Exploring Trees and Wildflowers
Connie Gray, Laurie Huckaby and Jim Tolstrup
July 18–20, 2014
Join us as we explore the native plant communities of Shambhala Mountain Center and learn about the complex relationships between native plants, soil, weather, and wildlife. During this retreat, we will also discover some of the history and cultural uses of native plants. We will visit trees that were peeled for food by Native Americans centuries ago and contemplate the age of trees—some of which are over 700 year old. Taking time to relax deeply into this unique environment, we will rekindle our sense of wonder for the intricate, natural world around us. In the words of William Blake:
See a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
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Connie Gray has degrees in horticulture and landscape architecture and over 30 years of experience working with plants. She has specialized in managing natural areas, using native plants in built environments, and is a long-time educator for these subjects.
Laurie Huckaby is an ecologist at the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins and has done considerable research on SMC’s land. She specializes in using dendrochronology (the science of tree rings) to reconstruct climate effects and historical disturbances in Rocky Mountain forests, and has researched Native American land use and bark peeling practices.
Jim Tolstrup, a director of Shambhala Training, has been a practitioner of indigenous wisdom traditions since 1977. He is president of Cankatola Ti Ospaye, a non-profit that supports Native American elders. As the executive director of the High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland, Colorado, he works with land developers to “restore nature where we live, work and play.”