P.O. Box 83097  Portland, OR  97203

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14th Annual
Rainforest Retreat
with Paul Bergner, herbalist, naturalist
       Tania Neubauer, ND, clinical herbalist
       Heather Luna, clinical herbalist, clinical nutritionist
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Sunday July 7 through Friday July 12th

Camp Creek Campground near Rhododendron, OR, south of Mt Hood.

Paul Bergner has been bringing his students to make retreat in the rainforest around Mt Hood most years since 1997. This year we are opening the trip to the public, with special discounts to enrolled herbal or naturopathic students from other schools, or to recent graduates.


"This trip continues to be THE most powerful herbal class experience I've ever had."                                                                      Rosalee de la Foret  (See complete testimonial

Throughout history, students and practitioners of Vitalism have made retreat in natural settings or wilderness areas. They go for rejuvenation, revitalisation, re-inspiration, for lessons at the foot of Mother Nature, and a deeper vision of their Calling. On this retreat, the healer or student will learn basic concepts and practices of spiritual visioning for the clinical practitioner, techniques for nature observation, and meditation techniques for revitalization. In addition, we will meet approximately 100 plants in five different ecological zones near Mt Hood, OR. Students are responsible for their own transportation and meals, but a standard Forest Service car-camping site and all classes and plant walks are included in the fee. 

Materials included: A 72-page set of materia medica notes on the plants we will see, including methods of preparation and ethnobotanical uses, and a CD-ROM with color photos of many of the plants.


  • Sunday Evening: 

    • Opening circle 

    • Meet your Neighbors Plant Walk with the Faculty. 

    • Vision and the Calling

    • Ceremony with Paul Bergner 

  • Monday: Plant zones around Camp Creek campground

    • Finding your sit spot

    • Finding your plant

    • Mid-Level Cascade Mountain Plants with Faculty

    • Evening fire, skills class

  • Tuesday: Barlow Creek trails,Barlow road, Devils Half Acre, Palmiteer wetland

    • Five-Phase meditation

    • Ways to walk in the wild

    • Plant walks with faculty

    • Multizone walk: Fir, Douglas Fir, and Cedar climax forests, meadow and wetland plants. 

    • Evening fire

  • Wednesday: Columbia River Gorge

    • Meditation Practice 

    • Waterfalls

    • Sea Level Rainforest Plants, with Faculty

    • Swimming in glacial river is possible

    • Evening fire

  • Thursday: Partridge Tract and Sandy River Gorge

    • Plant walk with Faculty

    • Swimming and sunning on a sandy beach

    • Evening fire and free time

  • Friday morning: Camp Creek Campground

    • Vision and Community: Closing Circle Ceremony




We will car-camp in the Camp Creek Campground, set in the old growth forest by a white water stream. Our school "patron" Devils' Club may lean over your tent. Facilities for groceries, supplies, camping equipment, alcohol for tincturing, WIFI, are nearby in Zig-zag, Rhododendron, Welches, and Brightwood OR. Tuition covers camp fees and all plant walks, but does not cover transportation or food. Participants are responsible for their own food and meal planning, and for transportion to the various sites. Car-sharing with other participants can be available for the day trips.  Each campsite has a firepit, firewood available, and toilets and is situated among old growth trees and rish with native Northwest Plants.  Shower facilities, a pool, and hot tubs are available about 5 miles away. Participants should be prepared to camp and hike in weather that may be hot during the day, wet anytime, and cold at night. 



Regular cost: $295 
Students and recent graduates:  $245 (currently enrolled in school of herbal medicine, naturopathic medicine, or graduated within the past year.)

Camping Partner: Partner of enrollee who does not intend to participate in activities or receive credit but wishes to camp: $100

Child: Children who tent with parents or guardians are free. Parents take full responsibility for children at all times. 

Other: Inquire about financial assistance

​Class size is limited. Payment in full and an enrollment contract is required to hold a place. 75% refund if cancelled by June 7. 


Materials included: A 72-page set of materia medica notes on the plants we will see, including methods of preparation and ethnobotanical uses for more than 100 plants, and a CD-ROM with color photos of many of the plants.


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