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Announcing 2017-2018 season of custom classes

Posted on November 18, 2017 at 8:55 PM

Dearest Fellow Earth Walkers,  I have taken a 2 year sabbatical of rest away from years of active, intensive desert plant teaching.  At some point in a teacher's energy, she must stop talking for awhile at least, and settle into a period of pure listening and being.  Over the years I have been blessed with an abundance of students eager and engaged to learn about our incredible desert plants. Since we live here on the most biodiverse and interesting desert in the world, I would...

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Ask for an exciting customized class for your group

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I absolutely love to share my knowledge and experience of the incredible medicinal and edible properties of our desert plants. This 2014-2015 season I will not be posting an open schedule of classes , but will be offering to create customized classes by request.


Here's how it works:


◾you gather your interested group

◾contact me at [email protected]

◾you name the location or general vicinity

◾tell me w...

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Desert Medicine Making Class

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 8:50 PM

As the damp clouds shrouded the mountain and the life-giving rains gently fell, we were cozy inside learning how to make real medicine for our uses. On my desert plant walkabouts we stop at length at the prickly pear cactus and I talk about all the incredible medicine it provides us: poisonous stings and bites (...

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Life-Giving Rain on the Desert

Posted on December 18, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Our desert plants are truly AMAZING in their ability to be able to adapt to extreme climate stress. Most of our woody shrubs and trees adapt to drought by dropping their leaves so as not to lose their precious internal water through the pores on their leaf surface (called transpiration). Cacti have other ways to adapt. With our recent, glorious rains the common, yet medicinally important brittlebush, triangle leaf bursage and wolfberry have just leafed out practically overnight. Just last...

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Full Moon Drumming Circle: Healing of the Mt.

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM
The Healing Full Moon Drumming Firecircle last night was a very extraordinary and powerful community gathering. The intention of the circle was to heal all affected by the plan crash into the face of the Superstitions (practicularly in my front yard)> There was much feelings of sad...
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Harvesting Mesquite Beans

Posted on July 15, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Mesquite flour was a main staple of the desert Indians. The flour provides protein, carbohydrates and calcium and sustained them during the winter and early spring until other desert foods were ready to be harvested. The flour is very sweet, and when used in recipes it is wise to decrease the sweetner in the recipe. You can substiture 1/3 mesquite flour of the flour called for in recipe. It is gluten free so must be mixed with other flours for such goodies as muffin...

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Prickly Pear Tuna Harvestiing

Posted on July 15, 2011 at 7:07 PM

It's that time, when the monsoons bless us with much anticipated moisture, a brake from the intense direct sun and the ripening of the luscious prickly pear fruit (tunas). The very early mornings on the desert in July is the time to walk about and harvest its bounty- just ask the quail. I first seek a sustainable stand of prickly pear and look for the tunas that are a deep mangenta. The glokins (those tiny prickers on the fruits that mysteriously get under your skin an...

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Summer Solstice 2011

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I had a wonderful intimate celebration at my house under Superstition Mountain.  An owl swooped right behind my head.....many ancient cultures associated the owl with wisdom...