Here’s a sampling of past events from AbunDance Healing Arts to give you a sense of what is possible for future explorations in healing, learning, and celebrating life.  Enjoy perusing the event descriptions listed below, many of which will be offered again in the future.  Thanks!


EAT WILD NUTS

Saturday, October 13th, 1-5pm
earlybird special ends September 9th

Hickory nuts, black walnuts, pecans, beechnuts, hazelnuts, acorns, and more! Learn to identify, appreciate, and eat these often abundant autumn gifts from our tree friends. Long a staple of many cultures’ diets, let’s remember how to bring delicious and nourishing fall tree harvests back to our mugs, muffins, and more! Workshop limited to 15 folks. Save your space and receive a discount now: earlybird special through September 9th is $55; after it will be $65. Tasty treats, handout, and recipes included. Payment plans and some partial scholarships available. Ages 14 years old and up are welcome. Participants need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and we will meet rain or shine.

EAT WILD NUTS WORKSHOP IS FULL…join us for a fall tree exploration (dates above)!

Eat Wild Nuts EARLYBIRD through September 9th: $55
Eat Wild Nuts after September 9th: $65

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AUTUMN EQUINOX TREE FOOD & MEDICINE RAMBLE

Sunday, September 23rd, 1-5pm
Directions with registration
earlybird special ends September 9th

Get to know our edible and medicinal trees as we celebrate the transition from summer to fall, rambling in wonder through the beautiful woods and fields of Chatham county. In a fun, reverent, and accessible way, we’ll explore tree identification, safe and sustainable harvesting, as well as food and medicine preparations and uses. Get inspired to add to your home apothecary and pantry as we sample some of Planty Kim’s tree creations like sodas, tinctures, teas, and delicious wild edible treats.

 Group size limited and walk fills! Save your space and receive a discount now: earlybird special through September 9th is $55; after it will be $65. Handout and recipes included. Payment plans and some partial scholarships available. Ages 14 years old and up are welcome. Participants need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and we will meet rain or shine.

Fall Equinox Tree Ramble earlybird through September 9th: $55
Fall Equinox Tree Ramble after September 9th: $65

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SAXAPAHAW PLANT RAMBLE

Sunday, September 9th, 3-6pm
in collaboration with Haw River Mushrooms

Join “Planty” Kim Calhoun as we meet the edible and medicinal plants growing wild along the Haw River in Saxapahaw! Kim brings a deep knowledge of local plants and trees, and a wonderful combination of fun and reverence to these wild rambles. We’ll smell, touch, and taste the end of summer including samples of Kim’s yummy foraged creations like sodas, teas, tinctures, and more! Once you’ve made acquaintance of these plant friends you’ll be amazed to find them in your own back yard and everywhere you go! Size of group is limited so register soon to save your space. Ages 14 and up welcome and participants need to be able to stroll comfortably over uneven trails in a wide range of weather. Cost is $40/person.  Sign up at www.hawrivermushrooms.com.


WILD PLANT RAMBLE BY DONATION

Saturday, September 1st, 9am-12pm
Town Lake Park, Pittsboro

Have fun learning to appreciate, identify, and prepare some of the edible and medicinal plants of late summer/early autumn! We’ll ramble fields and woods meeting new flora friends and sampling tasty wild creations. Go home inspired to bring nature’s free superfood and medicine into your family’s daily life. RSVP welcomed but not required. Suggested donation is $15-$45 which can be made online (below) or bring cash or check to the walk. No one turned away for lack of funds. Ages 10 and up. We’ll meet rain or shine

so come prepared for the elements and uneven walking surface. Bring your water bottle and a notebook if you wish.

Wild Walk Suggested Donation $15-$45 (thanks for paying the most you can afford)

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SPLENDID SUMMER TREE EXPLORATIONS

Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm, June 7th – 28th
all over Chatham County
DROP INS WELCOME with space!

Spend one or all four summer evenings getting to know our edible and medicinal trees as we wander in wonder through the beautiful woods and fields of Chatham county. In a fun, reverent, and accessible way, we’ll explore tree identification, safe and sustainable harvesting, as well as food and medicine preparation and uses. Add to your home apothecary as we create tree-inspired tinctures, teas, and delicious wild edible treats like black walnut pickles and elder flower elixir. 

Botany, plant meditation, cultural history, detailed handouts & recipes, and story-telling will enliven our experience and help us retain what we’ve learned as we practice really seeing and appreciating the beautiful, elaborate, simple, and fascinating details of trees.

I was blessed to grew up learning about trees on walks with my grandparents in the woods of Chatham County and look forward to sharing this arboreal adventure with you. Group size is limited. Save your space! Cost includes supplies for hands-on creations. Earlybird special through May 25th is $132; after it will be $156. Drop in for the day with advanced notice and space for $45/day (contact Kim at least 2 days ahead of class to find out class meeting location and pay). Payment plans and some scholarship funding available. Ages 14 years old and up are welcome. Participants need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and inclines over several miles and we will meet outside in a wide range of weather. 

Summer Tree Exploration earlybird through May 25th: $132
Summer Tree Exploration after May 25th: $156
Summer Tree Drop-in for the day: $45

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SPRING EQUINOX TREE FOOD & MEDICINE RAMBLE

Sunday, March 18th, 1-5pm
Directions shared upon registration

EVENT FULL with waitlist. Please consider signing up for the Spectacular Spring Tree Exploration instead.

Get to know our edible and medicinal trees as we celebrate the transition from winter to spring, rambling in wonder through the beautiful woods and fields of Chatham county. In a fun, reverent, and accessible way, we’ll explore tree identification, safe and sustainable harvesting, as well as food and medicine preparations and uses. Get inspired to add to your home apothecary and pantry as we sample some of Planty Kim’s tree creations such as tree-based tinctures, teas, infused oils, and delicious wild edible treats.

 Group size limited and worshop fills! Save your space and receive a discount now: earlybird special through March 4th is $45; after it will be $55. Handout and recipes included. Payment plans and some partial scholarships available. Ages 14 years old and up are welcome. Participants need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and we will meet rain or shine.

Spring Equinox Tree Ramble earlybird through March 4th: $45
Spring Equinox Tree Ramble after March 4th: $55

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SPECTACULAR SPRING TREE EXPLORATIONS

March 31, April 21, May 12, June 2
Saturdays, 1-5pm
DROP INS WELCOME!

Explore our edible and medicinal trees from bud to blossom and beyond! This exploration spans the entire spring season while we wander in wonder through the beautiful woods and fields of Chatham and Orange counties. In a fun, reverent, and accessible way, we’ll learn tree identification (starting with no leaves), safe and sustainable harvesting, as well as food and medicine preparations and uses. Add to your home apothecary as we create and sample tree-inspired tinctures, teas, infused oils, and delicious wild edible treats, like red bud flower marmalade, elderflower champagne, or spicebush tincture.

Botany, plant meditation, cultural history, detailed handouts & recipes, spontaneous song and movement, and story-telling will enliven our experience and help us retain what we’ve learned as we practice really seeing and appreciating the beautiful, elaborate, simple, and fascinating details of trees. I’ve grown up in these woods and I’ve been in love with trees for as long as I can remember. Join me and your neighbors in deepening our relationships and appreciation for our tall friends.

Group size is limited so save your space! Earlybird special for entire session when paid by February 25th: $160; $176 for the session after this date. Drop in for the day with advanced notice and space for $52. Payment plans and some partial scholarships available. Includes supplies for hands-on creations. Ages 14 years old and up are welcome. Participants need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and inclines over several miles and we will meet outside in a wide range of weather. (There will be one weather make up date on June 9th for any dramatic weather event requiring rescheduling). I cannot offer refunds unless I can fill your space from a waitlist.

Spring Tree Drop-in for the day: $52
Spring Tree Exploration earlybird through February 25th: $160
Spring Tree Exploration after February 25th: $176

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EDIBLE & MEDICINAL SPRING PLANTS CLASSES

meets all over Chatham County
Thursdays 5-8pm, April 12 – May 17
DROP INS WELCOME!

Meet, eat, and drink some of the abundant edible and medicinal plants growing wild in the NC Piedmont. In this 6-week hands-on field study, we’ll cover identification, ethical gathering, preparation, and usage of foraged food and plant medicine. Learn how to incorporate the healing and nourishment of wild plants into your everyday life through teas, tinctures, delicious food, and more.

We’ll celebrate the arrival of spring as we explore a variety of local environments and end our last class with our famous wild food inspired potluck. Class size is limited so save your space now and receive a discount: $180 before March 22nd, $198 after. Drop in for the day with advanced notice and space for $40/day. Payment plans and some partial scholarships available. Handout, recipes, and supplies included. Ages 14 years old and up are welcome. We meet rain or shine and participants need to be able to walk several miles over uneven terrain in a wide range of weather. I am unable to offer refunds unless I can fill your space from a waitlist. Enjoy inspiring pictures from past sessions of this field study.

Spring Plants Drop-in for the day: $40
Spring Plants Session earlybird through March 22nd: $180
Spring Plants Session after March 22nd: $198

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EAT WILD SPRING Part 2: Foraging for Smoothies, Salads, & Pesto!

Saturday, April 7th, 1-5pm
Directions shared upon registration

EVENT FULL with waitlist. Please consider signing up for Edible & Medicinal Spring Plants instead.

Learn how you can harvest and prepare wild greens everyday! Spring is resplendant with abundant, mega-nutritious edibles free for the foraging. We’ll ramble through fields and yardens practicing identifcation and gathering my favorite wild spring greens and flowers. Then we’ll head back to the kitchen to prepare and devour delicious smoothies, salads, and my famous wild pesto. You’ll go home nourished in spirit and body, inspired and confident to bring some of nature’s superfood bounty into your family’s daily life. 

Group size is limited! Save your space and receive a discount now: earlybird special through March 4th is $45; after it will be $55. Handout and recipes included. Ages 14 years old and up are welcome. We will meet rain or shine. One partial work trade available as well as payment plans and some partial scholarships. I am unable to offer refunds unless I can fill your space from a waitlist.

Eat Wild Spring earlybird through March 4th: $45
Eat Wild Spring after March 4th: $55

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EAT WILD SPRING Part 1: Foraging for Frittatas, Sautes, & Superfood Seasonings!

Saturday, March 24, 1-5pm
Directions shared upon registration

Learn how you can harvest and prepare wild greens everyday! Spring is resplendant with abundant, mega-nutritious edibles free for the foraging. We’ll ramble through fields and yardens practicing identifcation and gathering my favorite wild spring greens and flowers. Then we’ll head back to the kitchen to prepare and devour delicious fritatas, sautes, and superfood seasonings. You’ll go home nourished in spirit and body, inspired and confident to bring some of nature’s superfood bounty into your family’s daily life. 

Group size is limited! Save your space and receive a discount now: earlybird special through March 4th is $45; after it will be $55. Handout and recipes included. Ages 14 years old and up are welcome. We will meet rain or shine. One partial work trade available as well as payment plans and some partial scholarships. I am unable to offer refunds unless I can fill your space from a waitlist.

Eat Wild Spring earlybird through March 4th: $45
Eat Wild Spring after March 4th: $55

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2018 PITTSBORO COMMUNITY DANCE JAM!

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 7-10pm
Pittsboro Community House, 65 Thompson Street

CREATE & CELEBRATE CommUNITY through DANCE!

Don’t miss the only PBO Jam of the year! Bring your family and friends and get your winter groove on as DJ K Luv and DJ Diego play hot jams from around the globe, including funk, Latin, R&B, reggae, pop, African, and hip hop. These all ages, multi-racial, multi-cultural gatherings are offered in a welcoming, smoke and alcohol free space at the Pittsboro Community House. 

$5 Suggested Donation – Under 10 & over 65 Free. No one turned away for lack of funds. Bring your own water bottle. Dress to celebrate life. Past pictures at the PBO Community Dance Jam! Facebook Group.

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MEDITATIVE WINTER WOODS WALK

Saturday, January 13th, 1-3pm
Directions with registration

Come home to yourself and the earth. As the new year unfolds, take time to slow down, breath deeply with the trees, and use all your senses to soak in the beauty and healing power of the wintertime forest. We’ll share periods of quiet walking as well as simple observations along the path, ending with tree tea sipping. 

There is limited space for this walk. Earlybird discount if registered by December 16th: $25; $35 after. Payment plans and some partial scholarships available. Ages 14 years old and up are welcome. Participants need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces in a wide range of weather conditions.

Meditative Winter Woods Walk through December 16th: $27 (includes $2 online fee)
Meditative Winter Woods Walk after December 16th: $37 (includes $2 online fee)

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WILD AUTUMN PLANT RAMBLE by donation!

Saturday, November 11th, 9-11am
Town Lake Park, Pittsboro

Have fun learning to appreciate, identify, and prepare some of the edible and medicinal plants of late autumn! We’ll ramble fields and woods meeting new flora friends and sampling tasty wild creations. Go home inspired to bring nature’s free superfood and medicine into your family’s daily life. RSVP welcomed but not required. Suggested donation is $10-$25 which can be made online (below) or bring cash or check to the walk. No one turned away for lack of funds. Ages 10 and up. We’ll meet rain or shine so come prepared for the elements and uneven walking surface. Bring your water bottle and a notebook if you wish.

Sliding Scale Donation

 


VALENTINE’S PARTNER MASSAGE PLAYSHOP

with Kim Calhoun, Licensed Massage Therapist
Saturday, February 18th, 2-4:30 pm 
Joy of Movement, Pittsboro

A fun and restorative massage that keeps on giving.
A sweet Valentine’s celebration for you and someone you love!

Licensed Massage Therapist Kim Calhoun will guide partners through giving and receiving an easy and therapeutic massage. Receivers will be fully clothed, lying comfortably on blankets on the floor. Participants will learn how to give massage in a way that does not harm or fatigue their body. Leave with tools to share the healing art of massage with other friends & family (includes detailed handout). This popular playshop fills up…register below! Must sign up with a friend (best buddy, family member, or significan other). $35 per person until February 4th; $40 each after. (919) 636-2545 or kimcalhoun@gmail.com.

UNIQUE GIFTS FOR EMPOWERMENT & EASE

Gift certificates are available for my wild backyard rambles AND guided partner massage sessions! This holiday season give an experience of empowerment and ease that keeps on giving in the years to come while supporting your local healing arts and wild foods instructor 🙂 See below…

FREE SELF MASSAGE DEMO

Wednesday, May 4th, 6-6:20pm
Joy of Movement, Chatham Mills, Pittsboro

Over the last 12 years as a massage therapist I have taught hundreds of clients how to use affordable, portable tennis balls to relieve muscle tension in their shoulders, neck, back, forearms, and hips. All you need is a ball and a wall (or floor)! Come see some of my go to “roll and release” moves for self massage. I’ll have some extra tennis balls so folks can experience this easy and fun bodywork for themselves. The demo will begin promptly at 6pm and end at 6:20pm. Everyone is welcome to stay on afterwards for my 6:30 pm gentle yoga class ($10 your first time).

FREE GENTLE & REFRESHING YOGA CLASS!

Wednesday, August 12th, 6:30-7:45pm
Joy of Movement Studio in Chatham Mills, Pittsboro

Bring a friend for this free all levels class and discover all the wellness benefits of a gentle class. No need to register but do come a few minutes early to find a space and get settled. Donations gratefully accepted (no pressure) to help cover renting the space. Props are provided.  9-week series begins the next week (see event details below).

HEALING ARTS OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, December 13, 2:30pm
The Nooe House, 224 East Street, downtown Pittsboro

Announcing the 3rd annual Open House at the Nooe in lovely downtown Pittsboro! Please join us from 2:30 PM until the end of the Pittsboro Christmas parade. Come enjoy one of the best viewing points for the parade, a little happy holiday hospitality and meet the practitioners. We will have hot cider, cookies and other refreshments to share. Many of us will have gift certificates available to take care of your holiday shopping as well.

Hosted by Maple Leaf Construction, Leah Burke Krist LMBT, Cheryl DiBennedetto LMBT, Edwin Nothnagel LMBT, John Seno LAc, Dr Lynda Heymen, Dr Steve Heymen, Kim Calhoun LMBT, Andrew Wilson LMBT, Jane Stolper LMBT, Nancy Harmon CNM, and Rebecca Foster LMBT. *LMBT = Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, LAc = Licensed Acupuncturist

 

SUMMER EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS

Through CCCC, meets all over Chatham County
Tuesdays 5:30-8:30pm, May 26-June 30

Spend six summer evenings meeting, eating, and drinking some of the abundant edible and medicinal plants growing wild in the NC Piedmont. In this popular hands-on field study, we’ll cover identification, ethical gathering, preparation, and usage of foraged food and plant medicine. We’ll celebrate the arrival of summer as we explore a variety of local environments and conclude with a wild foods inspired potluck at our last class.

Registration begins May 6th. Space is limited and THIS CLASS WILL FILL UP so register early with CCCC in person, by phone (919) 545-8044, or online.  Enjoy inspiring pictures from past sessions of this field study.

Summer 2015 Class is FULL. Please join me for the summer, fall, or winter class!

WINTER EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS

Through CCCC, meets all over Chatham County
Tuesdays, 1-5 pm, October 20 – November 24

Meet, eat, and drink some of the abundant edible and medicinal plants growing wild in the NC Piedmont. In this popular hands-on field study, we’ll cover identification, ethical gathering, preparation, and usage of foraged food and plant medicine. We’ll celebrate the arrival of winter as we explore a variety of local environments and conclude with a wild foods inspired potluck at our last class.

Space is limited and THIS CLASS WILL FILL UP so register early with CCCC in person, by phone (919) 545-8044, or online.  Registration begins August 5th. Enjoy pictures from past season’s classes.

WINTER TREE EXPLORATION

Tuesdays, October 28-December 2, 1-4pm
Through CCCC, meets all over Chatham County

Class is FULL! Hope you’ll join me next season!

Deepen your awareness and connection with our largest plant friends: the trees!  In this field study we’ll visit various local environments to explore ways to identify trees in the wintertime.  We’ll also cover the edible and medicinal properties of trees, ethical gathering, and preparation, while enjoying many hands-on activities.

Class facilitated by community herbalist and wild foods enthusiast “Planty” Kim Calhoun who grew up learning about trees on walks with her grandparents in the woods of Chatham County.  For ages 16 and older. Class size is limited. Register in person or by phone at CCCC in Pittsboro: (919) 545-8044.

WILD AUTUMN WALKABOUT

with Kim Calhoun & Leif Diamant
Friday, October 10th, noon-2pm
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
Chatham County

Fall is dynamic, spectacular, and abundant!
Enjoy the beauty and wildness of Nature with Kim Calhoun (community herbalist and healing arts practitioner) and Shakori neighbor Leif Diamant (licensed psychotherapist, ordained interspiritual minister, and lifetime naturalist) as we explore the flowers, roots, fruits, and nuts of autumn for food and medicine.

During this popular walk, we’ll wander from Shakori to Leif’s homestead, meet some asses and other farm and wild animals, sample wild plants and the organic garden, and experience greater knowledge and deeper intimacy of wild nature. Free w/ entry to Festival. Meet at the bridge by the rock garden. Festival details: www.shakorihillsgrassroots.org. Leif’s website: www.wildearthconsulting.com.

NATIVE EDIBLE & MEDICINAL TREES OF THE NC PIEDMONT

Tuesdays, 1-4pm; September 23, 30, October 7, 14
North Carolina Botanical Garden, Coker Arboretum, Mason Farm

Learn some of the traditional medicinal uses and food gifts of our native trees and how to bring them into your everyday life. In this field study, suitable for all levels, we’ll explore the garden, woodland trails, Coker Arboretum, and Mason Farm. Tree identification, safe and sustainable harvesting, preparation, and uses will be covered in a fun, reverent, and accessible way. A native of North Carolina who grew up walking the woods of Chatham County with her grandparents, Kim Calhoun facilitates this empowering hands-on exploration. No prerequisites. Part of the Native Plants Studies Program; open to the general public. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members).  Register with NCBG.

AUGUST MASSAGE SPECIAL

Save $15 Off Barefoot Body Massage–reserve your space now

Slow down, relax, and refresh with a 75 or 90-minute Barefoot Body Massage for $15 off during the month of August. With my feet I can easily share as much pressure as you wish, while you rest fully clothed on a cushioned mat. No need for oil or disrobing.

Compression and rocking can be delivered with broad or focused pressure depending on which part of my foot I am using and where it is meeting your body. Yummy yoga-like stretches are woven in when appropriate and support you in letting go of tension.  Located in my beautiful and convenient treatment room in Downtown Pittsboro.

GENTLE & REFRESHING MIDDAY YOGA CLASS

with Kim Calhoun, Registered Yoga Teacher
Thursdays, 11am-12:15pm

Joy of Movement Studio in Chatham Mills, Pittsboro

FREE class: August 28th!
Next session: September 4 – October 23  (skipping September 25)

Would a weekly gentle yoga practice nourish your mind, body, and spirit?
Bring a friend and come join us for this relaxing and refreshing practice! All levels of experience are welcome. Kim facilitates a playful and mindful exploration of movement and breath, sharing stress-relieving tools that can be integrated into everyday life.

Save money and commit to your well being by signing up for the entire session for $12/class.  Drop ins: First time for $10, afterwards $14. Payment plans available for students in financial need. Props provided.  (919) 636-2545, or kimcalhoun@gmail.com with questions. Stay afterward for a nourishing lunch at Chatham Marketplace or Oakleaf restaurant! Please see my cancellation policy for my session signups.

EXPLORING TREE FOOD & MEDICINE

with Kim Calhoun
Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, June 5th-June 26th
Through CCCC, meets all over Chatham County

Summer class is now full! Please join us for another season!

Deepen your awareness and connection with our largest plant friends: the trees!  In this field study we’ll visit various local environments to explore the edible and medicinal properties of trees, such as elder, mulberry, sourwood, and pine.  Identification, ethical gathering, preparation, and usage will be covered while enjoying many hands-on activities.

Class facilitated by community herbalist and wild edibles educator “Planty” Kim Calhoun who grew up learning about trees on walks with her grandparents in the woods of Chatham County.  Class size is limited and will fill up!  Registration begins April 1st in person or by phone at CCCC in Pittsboro: (919) 545-8044.

GET A MASSAGE WITHOUT MISSING LUNCH SPECIAL

Fridays in March! 11, 12:15, & 1pm 

Slow down, relax, and refresh with a 30-minute Barefoot Body Massage during your lunch break for $35. With my feet I can easily share as much pressure as you wish, while you rest fully clothed on a cushioned mat. No need for oil or disrobing.

Compression and rocking can be delivered with broad or focused pressure depending on which part of my foot I am using and where it is meeting your body. Yummy yoga-like stretches are woven in when appropriate and support you in letting go of tension.  Longer sessions available at different times.  Located in my new beautiful and convenient treatment space at the Historic Nooe House, Downtown Pittsboro, 224 East Street, Suite G.

WILD SPRING WALKABOUT @ SHAKORI HILLS

with Kim Calhoun & Leif Diamant
Friday, April 18th, noon-2pm
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
Chatham County 

Spring is spectacular, abundant, amazingly beautiful …and happening Now!
“Planty” Kim Calhoun and Shakori neighbor Leif Diamant (psychotherapist, lifetime naturalist, and ordained interspiritual minister ) lead this popular walk from festival grounds through forest and field.

We’ll experience the nurturing and healing force of Spring as we identify, discuss, and sample edible and medicinal wild plants, meet some wild animals and some asses, tour Leif’s homestead and sample the organic garden.  Free w/ entry to Festival. Meet at the bridge by the rock garden. Festival details: www.shakorihills.org. Leif’s website: http://www.wildearthconsulting.com/.

BACK TO OUR ROOT’S WOMEN’S HERBAL IMMERSION

One Saturday afternoon per month
1-5 pm, AbunDance Healing Arts Sanctuary

Please inquire about future dates.

With reverence and playfulness we will connect with our local herbal allies within a supportive circle of wonderful women.  Each month we will focus on a different medicinal plant that is growing in the peaceful AbunDance Healing Arts Sanctuary “yarden”.

Classes will be hands-on and mostly outdoors. We will explore various activities to deepen our knowledge and relationship with the chosen plant of the month, including: harvesting and making medicine (and food if applicable), plant meditation, drawing, song, and sharing stories.  Participants leave with a homemade herbal remedy each month to add to their growing home apothecary, plus a handout with extensive notes, recipes, and resources.

Some potential herbs we will focus on include: spicebush, pine, echinacea, elderberry, marshmallow, boneset, motherwort, mullein, nettles, self heal, violet, rosemary, catnip, coltsfoot, honeysuckle, anise hyssop, skullcap, goldenrod, meadowsweet, mountain mint, wild yam, yellowroot, chickweed, holy basil, and other plants suggested by participants.

Space is limited to a small group…early registration is recommended as all the previous sessions have filled up. Cost of five month immersion (20 hours) covers all supplies for herbal preparations, including those to take home (tinctures, oils, vinegars, salves, glycerites, etc.).  Discount of $235 if paid by July 1st; $275 after. Payment plans are possible and one partial work trade is available. Please contact me now to reserve your space (or make a donation to the scholarship fund!): (919) 636 2545, kimcalhoun@gmail.com.  Enjoy picturesof past sessions.

FALL EQUINOX FORAGE & WILD FEAST

Saturday, September 21tst, 4:30-8pm
The Plant, 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro

Reconnect with wild food as medicine for your body & spirit while celebrating the Fall Equinox!
This is an empowering and delicious two part workshop: first we forage, then we eat! Going green and local takes on a whole new meaning when you eat from the wild. Learn how to safely identify, sustainably harvest, and easily prepare abundant wild plants to create a mega-nutritious and yummy dinner. We will enjoy our feast as the balance of day and night signals our shift into Fall!

Cost of workshop includes divine dinner (menu coming soon) and handout with recipes. Space is limited: pre-registration and payment of $45 necessary to hold your place.  One partial work trade is available.

WILD EDIBLE WONDERS FALL PESTO WALK

with Kim Calhoun
co-sponsored by the Abundance Foundation

Tuesday, September 10 6pm-8pm
At The Plant, 200 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro.  

Learn how to make friends and food with the weeds in your home “yarden” as we meet and eat some of the abundant wild edibles of the NC Piedmont. In this enchanting and empowering evening plant walk, we’ll celebrate the harvest time of fall as we wander the fields and woods edge around the Abundance Foundation in search of common weeds to create delicious wild greens pesto together.

In the process we’ll cover identification, safe and ethical gathering, preparation, nutrition, and the joy of foraged food.  Go home with the wisdom and inspiration to supplement your family’s meals with free, nutritious, tasty, and healing wild plants! Handout with recipes included.  Class size limited to 20 people age 14 and older. Pre-registration and payment required. $25 per person.

REFRESHING HERBAL HEALING SOAK

AbunDance Healing Arts Sanctuary
By appointment in July & August

For centuries, sacred herbal waters have been a part of healing rituals across many cultures for emotional, spiritual, and physical cleansing. Our skin, the largest organ of our body, is a potent way to soak in the benefits of various medicinal and spirit-lifting plants.  Let me prepare you an outdoor bathtub of botanical bliss from fresh herbs and flowers growing in my yarden and glorious well water.

When you arrive, I can introduce you to the plants that created your bath then leave you to luxuriate with a cup of tea surrounded by the beauty and peace of The Sanctuary.  Cost for an hour soak is $50 and must be planned at least a day in advance to give the giant sun tea a chance to steep.  This offer is limited to the summer months of July & August.  Please contact Kim to schedule your visit or ask questions: kimcalhoun@gmail.com. 

$15 MASSAGES w/ KIM @ RAINBOW TREE SLIDING SCALE CLINIC

Tuesday, 5-8pm, April 16
Pittsboro Center for Natural Medicine
175 East Salisbury Street

I am excited to offer 15-20 minute massages by sliding scale donation ($15-$30) once every two months at the Rainbow Tree Clinic.  On April 16th I will be offering Thai-inspired barefoot massage, with clients fully clothed, lying comfortably on blankets on the floor, while I use my feet and hands to compress, rock, and stretch your body.

Drop-in for a relaxing massage from me, or sample an affordable treatment from one of the other wonderful healing arts practitioners, including accupuncture, chiropractic, and cranial sacral. Enjoy more information on the Rainbow Tree Clinic which takes place weekly. If you are unable to attend the clinic on Tuesdays, you may call or email me to schedule a full-length restorative massage and polarity therapy session: 919.636.2545 or kimcalhoun@gmail.com.

EXPLORING TREE FOOD & MEDICINE; MAKING TREE TEAS @ NCBG

with Kim Calhoun
NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill 

Sunday, April 28, 1:30-4:30 pm

Learn some of the traditional medicinal uses and food gifts of our common trees and how to bring them into your daily life through delightful teas. In this field study, suitable for all levels, we’ll explore the woodland trails and garden, covering tree identification, safe and sustainable harvesting, preparation, and uses. Includes handout with recipes (and inspiration for peaceful tree tea parties). Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members) Space limited.  Contact the NC Botanical Garden to register.

FREE KNOW YOUR LOCAL EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS WALK

with Kim Calhoun
Sunday, March 10th, 2-2:30pm

Wild Food + Herb Market, Carrboro Commons

Come meet some of the local edible and medicinal plant friends growing all around us on a free 30-minute walkabout with community herbalist and wild food enthusiast Kim Calhoun.  We’ll set out from the inaugural Wild Food & Herb Market at the Carrboro Commons at 2 pm and ramble nearby in search of the most common abundant “weeds” and native plants that can nourish us.  Identification, safe and sustainable harvesting guidelines, and preparation will be covered in a fun and reverent way.  Go home with a new appreciation for the local “salad bar” and herbal apothecary growing wild in your neighborhood. For more info: www.facebook.com/WildFoodAndHerb

EAT WILD SPRING: EDIBLE GREENS

with Kim Calhoun
NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill 

Sunday, March 24th, 1:30-4:30 pm

Learn how to make friends and food with the weeds in your home “yarden” as we meet and eat some of the abundant wild edibles of the NC Piedmont. In this hands-on field study for folks of all experience levels, we’ll celebrate the arrival of spring as we wander the Garden in search of common weeds that create delicious wild greens pesto. In the process we’ll cover identification, safe and ethical gathering, preparation, nutrition, and the joy of foraged food. Handout with recipes included. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members) Space limited.  Contact the NC Botanical Garden to register.

FALL FAMILY PLANT WALK @ Clapping Hands Farm

Sunday, October 14th, 1-3 pm
Chatham County

Join “Planty” Kim as we meet the edible and medicinal plant friends growing wild in the fields, woods, and garden at Clapping Hands Farm. In this family friendly walkabout, we’ll sing, smell, taste and touch the arrival of fall!

“Planty” Kim brings a deep knowledge of local plants, and a wonderful combination of fun and reverence to these plant rambles. There will be plenty of hands-on plant-centered activities for young and old to enjoy together. Once you’ve made acquaintance of these “plant friends” you’ll be amazed to find them in your own back yard and everywhere you go!

This program is for parents and children to enjoy together (recommended for children ages 7 and up–call with questions). Unaccompanied adults also encouraged to join our intergenerational exploration.  Cost is sliding scale $5-$15 per person (please contact Louise if you find this fee an obstacle to joining us).

Size of group limited so register now. Call Clapping Hands Farm at 919-542-5599 or email louiseok@mindspring.com with questions or to register.  Torrential raindate to be determined if necessary.