Earth Wisdom, Herbalism, Ethnobotany Classes
Classes and Programs:
Go wild offers programs in botany, ethnobotany, ecology, herbalism, and wild food foraging throughout the West. We teach modern science from the deep ecology perspective that the Earth is alive, sentient, and intelligent. We customize experiential programs for schools (k-12), organizations, land managers, and private groups. Go Wild frequently offers enrichment programs for docents, educators, and volunteers. We lead wild birthday adventures and cater them with wild foraged foods. We also offer personal mentoring.
Subjects We Cover:
- Botany and Plant Identification
- Wild Foods Foraging and Processing
- Wild Medicine Making
- Medicinal Plant walks
- Deep Ecology
- Language of Nature
- Plant Spirit journeys
- Work that Reconnects
Who we’ve worked with:
Some of our clients include the Berkeley Public Library, Oakland Zoo, Napa County Parks and Open Space District, Point Reyes Field Institute, NatureBridge, Siskiyou School, Wilderness Torah, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, The Northwest Nature Shop, Temple Emek Shalom, Hazon, Cleveland Elementary School, Gathering Thyme Herb School, and SFSU Sierra Nevada Field campus.
Jolie Elan, M.S. S.D.
Jolie is the Founding Director of Go Wild Institute. She is a deep ecologist, ethnobotanist, consulting botanist, and educator. She has inspired thousands of people to deepen their relationship with nature. Jolie is a seasoned environmental advocate with twenty years of experience building diverse networks, especially with Indigenous groups focused on protecting sacred sites. Combining her love for the earth and spirit, Jolie completed her training as a Spiritual Director and acts as a spiritual companion for those who wish to increase their intimacy with the divine, especially through the natural world.
What People Say About Our Classes:
“Your class was an absolute pleasure. It’s so nice to learn from someone who is so passionate about what they teach. And, so nice to learn from someone who knows so much but isn’t the least bit pretentious and welcomes questions from folks of all skill levels.”
“Your walk/talk rocked!”
“I was really blown away by the class. I have taken medicinal plant classes before and this was by far the best!”
“Your session was extremely inspiring for me!”
“Thank you so much for your wonderful plant knowledge and for sharing the confusing world of botany and plant keys with us. You made it fun and accessible”
“I’ve been telling everyone who’ll listen about how much I enjoyed learning about the local plants”