Early Spring Wildflowers and Medicinal Plants–Medicine Making + Plant Photography, A Hands-On Workshop

**This class has reached it’s full capacity and registration is closed.  An early spring workshop is offered annually so do check back and look into my other offerings throughout the year.

I have been teaching my Early Spring Wildflowers and Medicinal Plants workshop for about ten years. It’s one of my favorite classes. The woods are magical in May! This year I am switching it up a bit and have invited my friend, a gifted professional photographer and plant enthusiast, Sharri Keller, to join me and spend part of the day teaching us how to take beautiful plant photographs.  Read on below and consider joining us for this special day in the fields and forest with meeting the plants, making medicine, taking plant photos and enjoying nature’s spring bounty!

violets in a bow

The Morning:  Meet the Plants and Make Medicine

Join herbalist, Erin Piorier, at a farm in the beautiful Cannon Valley for a Spring day of exploring the forest, gathering herbs, medicine making and herbal education. We’ll spend our morning hiking into pristine Minnesota hardwood forest to meet the beautiful Spring Ephemerals—those wildflowers that only show their faces before the leaves on the trees burst out. We will see many beautiful flowers and useful medicinals including Bloodroot, Trillium, Wild Ginger, Blue Cohosh, Hepatica, Trout Lily, Spring Beauty and many more.  During our walk Erin will identify and teach about a wide variety of local native and naturalized medicinal plants.  On our way we will gather herbs to make a delicious seasonal herbal syrup and when we get back to the farmhouse Erin will demonstrate the process. Everyone will get a bottle to take home.  Subject to available plants we may make a gorgeous violet syrup like the one pictured below or we may make a delicious and  nutritious spring tonic made with many different nutritive herbs.

. **This workshop involves up to two miles of hiking over moderately challenging (hilly/rocky) terrain. Please call Erin if you are uncertain that this class will work with your physical limitations.

violet syrup
Violet Syrup–that’s natural color!


The Afternoon: Photographing the Essence of Plants

Learn the tips and tricks to photograph and capture the essence of plants.  In this 2.5 hour photography workshop you will gain a foundational understanding of years worth of experience.  With a specific focus on the digital SLR cameras we will explore camera basics (ISO shutter, aperture), lens choices, lighting considerations, composition, photographing for blogging/websites, editing as well as get some field time photographing the plants.  This comprehensive class is open to phone and point & shoot cameras as the basic principles apply and the magic is truly in our unique relationship with the plants in just the right light.

Levels:  Beginner to experienced as we all can learn from each other

Bring:  camera & lenses

catnip herbal festival photo by sharri keller
Photo by Sharri Keller


juniper photo by sharri keller
Photo by Sharri Keller

About Sharri

Sharri Keller has been a wedding & portrait photographer for over 6 years.  Former co-owner of esteemed Satori Photography as seen in MN Bride and voted best of 2013 in mywedding.com.  Her current business Terra Sura photographs weddings (recently nominated as top 21 wedding photographers in Minneapolis by Expertise), families, kids, newborns as well as assisting businesses with their branding.  Sharri is also a budding herbalist and has created a sister blogsite (Terra Sura Photography & Foraging) featuring Minnesota plants, ID, recipes, herbal self-care, etc.   Her love for photography and plants makes for stunning imagery with a holistic, fresh and inspired perspective.

View Websites:  www.terrasura.com  &  www.foraging.terrasura.com

Sharri Keller

The Details

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

9:30am– 5:30 pm
$75 —Price includes a hearty, homemade vegetarian, gluten-free lunch

Questions? Call or email Erin at 612-508-0584 or epiorier@mninter.net

turtle chocolate cake
Photo by Sharri Keller


Registration  **Closed**

Registration is limited to 15 participants. Register early.

Use the button below to register and pay online via paypal.

Alternatively, you may send a check to: Erin Piorier, 851 Dayton Avenue St. Paul MN 55104

I will confirm your registration via email and will communicate directions, supplies and other information to all participants via email about 10 days prior to the workshop.

Please see my cancellation, refund and bad weather policy.





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