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Estes Park Wild Plant Weekend

Become immersed in the fascinating world of wild edibles and medicinals in this weekend getaway. Learn how to rejuvenate yourself with wild herbs for the body, mind and spirit. Explore the ancient art of making restorative teas, salves and soothing natural remedies while you relax in Rocky Mountain splendor.


Hikes through gorgeous scenery and explore wildflowers and edible and medicinal plants. Classes are taught on all facets of identifying, harvesting, growing, eating and crafting with wild plants. Participants make and take home customized herbal teas, a soothing salve, recipes and detailed handouts. Weather permitting, most classes are held outside. A variety of activities such as a horseback riding, swimming, craft studio, museum, mini golf, labyrinth and roller skating may be enjoyed Saturday afternoon.


All classes, handouts, samples, meals and lodging are included. Accommodations are at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park new mountain lodge that borders Rocky Mountain National Park. The spacious bedrooms have two queen beds and a private bath. Six meals are included featuring a salad bar at lunch and dinner, as well as fresh fruit and veggies.





Check in, Wild Tapas Happy Hour, Introduction


Class: Wild Plants 101 – Safety, Identification and the Top 10 plants for eating and healing.




Morning hike to Rocky Mountain National Park – Identification, ethical harvesting practices and edible and medicinal uses of wild plants.


Afternoon free – on site activities include hiking, horseback riding, indoor pool, craft studio, museum, mini golf, labyrinth, roller skating.


Class: Foragers First Aid – How to use wild plants for medicine. Learn common, local plants to safely use for various ailments. We’ll make a soothing herbal oil and salve, demonstrate an herbal poultice and how to add nutrition to sauces, smoothies and meals with fresh and dried wild herbs. Custom craft your own tasty, nutritional/medicinal teas from an herbal buffet.




Class - Ritual and Spiritual Uses of Sacred Herbs. For centuries plants have been used in ceremony and ritual. Explore this fascinating ancient art as we make sage sticks and prayer bundles to take home from a selection of local ritual herbs.





Double occupany: $353 per member, $373 per nonmember

Single occupancy: $442 per person, $462 per nonmember


*Please register by Sat, March 28*


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