I went out to the harvest grounds today to take advantage of the break in freezing weather. Glorious sunshine sparkling on 2-foot high snowfall, and the relative balminess of -8 degree air were not my primary motivations – I was Poplar Scouting!
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Market on Macleod Atrium (7711 Macleod Trail SE)
A showcase for local herbalists, healers, gardening enthusiasts, botanists, mycologists and others who wish to share information/examples/displays related to nature or herbs with the community. Vendors can purchase booths for sales or marketing, and a swap table for gear, books and seeds will be organized.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy this event! AHA Members receive a free booth for the promotion of their business or display of whatever inspires them as a herbalist. Please contact email@example.com to register for your free member’s booth or for more information. Also check out the Facebook event page. Specially-priced advanced tickets for the Alberta Herb Gathering 2018 will be available, as a fundraiser for the Gathering.
There is no way to describe how much I love my new loom! It’s a simple, honest tool that makes weaving so fun and fast. Although you can’t get that traditional, finger-woven look with a loom project, you can at least make a full sized sash in about 20 hours instead of 300.
The most famous Metis sashes now-a-days are woven with looms, specifically the Red River Sash pictured below. It is probably the most recognizable emblem of Metis culture in Canada (although some Easterners will tell you that it is a French Canadian invention, to which I must say, they are about half-right!).
Interestingly enough for Canadian history nerds, this most common of emblems is a debutante on the scene of traditional Metis sashes. Voyageur and other similar sashes were originally woven only by hand.
The story that was told to me is this. In the old days, women would weave beautiful handmade sashes and trade them to the Hudson’s Bay Company, who would sell them. Everyone wanted one of these sashes, and if they didn’t have a weaver in the family you could head on over to your nearest HBC trading post and buy one. Trade was brisk!
The talented women who made the sashes were grievously underpaid, making today’s equivalent of pennies-per-hour for their gorgeous handiwork! When the women decided to band together and demand more money, so the story goes, the Hudson’s Bay found that loom weavers could produce a similar-looking sash in a fraction of the time, and were willing to accept less money than the finger-weavers. The finger-weavers were replaced (Progress, you old tyrant!).
And that is the story of the cheaper-to-produce, but still beautiful, red river style sash as told to me.
Definitely a loom sash can be a work of art, but will always lack the craftsmanship of a finger-woven sash, which is quite possibly worth its weight in gold.
Meanwhile, as I wait for my next finger-weaving teacher to appear out of the mists of the ages, it’s nice to have a loom to be creative with. I’ll post more projects as I learn, and eventually I’ll post a pattern for the red river style sash that you can use at home on your own loom.
Sunday August 20, 2017, 12-4pm Bowness Park, NW Calgary
Join the Alberta Herbalists Association members and friends at Bowness Park for an afternoon of family friendly picnic’ing and plant appreciation! August is the perfect time to meet your local wild edible and medicinal herbs, and expert Herbalists will be on hand to teach you.
Bring yourself a picnic lunch and join in the fun! Learn from 3 different experts by following along on a Herb-walk, they will be sharing traditional and evidence-based knowledge about the wonders of plants. This is a great opportunity to build networks and create community with herb enthusiasts in our community.
All ages welcome! There will be some activities for everyone. Please bring water, frisbees, picnic blankets, umbrellas, or whatever else you need to be comfortable and have a great time in the August shade. Don’t forget to bring a cup so you can sample the delicious herbal iced teas!
Weekends Jan-Apr 2019. Open to all students/apprentices of herbal medicine – Click link for list of practicum experiences
Now Booking Jan-April Appointments
Consult a Clinical Herbalist for Free and receive a reflexology treatment
Sat & Sun, March 9th & 10th, 12-3pm
Begin with the basics or advance your knowledge of this traditional art, while making your own bracelet or hatband.
Sat/Sun, Feb 9 & 10, 12-3pm
Learn about the world-wide traditions of personal spirit bag, and make one that is special to you.
Reflexology Training Workshop
Saturday, Feb 23rd 2019
Learn the basics of reflexology in a 1 day, crash-course style workshop. We will have lots of hands on learning in this class.
2 Sundays, Feb 17th & 24th 2019
Learn all about Nature’s Band-aid, the Balsam Poplar! Learn tree ID & craft traditional medicines to take home.
Fri, Sat & Sun, March 29 – 31 2019 10am-4:30pm, with Optional Practicum Clinic
The Iridology workshop is a live, interactive learning experience suitable for students and practitioners at every experience level. This Fast-Track Tutorial covers 8 lessons in 17 hours, and includes an personal Iridology Assessment conducted in class. Student practicum clinic on June 2nd is an opportunity to continue your learning, build real clinical skills and provide freedom for advancement.
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 11am-3pm
A picnic and plantwalk through the soft spring meadows of Kananaskis country! Picnic lunch is included.
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 11am – 3pm
Return to the mountains to view the flowering plants in all their Glory! Meadows, Prairies and forest landscapes and a gourmet lunch in the wild.
More classes and practicums to come. Please bookmark and check back often. Or, contact Kalyn@KodiakHerbal.com to get on the mailing list.
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