San Juan Island Herbalist Teaches Upcycling Weeds Into Medicine

San Juan Island herbalist offers classes on creating herbal medicine from Celtic plants with an emphasis on weeds. Classes offer participants an opportunity to create their own herbals and to support economic and environmental sustainability through use of local resources.

Online PR News – 09-January-2013 – Friday Harbor, Wash. – San Juan Island herbalist Aunde Cornely is offering a variety of opportunities to learn the magic and medicine of Celtic herbs—many of which are considered weeds here in the Pacific Northwest. Cornely is particularly focused on encouraging the use of plants which are well adapted to the local region, especially those plants people seem to most want eradicated. She emphasizes that learning to identify, harvest, and create medicine lessens the environmental impact of weed eradication and reduces reliance on herbs grown and imported from hundreds or thousands of miles away. She adds,“Medicine making empowers people to participate intimately in their own wellness and supports environmental and economic sustainability through the use of local resources.”

“In our modern view of the world, we often forget that Europe was populated by tribal peoples with their own lore and healing traditions,” says Cornely. “In current context most Celtic Festivals acknowledge seven Celtic nations: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Isle of Man, and Galicia. Britain and Gaul, however were centers of Celtic resistance to the Roman Empire and, in fact, Celtic tribes were known throughout the continent. What made them Celts was a common group of languages and spiritual practices rather than a particular nation. The repertoire of herbs available to these peoples was vast and many are readily available in our own yards.”

Cornely is a certified herbalist and ban draoi (woman druid). She is descended from Irish immigrants and weaves Irish tradition throughout her courses while sharing insight to other island and continental traditions of Celtic spirituality. Introduction to Celtic Herbcraft is a six-week journey offered every other Saturday from January 12, 2013 through March 23, 2013 or every Monday evening From January 21, 2013 through March 25. The Magic of Trees is offered every Tuesday eve from January 22, 2013 through February 26, 2013. Walking the Healer’s Path and Into the Mists will be offered in April 2013. Complete details are available at