Herbs of the Southern Appalachians Retreat


This Retreat has been cancelled due to increasing Covid19 outbreaks in the area.  


Friday, September 3 to Sunday, September 5, 2021

Parker Ranch, Clayton, GA

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.