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.

Plant ID Skills
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

plant id edible wild plants certificate

Learn 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. 

Please bring a lupe (8x) magnifying glass, or something similar and books to identify trees and wildflowers.  Pat recommends The Master Tree Finder and Flower Finder by May Theilgaard Watts and will use these in class.

This class is a prerequisite for people planning to take the Edible Wild Plants and Bioregional Herbalism Certificate courses, unless excused by instructor.


Instructor: Pat Armstrong

WILD Family Circle – Winter (2/23)
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Resilience through connection.

Join us to cultivate your wild-child(ren) and family! During this SHARED experience we will incorporate meditation, intention setting, ritual, and ceremony plus some fun movement-based mindfulness activities to nurture bonding & connection to deepen your family relationship. The WILD Family Circles follow a similar monthly theme as the WILD Woman Project Circles but are shortened and adapted to include all genders of children and caregivers.

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.

Additional information: Recommended ages are 6 years old up to younger teen. Open to 16 participants.


Winter Session: Sundays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Jan 26, Feb 23, March 22

Tuition*: Per pair – $30 for 1 circle or $75 for 3 seasonal circles. $10 each additional person.

Online registration and pre-payment required. No Walk-ins. Registration closes 1 day before the event.

Location: The Resiliency Institute:  Clow Education Center, McDonald Farm 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565

*Your participation makes our Growing Food Security outreach programming possible – THANK YOU!