Bioregional Herbalism Series

April 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
The Resiliency Institute
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd
Naperville, IL 60565
Jodi Trendler


The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Series will reconnect you with the wisdom of our ancestors who relied on plants for nourishment, healing injuries, preventing disease, and curing illness. In this hands-on, highly interactive Bioregional Herbalism Series you will be introduced to the most valuable plants readily found in our bioregion. Each class will focus on plants that are at their peak time for harvest at class time. You’ll learn how to identify these plants during plant walks, when to harvest them, what they are useful for, and how to make prepare them.

There will be a lot of sampling so you can discover what these plants taste like.  Each class will feature different ways to prepare herbs (food, drink, condiment, body care, remedies) with instruction and hands-on time to make and take home. We’ll also sample and prepare cultured and fermented foods and learn the importance of adding these foods to your diet.  Ellyn will teach how to cultivate and tap into a deeper connection with nature by sharing some of the plant medicine traditions and wisdom passed down to her from her 20+ years of study. You’ll leave this class empowered with nourishing herbal knowledge, the skills to experience the world in a new way, and the beginning of your own herbal apothecary!

During each Sunday class, we will cover 4-5 plants in depth, 1 body system, and learn to make 2 different plant remedies. Our day is divided among lecture and discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, weed walks to meet plants in their homes, and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom.

Class size is limited to 15 students



Instructor: Ellyn Schmitz has studied extensively for over 20 years with Tom Brown Jr., a world-renowned tracker and wilderness survival expert, who was taught the ancient arts of living close to the earth by a Lipan Apache medicine man. She is a member of the Keepers of the Plant Wisdom Medicine Society and has served on the board of directors for Medicine Waters Conservancy since 2001. Ellyn holds certificates from the Resiliency Institute in Edible Wild Plants and Bioregional Herbalism. She continuously studies with numerous edible and medicinal plant experts and actively participates in United Plant Savers herbal conferences.


Dates and Times:
Classes meet   9:30 am – 3:30 pm   on the following Sundays:
April 30     May 21     June 25       July 16     August 13     September 24

All supplies are included with payment
$495 Check
$515 Paypal

$200 Deposit made by April 1st will hold your seat. After April 1st, Full Payment is required.

In order to hold your seat, please pay the full amount or make a $200 non-refundable down payment by April 1st. Any remaining balance must be paid by check by April 15th and mailed to: The Resiliency Institute, P.O. Box 5721, Naperville, IL 60567.

Class size is limited to 15 people.

Work study option:

Position Filled. Thank you for applying!

A work study opportunity is available to one qualified candidate who will receive a $150 tuition discount, reducing tuition to $345 for the series. The work study student will assist the instructor with class preparations, classroom set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading class supplies, and printing class handouts.

By March 3rd, email with a paragraph response describing your financial need and your intention for taking this course. We will accept a maximum of 5 requests before selecting the recipient.