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
21
Sat
Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course 2019
Sep 21 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Course is Closed. Subscribe on the right to be notified of 2020 Course

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    $715 check  / $740 PayPal

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

Late               $815 check / $845 PayPal
January

Click on the Pay in Full to proceed with a check or PayPal payment.

 

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.

 

Sep
22
Sun
Fall Farm Yoga
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

FALL Farm Yoga

Join us for an introductory outdoor yoga session to welcome the Fall season.  Located on The Conservation Foundation’s McDonald farm, an historic farmstead in Naperville with an edible forest garden, we will move through vinyasa, pranayama, meditation, and craft an herbal tea. Nature connection and a mindfulness practice for regeneration and resilience – a perfect way to start your day and enjoy the abundance of Fall.

 

 

 

Class is family-friendly. Beginners are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat and beach towel or cushion.

In the case of inclement weather, class will be held indoors.
Fee:
$10 special price for this event,

Pre-registration is required.  Registration deadline Friday, September 20. 

Instructor:

Dr. Allison Mitch, a physical therapist and healing arts practitioner (yoga, reiki), ecologist, 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.”

WILD Mother*-Daughter Circles
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cultivate a SHARED experience between mother (female caregiver) and daughter to nurture bonding & connection while deepening your relationship. The WILD Mother*-Daughter circles follow a similar monthly theme as the WILD Woman Project Circles but are shortened and adapted to include our daughters. Plan on experiencing meditation, intention setting, ritual, and ceremony, plus some movement-based mindfulness activities.

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). 

Recommended daughter ages are 8 years old and up. Open to 6 mother/daughter pairs.

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.

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.

2019 New Moon Schedule
SUNDAYS  11:30 – 1:00 pm

  • September 22
  • October 27
  • November 17
  • December 15

Fee: Per mother-daughter pair – $30 for 1 circle or $75 for 3 circles (to be used for 2019 circles only)

Online registration and 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

 

WILD Woman Project Circles
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Participate in a gathering of women where the focus is on taking time to support yourself and being supported by other women. 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.

2019 New Moon Schedule
SUNDAYS  2:00 – 4:30 pm

  • September 22
  • October 27
  • November 17
  • December 15

Fee: $25 or $65 for 3 circles (to be used in 2019)
We are offering a sliding scale registration for students, or those experiencing financial hardship – $20 or $50 for 3 (to be used in 2019)
If you are feeling generous and have the income, please consider making a donation (right sidebar) earmarked for supporting WILD Woman.

Online registration and 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

 

Sep
24
Tue
Permaculture Plants – Shrub Layer Plants: Nuts and Berries + Drying & Storing
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tonight, you will learn about some of the familiar and not so familiar shrub varieties we have available to use for our forest gardens.

We have an abundance of shrubs to choose from when it comes to food producing varieties, and this class will highlight some of our favorites and easiest to grow.  Also discussed tonight, because it will be a year before you’re able to harvest each crop again, you will also learn some basic food preservation techniques for enjoying your forest garden bounty throughout the year.  Tonight you will learn how easy it is to make a healing elderberry syrup!

Permaculture edible forest gardens typically consist of at least seven layers – fungi, groundcovers, vines, herbaceous, shrubs, sub-canopy trees, canopy trees. Over the course of four months, learn about the plants commonly used within each layer including varieties, care and maintenance, ecology, best application, harvesting, and uses. For each layer we’ll discuss 15-40 plants empowering you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively incorporate a full range of tasty, functional species into your permaculture garden!


This series of three classes on the forest garden shrub layer will give you everything you need to know to create an abundant, well-integrated shrub support system.  Take one or take them all!

  • 9/17:   Fertilizers, Friends and Fedges + Propagation 101: You will learn which plants provide nutrient cycling and how to plant them with others for maximum benefit.  Also, learning how to propagate plants is a critical forest garden skill to grow abundance and save costs. You will learn basic techniques to easily propagate shrubs to plant in your garden, share with friends, or pot up and sell, and you will bring home some starters for your own garden!
  • 9/24:   Nuts and Berries + Drying & Storing:  We have an abundance of shrubs to choose from when it comes to food producing varieties, and this class will highlight some of our favorites and easiest to grow.  It will be a year before you’re able to harvest each crop again, so you will also learn some basic food preservation techniques for enjoying your forest garden bounty throughout the year.
  • 10/1:  Berries, Birds and Butterflies + Food Preservation:  During this class you will learn how to attract our beneficial garden friends with plant selection.  Freezing is another way of preserving your harvest and you will learn how to make and take home an easy freezer jam in order to be able to savor your summer harvests all year long, or share with friends.

Tuition:
Take the Series for $80 or take them individually
Fertilizers, Friends and Fedges+ Propagation 101 – $30
Nuts and Berries + Drying & Storing – $30
Berries, Birds and Butterflies + Food Preservation – $30

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR EACH SESSION IS THE SUNDAY PRIOR TO THE CLASS DATE.  

Fertilizers, Friends and Fedges+ Propagation 101 SUNDAY, September 15
Nuts and Berries + Drying & Storing – $30 – SUNDAY, September 22
Berries, Birds and Butterflies + Food Preservation – $30 SUNDAY, September 29

Instructor: Connie Kollmeyer

Oct
1
Tue
Permaculture Plants – Shrub Layer Plants: Berries, Birds and Butterflies + Food Preservation
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Audubon Society – Summer Tanager in elderberry. Photo: Dave Maslowski

Tonight, you will learn about how to use native plants to attract the pollinators and wildlife that can help our forest gardens grow.

We will continue to explore harvesting and preserving our bounty to sustain us throughout the year. Freezing is another way of preserving your harvest and you will learn how to make and take home an easy freezer jam in order to be able to savor your summer harvests all year long, or share with friends.  

Permaculture edible forest gardens typically consist of at least seven layers – fungi, groundcovers, vines, herbaceous, shrubs, sub-canopy trees, canopy trees. Over the course of four months, learn about the plants commonly used within each layer including varieties, care and maintenance, ecology, best application, harvesting, and uses. For each layer we’ll discuss 15-40 plants empowering you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively incorporate a full range of tasty, functional species into your permaculture garden!


This series of three classes on the forest garden shrub layer will give you everything you need to know to create an abundant, well-integrated shrub support system.  Take one or take them all!

  • 9/17:   Fertilizers, Friends and Fedges + Propagation 101: You will learn which plants provide nutrient cycling and how to plant them with others for maximum benefit.  Also, learning how to propagate plants is a critical forest garden skill to grow abundance and save costs. You will learn basic techniques to easily propagate shrubs to plant in your garden, share with friends, or pot up and sell, and you will bring home some starters for your own garden!
  • 9/24:   Nuts and Berries + Drying & Storing:  We have an abundance of shrubs to choose from when it comes to food producing varieties, and this class will highlight some of our favorites and easiest to grow.  It will be a year before you’re able to harvest each crop again, so you will also learn some basic food preservation techniques for enjoying your forest garden bounty throughout the year.
  • 10/1:  Berries, Birds and Butterflies + Food Preservation:  During this class you will learn how to attract our beneficial garden friends with plant selection.  Freezing is another way of preserving your harvest and you will learn how to make and take home an easy freezer jam in order to be able to savor your summer harvests all year long, or share with friends.

Tuition:
Take the Series for $80 or take them individually
Fertilizers, Friends and Fedges+ Propagation 101 – $30
Nuts and Berries + Drying & Storing – $30
Berries, Birds and Butterflies + Food Preservation – $30

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR EACH SESSION IS THE SUNDAY PRIOR TO THE CLASS DATE.  

Fertilizers, Friends and Fedges+ Propagation 101 SUNDAY, September 15
Nuts and Berries + Drying & Storing – $30 – SUNDAY, September 22
Berries, Birds and Butterflies + Food Preservation – $30 SUNDAY, September 29

Instructor: Connie Kollmeyer

Oct
3
Thu
Forest Therapy Wellness Walk
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Take time to improve your health, reduce your stress, and experience pleasure while on a guided leisurely walk in nature on the farm. This is time to nurture yourself, to relax, engage your senses, and bathe in the pleasures of your surroundings.  On these wellness walks you will be introduced to fun, deep ways of connecting with nature that can dramatically increase the benefits of being outside.  Attend this series of walks to learn these skills so that you can apply them to your everyday life.

This will be a slow and quiet walk through the property in grass and garden areas. You will be invited by your guide to engage with the environment and offered opportunities to share what you noticed.  Awakening your senses through nature is a wonderful way to improve your own well-being so that you can be a better, more balanced partner, parent, caregiver, employee or employer. Time spent on yourself is well spent and well deserved!

Please dress comfortably and appropriately for walking, sitting on the ground, and moving through plants. You may bring a blanket/mat/pillow to sit on. Most of the walk will be under the canopy of mature trees, but depending on your sun sensitivity you may wish to have sunscreen and sunglasses or a brimmed hat. There may be mosquitoes and other biting insects, so you may choose to have insect repellent, netting, or other protection.  Bring water and anything else you need for your comfort like a jacket, hat, or walking stick.

Phones and cameras are best left in your car. We want you to let go of responsibilities during your Forest Therapy walk and immerse yourself in the experience without distraction.

Please complete the Forest Therapy Participant Agreement & Release for Brenda when you arrive for the walk.

Forest Therapy trained guides_banner_2015Brenda Spitzer will be your guide.  Brenda completed Forest Therapy Guide Training led by Amos Clifford and Maria Buitenhaus of the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy at The Morton Arboretum in 2015 and has guided hundreds of people on forest therapy walks through her work at the Morton Arboretum and volunteer work at other locations.

 

 

Tuition:

$25 per individual walk

$80 for the series of four

Registration is necessary by Wednesday.  Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. To host a walk we need a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10.  Walks will run rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring appropriate gear.  If terribly inclement weather, we will meet inside and have an alternate nature connection option.  For colder days, we may also have a fire in the outdoor firepit for warming.

 

Oct
4
Fri
Shinrin-Yoku FREE Fridays
Oct 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

shinrin-yoku-forest-bathing-walk-napervilleEnjoy 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.

We will walk slowly and enjoy the journey of each step as we engage with nature. Our walk will end 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 well-being
  • Improved engagement and accessibility in physical activity
  • Improved attention and focus
  • Reduced anger and hostility

We will travel less than a mile at a slow pace on a gravel and paved trail. Dress appropriately for the weather.  Cell phones and other electronic devices are requested to be left in your car, or turned to airplane mode. 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.

LIMITED SPACE – RSVP Registration by 11:00 PM the Thursday before the walk is required.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date – THANK YOU!

Oct
6
Sun
Permaculture Forest Gardener Course 2019
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Course is Closed. Subscribe on the right to be notified of 2020 Course

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:  2020 DATES COMING 11/2019!
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

 

Oct
8
Tue
3 Herbs for Health
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Designed by Valeria_Aksakova / Freepik

Join us to learn about three herbs for health that you can use this fall! Come and meet Ellyn Schmitz, The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism instructor, while she introduces you to local herbs for first aid, nourishment, and immune boosting (perfect for upcoming cold & flu season). She will discuss tinctures, infusions, syrups and salves.  The talk will include time for sampling and questions.

Incorporating herbs into your life will take you down a new path of nature connection, plant intelligence, and holistic health.

To learn more about herbs, sign up to be notified about our 2020 Bioregional Herbalism Series.

Learning is more fun with friends — be sure to bring one!

TUITION:
$15 Single
$25/Pair

Be sure to enroll by the Registration Deadline:  Friday, Oct 4, 2019

Oct
10
Thu
Forest Therapy Wellness Walk
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Take time to improve your health, reduce your stress, and experience pleasure while on a guided leisurely walk in nature on the farm. This is time to nurture yourself, to relax, engage your senses, and bathe in the pleasures of your surroundings.  On these wellness walks you will be introduced to fun, deep ways of connecting with nature that can dramatically increase the benefits of being outside.  Attend this series of walks to learn these skills so that you can apply them to your everyday life.

This will be a slow and quiet walk through the property in grass and garden areas. You will be invited by your guide to engage with the environment and offered opportunities to share what you noticed.  Awakening your senses through nature is a wonderful way to improve your own well-being so that you can be a better, more balanced partner, parent, caregiver, employee or employer. Time spent on yourself is well spent and well deserved!

Please dress comfortably and appropriately for walking, sitting on the ground, and moving through plants. You may bring a blanket/mat/pillow to sit on. Most of the walk will be under the canopy of mature trees, but depending on your sun sensitivity you may wish to have sunscreen and sunglasses or a brimmed hat. There may be mosquitoes and other biting insects, so you may choose to have insect repellent, netting, or other protection.  Bring water and anything else you need for your comfort like a jacket, hat, or walking stick.

Phones and cameras are best left in your car. We want you to let go of responsibilities during your Forest Therapy walk and immerse yourself in the experience without distraction.

Please complete the Forest Therapy Participant Agreement & Release for Brenda when you arrive for the walk.

Forest Therapy trained guides_banner_2015Brenda Spitzer will be your guide.  Brenda completed Forest Therapy Guide Training led by Amos Clifford and Maria Buitenhaus of the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy at The Morton Arboretum in 2015 and has guided hundreds of people on forest therapy walks through her work at the Morton Arboretum and volunteer work at other locations.

 

 

Tuition:

$25 per individual walk

$80 for the series of four

Registration is necessary by Wednesday.  Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. To host a walk we need a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10.  Walks will run rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring appropriate gear.  If terribly inclement weather, we will meet inside and have an alternate nature connection option.  For colder days, we may also have a fire in the outdoor firepit for warming.

 

Oct
13
Sun
Bioregional Herbalism Course 2019
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

New START DATE – MARCH 17th

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


ellyn-schmitz

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: 2020 DATES ANNOUNCED 12/2019!

2019 Course FULL & Closed

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

March 17    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

$865 check / $895 PayPal

 

Oct
17
Thu
Forest Therapy Wellness Walk
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Take time to improve your health, reduce your stress, and experience pleasure while on a guided leisurely walk in nature on the farm. This is time to nurture yourself, to relax, engage your senses, and bathe in the pleasures of your surroundings.  On these wellness walks you will be introduced to fun, deep ways of connecting with nature that can dramatically increase the benefits of being outside.  Attend this series of walks to learn these skills so that you can apply them to your everyday life.

This will be a slow and quiet walk through the property in grass and garden areas. You will be invited by your guide to engage with the environment and offered opportunities to share what you noticed.  Awakening your senses through nature is a wonderful way to improve your own well-being so that you can be a better, more balanced partner, parent, caregiver, employee or employer. Time spent on yourself is well spent and well deserved!

Please dress comfortably and appropriately for walking, sitting on the ground, and moving through plants. You may bring a blanket/mat/pillow to sit on. Most of the walk will be under the canopy of mature trees, but depending on your sun sensitivity you may wish to have sunscreen and sunglasses or a brimmed hat. There may be mosquitoes and other biting insects, so you may choose to have insect repellent, netting, or other protection.  Bring water and anything else you need for your comfort like a jacket, hat, or walking stick.

Phones and cameras are best left in your car. We want you to let go of responsibilities during your Forest Therapy walk and immerse yourself in the experience without distraction.

Please complete the Forest Therapy Participant Agreement & Release for Brenda when you arrive for the walk.

Forest Therapy trained guides_banner_2015Brenda Spitzer will be your guide.  Brenda completed Forest Therapy Guide Training led by Amos Clifford and Maria Buitenhaus of the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy at The Morton Arboretum in 2015 and has guided hundreds of people on forest therapy walks through her work at the Morton Arboretum and volunteer work at other locations.

 

 

Tuition:

$25 per individual walk

$80 for the series of four

Registration is necessary by Wednesday.  Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. To host a walk we need a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10.  Walks will run rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring appropriate gear.  If terribly inclement weather, we will meet inside and have an alternate nature connection option.  For colder days, we may also have a fire in the outdoor firepit for warming.

 

Oct
19
Sat
Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course 2019
Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Course is Closed. Subscribe on the right to be notified of 2020 Course

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    $715 check  / $740 PayPal

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

Late               $815 check / $845 PayPal
January

Click on the Pay in Full to proceed with a check or PayPal payment.

 

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.

 

Oct
24
Thu
Forest Therapy Wellness Walk
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Take time to improve your health, reduce your stress, and experience pleasure while on a guided leisurely walk in nature on the farm. This is time to nurture yourself, to relax, engage your senses, and bathe in the pleasures of your surroundings.  On these wellness walks you will be introduced to fun, deep ways of connecting with nature that can dramatically increase the benefits of being outside.  Attend this series of walks to learn these skills so that you can apply them to your everyday life.

This will be a slow and quiet walk through the property in grass and garden areas. You will be invited by your guide to engage with the environment and offered opportunities to share what you noticed.  Awakening your senses through nature is a wonderful way to improve your own well-being so that you can be a better, more balanced partner, parent, caregiver, employee or employer. Time spent on yourself is well spent and well deserved!

Please dress comfortably and appropriately for walking, sitting on the ground, and moving through plants. You may bring a blanket/mat/pillow to sit on. Most of the walk will be under the canopy of mature trees, but depending on your sun sensitivity you may wish to have sunscreen and sunglasses or a brimmed hat. There may be mosquitoes and other biting insects, so you may choose to have insect repellent, netting, or other protection.  Bring water and anything else you need for your comfort like a jacket, hat, or walking stick.

Phones and cameras are best left in your car. We want you to let go of responsibilities during your Forest Therapy walk and immerse yourself in the experience without distraction.

Please complete the Forest Therapy Participant Agreement & Release for Brenda when you arrive for the walk.

Forest Therapy trained guides_banner_2015Brenda Spitzer will be your guide.  Brenda completed Forest Therapy Guide Training led by Amos Clifford and Maria Buitenhaus of the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy at The Morton Arboretum in 2015 and has guided hundreds of people on forest therapy walks through her work at the Morton Arboretum and volunteer work at other locations.

 

 

Tuition:

$25 per individual walk

$80 for the series of four

Registration is necessary by Wednesday.  Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. To host a walk we need a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10.  Walks will run rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring appropriate gear.  If terribly inclement weather, we will meet inside and have an alternate nature connection option.  For colder days, we may also have a fire in the outdoor firepit for warming.

 

Oct
27
Sun
WILD Mother*-Daughter Circles
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cultivate a SHARED experience between mother (female caregiver) and daughter to nurture bonding & connection while deepening your relationship. The WILD Mother*-Daughter circles follow a similar monthly theme as the WILD Woman Project Circles but are shortened and adapted to include our daughters. Plan on experiencing meditation, intention setting, ritual, and ceremony, plus some movement-based mindfulness activities.

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). 

Recommended daughter ages are 8 years old and up. Open to 6 mother/daughter pairs.

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.

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.

2019 New Moon Schedule
SUNDAYS  11:30 – 1:00 pm

  • October 27
  • November 17
  • December 15

Fee: Per mother-daughter pair – $30 for 1 circle or $75 for 3 circles (to be used for 2019 circles only)

Online registration and 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

 

WILD Woman Project Circles
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Participate in a gathering of women where the focus is on taking time to support yourself and being supported by other women. 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.

2019 New Moon Schedule
SUNDAYS  2:00 – 4:30 pm

  • October 27
  • November 17
  • December 15

Fee: $25 per circle or $65 for 3 circles
We are offering a sliding scale registration for students, or those experiencing financial hardship – $20 per circle or $50 for 3.
If you are feeling generous and have the income, please consider making a donation (right sidebar) earmarked for supporting WILD Woman.

Online registration and 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

 

Nov
1
Fri
Shinrin-Yoku FREE Fridays
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

shinrin-yoku-forest-bathing-walk-napervilleEnjoy 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.

We will walk slowly and enjoy the journey of each step as we engage with nature. Our walk will end 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 well-being
  • Improved engagement and accessibility in physical activity
  • Improved attention and focus
  • Reduced anger and hostility

We will travel less than a mile at a slow pace on a gravel and paved trail. Dress appropriately for the weather.  Cell phones and other electronic devices are requested to be left in your car, or turned to airplane mode. 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.

LIMITED SPACE – RSVP Registration by 11:00 PM the Thursday before the walk is required.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date – THANK YOU!

Nov
3
Sun
Bioregional Herbalism Course 2019
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

New START DATE – MARCH 17th

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: 2020 DATES ANNOUNCED 12/2019!

2019 Course FULL & Closed

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

March 17    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

$865 check / $895 PayPal

 

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

Course is Closed. Subscribe on the right to be notified of 2020 Course

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:  2020 DATES COMING 11/2019!
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