Mugwort was mentioned in Chinese poems and songs dating back to 3 BC. Elderberry seeds were found in Switzerland Neolithic pole-dwellings, indicating it was cultivated as early as 2000 BC. Native Americans have historically had both medicinal and ceremonial uses for these plants. In this special workshop taught by Heidi Lucero, Chairwoman of the Juañeno Band of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation and board member for Earthroots Field School, you will learn about the value of native plants, take a tour of the gardens at Big Oak Canyon, and make your own Elderberry Medicine Tube for Mugwort.  

Hosted in partnership with Earthroots Field School, this class is made all the more meaningful as it is taught on the ancestral lands of the Juañeno Band of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation and neighboring Tongva/Gabrieleño and Luiseño tribes in the area known as Silverado Canyon. 

Heidi Lucero, Chairwoman of the Juañeno Band

of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation

During the workshop you will work with the soft, pithy inside of the elderberry branches as you create your own keepsake, a hollow Elderberry Medicine Tube, and fill it with dried mugwort. This is a rare and unique opportunity to connect with the land and learn valuable information about native to Southern California medicinal herbs.

For anyone interested in growing closer to the land and local indigenous traditions, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

When: October 29, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 pm 

Where: Big Oak Canyon

Who: All ages are welcome. Parents are responsible for their children at all times.

*Note: Please plan on arriving by 9:45 so you have plenty of time to park and walk to the meeting location so we can begin at 10:00. If you have limited mobility, please let us know and we will arrange a closer parking space.

Please bring drinking water, a notebook, sun hat, comfortable walking shoes, and personal snacks. At Big Oak Canyon, you will be outdoors, walking on hills and uneven terrain.

Sliding scale: $5 to $50 per person

If your heart is calling you to support this gathering by contributing a larger donation, your generosity would allow Earthroots to cover expenses while creating space for people to participate who may otherwise not be able to attend. 

If you would like to register for more than 4 people at a time, please select the amount you will be contributing in total, complete the registration, then immediately email [email protected] with the names of each person (beyond the 4 registered) who will be attending the event. We will not know to reserve a spot for your additional guests unless you email us. Thank you.