Holiday 2009

Greetings Earthwalk Friends and Happy Winter Solstice,

We hope you, your friends, and families are finding warmth and friendship during this winter season. Here at Earthwalk Northwest we have been truly enjoying the enthusiasm of our Skills Apprenticeship students, as well as the dedication of Frank’s Path of the Hunter participants. Currently we are on a two week break from teaching, spending time with friends and family.  We are heading up to Lopez Island soon, then on to the Pacific Beaches for several nights of razor clam digging. I can’t think of a better way to spend New Years. If you happen to get out to the beach to dig for clams, check out the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for beach openings and times.  There is also one of our favorite clam chowder recipes at the end of the newsletter to entice you. It has a non dairy alternative that is fabulous.

Below is our schedule of new classes.  You folks are the first to receive it as we are a bit delinquent in getting postings to our web site.  Note that our basketry series of four sessions is starting on the weekend of January 16 & 17 with 3 places open in this six person program. Let us know if you are interested in joining us.

The nine month Ethnobotany and Plant Studies Program commences February 10th. Paul Haag will be returning as co-instructor after a year’s sabbatical teaching in Alaska.  We can’t be more thrilled to have him back.  We are excited to be adding new material and field studies segments to the upcoming program. For more information visit our web site at The size of the program is limited to 12 participant with three positions open at this time.

We would like to send off a big thank you to all of you who have sent us cards and notes offering seasons greetings. We truly enjoy hearing from all of you. Our thoughts extend outward, focusing our prayers on a season, year and world of peace.

In Nature,

Frank and Karen Sherwood


Earthwalk Northwest

2010 Important Dates


January 8,9,10         Path of the Hunter

January 10                 Herbal Creams and Lotions                        $ 65            Issaquah

January 16-17          Basketry Series

February 6                 Arrow Making                                             $ 65            Issaquah

February 7                 Goat Milk Soap Making                               $ 65            Issaquah

February 10th           Ethnobotany/Plant Apprenticeship start date

February 19-21          Survival Techniques                                    $ 365          Shelton

February 26-28         Path of the Hunter

February 27-28         Basketry Series

March 12-14              Path of the Hunter

March 27-28              Basketry Series

April 11                      Wild Edible Plants of the Cascades!!            $ 65          North Bend

April 17-18                 Basketry Series

April 30-May 2          Path of the Hunter

May 8-11                    Primitive Fishing                                           $ 445        Yakima

May 21-23                  Wild Edible Plants                                         $ 365        Yakima

May 23-29                  Survival Trek                                                 $ 650        Yakima

June 19-20                  Bark Harvesting/Folded Bark Basket             $ 325        Shelton

June 25-27                  Wild Edible Plants                                          $ 365        Shelton

July 10-13                   Seaweeds and Coastal Foraging                     $ 445        Lopez Island

July 18                        Wild Edible Plants of the Cascades!!              $ 65          North Bend

August 14-15              New Program Start: Path of Hunter

August 20-22              The Gathering             adults/kids                   $ 65/10     Shelton

After 08/01                 $ 75/15

August 26-29              Bow Making                                                   $ 550        Issaquah

September 12              Cedar & Sweetgrass Button Basket                 $ 65          Issaquah

October 4-5                Primitive Living Skills Start date

October TBA               Backyard Blacksmithing                                 $365        Issaquah

November 7                 Herbal Soap Making                                       $ 65         Issaquah

November 12-14          Survival Techniques                                       $ 365       Shelton

Pacific Razor Clam Chowder

1 onion

3 carrots

2 potatoes

3 stalks celery

4 cloves garlic

3 T.  olive oil

16 ounces clam juice

3 cups milk or vegan potato leek soup.

4-6 razor clams, diced

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Dice carrots, onions, celery potatoes and garlic and place in a medium stock pot with the olive oil.  Sauté until tender.  Remove half of the vegetables and set aside. Add the clam juice to the vegetable remaining in the pot and bring to a boil.  Simmer about ten minutes and remove the pot from the heat.  Mash or blend the ingredients in the pot until pureed.  Add the milk or potato-leek soup and the razor clams and the vegetable that were set aside. Return to a simmer for two minutes. Add salt, pepper, and fresh parsley.  Serve with sourdough bread.   Blessings on your meal and the bounty of the earth.  Enjoy!