Crow’s Nest Wildcraft

Current offerings

lara in the garden

Limina series: Herbal First Aid, August 31, 2020

Join lara pacheco of Seed and Thistle Apothecary and Atabey Medicine to meet a few common herbal allies that a person can easily find in most outdoor spaces and/or cultivate in your yard.

The workshop will be a demo of how to make herbal salves and some herbal styptics and poultices. lara will show some of the growing habitats of these plants in between the process and will also share a native PNW plant that may be used as a herbal bath for bacterial infection.


Date & Time: August 31, 2020 from 10am to 11:30am on Zoom.

This session will be downloadable for those who can’t make it live.

See below for information on registration, sliding scale, and the video medium.

Limina series: Nettle Cordage, September 12, 2020

Join Larkin for a fun class where you can learn how to make cordage (natural rope!) from nettle stalks.

This class is BYON – bring your own nettle stalks. You’ll receive an email four weeks in advance of class with instructions on how you can go about finding and harvesting your own materials to work with in this live virtual class. We’ll talk about what cordage can be used for and other materials we can use to make it as well.


Date & time: Saturday, September 12, 1-2pm PDT

This video will be recorded for download for all participants, including those who can’t make it live.

See below for information on the sliding scale and video format.

PDF Guidebook: Herbal Medicine for Immune Support

This is a guide to keeping well and staying healthy, with the help of herbal allies and personal rhythms.  In this time of COVID-19 spread, it is ever more vital to practice embodied relationship to our own well-being.

It is downloadable as a .PDF file for free or by donation: choose your price at checkout, based on your needs in the current moment.   Feel free to share widely!

This guide is for us to use in times of wellness as preventive care – not during illness – to keep our immune health strong and to deepen our connection to our bodies and the more-than-human world.

Virtual Hide Tanning Consultation

To help support my community during social distancing of COVID-19, I am offering virtual hide tanning consultation at a pay-what-you-can basis.  Simply choose your price at checkout. 

A Virtual Hide Tanning Consultations is a 1:1 conversation on everything you are wondering about hide tanning. Whether you’re jumping into a new skill on your own or need help troubleshooting a pesky problem, the floor is yours to ask questions and delve deep into the craft with me.

Sessions are 75 minutes long via a phone call or Zoom video.  Sit back, sip some tea, and let’s talk hide tanning.

Each session comes with a package of class notes on the four fundamentals of natural tanning (barktanning, smoketanning, fur-on, and mineral tanning) as well as an invitation to a Crowsnest Wildcraft alumni Facebook group, for continued community support.

Framing a hide for smoketanning

Video download: Hide Tanning as Medicine

This video download is an introduction to hide tanning, with an overview of history, natural methodologies, and cultural relevance of this ancient craft.  Mara covers the deep time roots of tanning’s ancient origins and weaves a  narrative of co-evolution by people, plant, and animal through the ages.
Smoke-tanning (brain-tanning), mineral tanning, and bark tanning are all covered, with examples of hand-tanned products for all.  Downloading this course comes with free class notes to each method for re-creation of DIY home tanning projects.
The sliding scale cost is $0-$60. Indigenous people are welcome to download for free.  At checkout, you will “name your price” and then you’re good to go.
See below for notes on interpreting a sliding scale for your own needs.
lara in the garden

Plant Medicine and Movement, August 16, 2020

We will spend a morning virtually to explore some Qigong movements and theory while inviting in the medicine of two plants at separate times.
Led by lara pacheco of Seed & Thistle Apothecary and Atabey Medicine Apprenticeship, we’ll begin with some gentle meditation and one plant ally, then step into some Qigong.
It will be important to have two tea preparations made for the morning medicine. This along with the Zoom meeting link will be shared upon registration.
See below for information on the sliding scale prices.
Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020
Time: 9:30am-11:30am PDT
June Pardue design

Fish-skin and Deer-hide Slippers Workshop, September 12 & 13th, 2020


*Registration opens August 8, 2020* Please check back here then.

June Pardue, Alutiiq and Inupiaq Elder, is teaching a fish-leather and deer-hide/moose-hide slipper making class – trimmed with fur!

Learn to cut fish skins, deer or moose hide and fur during the class with patterns to follow from June’s family repertoire.  Materials arrive in the mail prior to class and you follow along with June’s on-screen instructions.

Each student must register by August 31st, 2020 to receive June’s family pattern and materials by mail in time.

Dates: Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Time: 10am-12pm Alaska Pacific Time.


See below for more information.

List of available workshops

Introductory Plant Walk Workshop

Introductory Plant Walk

A half-day walkabout becoming acquainted with local plants, both those who evolved on this continent and recent transplants. We will…

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Holistic First Aid Workshop

Holistic First Aid

An introduction to basic first aid care and emergency preparedness.  Incorporated are elements of Wilderness First Aid, Occupational First Aid,…

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Herbal Medicine Making Workshop

Herbal Medicine Making

The medicine of plants is contained within their phytoconstituents, and these can be extracted with various menstrua (natural solvents) to…

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Smoke-tanned Buckskin Workshop

Smoke-tanned Buckskin

This 3-day workshop (with 2-day weekend option) is on the classical method of smoke-tanning. Smoke-tanning is the most widespread of…

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Rawhide Making Workshop

Rawhide Making

Rawhide is more than it seems. This stiff, preserved hide has been through some stages of the tanning process but…

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wool, sheepskin, hide tanning

Fleece Craft

An exploration of textile creation, centred on sheep. One track a fibre class; one track a hide-tanning class; plus some…

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