Identifying plants in the wild is a wonderful way to learn 'Natura Sophia' or, the "Wisdom of Nature."
During this plant walk clinical herbalist, Ashley Litecky Elenbaas will teach you how to identify local medicinal herbs and simple ways you can utilize their healing properties. Common plants that we will identify include: plantain, dandelion, poke, violet, wild mustard, cleavers, burdock, and more!
We will meet at the Rachel Carson Greenway Trail at 10700 Colesville Rd (next to the Burnt Mills Dam) 15 minutes before the walk begins. Please use this link to view directions: https://goo.gl/maps/NUae7StrktFasMsm9. If you are coming from 29 headed south, you will pass Trader Joe's and the BP gas station on your left, after the light turn right into the large parking lot. If you are headed northbound on 29 (from downtown Silver Spring) you will make a U-turn at the light at the BP gas station and then make your first right into the parking lot.
Please wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, water, non-toxic bug spray, and a hat (optional) for sun protection. We strongly recommend registering in advance so we can notify you of any changes.
Kids under 5 are free!
Unless it POURING rain we will still meet for our herb walk. Please wear boots and bring an umbrella or raincoat!
Ashley Litecky Elenbaas, RH is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Silver Spring, Maryland.
In addition to seeing clients Ashley teaches classes in clinical herbal medicine, medicine making, and field botany, western energetics and custom herbal formulation. She is a founding partner, director, and teacher at the Sky House Herb School in Silver Spring, Maryland and is also a guest faculty member at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in Fulton, Maryland.
Ashley has been an avid student of physiology and plant energetics for over fifteen years. She has been practicing as an herbalist since 2008, blending the use of our native medicinal plants with ancient Greek specific indications. She is a graduate of the Maryland University of Integrative Health Masters of Science program in Clinical Herbalism as well as having studied extensively with Matthew Wood. She has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild since 2013, and served on the AHG Council (board of directors) since 2015, serving as chair of the AHG Education Committee.
Ashley is also a registered yoga teacher, gardener, and flower arranger. She enjoys family trips with her husband Adam and their daughters Virginia and Summer and quirky rescue dog, Rhea.