that he or she is capable to do the task at hand.[11
He also applied the Flow principles to spriitual experiances as he saw many correlations to peak states of prayer and meditaion experienced by monks, and nuns and serious devotees. He states ‘entropy’; a thermodaynamic prinicple, is when energy is unavailable for doing work and relates this to the evil in the world and in our lives.as disorder and lack of motivation.
Buzz terms for this or similar mental states include: to be in the moment, present, in the zone, on a roll, wired in, in the groove, on fire,in tune, centered, or singularly focused.