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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 Local Wild Living Program
      848 East 3rd Avenue, Durango CO 81301
      May 6, 2015, 9:00 am

      Katrina Blair will teach the Local Wild Living Program, a 120 hour, in-depth course that celebrates our connection between personal health and wild lands. This class will be held on Wednesdays, from 9 am - 12 pm on May 6th to August 28th, but will also include overnight outings and field trips. Suggested donation for this course is $888.

    • Katrina Blair at Dandelion Days 2015
      Sopris Park , Carbondale CO 81623
      May 8, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Katrina Blair will be at this year's Dandelion Days in Carbondale, Colorado. On Friday, May 8th, Katrina will present on the "Wild Wisdom of Weeds" at 7:00 PM. Katrina will also lead a wild weed walk on Sunday, May 10th of the festival.

    • Steve Gabriel at OMEGA
      150 Lake Drive , Rhinebeck NY 12572-3252
      May 8, 2015, 4:00 pm

      From May 8-10, Steve Gabriel will lead a hands-on exploration of forest ecology at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Participants will learn how to inoculate mushroom logs and examine valuable lessons of successful forest farmers from around North America. Tiered pricing is available.

    • Katrina Blair at Colorado Permaculture Convergence
      10501 County Rd 20 , Cortez CO 81321
      May 23, 2015, 9:00 am

      Katrina Blair will present a workshop on wild weeds at the Colorado Permaculture Convergence in Cortez. This year's convergence will take place from May 23-25 at HannaniahÂ’s Rest Ranch.

    • Katrina Blair at May Wild Plant Retreat
      848 E 3rd Ave. , Durango CO 81301
      May 26, 2015, 12:00 pm

      From May 26-28, Katrina will lead the May 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 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'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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