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.

Fall Woodland Garden Walk
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Ellyn, The Resiliency Institute’s Bioregional Herbalism instructor, on a fall garden walk as she shares her journey and lessons learned restoring 2 acres of woodlands/wetland. 
Learn the uses and growing requirements of the many native high-value medicinal and edible plants like: Jewelweed, Joe Pye weed, Blue Lobelia, Goldenrod, True Solomen’s seal, False Solomen’s seal, Black Cohosh, Motherwort, Pokeweed, Elder, Brown-Eyed Susan, Nettle, Asters, Wild rose, Spicebush, and more.
Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for walking narrow trails that can include damp conditions and wild fruiting bushes (some with thorns).
Please park along the street and we’ll meet in the driveway
$20 Prepayment required. No walk-ups

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.