Classes and Events

March 6th ~ Nature Art Lab - Indigo.

Hands on Indigo workshop in Bellevue, WA .

Bring up to 4 items to to dye with Indigo. Participants will be sent pdf files or links with techniques and suggestions ahead of time if you'd like some more detailed ideas to prepare ahead of time to create beautiful hand dyed items.

Otherwise, just come and experiment! Dye vat and basic supplies provided.

There will be some miscellaneous items available to dye onsite.

Class will be held in a garage with the door open for sanitary reasons and masks are required. Class size is kept to 6 students to meet state guidelines, so get your ticket early!

I'll be holding Nature Labs covering different projects throughout the year so check back on the Dianaverse page to see what's coming up

Lab fee ~ $30 

Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-labs-indigo-tickets-138880714957

           

Dianaverse Plant mysteries quarterly classes 2021 -please read through this whole section

*Update- due to uptick in covid classes, first quarter will be limited to 5 students. Most classes are out in nature, so healthier and easier social distancing. Be prepared for weather.

There are spaces left in this quarter's classes so jump in for the day for $130 for a full day workshop!

email me at dianalaw@hotmail.com to register. If money is a factor, a partial scholarship was offered by a generous donor and you could join in for 50% off regular price. (One person)

 I will offer an online program with zoom meetups for a reduced price of $260 per quarter. These would be 2 hour classes and you'll need to order or gather the materials in advance for classes. A list of resources or suggestions will help you gather the materials or I can get them to you for an additional fee. Classes will be on Monday evenings from 5pm to 7pm on zoom. Class starts Monday, January 18, and runs for 6 classes also on January 25, Feb. 8th and 22, and March 8th and 22 for this first quarter. Tickets for online classes available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-connection-2021-series-by-the-dianaverse-tickets-136040048447

  • 1/18  &  1/25

  • 2/8  &  2/22

  • 3/8  &  3/22

 

The main focus of the classes is connecting with Nature in a healing way, holistically and this happens by creating layers: herbalism is woven with bushcraft and meditational/ ritual elements that develop the student’s awareness as well as ensuring healthy and repectful relationships with the natural world.

The spirituality aspect is Eurocentric and Pagan, because that’s my background, but connecting with the local land we live on includes honoring the people indigenous to the land, so there will be some focus on that.

All of the below will be offered during the year. If you only attend certain quarters, you will not receive classes on every topic. Some of the topics we will explore together include:

  • Basic herbal preparations: tinctures, infusions, decoctions, oils, creams, salves, oxymels, elixirs, flower essences, hydrosols, etc.

  • Bushcraft: baskets, mats, natural dyes, fibers, beads, amulet bags, etc.

  • Spiritual reverence for the natural world in practice

  • Forest bathing, growing an awareness of the diversity of living things and their growth cycles, interconnectedness, the loving embrace of the forest

I realize that it can be hard to commit to a yearlong program although you’ll get the most out of these courses by going thru the seasons of the turning of the wheel. I’m offering courses this year in quarterly chunks to make it easier for those who can’t do the whole year.

  • In person Classes this year will be held on Wednesdays, averaging two per month. The last quarter is a little more intensive, happening most weeks in Oct. and Nov. to finish by mid-ish Nov. because I find attendance drops once the holidays start.

  • The dates for the first quarter are as follows:

  1.   1/20  &  1/27

  2. 2/10  &  2/24

  3. 3/10  &  3/24

  • There will be a little flexibility in the schedule as it’s hard to plan a whole year ahead. If you miss a class, you can make it up in another quarter or the following year if you are doing the whole program.

  • I supply a small amount of materials, but for the most part you will be buying/ gathering your own materials. Students will get a list of needed materials/tools for the classes before the start of the programs.

  •  Participants will get a certificate of completion for attending 90% of the year’s programs. There is homework and direction for self-study the weeks between classes.

  •  If there is enough interest I could add a Sunday class.  

  • Prices this year are as follows: $720 per quarter for 6 classes that average 6 hours each (class often runs over, that depends on the group). Essentially, each day is like a workshop.  Be aware that once a quarter starts there are no refunds. Refunds are possible up to one week before class.  Prior to classes starting, please send a $300 deposit to hold your spot at by two weeks before prior to selected quarter. I can offer one scholarship at 50% discount for LGBTQI and BIPOC or for financial need; contact me at dianalaw@hotmail.com  . This also depends on getting enrollment from enough other students to make the program viable.

 

 

If you’re interested in registering or have more questions, please email me at dianalaw@hotmail.com

In your email, please include:

  • Name –preferred pronouns

  • Email address you check most often

  • Answer to these questions: what do you hope to get from these programs? Do you have any health concerns? Are you able to walk for a mile or so on uneven grounds (so I can accommodate your needs) Do you have any health concerns, such as pregnancy, allergies? What previous experience do you have with nature crafts, herbalism? Are you willing to be out in all kinds of weather?

               or

  • Phone #  to schedule a quick phone interview to see if my programs are a match for you and arrange registration. (we can answer the questions during the phone call)

One way to be mindful and sustainable in harvesting craft materials is to tend the plants and the land.

We will be using these resources in the classes next year and in some classes will offer back a little labor to the farms or forests we visit. Usually these activities are connected to whatever the lessons of the day are and fun.

I’ve found that thru herbal classes, people form lasting friendships in which they continue to grow and learn. These testimonials are from former students:

Diana holds a knowledge that is impressively vast. She has a sincerely organic teaching style that is flexible and sensitive to the diversity of her student body. Scientific and trippy, spiritual and magic, ever the free spirit...Diana has always been supportive and ready to meet me halfway. Our lectures took the form of inclusive and intimate conversations that have the potential to span the far out reaches of your imagination. This year of herbalism with her as my teacher has been simply transformative. My kitchen is full of salves and potions, my son is running around with roots and mushrooms, my friends are calling for advice. I have begun to successfully incorporate herbalism into my daily life, in a tangible way, whereas before it was mostly an elusive concept that I couldn’t quite grasp beyond purchasing remedies at the herb shop. Hiking through the enchanting forests around us and learning to respectfully forage with proper plant identification has been the absolute joy of Diana’s herbal program for me. We had an amazing camping retreat where we went plant journeying with Devils Club. My classmates and I have all become friends. I say without hesitation that Diana’s class has radically improved my quality of life and opened doors for me in a way I didn’t realize I needed so desperately! I am supremely grateful that the stars aligned, and I somehow stumbled upon her!” ~Jade Pina

   "I recently joined Diana for an herbal intensive to dive deep into Western red cedar's medicine, and I'm so glad I did. Even though I had studied cedar once before at another herb school and work with plants in my professional life, I learned a lot! I appreciated how Diana held objective, science about cedar's medicine while also encouraging us to explore the spiritual aspects of the plant in a way that was light and inspiring--allowing space for me to develop and nurture my own relationship with cedar. She is really knowledgeable and experienced, and I appreciated how she approached cedar from Western, Eastern and Native American herbal traditions, touching on her own case studies as offerings for my questions about cedar's potential uses and limits. The small class size made for a really unique and memorable learning experience, and we had time to get to all of my questions. As for the day itself, I loved that I didn't have to leave the city to immerse ourselves in cedar's medicine. I was able to sit in the woods enjoying a warm cedar foot bath in the morning, and then go to work in the afternoon! I would happily recommend Diana's classes to herbal newbies desiring a low-key yet comprehensive introduction to plants as well as to more experienced herbalists who want to take the time to pause and come into deeper relationship with the plants they work with." ~Katie Vincent

 

Whoever you choose to learn with next year, I hope your journey with the plants is blessed.

 


 

 

 

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