SSIS Lecture Series presents Callie North

  • Wed Apr 7th, 2021 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by Spring Street Int’l School

Spring Street International School presents Callie North as the final speaker of this year’s series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 15.

North co-owns and runs two businesses on Lopez: a brick-and-mortar shop Northsea Apothecary and The Forest Folks LLC, a folk-school that hosts classes and retreats on wilderness living skills.

Join North as she explores herbalism, plant medicine, and healing through the lens of an alternate history to the current Eurocentric narrative. From bio-regional gathering to ancestral practices, this class will examine why herbalism is our birthright and how seasonal living and forming relationships with plants can change our perceived place in the natural world.

From the perspective of wilderness survival, we will discover why the use of plants as medicine should be considered one of the most important and crucial survival skills. We will also review three medicinal plants commonly found in the San Juan Islands and how they can be utilized as food and medicine.

North was born, raised, and currently resides on Lopez Island (Coast Salish Territory). After years of traveling and living on nearly every continent, North found her forest home and has lived off-grid for more than a decade. In her early years connecting with the land, she discovered a deep passion for working with plant medicine. She is a practicing folk herbalist with a focus on ancestral medicine and seasonal living.

In 2016, North was selected to be a participant on History Channel’s season 3 of “ALONE.” She embarked on an entirely self-documented wilderness solo survival journey with minimal tools. She built a home in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Patagonia (Mapuche Territory), and fished, foraged, and used plant medicine to survive. Her solo journey spanned 72 days through the winter.

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