Regenerative Wildcrafting w/ Scott Kloos

A photo of Scott Kloss in nature by a lake and
In a recent session of my podcast, I had the pleasure of engaging in a deeply insightful conversation with Scott Kloos from The School Of Forest Medicine, a renowned herbalist and plant medicine teacher. Scott, one of my first teachers in the world of herbalism, spoke to me about wildcrafting, regenerative wildcrafting, and the importance of deepening our connection with nature. Here, let me share with you the key takeaways from our enlightening conversation. Wanna check it out in the podcast version? I got you, just scroll to the bottom!


The Magic of Wildcrafting

Wildcrafting, for the uninitiated, involves the practice of sustainably harvesting plants from their natural habitat for medicinal, culinary, or craft purposes. It is a practice imbued with respect and understanding of nature, and one that Scott is passionately engaged in. He revels in the discovery and exploration of plants and also in the opportunity to pass on his wisdom and experience to others.


Scott spoke about the special bond between humans and nature, emphasizing the importance of "relationality," where human actions should revolve around mutual assistance, respect, and the recognition that everything we take from nature must be reciprocated. This theme of respecting and preserving nature was a recurring topic in our talks, with a particular focus on regenerative wildcrafting.


Regenerative Wildcrafting: The Future of Herbal Medicine Gathering

Scott spent a considerable amount of time explaining the concept of regenerative wildcrafting. Going beyond mere sustainable harvesting, regenerative wildcrafting centers on actively contributing to the growth and betterment of plant populations by interacting harmoniously with the ecosystems we navigate.


Scott advocates for a deep understanding of our environment, emphasizing the careful study of ecosystems, and the necessity of spending time where we plan to harvest. It's about forming a relationship with the environment, tracking its changes, learning from it and ultimately nourishing it.


Knowing the plants is one thing, but understanding the environment they thrive in, is a much more profound connection that not only enriches the harvesting experience but also creates a more sustainable and healthy environment.


Instilling New Capacities for Change

Throughout our chat, Scott stressed the importance of community in creating sustainable and regenerative change. He emphasized that we cannot make a difference alone and the importance of sharing experiences and wisdom across a community of wildcrafters or plant people.


One incredible point Scott raised was the idea of refuting the notion that humans have an inherently negative impact on ecosystems, presenting the argument that humans, when guided by respect and knowledge, can actually become key players in the renewal and sustenance of environments. Indeed, some plants require human interaction to thrive; a tender balance between the wild and the touched. 


Towards the end of our discussion, Scott highlighted that despite the complexities and challenges posed by climate change and various ecological problems, hope must not be lost. Each of us, in our unique and vibrant ways, has the ability to effect positive change and contribute to the regeneration of our precious ecosystems.


Final Thoughts

My conversation with Scott Kloos reaffirms the critical significance of embracing an ethical, respectful, and transformative approach to wildcrafting. It's not only about how we gather, but how we give back, learn, and evolve in tandem with nature.


Even as we reevaluate our relationship with the earth, we must continually adapt and adjust our practices to ensure the vitality and longevity of the ecosystems we are a part of. Understanding, respect, and reciprocity are what should define our interactions with the natural world. We are all part of this lively, pulsating web of life, and it's time we acted like it.


Scott's upcoming course on 'Relationships of Love and Reciprocity' will undoubtedly be an asset in fostering a deeper connection with nature and learning regenerative wildcrafting practices. To help make this course, and book happen, be sure to check out his Kickstarter Campaign here. Scott's sure to guide us into amazing new understandings with our green friends.



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 *Always remember to contact your healthcare provider when considering the use of botanical medicine as a possible treatment option and the medical considerations. While the information in this article is absolutely relevant, herbs work differently for each person and each condition.
 **I am a trained herbalist and not a licensed or registered healthcare practitioner. I cannot diagnose health conditions, nor prescribe medicines legally; I am not a medical doctor. However, I will recommend or suggest medicinal herbs for various health complaints, as I do believe in the safety and efficacy of botanical medicine.
 ***The information I’ve provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing.

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