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Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens, when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote "The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains" for her senior project at Colorado College, where she graduated with a biology degree. In 1997, she completed an MA from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA, in holistic health education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the connections between personal health and wild lands. She has taught sustainable living practices through John F. Kennedy University, San Juan College in Farmington, NM, and Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She teaches internationally at retreats, festivals, and educational and healing events. She is also the author of a self-published cookbook, Local Wild Life: Turtle Lake Refuge's Recipes for Living Deep (2009).

Photo Credit: Cheryl Foley

    Katrina's Upcoming Events

    • Katrina Blair at Boulder Mountain Retreat Center
      3621 Hell's Backbone Rd. , Boulder UT 84716
      June 5, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Katrina Blair will lead a retreat on the thirteen wild weeds at the Boulder Mountain Retreat Center in Utah from June 5-8. In this retreat, Katrina will share recipes and uses of local wild abundance.

    • Katrina Blair at Colorado Book Awards
      845 Meadows Road, Aspen CO 81611
      June 21, 2015, 3:00 pm

      On June 21st, Katrina will be at the Colorado Book Awards in Aspen as one of the semi-finalists for the general nonfiction category. Finalists for this award will be announced during the ceremony at the Aspen Meadows Resort at 3:00 PM.

    • Katrina Blair at June Wild Plant Retreat
      848 E 3rd Ave. , Durango CO 81301
      June 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

      From June 30-July 2, Katrina will lead the June Wild Plant Retreat at the Silver Star Hut in the La Plata Canyon outside of Durango, Colorado for a two-night stay. The retreat includes lunches at Turtle Lake Refuge Cafe, wild plant hikes, edible food and medicine preparation demos, yoga, dancing, meditation, music making, intentions, mountain climbs and celebrations that honor of all life. All food, lodging, and instruction is included. Suggested Donation $222. Kids under 5 free and under 13 half price.

    • Katrina Blair at PDC Course
      , Durango CO
      July 6, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Katrina Blair will help teach an intensive Permaculture Design Course from July 6-12 and August 3-9 in Durango, Colorado. This course will have a focus on wild edible and medicinal plants and be taught by a team of teachers, also including Joel Glanzberg, Kelly McMenimen, and additional local activists. Suggested donation is $1288 with all instruction, food and lodging included.

    • Katrina Blair at San Juan Chapter of the Native Plant Society New Mexico Annual Meeting
      , San Juan NM
      July 17, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Katrina Blair, author of "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds," will be present at the San Juan Chapter of the Native Plant Society New Mexico Annual Meeting on July 17-19, 2015.

    • Katrina Blair at August Wild Plant Retreat
      848 E 3rd Ave. , Durango CO 81301
      August 25, 2015, 12:00 pm

      From August 25-27, Katrina will lead the August Wild Plant Retreat at the Silver Star Hut in the La Plata Canyon outside of Durango, Colorado for a two-night stay. The retreat includes lunches at Turtle Lake Refuge Cafe, wild plant hikes, edible food and medicine preparation demos, yoga, dancing, meditation, music making, intentions, mountain climbs and celebrations that honor of all life. All food, lodging, and instruction is included. Suggested Donation $222. Kids under 5 free and under 13 half price.

    Katrina's Books

    The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

    13 Essential Plants for Human Survival

    The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on thirteen weeds found all over the world, which together comprise a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy and first-aid kit. Katrina Blair’s philosophy is sobering, realistic, and ultimately optimistic: If we can open our eyes to see the wisdom found in these weeds right under our noses, instead of trying to eradicate an “invasive,” we will achieve true food security. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is about healing ourselves both in body and in spirit, in an age where technology, commodity agriculture, and processed foods dictate the terms of our intelligence.

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