Classes

The Resiliency Institute offers courses, classes and events that empower people to live, grow, and build resilient lifestyles, landscapes and communities. Take courses like Permaculture Forest Gardener, Bioregional Herbalism, and Edible Wild Plants. Join us for Nature Rx with Shinrin-yoku/Forest Therapy, and Forest Yoga. Women can connect monthly during WILD Woman Project Circles. Find us throughout the Chicagoland area speaking and exhibiting about fruit tree guilds, permaculture, growing food security, renewable energy, and resiliency. Enjoy opportunities to connect at our plant sales, Permablitzs, potlucks, fundraisers and more.

Sep
22
Sat
Bioregional Herbalism Course Series 2018
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am

The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Course Series meets
9:00 am -4:00 pm one Saturday a month March - November 2018.

Bioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support.

During each Saturday class, discover 3-4 plants in depth, learn introductory health care topics and body systems, and prepare 2 different plant remedies. The day is divided among lecture and discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, walks to meet plants in their homes, and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom.

This course will empower you with nourishing herbal knowledge, the skills to experience the world in a new way, and the beginning of a personal herbal apothecary!

Receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the series. Only 1 class may be missed to receive a certificate.

 

ellyn-schmitz

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 continuously studies with numerous edible and medicinal plant experts including, Karen Sherwood, Kathleen Wildwood, Richo Cech, Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, Christopher Hobbs, 7Song, and others.

She is a member of the Keepers of the Plant Wisdom Medicine Society, has served on the board of directors for Medicine Waters Conservancy since 2001, and actively participates in United Plant Savers herbal conferences. Ellyn holds certificates from the Resiliency Institute in Edible Wild Plants and Bioregional Herbalism.

 

Class size is limited to 15 students

DATES & TIMES:

New in 2018 - 1 additional hour each class PLUS 3 extra classes!
Classes meet   9:00 am – 4:00 pm for 9 months on the following Saturdays:

March 3    April 14     May 5     June 23    July 14     Aug 25     Sep 22     Oct  6    Nov 3

Plan to attend all classes. No make-up classes will be offered. Only 1 class can be missed in order to attend Advanced Bioregional Herbalism.


FEE
includes all materials and supplies

September   $900 Check / $930 Paypal
October        $925 Check / $955 Paypal
November    $950 Check / $980 Paypal
December     $975 Check / $1000 Paypal
January         $1000 Check / $1025 Paypal
February       $1025 Check / $1050 Paypal

Payment plans available upon request. Please email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net

Work study option:  Thank you to applicants. A student has been selected.

A work study opportunity is available to one qualified candidate who will receive a tuition discount 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.

Please email Michelle 1-2 paragraphs with information about yourself, your interest in herbalism, your financial need, and your interest in a work study experience by January 10th.

Sep
28
Fri
Shinrin-yoku with DuPage Forest Preserve
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Jodi for a Shinrin-yoku walk at DuPage Forest Preserve's Herrick Lake where she'll introduce you to a new way to connect with nature that enhances your well being, reduces stress, and boosts your immune system. Deepen your relationship with nature and open your senses to the physical and mental health benefits of the outdoors.

Ages 18 and up. $10 per person. Register online at DuPage Forest Preserve or at 630-850-8110.

Oct
5
Fri
Shinrin-Yoku FREE Fridays
Oct 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Shinrin-yoku nature therapy

Enjoy a one hour introductory Shinrin-yoku walk guided by a Certified Forest Therapy guide to discover this restorative practice that emphasizes soaking in the sounds, scents and sights of nature for slowing the body, stilling the mind and opening the heart.
 
Participants will experience walking in the woods in a slow, relaxed and mindful way, ending with an informal tea ceremony. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking outside as weather permits.

Science has been able to identify specific physiological benefits that are generated from engaging in Shinrin-yoku. These benefits have been found to endure 7-30 days after a Shinrin-yoku walk!

  • Reduced blood pressure and heart rate
  • Reduced cortisol levels lower stress, risks for heart disease, anxiety, depression, weight problems, and impairment in memory and concentration.
  • Improved immune system, including increased Natural Killer (NK) cells
  • Improved parasympathetic nerve activity leading to better sleep
  • Reduced sympathetic nerve activity
  • Reduced impacts of stressful events
  • Improved sense of wellbeing
  • Improved engagement and accessibility in physical activity
  • Improved attention and focus
  • Reduced anger and hostility

Walks will travel less than a mile at a slow pace on nature trails. Participants should be comfortable walking on uneven terrain. Dress appropriately for the weather. Restrooms are available at the beginning and end of the walk. Cell phones and other electronic devices are requested to be left in your car. You are welcome to bring whatever will make your experience comfortable - a water bottle, insect repellant, hat, walking stick, and portable chair if standing for an hour is difficult.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

Oct
6
Sat
Bioregional Herbalism Course Series 2018
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am

The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Course Series meets
9:00 am -4:00 pm one Saturday a month March - November 2018.

Bioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support.

During each Saturday class, discover 3-4 plants in depth, learn introductory health care topics and body systems, and prepare 2 different plant remedies. The day is divided among lecture and discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, walks to meet plants in their homes, and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom.

This course will empower you with nourishing herbal knowledge, the skills to experience the world in a new way, and the beginning of a personal herbal apothecary!

Receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the series. Only 1 class may be missed to receive a certificate.

 

ellyn-schmitz

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 continuously studies with numerous edible and medicinal plant experts including, Karen Sherwood, Kathleen Wildwood, Richo Cech, Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, Christopher Hobbs, 7Song, and others.

She is a member of the Keepers of the Plant Wisdom Medicine Society, has served on the board of directors for Medicine Waters Conservancy since 2001, and actively participates in United Plant Savers herbal conferences. Ellyn holds certificates from the Resiliency Institute in Edible Wild Plants and Bioregional Herbalism.

 

Class size is limited to 15 students

DATES & TIMES:

New in 2018 - 1 additional hour each class PLUS 3 extra classes!
Classes meet   9:00 am – 4:00 pm for 9 months on the following Saturdays:

March 3    April 14     May 5     June 23    July 14     Aug 25     Sep 22     Oct  6    Nov 3

Plan to attend all classes. No make-up classes will be offered. Only 1 class can be missed in order to attend Advanced Bioregional Herbalism.


FEE
includes all materials and supplies

September   $900 Check / $930 Paypal
October        $925 Check / $955 Paypal
November    $950 Check / $980 Paypal
December     $975 Check / $1000 Paypal
January         $1000 Check / $1025 Paypal
February       $1025 Check / $1050 Paypal

Payment plans available upon request. Please email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net

Work study option:  Thank you to applicants. A student has been selected.

A work study opportunity is available to one qualified candidate who will receive a tuition discount 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.

Please email Michelle 1-2 paragraphs with information about yourself, your interest in herbalism, your financial need, and your interest in a work study experience by January 10th.

Oct
7
Sun
WILD Woman Project Circles
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The WILD Woman Project is a world-wide movement of CIRCLES, spiritual gatherings, during the new moon. Circles are a time for meditation, intention setting, healing, and connection with community. They create a sacred space for participants to access their inner guidance while allowing for deeper connection to other women and nature. Circles also provide a forum for creativity, community, and ritual. These ingredients result in a unique alchemy of moving into a wholeness (WILD-ness) of being.  

The WILD Woman Project circles are not associated with a singular path or religion, but rather, an inclusive coming together with women from all paths. We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of: Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher) & co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). 

Please bring the following items if you have them available:  Journal and writing utensil, yoga mat, a pillow or cushion to sit comfortably on the floor for meditation, and inside shoes or slippers. You may also bring an item for the altar.

WILD Woman Project Circles will meet in accord with the new moon, as this is traditionally a time for going inward and self-reflection.  Each new moon circle is inspired by a unique theme.

2018 Schedule
SUNDAYS  2:00 - 4:00 pm

  • February 18
  • March 18
  • April 15
  • May 20
  • June TBD
  • July 15
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 7
  • November 11
  • December 9

Fee: $15/each event or $35 for 3 dates of your choosing. Pre-payment required. No Walk-ins. Registration closes 1 day before the event.

Please bring the following items if you have them available:  Journal and writing utensil, yoga mat, and a pillow or cushion to sit comfortably on the floor for meditation. You may also bring an item for the altar.

Allison Mitch is your WILD Woman Project Circles Facilitator. She is an ecologist, physical therapist and healing arts practitioner (yoga, reiki), part time professor, and mom – an eclectic professional and personal mix that birthed her own WILD woman through the recognition of the connection and depth with all of life. In her circles, she seeks to create a sacred and inviting space for self-reflection, meditation, healing, and reconnection with nature for the return of soulfulness, or “re-wilding”.  Allison is also committed to increasing the connection of her children and her community with nature by offering family nature excursions (Naperville Family Nature Club) in Naperville and the surrounding suburbs. www.wildwomaninthesuburbs.com

 

Oct
14
Sun
Forest Yoga Walks
Oct 14 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

Rejuvenate yourself with forest yoga walks by stepping outside and away from electronics to connect with nature, quiet the mind, and reduce stress. Walks will begin with a brief ecological overview of the area, continue with invitations to deepen connection to nature and self, then conclude with a tea ceremony of locally harvested plants. We'll focus on energy exchange with the natural world, discover our place within it, and foster an appreciation for all that nature provides.

During each walk we will pause to tune the body with yoga postures. The walks will be gentle and suitable for all levels. These walks are scheduled to follow the seasonal blooming of native plants.

To fully enjoy your forest yoga walk, please come prepared with:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes. The walk will be slow paced, but best to be prepared for various terrain
  • Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions such as sun, insects, rain, temperature.  We will practice rain or shine.
  • Yoga Mat - If you don't have one, a beach towel or other full body-length ground cover will be sufficient. A couple of extra mats will be on hand, but not enough for everyone.
  • Water
  • Most locations have bathrooms. Please plan to use the bathroom before the walk begins.
  • Leave cell phones at home or in your car. The instructor has a phone for emergencies. This is a time to disconnect. If you need the security, then you'll be asked to turn it off during the walk.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

Forest-Yoga-Marie-Zubinski

 

Marie Zubinski’s passions are nature and healing.  She has been teaching yoga since 2011, is a life-long Naturalist, Native Landscaper, and Certified Permaculturist.  She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Cranial Sacral Therapist, so her classes are alignment based, with a focus on deep release. She is also training to be a Forest Therapy Guide. Nature is where she feels home and alive.

 

Oct
20
Sat
Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course 2018
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Class is fully registered

Taking a walk in the woods, or even around your neighborhood, takes on a whole new meaning when your intention is to forage. There is a transformation in how you look at the environment when the landscape is no longer just window dressing, but a source of nourishment. Now the tree that you have passed by hundreds of times with barely a glance becomes meaningful – you notice it and eagerly await its fruit.

Knowing what plants to look for when, finding them around you, then knowing what to harvest, how to process and prepare it, takes some practice, but Pat Armstrong will teach you all of this in our Edible Wild Plants Certificate course. Over the course of 10 months you’ll learn 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class! Students will receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared by the instructor and students throughout the course and a printed certificate recognizing their accomplishment.

Red CurrantsThere are so many reasons to learn how to identify edible wild plants:

  • Interest in foraging
  • Connecting with nature
  • Expanding your knowledge of edible plants for landscaping, permaculture, or ecological restoration
  • Wilderness survival
  • Herbalism
  • Learning plant identification
  • Leading plant walks

“I had some previous foraging experience prior to signing up for the wild edibles certificate program and was amazed to learn the wide variety of plants and trees we can use for food. Pat Armstrong is a gifted teacher and is passionate about wild foods and enjoying nature’s abundance. We learned the edible parts of each plant, when to harvest and how to best prepare them. Pat would often include interesting ethnobotanical information on the uses of plants as food and medicine throughout history.”        ~ Lisa Stuart, EWP Certificate 2015

 

Edible Wild Plants Pat SpringDevote the time to learn edible wild plants from an instructor who has been eating this way her whole life. Patricia Armstrong, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in Ecology (Biology-Botany). She taught a multitude of nature classes at the Morton Arboretum for 16 years, plus Botany, Ecology, and Geology at the University of Wisconsin Extension, and Michigan State University’s Juneau Icefield Research Program in Alaska.

Pat’s knowledge and understanding of all things wild and free comes from a life-long personal and intimate relationship with nature that is passionate as well as scientific. She lives in a home she and her husband designed and built to fit into the natural ecosystems of northern Illinois. It is active and passive solar, energy-efficient, and landscaped with over 300 species of native trees, shrubs, prairie grasses and wildflowers, approximately 40% of which are edible. Pat is actively involved in living joyfully with nature. She operates a consulting firm to educate and assist others in appreciating and using native plants and wild edible plants in home landscaping.

This is a college type course where students are expected to study and practice plant id between classes, take monthly plant id exams, and prepare edible wild plant food at home to bring to class.

COURSE  REQUIREMENTS:

  • attendance at all classes (1 class may be missed, but the exam must be made up)
  • pass nine monthly exams (using your notes and books) to demonstrate that you can identify edible (and poisonous) wild plants successfully
  • prepare four edible wild plant recipes (one each season) to share with the class
  • present four oral reports and hand in four written reports on the edible wild plants used in your recipes
  • Optional: Complete a plant id catalog containing botanical name, common name, family name, habitat, food part, time to harvest, notable characteristics for each edible wild plant. This catalog can be used for all of your exams.


During the final class, an edible wild plant potluck celebration will be hosted at lunchtime. Each student will receive an Edible Wild Plants recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared during the certification course, and students who successfully completed all of the certificate requirements will receive a printed certificate.

 

Required Material:
At least one book to identify wild plants, but you will likely need a few since not one book will contain all flowers, shrubs & trees. We suggest going to your library first to experience the books and see which ones you like.

 Included with registration:

 

2018 CLASS DATES:

February 24      March 17        April 21      May 19      June 16     July 21  

August 18         September 15     October 20      November 17

Plan to attend all classes. Only 1 class may be missed and the test must be made up in order to receive a certificate. No make up classes will be offered.

COURSE FEE includes all supplies and materials

Pay early to save! Each month the course fee increases.

Register in September      $725 check payment / $740 Paypal

Register in October          $750 check payment / $765 Paypal

Register in November     $775 check payment/ $790 Paypal

Register in December     $800 check payment/ $815 Paypal

Register in January        $825 check payment/ $840 Paypal

Checks are to be mailed to The Resiliency Institute, P.O. Box 5721, Naperville, IL 60567

 

WORK STUDY

This year we are offering a work study opportunity to one qualified candidate. In exchange for 25-30 hours of work, the work study candidate will receive a tuition discount. Work will include assisting the instructor with class preparation, classroom set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading class supplies, making copies, and assisting with the recipe book.  The candidate will be required to meet the instructor at 8:30 am each class meeting date as well as other dates to forage for plant specimens. Ideally the candidate lives in or very near Naperville.

By January 7th, email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net 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.

 

Nov
2
Fri
Shinrin-Yoku FREE Fridays
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Shinrin-yoku nature therapy

Enjoy a one hour introductory Shinrin-yoku walk guided by a Certified Forest Therapy guide to discover this restorative practice that emphasizes soaking in the sounds, scents and sights of nature for slowing the body, stilling the mind and opening the heart.
 
Participants will experience walking in the woods in a slow, relaxed and mindful way, ending with an informal tea ceremony. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking outside as weather permits.

Science has been able to identify specific physiological benefits that are generated from engaging in Shinrin-yoku. These benefits have been found to endure 7-30 days after a Shinrin-yoku walk!

  • Reduced blood pressure and heart rate
  • Reduced cortisol levels lower stress, risks for heart disease, anxiety, depression, weight problems, and impairment in memory and concentration.
  • Improved immune system, including increased Natural Killer (NK) cells
  • Improved parasympathetic nerve activity leading to better sleep
  • Reduced sympathetic nerve activity
  • Reduced impacts of stressful events
  • Improved sense of wellbeing
  • Improved engagement and accessibility in physical activity
  • Improved attention and focus
  • Reduced anger and hostility

Walks will travel less than a mile at a slow pace on nature trails. Participants should be comfortable walking on uneven terrain. Dress appropriately for the weather. Restrooms are available at the beginning and end of the walk. Cell phones and other electronic devices are requested to be left in your car. You are welcome to bring whatever will make your experience comfortable - a water bottle, insect repellant, hat, walking stick, and portable chair if standing for an hour is difficult.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

Nov
3
Sat
Bioregional Herbalism Course Series 2018
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am

The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Course Series meets
9:00 am -4:00 pm one Saturday a month March - November 2018.

Bioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support.

During each Saturday class, discover 3-4 plants in depth, learn introductory health care topics and body systems, and prepare 2 different plant remedies. The day is divided among lecture and discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, walks to meet plants in their homes, and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom.

This course will empower you with nourishing herbal knowledge, the skills to experience the world in a new way, and the beginning of a personal herbal apothecary!

Receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the series. Only 1 class may be missed to receive a certificate.

 

ellyn-schmitz

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 continuously studies with numerous edible and medicinal plant experts including, Karen Sherwood, Kathleen Wildwood, Richo Cech, Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, Christopher Hobbs, 7Song, and others.

She is a member of the Keepers of the Plant Wisdom Medicine Society, has served on the board of directors for Medicine Waters Conservancy since 2001, and actively participates in United Plant Savers herbal conferences. Ellyn holds certificates from the Resiliency Institute in Edible Wild Plants and Bioregional Herbalism.

 

Class size is limited to 15 students

DATES & TIMES:

New in 2018 - 1 additional hour each class PLUS 3 extra classes!
Classes meet   9:00 am – 4:00 pm for 9 months on the following Saturdays:

March 3    April 14     May 5     June 23    July 14     Aug 25     Sep 22     Oct  6    Nov 3

Plan to attend all classes. No make-up classes will be offered. Only 1 class can be missed in order to attend Advanced Bioregional Herbalism.


FEE
includes all materials and supplies

September   $900 Check / $930 Paypal
October        $925 Check / $955 Paypal
November    $950 Check / $980 Paypal
December     $975 Check / $1000 Paypal
January         $1000 Check / $1025 Paypal
February       $1025 Check / $1050 Paypal

Payment plans available upon request. Please email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net

Work study option:  Thank you to applicants. A student has been selected.

A work study opportunity is available to one qualified candidate who will receive a tuition discount 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.

Please email Michelle 1-2 paragraphs with information about yourself, your interest in herbalism, your financial need, and your interest in a work study experience by January 10th.

Nov
11
Sun
WILD Woman Project Circles
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The WILD Woman Project is a world-wide movement of CIRCLES, spiritual gatherings, during the new moon. Circles are a time for meditation, intention setting, healing, and connection with community. They create a sacred space for participants to access their inner guidance while allowing for deeper connection to other women and nature. Circles also provide a forum for creativity, community, and ritual. These ingredients result in a unique alchemy of moving into a wholeness (WILD-ness) of being.  

The WILD Woman Project circles are not associated with a singular path or religion, but rather, an inclusive coming together with women from all paths. We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of: Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher) & co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). 

Please bring the following items if you have them available:  Journal and writing utensil, yoga mat, a pillow or cushion to sit comfortably on the floor for meditation, and inside shoes or slippers. You may also bring an item for the altar.

WILD Woman Project Circles will meet in accord with the new moon, as this is traditionally a time for going inward and self-reflection.  Each new moon circle is inspired by a unique theme.

2018 Schedule
SUNDAYS  2:00 - 4:00 pm

  • February 18
  • March 18
  • April 15
  • May 20
  • June TBD
  • July 15
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 7
  • November 11
  • December 9

Fee: $15/each event or $35 for 3 dates of your choosing. Pre-payment required. No Walk-ins. Registration closes 1 day before the event.

Please bring the following items if you have them available:  Journal and writing utensil, yoga mat, and a pillow or cushion to sit comfortably on the floor for meditation. You may also bring an item for the altar.

Allison Mitch is your WILD Woman Project Circles Facilitator. She is an ecologist, physical therapist and healing arts practitioner (yoga, reiki), part time professor, and mom – an eclectic professional and personal mix that birthed her own WILD woman through the recognition of the connection and depth with all of life. In her circles, she seeks to create a sacred and inviting space for self-reflection, meditation, healing, and reconnection with nature for the return of soulfulness, or “re-wilding”.  Allison is also committed to increasing the connection of her children and her community with nature by offering family nature excursions (Naperville Family Nature Club) in Naperville and the surrounding suburbs. www.wildwomaninthesuburbs.com

 

Nov
17
Sat
Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course 2018
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Class is fully registered

Taking a walk in the woods, or even around your neighborhood, takes on a whole new meaning when your intention is to forage. There is a transformation in how you look at the environment when the landscape is no longer just window dressing, but a source of nourishment. Now the tree that you have passed by hundreds of times with barely a glance becomes meaningful – you notice it and eagerly await its fruit.

Knowing what plants to look for when, finding them around you, then knowing what to harvest, how to process and prepare it, takes some practice, but Pat Armstrong will teach you all of this in our Edible Wild Plants Certificate course. Over the course of 10 months you’ll learn 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class! Students will receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared by the instructor and students throughout the course and a printed certificate recognizing their accomplishment.

Red CurrantsThere are so many reasons to learn how to identify edible wild plants:

  • Interest in foraging
  • Connecting with nature
  • Expanding your knowledge of edible plants for landscaping, permaculture, or ecological restoration
  • Wilderness survival
  • Herbalism
  • Learning plant identification
  • Leading plant walks

“I had some previous foraging experience prior to signing up for the wild edibles certificate program and was amazed to learn the wide variety of plants and trees we can use for food. Pat Armstrong is a gifted teacher and is passionate about wild foods and enjoying nature’s abundance. We learned the edible parts of each plant, when to harvest and how to best prepare them. Pat would often include interesting ethnobotanical information on the uses of plants as food and medicine throughout history.”        ~ Lisa Stuart, EWP Certificate 2015

 

Edible Wild Plants Pat SpringDevote the time to learn edible wild plants from an instructor who has been eating this way her whole life. Patricia Armstrong, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in Ecology (Biology-Botany). She taught a multitude of nature classes at the Morton Arboretum for 16 years, plus Botany, Ecology, and Geology at the University of Wisconsin Extension, and Michigan State University’s Juneau Icefield Research Program in Alaska.

Pat’s knowledge and understanding of all things wild and free comes from a life-long personal and intimate relationship with nature that is passionate as well as scientific. She lives in a home she and her husband designed and built to fit into the natural ecosystems of northern Illinois. It is active and passive solar, energy-efficient, and landscaped with over 300 species of native trees, shrubs, prairie grasses and wildflowers, approximately 40% of which are edible. Pat is actively involved in living joyfully with nature. She operates a consulting firm to educate and assist others in appreciating and using native plants and wild edible plants in home landscaping.

This is a college type course where students are expected to study and practice plant id between classes, take monthly plant id exams, and prepare edible wild plant food at home to bring to class.

COURSE  REQUIREMENTS:

  • attendance at all classes (1 class may be missed, but the exam must be made up)
  • pass nine monthly exams (using your notes and books) to demonstrate that you can identify edible (and poisonous) wild plants successfully
  • prepare four edible wild plant recipes (one each season) to share with the class
  • present four oral reports and hand in four written reports on the edible wild plants used in your recipes
  • Optional: Complete a plant id catalog containing botanical name, common name, family name, habitat, food part, time to harvest, notable characteristics for each edible wild plant. This catalog can be used for all of your exams.


During the final class, an edible wild plant potluck celebration will be hosted at lunchtime. Each student will receive an Edible Wild Plants recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared during the certification course, and students who successfully completed all of the certificate requirements will receive a printed certificate.

 

Required Material:
At least one book to identify wild plants, but you will likely need a few since not one book will contain all flowers, shrubs & trees. We suggest going to your library first to experience the books and see which ones you like.

 Included with registration:

 

2018 CLASS DATES:

February 24      March 17        April 21      May 19      June 16     July 21  

August 18         September 15     October 20      November 17

Plan to attend all classes. Only 1 class may be missed and the test must be made up in order to receive a certificate. No make up classes will be offered.

COURSE FEE includes all supplies and materials

Pay early to save! Each month the course fee increases.

Register in September      $725 check payment / $740 Paypal

Register in October          $750 check payment / $765 Paypal

Register in November     $775 check payment/ $790 Paypal

Register in December     $800 check payment/ $815 Paypal

Register in January        $825 check payment/ $840 Paypal

Checks are to be mailed to The Resiliency Institute, P.O. Box 5721, Naperville, IL 60567

 

WORK STUDY

This year we are offering a work study opportunity to one qualified candidate. In exchange for 25-30 hours of work, the work study candidate will receive a tuition discount. Work will include assisting the instructor with class preparation, classroom set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading class supplies, making copies, and assisting with the recipe book.  The candidate will be required to meet the instructor at 8:30 am each class meeting date as well as other dates to forage for plant specimens. Ideally the candidate lives in or very near Naperville.

By January 7th, email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net 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.

 

Dec
7
Fri
Shinrin-Yoku FREE Fridays
Dec 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Shinrin-yoku nature therapy

Enjoy a one hour introductory Shinrin-yoku walk guided by a Certified Forest Therapy guide to discover this restorative practice that emphasizes soaking in the sounds, scents and sights of nature for slowing the body, stilling the mind and opening the heart.
 
Participants will experience walking in the woods in a slow, relaxed and mindful way, ending with an informal tea ceremony. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking outside as weather permits.

Science has been able to identify specific physiological benefits that are generated from engaging in Shinrin-yoku. These benefits have been found to endure 7-30 days after a Shinrin-yoku walk!

  • Reduced blood pressure and heart rate
  • Reduced cortisol levels lower stress, risks for heart disease, anxiety, depression, weight problems, and impairment in memory and concentration.
  • Improved immune system, including increased Natural Killer (NK) cells
  • Improved parasympathetic nerve activity leading to better sleep
  • Reduced sympathetic nerve activity
  • Reduced impacts of stressful events
  • Improved sense of wellbeing
  • Improved engagement and accessibility in physical activity
  • Improved attention and focus
  • Reduced anger and hostility

Walks will travel less than a mile at a slow pace on nature trails. Participants should be comfortable walking on uneven terrain. Dress appropriately for the weather. Restrooms are available at the beginning and end of the walk. Cell phones and other electronic devices are requested to be left in your car. You are welcome to bring whatever will make your experience comfortable - a water bottle, insect repellant, hat, walking stick, and portable chair if standing for an hour is difficult.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

Dec
9
Sun
WILD Woman Project Circles
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The WILD Woman Project is a world-wide movement of CIRCLES, spiritual gatherings, during the new moon. Circles are a time for meditation, intention setting, healing, and connection with community. They create a sacred space for participants to access their inner guidance while allowing for deeper connection to other women and nature. Circles also provide a forum for creativity, community, and ritual. These ingredients result in a unique alchemy of moving into a wholeness (WILD-ness) of being.  

The WILD Woman Project circles are not associated with a singular path or religion, but rather, an inclusive coming together with women from all paths. We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of: Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher) & co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). 

Please bring the following items if you have them available:  Journal and writing utensil, yoga mat, a pillow or cushion to sit comfortably on the floor for meditation, and inside shoes or slippers. You may also bring an item for the altar.

WILD Woman Project Circles will meet in accord with the new moon, as this is traditionally a time for going inward and self-reflection.  Each new moon circle is inspired by a unique theme.

2018 Schedule
SUNDAYS  2:00 - 4:00 pm

  • February 18
  • March 18
  • April 15
  • May 20
  • June TBD
  • July 15
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 7
  • November 11
  • December 9

Fee: $15/each event or $35 for 3 dates of your choosing. Pre-payment required. No Walk-ins. Registration closes 1 day before the event.

Allison Mitch is your WILD Woman Project Circles Facilitator. She is an ecologist, physical therapist and healing arts practitioner (yoga, reiki), part time professor, and mom – an eclectic professional and personal mix that birthed her own WILD woman through the recognition of the connection and depth with all of life. In her circles, she seeks to create a sacred and inviting space for self-reflection, meditation, healing, and reconnection with nature for the return of soulfulness, or “re-wilding”.  Allison is also committed to increasing the connection of her children and her community with nature by offering family nature excursions (Naperville Family Nature Club) in Naperville and the surrounding suburbs. www.wildwomaninthesuburbs.com

 

Jan
19
Sat
Plant ID Skills
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

plant id edible wild plants certificateLearn plant id skills and basic botanical terminology to key out a plant or tree using field guides and have the language to describe what you're observing. Plant specimens will be available to practice your new skills under the guidance of an experienced instructor. A variety of field guide books will be available, but please bring your own. Bring a hand lens or magnifying glass.

This class is required for people planning to take the Edible Wild Plants Certificate course, unless they have passed the online quiz.

$25/person

Instructor: Pat Armstrong

Feb
10
Sun
Permaculture Forest Gardener Course 2019
Feb 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Early Bird Pricing until October 14th!

The Resiliency Institute Permaculture Forest Gardener Series meets 9:00 am -12:00pm one Sunday a month for 8 months, beginning February 10, 2019.

This highly interactive Permaculture Forest Gardener course will introduce you to permaculture and teach you the basics of forest garden design through in-class lecture and hands-on projects. Learn how to transform your own yard, school, workplace or park into an edible forest garden. Forest gardens are modeled after woodlands – planted in layers of edible species of trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, roots, vines,Whole Foods Market Edible Forest Garden and fungi. Over time they become diverse ecosystems that produce abundant food and medicine for people; food and habitat for wildlife; areas for nature exploration and learning; soil regeneration and carbon sequestration systems; community building opportunities; and peaceful places for reconnecting humans and nature.

The Whole Foods Market Edible Forest Garden, designed & installed by The Resiliency Institute volunteers on The Conservation Foundation’s McDonald Farm beginning in 2013, will be the outdoor classroom where you will gain hands-on experience with:

  1. Site & Human systems Assessment
  2. Plant Selection & Installation
  3. Maintenance:  Weeding, Watering, Fertilizing
  4. Harvesting & Preparation (Food, medicine, value add products)
  5. Preservation
  6. Hibernation/Composting/Mulching – closing the loop

INSTRUCTOR:  Jodi Trendler, Co-Founder & Executive Director of The Resiliency Institute


DATES & TIME:
9:00 am - 12:00pm
SUNDAYS   2/10    3/10    4/14   5/5   6/9   7/14   No August    9/8     10/6   11/10

Plan to attend all classes. No make up classes will be offered.


SUGGESTED MATERIALS:

Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren
(eBook available here)

The Permaculture Garden by Graham Bell  (available from instructor)

Gaia’s Garden  by Toby Hemenway

Permaculture Design: A Step by Step Guide by Aranya


FEE
includes all supplies and take-home materials

Early Bird until October 14th     $325 check/$335 PayPal

Regular 10/14 - 12/30   $375 check/$385 PayPal

Late 1/1 - 1/30   $425 check/$440 PayPal

Feb
16
Sat
Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course 2019
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Register Now for Early Bird Pricing! Only 16 Seats!

Learn over 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class! You will receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared by the instructor and students throughout the course and a printed certificate recognizing your accomplishment.

There are so many reasons to learn how to identify edible wild plants:

  • Interest in foraging
  • Connecting with nature
  • Expanding your knowledge of edible plants for landscaping, permaculture, or ecological restoration
  • Wilderness survival
  • To expand or prepare for herbal studies
  • Leading plant walks


COURSE DETAILS
During the edible wild plants certificate course you will learn 20-25 plants every class using live or dried specimens, photos, and drawings. By the end of the course you will have learned how to identify 200+ plants.

Every morning you will take a plant identification exam of the 20-25 plants that you learned the class prior. When the exam time has ended, Pat (your instructor) will review the test, let you know the answers, and host Q&A time.

Lunch time will always include wild edible foods and beverages prepared by the instructor and students. Each student is expected to prepare one recipe a season and to present their recipe at lunch time.

After lunch, a guided plant identification walk will be taken, rain or shine, where you can practice finding the plants you just learned in the classroom in the wild. Students who presented recipes will identify their plant on the walk and teach fellow students about it. Always dress appropriately for the weather and bring a change of shoes!

LIMITED TO 16 STUDENTS

Basic plant identification skills are required to take this class.

A short quiz must be taken to determine plant id proficiency or participants can provide documentation of a plant id class or other evidence of knowledge.


COURSE MEETS 1 DAY PER MONTH FOR 10 MONTHS

February 16      March 16        April 13      May 18      June 15     July 20   

August 17         September 21     October 19      November 16  Graduation December 7

Plan to attend all classes. Only 1 class may be missed and the test must be made up in order to receive a certificate. No make up classes will be offered.


COURSE FEE:

Early Bird Pricing until October 14, 2018 

Early Bird    $715 check  / $740 PayPal*

Regular        $770 check  / $800 PayPal
October 15 - December 30

Late               $815 check / $845 PayPal
January


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INSTRUCTOR

Devote this time to learn edible wild plants from an instructor who has been eating this way her whole life. Patricia Armstrong, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in Ecology (Biology-Botany). She taught a multitude of nature classes at the Morton Arboretum for 16 years, plus Botany, Ecology, and Geology at the University of Wisconsin Extension, and Michigan State University’s Juneau Icefield Research Program in Alaska.

Pat’s knowledge and understanding of all things wild and free comes from a life-long personal and intimate relationship with nature that is passionate as well as scientific. She lives in a home she and her husband designed and built to fit into the natural ecosystems of northern Illinois. It is active and passive solar, energy-efficient, and landscaped with over 300 species of native trees, shrubs, prairie grasses and wildflowers, approximately 40% of which are edible.


COURSE  REQUIREMENTS:

Students are expected to study and practice plant id between classes, take monthly plant id exams, and prepare edible wild plant food at home to bring to class.

  • It is important that you have plant identification skills prior to taking this course. This means you know plant families, understand terminology, and have experience using a field guide.
  • Only one class can be missed, and the missed exam made-up in order to qualify for a certificate. Make-up classes are not offered.
  • There are nine plant id exams for you to demonstrate that you can identify edible (and poisonous) wild plants successfully. You can use your notes and books during the exam.
  • Each student will prepare four edible wild plant recipes (one each season) to share with the class
  • Present four oral reports and turn in four written reports on the edible wild plants used in your recipes
  • Optional: Complete a plant id catalog containing botanical name, common name, family name, habitat, food part, time to harvest, notable characteristics for each edible wild plant. This catalog can be used for all of your exams.


In December an edible wild plant graduation & potluck celebration will be hosted. Each student will receive an Edible Wild Plants recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared during the course, and students who successfully completed all of the certificate requirements will receive a printed edible wild plants certificate. Family and friends are invited to attend.


REQUIRED MATERIALS:
At least one book to identify wild plants, but you will likely need a few since not one book will contain all flowers, shrubs & trees. We suggest going to your library first to experience the books and see which ones you like.

 One wild edible cookbook. Pat's is included with registration:


WORK STUDY

A work study opportunity is available to one qualified candidate. In exchange for 25-30 hours of work, the work study candidate's course fee will be reduced to $400. Work will include assisting the instructor with class preparation, classroom set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading class supplies, making copies, and assisting with the recipe book. The candidate will be required to meet the instructor at 8:30 am each class meeting date as well as other dates (typically the Friday's prior to class) to forage for plant specimens. Ideally the candidate lives in or very near Naperville.

By November 1st, email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net 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.

 

Mar
24
Sun
Bioregional Herbalism Course 2019
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Early Bird Pricing until October 14th!
Limited to 15 Seats

The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Course meets 9:00 am -4:00 pm one Sunday a month March - November 2019.

Bioregional Herbalism Course Stinging NettlesBioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support.

During each Sunday class, discover several plants in depth, learn introductory health care topics and body systems, and make 1-2 herbal preparations. The day is divided among lecture and discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, walks to meet plants in their homes, and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom.

Our Bioregional Herbalism Course will empower you with nourishing herbal knowledge, the skills to experience the world in a new way, and the beginning of a personal herbal apothecary!

Receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the series. Only 1 class may be missed to receive a certificate.

Class size is limited to 15 students


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Instructor: Ellyn Schmitz has studied 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 continuously studies with numerous edible and medicinal plant experts including, Karen Sherwood, Kathleen Wildwood, Richo Cech, Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, Christopher Hobbs, 7Song, and others.

She is a member of the Keepers of the Plant Wisdom Medicine Society, has served on the board of directors for Medicine Waters Conservancy since 2001, and actively participates in United Plant Savers herbal conferences. Ellyn holds certificates from the Resiliency Institute in Edible Wild Plants and Bioregional Herbalism.


DATES & TIMES:

Bioregional Herbalism will meet 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for 9 months on the following Sundays:

March 24    April 28     May 19     June 16    July 21     Aug 18     Sep 15     Oct  13    Nov 3

Plan to attend all classes. No make-up classes will be offered.


COURSE FEE: includes all materials and supplies

Early Bird (until 10/14)     $795 Check / $825 PayPal
Regular (10/15-12/30)             $835 Check / $855 PayPal
Late (1/1-2/15)                           $885 Check / $915 PayPal


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