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Welcome to the
Friends of the Trees Society website!

About Us ⇒

If you would like to host Michael Pilarski for a plant walk, workshop or event please contact me. I generally do not travel outside the Pacific Northwest.
Friends of the Trees Society
PO Box 1133,  Port Hadlock, WA 98339
Michael Pilarski.  360-643-9178. [email protected]

Help Make Our Agroforestry Documentary

We are looking for someone with experience to run a Go Fund Me drive (or other crowd funding) to raise funds to bring Michael Pilarski’s agroforestry experience to the world in a feature-length documentary-- "A synthesis of what I’ve learned in my 30 years of establishing agroforestry systems at 10 locations in Washington, Montana and Oregon."


2017 Intinerary

Grow Your Own Medicine!
Growing & Using Medicinal Plants in Western Washington

Both April 1 and April 2 Workshops are full!
There is still lots of room in the April 15 - 16 Medicinal Herb Seminar (further down)

This workshop will introduce a wide range of medicinal plants, trees and shrubs you can grow in western Washington.

That will also have a cap of 30 people and we expect it to sell out as well.

Weed management, harvesting tools & timing, making products and wildcrafting. During the workshop we will harvest some plants to dry and tincture as well as do some hands-on drying and tincture making.

Dragonfly Medicinals is located on 3.5 acres on Vashon Island. During this workshop we will tour their plantings and deliberate on the commercial possibilities as well as look at some of the wildcrafting possibilities.

There will be handouts of resources you can use; and plants, propagation material, seeds, herbal products and books will be available for sale.  

Michael Pilarski has been commercially farming and wildcrafting medicinal plants for 22 years in the Maritime and Interior Pacific Northwest. He farms a diversity of medicinal and food plants in complex, agroforestry systems and is the author of “Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Resource Guide” and “Growing & Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants in the Pacific Northwest”.

Michael Laurie has been growing medicinal herbs and making tinctures and medicinal oils for over 18 years on Vashon and 13 years on his current property. He has been growing all organic.  The property is certified as a medicinal herb botanical sanctuary by United Plant Savers. There are currently over 70 species of medicinal plants on the property.  There are also several other permaculture/sustainability features on the property.
$50/person. Limited to 30 people. Some worktrade is available.

April 1, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
at Dragonfly Medicinals
Vashon Island, WA

For further information and to register contact: Michael Laurie, [email protected]

Download the poster:
Poster (11x17, tabloid, PDF, 8MB)
Poster (8.5x11, letter, PDF, 6MB)

Both April 1 and April 2 Workshops are full!
There is still lots of room in the April 15 - 16 Medicinal Herb Seminar (further down)

Medicinal Herb Growing & Wildcrafting Seminar

With Michael Pilarski

April 15‐16, 2017
All day, both days.

Fort Worden, Port Townsend, Olympic Peninsula
200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Download the poster:
Poster (11x17, tabloid, PDF, 1MB)
Poster (8.5x11, letter, PDF, 920kb)



More info on the Montana PDC HERE.

Past Events

How to Collect Wild Medicinal Plants for Commercial and Home Use

A Workshop with Michael Pilarski

February 15, 2017
Wednesday Evening.  7:00 to 9:00 pm

Dandelion Botanical Company
5424 Ballard Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98107

Download the poster:
Poster (11x17, tabloid, PDF, 1MB)
Poster (8.5x11, letter, PDF, 920kb)


How to Collect Wild Plants for Commercial and Home Use

Plant Walk & Workshop with Michael Pilarski

March 5, 2017
Sunday.  10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dungeness River Audubon Center
Railroad Bridge Park
2099 W. Hendrickson Rd.
Sequim, WA 98382

Download the poster:
Poster (11x17, tabloid, PDF, 1MB)
Poster (8.5x11, letter, PDF, 920kb)


2016 Intinerary


Earth Repair - Restore the Planet and Create Paradise on Earth




was held October 7-9, 2016 at Fort Flagler on the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Michael Pilarski helped coordinate.
Information about the convergence can still be viewed at the NWPCC websiteFacebook Page and Facebook Event


The Northwest Permaculture Convergence (NWPCC) is an inclusive annual weekend-long event that alternates between Oregon and Washington State. The Convergence brings together a remarkable diversity of people, all with creative approaches for designing living environments, and economic and culture systems that thrive within ecologically sustainable limits. Everyone who practices the ideals of Permaculture speaks a common language across the Northwest and all over the world.

NWPCC teams-up with local communities for 'Shoulder Events,' supporting our allies with tours, panel discussions, workshops, and classes. Every year, the organization offers a number of volunteer and work trade positions. Ride shares, home stays and food donations can be arranged using the website.

Long time enthusiasts and beginners alike pilgrimage from every corner of the Cascadian Bioregion which extends from coastal Alaskan Panhandle to the north, into Northern California in the south, and inland to include parts of the Yukon, Idaho, Wyoming and Western Montana.

Download a print-quality version of our 2016 poster. Print it out and put it up around your town. It helps a lot!


The 6th Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence was held Sept. 9 - 11, 2016 at Heartsong in Tumtum, WA.

Heart-felt thanks to our 2016 Sponsors!!

Download our Beautiful 2016 Poster:
8.5" x 11"
11" x 17"
Print it and put it up in your town. It helps a lot!


Spokane Herbal Faire

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10 AM to 5 PM
Unity Spiritual Center

2900 S Bernard St, Spokane, Washington 99203

This annual event promotes the Culture of Herbalism to the Spokane Community, via education, vendors and a socially engaging platform.

For details keep an eye on:


Medicinal Herb Growing & Marketing Conference

Port Townsend, Fort Worden, Olympic Peninsula
April 15-17, 2016

A big Thank You! to everyone who attended.  Over 450 people came through the event.  All in all, the conference was a great success.  Thank you to all the conference presenters, sponsors, Trade Show participants, coordinators, work-traders, herbal beverage companies and other attendees. 

Read the post-conference report and tell us how we did and what we could do better HERE.



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