Shaw Island Professional Herbal Retreat

Presented by Ryan Drum, PhD, Elise Krohn, M.Ed, Glen Nagel, ND

July 19 21, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Ferry from Anacortes to Shaw Island
Retreat Schedule


This class provides a unique intensive for advance herb, naturopathic physicians and other healthcare providers to study herbs and sea plants of the maritime island culture with a trio of herbal experts. This  includes Ryan Drum, PhD herbalist and expert on marine plants, , Elise Krohn a wild food educator and Glen Nagel, ND an herbal naturopathic physician. This course delivers a direct experience of medicinal plants in their natural habitat. There are three days and two nights on Shaw Island, camping at a marine preserve. We will be studying the local flora, botany, medicinal properties, ecology and lore. The students have the opportunity to gather wild herbs/sea plants and prepare medicines and other medicines from them. This is an experiential, hands on class. The lab fee covers food (6 meals) , camping and supplies; there are extra fees for transportation and ferry rides.

This class is limited to licensed healthcare professionals, herbalists, and advanced herbal students.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will  understand basic botany terminology and apply it to the study of plant families.

  • Students will apply basic herbal organopletic skills of taste, smell, texture and visual clues to plant identification.

  • Students will understand the key plant family characteristics for 10 plant families.

  • The student will experience periods of quiet in the forest to enhance the development of a spiritual relationship with plants

  • The students will understand the language of the quiet voice of plant medicine with which all healers communicate.

  • The students will seek to understand the philosophical importance of nature in the context of  health and healing.

  • The students will identify sea plants of the red, brown and green sea plant families.

  • The students will understand the phytochemistry of sea plants and the effects on human health.

  • The students will understand the role of iodine and sea plants in the role of thyroid health

  • The students will understand the clinical indications for topical and internal use of sea plants.

  • Students will understand the role of divination and I-Ching readings in the historical context of herbal medicine.

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of fire and its ability to alter chemical constituents in grains and herbs for the improvement of human health.

  • Students will demonstrate the method of using sea plant body wraps for therapeutic use in chronic joint dysfunction and detoxification.

  • Students will gain a greater understanding about Northwest Coastal Indian People including traditional ecological knowledge, the effects of colonization on food and medicine systems, and the current revitalization of cultural traditions



Note that you must sign a liability waiver to participate in this class.

Please click here to download the waiver and after your registration, fax a signed copy to (503)-552-1508

$300 Herbalists, early-bird rate

$350 Healthcare Professionals, early-bird rate

Registration fee covers meals, car camping and education. Travel and ferry costs extra.

 Professional CEUs: 12.5 general pending OBNM approval

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Presenter Bios

Glen Nagel, ND, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Glen Nagel is one of the most notable experts in botanical therapies in the field of naturopathic medicine. “My personal goal has always been to be the most versatile and well rounded, botanically focused naturopathic doctor that I can be. I strive to develop an understanding of herbs from the seed to the clinical prescribing of botanical medicines. I have a deep love and respect for the healing herbs and strive to teach others about them.”

Dr. Nagel has extensive experience treating:

  • Allergies
  • Sinus conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Digestive problems
  • Men's health

In addition to using botanical medicines, Dr. Nagel focuses on nutrition, homeopathy, and detoxification.

Dr. Nagel has been studying botanical medicine for nearly three decades. He apprenticed with Ed Smith, the founder of Herb Pharm, and subsequently worked for Eclectic Institute, setting up their herb extraction lab and production facilities. 

Dr. Nagel earned his B.S. in outdoor education from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. It was during this time, that he read Euell Gibbon’s book, Stalking the Healthful Herbs, which officially launched his interest in pursuing a career in botanical medicine. His work at Eclectic Institute turned his attention to naturopathic medicine, and he earned his doctorate in naturopathic medicine degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1993.

He has been an assistant professor and supervising clinical faculty member at Bastyr University and joins the NCNM Clinic with over 15 years of clinical experience. He successfully practiced naturopathic medicine in Montana and Colorado before returning to Portland, Oregon in 2005.

Dr. Nagel is a registered herbalist by the American Herbalists Guild. His current focus is to continue to educate naturopathic students in the area of botanical medicine, and to keep the nature in naturopathy through field study and clinical supervision. In his spare time, Dr. Nagel enjoys singing, playing the mandolin, and camping and hiking with his family.


Elise Krohn, M.Ed, Wild Food Educator & Herbalist
Elise Krohn is passionate about her relationship with plants.   As an herbalist and native foods specialist she empowers others in gathering and using wild foods and medicines.  Her 17 years of experience includes medicine making, clinical practice, developing tribal community gardens, creating curricula and teaching.

Elise is the author of Wild Rose and Western Red Cedar: the Gifts of the Northwest Plants and co-author of Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture.  She contributed content to an exhibit about native foods at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum.

Building relationships between plants and people is at the heart of Elise’s work.  She currently works as an educator and program coordinator for the Northwest Indian College Cooperative Extension’s Traditional Plants and Foods Program and the  Traditional Foods and Medicines Program at the Northwest Indian Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center.  She is also the principal investigator for the Building Tribal Community Health Through Education Project, which will produce five curricula on native foods nutrition, tribal food sovereignty, native culinary arts, growing plants and herbal medicine.  These courses will be offered at the Northwest Indian College and through tribal education programs.

Olympia, Washington is Elise’s home, where she enjoys integrating wild foods and medicines into family life with her daughter and husband.  She frequently travels throughout Western Washington to harvest and teach.

Ryan Drum, PhD, Phycology, Botany
Ryan Drum, PhD has a BSc in Chemical Technology and a PhD in Botany (Phycology) from Iowa State University. While a NATO Scholar, he did postdoctoral studies on Cell Biology using the Electron Microscope and Microcine at the Universities of Bonn, Germany and Leeds, England.

For 10 years he taught Botany and related subjects at various Universities including UMASS/Amherst, UCLA, and WWU.

He studied Herbal Medicine with Ella Birzneck, founder of Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia for 12 years, and taught at their summer seminars for 25 years. He has been an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University since 1984, and he lectures at major herbal conferences and herbal schools.

Dr. Drum is the author of over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, the author of Electron Microscopy of Diatom Cells 1966, Springer Verlag, a 100-Plate Atlas, in print for 20 years, and a contributing author of two chapters in Planting the Future (Gladstar and Hirsch 2001) and a chapter in Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology, M. Friedman 2005.
The proud father of three wonderful children and two fantastic grandchildren, he lives in a rustic little hilltop cabin he built 30 years ago on a remote island, off the grid, without indoor plumbing or refrigeration.

Ryan believes in true patient autonomy: the freedom and right to choose one's caregivers independent of their official certification.