Seaweed Trip

Seaweed, Shellfish and Land Plants: Nourishment and Medicine from the Land and Sea

This trip will be offered again in 2016. If you would like to be notified when dates are scheduled please email

Harvest Seaweed and Herbs in The Pacific Northwest on Lopez Island in the Beautiful San Juan Islands, Washington State

Medicine from the Land and Sea Herbal Wisdom, Wild Edibles, Whole and Local Foods, Community, Transformation and Much More!!!For centuries, Puget Sound cultures have enjoyed a rich and varied diet of wild edibles and medicinals in the San Juan Islands. Cultures around the world relied on seaweed and wild edibles to nourish them and provide medicine for the people. We can still access these ancient foods and medicine plants. Join herbalist Linda Conroy and wild food enthusiast John Holzwart for these fun and informative learning intensives. Programs take place on beautiful Lopez Island. These programs are now open to both men and women and offer an opportunity to work together, creating community and confidence in our tangible as well intuitive skills. Linda and John are skilled and experienced herbal and wild food educators. Linda has been facilitating groups for over 20 years. Linda and John teach across the United States and they particularly enjoy returning to the San Juan Islands each year.

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This program is open to both men and women. We are combining the land and sea in this 5 day excursion. This program will be taught by both John and Linda, so participants will have an opportunity to gleam wisdom from both of these skilled instructors.

This program contains many aspects of our apprenticeship program in an intensive format and has continued to support the needs of new and past students alike. This program offers a unique opportunity to connect deeply with green allies of the land and sea. While hiking and/or kayaking Lopez Island we will identify and harvest a wide variety of nutritive as well as healing plants.

We will explore Lopez Island to learn the ecology and uses of sea vegetables as well as other coastal delights. As we wild harvest, we will discuss safe, legal and environmentally friendly approaches to harvesting. In addition to drying and pickling seaweed we will incorporate sea vegetables into our meals. This course offers a vast array of information about seaweed identification as well as the health and nutritive benefits of these ancient plants. Participants have the opportunity to make a seaweed gel salve and learn to apply seaweed for healing minor cuts and scrapes.

Participants will learn botany as well as the healing characteristics of plant families. We will uncover plant mysteries and use our senses to connect deeply with the natural world. The plants we collect will be incorporated into our daily meals and we will have the opportunity to craft a wide variety of tonics and medicines for later use.

We will visit local farms as a way to connect with the agricultural focus of this community as well as enhance our wild harvested meals. You will leave nourished and inspired with an appreciation for this magical island, the region and the plants that abound. We will also learn about approaches to preparing plants to increase their nutritive as well as healing potential.

Participants will be instructed on how to prepare meals which includes herbs and whole foods. Tuition includes instruction, food to prepare meals , herbal medicine making and food preparation supplies, camping space (not equipment), and kayaking equipment.

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What you may discover in this program:

-Ways to incorporate herbs and seaweed into daily life.
-Skills for Identifying, harvesting and using wild herbs as well as seaweed.
-Techniques for growing herbs for food and medicine (we will visit a local garden)
-How to create optimum nutrition with traditional food preparation
-How to make and use herbal remedies
-Seaweed for food and medicine
-Safe and ecological approaches to harvesting herbs as well as seaweed.
-Information about the various types of seaweed and how to identify what you are harvesting.
-What you are purchasing on the commercial market.
-Utilitarian uses ie storage containers, rattles and more!!
-What it feels like to sit in an ancient kelp bed.
-How to forage for other coastal delights (clamming and other activities will be based on season openings)
-Approaches to connecting with the natural world.
-A personal materia medica
-Skills and confidence in sorting through health care options and how to be an advocate for healing
-An understanding of health with a focus on seasonal cycles and patterns
-Life enhancing communication skills (a session will be offered on communicating from the heart)
-The pleasure and challenges of working in community.
-The Wise Healer within
-Communicating with plants
-Botany and characteristics of plant families
-Mystery and much more!

“The seaweed/herbal adventure really changed me – it gave me new eyes for plants, a new inspiration and confidence.”

2010 seaweed/herbal participant

“I want to thank you for the amazing intention and focus you brought to the Lopez Island Intensive. The ripple effects from this have been huge for me.”

2005 and 2006 herbal and seaweed participant, Jennifer Adler

“I am so grateful for your influence in my life…I have felt motivated (especially during the apprenticeship and the herbal trip) to look for nourishment, and I continue to feel motivated and inspired when I read your updates or talk with/write you. Thank you for all the work you have done to be at this place of sharing/being willing to share your wisdom and experiences.”

2005 participant

“I took a hike yesterday and found a lot of salmonberries and buttercups. Brought nice memories (of the herbal and seaweed intensives) . I almost cried.”

2006 participant

“Thank you for the work that you do! It gives me hope for my journey and also for other women.”

2007 Herbal/Seaweed Participant

“I truly enjoyed the seaweed INTENSIVE! and now feel confident in identifying seaweeds along the Pacific coast. I feel so blessed to have more acquaintances along the GREEN PATH!! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us and your joyful spirit!”

2006 participant

“I can’t tell you what a difference camping with you this year has made in my life. It just keeps on coming!”

2007 participant

“You have been on my mind many, many times since June, when I was fortunate enough to once again join you for an amazing trip…thank you for the wisdom you shared not only about the lovely seaweeds, but the lessons in communication, compassion, and ….LIFE. I have gone back to those days many times in my head to once again bask in the beauty of women learning from each other, nurturing each other, and being in community with land and sea and Woman.”

2007 participant

“I wanted to write and extend my gratitude for all the time that I spent with you both. I am amazed at how much I learned throughout your time here, and amazed at how much I internalized from all of it as well. It was so awesome having all the ‘hands-on’ activity, something that connected my body with the new knowledge that was passed my way.”

Delightfully, Alice, 2011 Seaweed Trip Participant

This is an intensive program, we cover a lot of material in a short time. While you will have some time to reflect, keep in mind that the intention and point of an intensive is to focus and learn a lot in short amount of time. While participation in activities is optional many participants are able to pace themselves and participate in the majority of offerings. Know that as one participant put it: “the ripple effects” have the potential to reverberate for a long time to come!!
For those who choose to kayak, you are doing so at your own risk. While the trip we take is short and appropriate for all levels, it is always a risk and you are solely responsible for this. You will sign a waiver at the Kayak Company to this effect. You also have the choice not to Kayak and will get plenty out of the program without this experience.
Some work trade is available. To inquire contact Linda by phone 920-452-HERB
This is a drug and alcohol free event. Please refrain from these activities during this experience. *we will have alcohol available for medicine making only, not for casual use.
Note to past participants as well as past and present herbal apprentices. Many of the women who have participated in our past programs enjoy returning for the Intensives on Lopez Island. While you always learn a lot, we also appreciate what you contribute to the community! In order to encourage your continued participation you are invited to return at a discounted rate. To learn more about how to receive this discount contact Linda

Click here to View a slide show from the 2010 seaweed trip


Programs are facilitated by herbalist and wild food enthusiast Linda Conroy. MSS. CCH. To learn more about Linda click here

To read an article titled Sea and Her Weeds by Linda Conroy click here

Fees will be set up soon!

Questions: E-mail Linda at

For more information about Lopez Island, visit

Click here To view the Cancellation Policy.

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