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Herbal Field Trip & Medicinal Herb Workshop

Herbal Field Trip & Medicinal Herb Workshop
April 5 - 6, 2013
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April 5 - 6, 2013

Rosemary Gladstar and Steven Foster will be trail leaders and workshop teachers this year! Friday will be spent in the great out-of-doors. On Saturday, experience demonstrations and slide presentation to build your knowledge base of beneficial plants. On Saturday, an Herbal Luncheon will be covered by the workshop fee. The full schedule, speaker bios, Saturday’s lunch menu and registration form, with fees will be found below.


Ozark Folk Center’s Heritage Herb Garden

Herbal Field Trip & Medicinal Herb Workshop

Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, 2013

Co-Sponsored by the Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center

Registration (870) 269-3851 or Lodging Reservations (800) 264-3655



April 5, 2013

10 AM -5 PM  

Light rain or shine, bring a sack lunch, water, walking stick, and weather-appropriate apparel. This year the hikes will be excursions in the Heritage Herb Garden and explorations of trails on Ozark Folk Center State Park land. We will find spring ephemeral wildflowers and useful herbs. Participants should be physically fit and able to walk on uneven trails.

Rosemary Gladstar, Steven Foster, Sasha Daucus, Susan Belsinger, Committee of 100 Herb Garden Chairman Jennifer Blankenship and OFC herbalists, Kathleen Connole and Tina Marie Wilcox will teach on the hike. Participants must be physically-able and fit to walk rocky trails. Participants will divide into small groups and rotate through several different hikes in order to experience the expertise of each teacher. There is an alternate plan for comfortable learning in case of inclement weather.

April 6, 2013

9-10:15        Enjoying the Spirit of Herbal Science—Discovery is at the heart of the relationship between human and plants. Science, whether the transition of how humans viewed the world between Medieval and Renaissance thought, to the complexities of modern scientific laboratory exploration offer us the opportunity to be surprised and delighted by what new things we can learn about herbs everyday. We will focus on how science supports traditional herbal knowledge, and how to enjoy science. Steven Foster            

10:15-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 My Favorite Homegrown & Homemade Herbal Remedies—Susan will share her repertoire of most-used herbal preparations, which she goes to time and again for preventative and general maintenance, tonic and therapy. You will get recipes for these tried and true herbal remedies: Elderberry Syrup, Habanero Shrub, Wellness Elixir, Arnica Oil and Calendula Salve, and All-Natural Hand Sanitizer. Susan Belsinger

12:15-1:00  Herbal Luncheon (Group One)

                        Group Two explores the Ozark Folk Center

1:00-1:45     Herbal Luncheon (Group Two)

                        Group One explores the Ozark Folk Center

1:45-2:15     Herbal Imagination—Be sure to be back on time for this sensory experience

Sasha Daucus

2:15-2:45     Chinks in the Armor—Jennifer Blankenship

2:45-3:00     Break

3:00-4:30     Herbs for Family Health—Everyone in the family, from infant to elder, can benefit from the health-giving properties of herbs. In this practical and informative workshop we’ll discuss: Creating an herbal apothecary for your home; 15 popular herbs and their uses; Popular remedies for health and well being; Safety issues concerning herbs; Herb and Drug interaction; and Books and References to guide you in your herbal studies. We’ll also look at kitchen medicine and local backyard remedies, how to prepare herbs, and discuss the importance of ecological herbalism—herbalism with a future. Workshop will include a slide presentation, handouts, and a demonstration on preparing herbs for family use.

Rosemary Gladstar

4:30-5:00     Hawthorn—A Humble Native Shrub for the Heart and Circulation—this will be an introduction to Hawthorn, its traditional uses and a percolation cone tincture demonstration. Tina Marie Wilcox

About Our Speakers

Please join us in thanking the Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center for sponsoring Rosemary Gladstar.


Rosemary Gladstar has been practicing, living, learning, teaching and writing about herbs for over 40 years. She is the author of nine books including the popular Herbal Healing for Women, Gladstar Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Well Being and The Science and Art of Herbalism, an extensive home study course. She is the founder/director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary, Founding President of United Plant Savers, and director of The International Herb Symposium and The NE Women’s Herbal Conference. She is also the co-founder of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company. Along with creating community and loving people, herbs are her passion and joy in life. 


Steven Foster author, photographer and herbalist started his herbal career in 1974 at the Herb Department of the Sabbathday Lake, Maine, Shaker Community. Steven is author or coauthor of 17 books including three Peterson Field Guides and two titles published by National Geographic. He is passionate about sharing information and imagery on medicinal plants. Steven serves a Chairman of the American Botanical Council (publishers of HerbalGram). He has made his home in the Ozarks since 1979 and lives in Eureka Springs. Steven has known Rosemary Gladstar since 1978 and is always amazed that she still looks the same now as she did in the late 70s.


Susan Belsinger is a culinary herbalist, food writer, educator, and photographer. Her most recent project is The Herbal Calendar 2014 for Tide-Mark Publications. She is passionate about her work—sharing the joy of gardening, cooking, herborizing and research through teaching and writing—and inspiring others to get in touch with their senses of smell and taste. Susan describes her experience when she apprenticed with Rosemary Gladstar from 2004 to 2005 as extraordinary.


Jennifer Blankenship lives near Mountain View and has been a pharmacist for over 20 years.  She and her husband have a farm in the White River valley where they raise chickens, dairy cows, mules, hogs and bees.  They also have a large vegetable and herb garden, berries, an orchard and endeavor to be as self-sufficient as possible.  In addition, they own Townsend Spice and Supply, a bulk herb, spice and butcher supply company.  Jennifer is assuming the chair of the Committee of One Hundred herb committee this year and looks forward to learning more about herbal medicine and working with the OFC staff and volunteers.

Kathleen Connole “reinvented herself” after her three children were grown, earning a B.S. in Plant Science/Ornamental Horticulture and then working as a grower and designer in her native state of Missouri. After moving to Arkansas with husband Jeff in late 2005, she attended Ozark Folk School’s “Organic Herb Growing” with Tina Marie Wilcox and soon thereafter became the nursery specialist and artistic gardener at the Ozark Folk Center.


Sasha Daucus is a master herbalist and energy healer. She has worked in her own herbal and healing business, Golden Light Center, located in the Missouri Ozarks, since 1984. She teaches classes, leads herb walks and does private healing consultations.


Tina Marie Wilcox has worked in the Heritage Herb Garden at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas since 1984. She is a passionate gardener, an herbal entertainer, writer and musician. Tina Marie plans and produces the herb events at the Ozark Folk Center, made possible by the collaboration and support of a host of garden angels. This year, especially, she is thankful to Rosemary Gladstar, The Committee of 100, the Department of Parks and Tourism, Steven Foster, Susan Belsinger, Sasha Daucus and the garden volunteers, crew and staff of the Ozark Folk Center State Park.  


Real Food Medicinal Herb Workshop Lunch Menu

Recipes by Susan Belsinger and Jessica Sterlin

Prepared by the Skillet Restaurant


Lentil and Greens Soup

A hardy, healthy and tasty bowl of lentils simmered with alliums and herbs with seasonal greens and wild volunteers from the Heritage Herb Garden. 

Buttermilk Biscuits with Green Garlic and Sage

Whole-wheat and unbleached wheat flour blended from scratch with butter to make

a wholesome biscuit, seasoned with green garlic and sage from the Kitchen Garden.

Farmers’ Cheese and Butter will accompany the biscuits. 

Not-Your-Average Waldorf Salad

This salad finishes the apple season with a crunch, along with celery, toasted nuts and

 dried cranberries—tossed with the tart tang of mayonnaise and yogurt sauce and

Susan’s selected sublime flavorings.  

Jessica’s Bread Pudding with Rum and Bay

Taste why Jessica’s Bread Pudding is the rave.

Michael’s Choice Coffee, Iced Tea or Mint Infusion