Friday, September 3 to Sunday, September 5, 2021

Parker Ranch, Clayton, GA

Join us for BotanoLogos’ first in-person herb event since 2019!

This weekend retreat is an immersion into the medicinal plants of the Southern Appalachians; a region sometimes referred to as the “Apothecary of North America.” Together, we’ll explore the incredible diversity of native, introduced, and cultivated herbs that thrive here.

The weekend’s activities are led by Patricia Kyritsi Howell and include hikes where you’ll learn to use botanical keys to identify plants, lots of information about how to harvest and use regional herbs, a bit of foraging, and some time experiencing the wild and scenic Chattooga River where you can can enjoy a bracing swim or just contemplate the beauty.

Arrive Friday in time for an evening orientation and wild foods reception at the Parker Ranch. Saturday morning, we’ll head out to a local trail to begin botanizing. We’ll picnic along the way and return to the Ranch in the late afternoon to discuss the uses of the plants we’ve seen. Sunday morning finds us exploring another trail where Cara-Lee Langston of Wildcraft Kitchen join us. Cara is a passionate forager of wild foods who will introduce you to the bounty of early autumn. We’ll do a bit of foraging to collect plants you can take home. The weekend ends back at the Ranch for more discussion about plants we’ve seen, a closing circle, and goodbyes.

Note: The weekend includes hiking and spending extensive time in the woods. You must be able to walk 1-2 miles at a moderate pace, with lots of stopping and looking along the way, to participate in retreat activities.

Location: Clayton, Georgia. Clayton is a charming small town with lots of restaurant options just minutes from our class location. Airport options are Atlanta (100 miles) or Asheville (80 miles) if you are flying in. Ask us about airport shuttles.

Retreat Cost: $275 for Friday, Saturday & Sunday retreat if you register before July 15, 2021. After that date, should there be space available, the cost is $300. Lodging and meals are not included.


Registration: Payment in full is required to hold your place. Be sure to read our Refunds and Cancelations Policy before submitting your payment.

Teachers: Patricia Kyritsi Howell, BotanoLogos founder and director, and Cara-Lee Langston of Wildcraft Kitchen.

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the price of the retreat. Lodging options in the area include motels, B and B’s, AirBnB and many camping options. See Information for Visitors on our website for more details.

Questions? Send us an email.