Upcoming Events

Here at Traditional Roots, our mission to help you learn about herbal medicine. Whether you’re a curious beginner or an advanced medical practitioner, we have exciting events planned with your needs in mind. Come to us for summer events in the Min Zidell Healing Garden, or indoor talks year ’round on the NCNM campus. And we also come to you, offering guided medicinal plant walks in natural spaces around Portland.


chamomile-bee1.jpgTraditional Roots Herbal Conference May 15-17, 2015

Save the date for the second annual Traditional Roots Herbal Conference!

This conference is for clinicians, community herbalists and everyone interested in herbal medicine as a key component to reclaiming health. Registration details with extra-special early pricing coming soon! Find out more and register for the 2015 Traditional Roots Herbal Conference »


110126permacultureIntroduction to Permaculture

With Marisha Auerbach
Friday, January 30, 6 – 8 p.m.

Permaculture is a design system, based in nature, that can be applied to develop sustainable human settlements. This whole systems approach is used to design integrated landscapes that provide ecological functions and yields for humans. We can enhance habitat for other species, heal the earth’s systems, and cultivate to meet human needs by applying permaculture design on a given site in appropriate ways. In this evening presentation, Marisha Auerbach will introduce participants to the permaculture concept and how it can be applied in their lives. Find out more and register for the course »


Herb-GardenGrowing Your Backyard Pharmacy

With Alexis Durham
Friday, February 20, 6 – 8 p.m.

Spend an evening learning to grow some of the most important and useful medicinal plants in your garden. Discussion will include selecting and starting seeds, making your own potting soil, and drying and harvesting techniques. In this class, Alexis Durham will review several common medicinal plants from seed to safe use, with a focus on creating healing landscapes by integrating medicinal and edible plants. Find out more and register for the course »


calendula small copyCultivating a Child’s Herbal Garden

With Alexis Durham
Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Teach children early the love of the earth and respect of plants and nature while growing a garden full of nourishing food and medicine. Children’s bodies respond well to the gentle healing energies of herbs, and their spirits love the time spent outside in a garden, starting seeds, picking flowers, and harvesting the fruits of their efforts. This class covers the cultivation of medicinal and edible plants used to treat many simple childhood woes. We will focus on plants that are non-toxic, colorful and fun to grow, with an in-depth discussion of each species from seed to medicinal application. Find out more and register for the course »

Forest Park Hikes

Photo by Orna Izakson
Photo by Orna Izakson

A variety of dates year ’round.

Get your Vitamin N (for nature) and meet your plant neighbors.

Free monthly herb walks run through most of the year. Upcoming dates are February 21, March 14 and April 11, 2015, from 11am to noon.