In 1994, Jim McDonald’s life changed when he drank tea from a wild plant he harvested from the land he lived upon. Since those first sips of strange tea, his life in the woods and meadows of southeast Michigan has been centered on the plants & ecosystems of that land, and how he might share their virtues to restore wellness with those around him. Jim’s approach to herbcraft is deeply rooted in the land he lives upon, and blends traditional European influences with 19th century eclectic and physio medical vitalism, which he conveys with story, experience, humor, common sense and lore to students, clients, random passersby and readers of his website www.herbcraft.org. He’s taught classes throughout North America and is currently alternately writing “Foundational Herbcraft” and “A Great Lakes Herbal”, in addition to articles for journals and other publications. Jim is a community herbalist, a manic wildcrafter and medicine maker, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herbcraft… the plants themselves.
Class Offerings: Medicinal Plants of Proud Lake… An Herb Walk & Talk
Join herbalist Jim McDonald to explore the medicinal virtues, identification, folklore and preparation of many of the beauteous wildflowers and weeds that grace Proud Lake State Rec Area. The information presented will be both specific and practical, based on Jim’s twenty plus year’s experience in gathering, preparing, and using herbal remedies, and provide a basis for participants to incorporate what they have learned into usable skills with which to maintain & restore health, and deepen their connection to the land they walk upon.