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Wildcrafting: Willow Dreamcatchers, Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 10:00am

Sunday, January 27th come learn the art of wildcrafting with willow branches at the Volcan Mountain Foundation's Volcan Mountain Nature Center at the headwaters of Santa Ysabel Creek in Julian.


Winter is dream-time when nature is at rest.  During this dark and quiet time when natural resources are scarce, we will sit by the fireplace and weave bare willow branches and webbing to make Dream Catchers.  We will remember the importance of this season and learn to listen to our dreams.  All supplies will be furnished for this activity. 

According to some Native American legends, the Dream Catcher is hung in the lodge near the sleeping area.  Its purpose is to catch all dreams, good or bad.  The bad dreams get caught in the web and burned-off by the first morning light.  The good dreams are also caught but know their way to the hole in the center and filter their way down into the feathers where they are held to be dreamed for another night. 

Wildcrafting is the age-old practice of collecting or harvesting plants from their natural habitat, or “wild” habitat, for food, medicine or craft.  It applies to uncultivated plants wherever they might be found and is not necessarily limited to wilderness areas.  Ethical considerations and sustainable behaviors are practiced, such as protecting endangered species and avoiding potential depletion of commonly held resources. The practice of sustainable wildcrafting requires making a commitment to develop your knowledge and connection to the natural landscape, deepen your local sense of place, and take responsibility for its regeneration for future generations.

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Price: $25 per person. Click Here to Register and Pay no later than 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 26th.  Space is limited to 12 participants--REGISTER NOW!

Please bring a snack.

Due to the gated entry for VMF's Volcan Mountain Nature Center (22850 Volcan Road/4002 Farmer Road, Julian, CA 92036), please plan to arrive between 9:45 am - 9:55 am.

Wildcrafting workshops are generally held every other month on the 4th Sunday of the month from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Holidays might change the date of the workshops, so check for updates.  Class size is generally limited to 12 participants, but can change.

Other Scheduled Wildcrafting Workshops:

March 24, 2019 – Spring Edible Forest Feast

May 27, 2019 – Wildcrafting Lip Balm and Wild Herbal Salve

You may contact the VMF office with questions or for more information at 760-765-2300 or info@volcanmt.org. (VMF office is open Monday - Friday)

Visit the Volcan Mountain Foundation's website at www.VolcanMt.org for ongoing updates of events and activities on and around the Volcan Mountain Range.