SONORAN DESERT HERBAL FIELD TRIP
SONORAN DESERT HERBAL FIELD TRIP
Early morning light creates incredible pastel patterns on clouds at dawn.
I'm happy to announce that the 2009 Sonoran desert excursion has been scheduled
for a period somewhere between the last week in March or the first week in April.
(fourteenth Annual Sonoran excursion ~ 2009 ) Call during our business hours (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time... Monday thru Friday only) to register and reserve your place.
On this fun and informative field trip, we will be visiting the Sonoran desert, one of North America's most spectacular lower desert regions, just as this year's Spring bloom gets into full swing!
An overnight introduction to the Chiricahua National Monument will come at the beginning of our high adventure trip. The next day, we will caravan to sites near Ajo, Arizona, where we will spend the next week in remote desert areas.
Clinical herbalist , Richard McDonald, will identify medicinal plants of the area and show the proper ethical wildcrafing and preparation methods for each, and explain in detail, their usages as healing agents. Approximately 40 herbs will be covered on the trip. *(depending on climatic conditions)
Cost: $150.00 to be paid in full by departure.
Reservations: To reserve a place on our excursion, we require a non-refundable registration fee of $100.00. If you wish to be a participant on this fieldtrip call Desert Bloom Herbs home offices to register and receive more information about the actual itinerary along with maps of the trip and information about what things you'll need to bring on this camping trip. Note* a 4-wheel drive vehicle is mandatory for some desert areas which we will be visiting.
For those not living in Silver City who plan to attend, please contact Richard McDonald by phone at 505-388-3542 or by e-mail: Desert Bloom Herbs
We will accept a check or money order for the amount of the non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot, or can charge the amount to your credit card.
Our group will be limited to 10 humans, in order to have the most minimal impact on the environment, and we respectfully ask you to leave any pets at home.
We encourage people to carpool if possible with a friend, or we can help people arrange ride-shares, to cut ever-increasing fuel expenses. You must have your own transportation or arrange a ride-share and must bring all the necessary camping gear and food supplies for yourself on this trip, though meal preparation usually becomes a fun, group experience. A list of recommended supplies is available from us when you register for the trip.
This excursion into the lower deserts is a visual delight, and most people who have never been to the desert areas when it is in full bloom are absolutely awed by the profuse blossoms of every imaginable color. You will most definitely wish to bring along your camera to capture some of their beauty.
Richard McDonald has been a practicing clinical herbalist since 1991. He founded Desert Bloom Herbs in 1994, where he is the resident clinical herbalist, ethical wildcrafter, medicine-maker, and teacher. He has extensive knowledge of the medicinal plants of the desert southwest, and received his original training in herbalism from Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in 1991. Richard considers himself part "desert rat".