Herbalism Hike and Plant Identification
In our nature-deficit times, herbalism is a doorway and herbalists hold the key to re-connection and health. On this outing, we engage the opportunity and responsibility to be knowledgeable, ecologically literate, and nature-connected herbalists by focusing on bioregionalism and by awakening your native awareness. During this time outdoors, we integrate botany, ecology, plant identification, knowledge of local edible/therapeutic/survival plants, landscape observation, sensory awareness, and explorations in perception. Deepen your relationship to land while adding to your confidence as a regional herbalist.
Price: $68, $62 member
Instructors: Blake Burger and Kimberly Rose
Blake Burger began to work as a seasonal gardener for Denver Botanic Gardens. After one year, he was hired full time as a horticulturalist. Throughout his years at the Gardens he has worked with tropical plants, native plants, vegetables and herbs. After receiving his Herbalist Certification here in Denver, Blake immediately began working with the vast array of medicinal plants growing in the Gardens. He founded the Denver Medicinal Plant Society in 2015, created and maintains several medicinal plant beds at the Gardens' York Street location, and has laid the foundation for the Gardens first Herbalist Certificate Program. As a certified yoga instructor, Blake has led more than 1,000 yoga classes over six years and created a nationally recognized yoga program here at the Gardens. Blake believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellness: eat well, move your body, never stop learning, get outside and connect.
Kimberly Rose is deeply passionate about the ancient and reciprocal relationship between humans and nature. As a nature-based psychotherapist, life-long naturalist, herbalist, and native plant master, she dedicates her life to reconnecting others with their local ecology for the benefit of planet and people. Kimberly is founder of Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding and Colorado Ecotherapy Institute. Currently, she is studying academic Ethnobotany through the University of Alaska. Kimberly lives in the foothills of Golden with her partner, 3 horses, and an abundance of wildlife.