Upcoming Events – 2017


Teaching Tuesdays – Wild Blessings is beginning again April 18th at 11am.  We will meet on the Todd Mercantile porch to discuss foraging basics and explore 5 early Spring green gifts and their virtues for food and medicine.   Nature’s wave begins slow and then builds to a wild ride.  Join us for an education that will teach you foraging rules, foraging gear, how to ID plants, where to forage, how and when to harvest plants, how to garble and prepare them for preservation or preparation.  Plant walk included. Knowledge is so empowering and in this case wildly nutritious and tasty!  Teaching Tuesdays are FREE!  More details below or call Holly if you have further questions.  828 406 8241

Foraging Fridays – Begins again on Friday April 21 at 9am.  Meet at the Todd Mercantile porch, bring water, sack lunch, hat, foraging attire.  Come prepared to go SHOPPING!!  We’ll go back to my home after gathering on sale items at some of my favorite local shopping centers and cook up a few preparations to add to our sack lunchs!  Details below.  $25 per person.


The Healing Oils in the Life of Jesus Christ – April 14

When: Good Friday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Blackburns’ Chapel, 3986 Railroad Grade Rd, Todd, NC

What: Jesus’ life fulfilled many prophecies of ancient Scripture and He was called “The Christ,” even by those who knew Him best. What does this title mean and why was it important to verifying who He was?

Come and explore the life of Jesus in a way you have never heard before through a presentation called, “Healing Oils in the Life of Christ.”

Holly Drake will share this unique part of the life of Jesus while you experience for yourself the aromas and impact of these ancient oils. She will answer these questions and others like:

• Why was Jesus given essential oils at his birth?

• Why were essential oils used by Jesus and His disciples with prayer for healing?

• How does the Bible explain God’s design for using essential oils in your health?

This presentation is FREE.  All are welcome.

Personal Consecration – Oils of the Bible – April 15

When: April 15  3-5 pm

Where: Holly Drake’s house (279 Deer Crossing, Todd, NC 28684)

What: Essential Oils have a fascinating history and one that is well established in Scripture by the One Who made them for our blessing. I will be teaching about the 12 most used essential oils in Scripture and we will conclude with anointing our senses (spirit, mind, heart, eyes, ears, mouth, hands and feet)

Class is free but there is a cost of $15 to make a blend of Holy Oils for anointing (optional)

Come and be blessed!  RSVP is required.  call Holly at 828 406 8241

Cost: FREE

Oils of the Bible – April 20

When: April 20  (Thursday) 9:30am -11am

Where: Grace Covenant Church in Lake Norman

What: Essential Oils have a fascinating history and one that is well established in Scripture by the One Who made them for our blessing. Learn how essential oils were used in the Old and New Testament to support Spiritual, Physical, Mental and Emotional wellbeing.

Class is free but there is a cost of $15 to make a blend of Holy Oils for anointing to Make & Take home with you.

Come and be blessed!  RSVP with Pam Blackley at 704 962 2875

Cost: FREE

Chemical Free Living – April 29

When: April 29  (Saturday) 3pm

Where: Todd Mercantile (upper room) 

What: The average person consumes over 300 toxins a day, 80 of them before breakfast.  This is impacting our health, our families and our futures. Do you want to learn how to kick toxic chemicals out of your home? Helen Reilly and I will walk you through step by step and give easy, simple and affordable tactics that anyone can do with the best essential oils on the planet. This class is totally FREE and will blow your mind! Gear up for a fast-paced, ground up lecture on everything oils, and have some fun in the process. We can’t wait to see you! There will be great raffle prizes and healthy snacks plus you will receive handouts and recipes to empower you to take control of the yuck in your home and kick it to the curb!

 Cost: FREE

WILD BLESSINGS – Teaching Tuesdays – April 18, 25

When: April 18  (Tuesday) 9:30am -11am

Where: Todd Mercantile Store, Todd, NC 

What: A one hour plant walk and talk following Nature’s Wave!  First class is Tuesday April 18th through November.  From Roots, shoots, leaves, buds, flowers, pods, fruits, nuts, barks, sap, and back to roots again!  Come and learn what God has provided for our food, free for the knowing and the picking!

Cost: FREE

WILD BLESSINGS – Foraging Fridays – April 21,28

When: April 21  (Friday) 9:00am -1pm

Where: Todd Mercantile Store, Todd, NC, various ‘shopping centers’ and back to Holly’s house in Todd

What: Ride natures wave with me as we foraging for what is ‘in stock’ in each season.  Details below

Cost: $25 per person (details below in the about events section)  RSVP required.

WILD BLESSINGS – Why Eat Wild Foods Presentation- August 26

When: August 26 1-2:30pm

Where: Watauga County Library 140 Queen St, Boone, NC 28607

What: I have the privilege of spreading more ‘wild fires’ at the Library this coming August.  I will be speaking about the reasons for learning the age old skill of wild crafting in Nature’s grocery stores.  We will consider at Economic, Health, Sustainability and Wellbeing blessings of eating wild edible plants.  This powerpoint presentation will be followed by a wild food sampling table to savor. Come and be blessed!

Cost: FREE to the public

ABOUT EVENTS PLANNED FOR 2017Check back for specific dates

Teaching Tuesdays at the Todd Mercantile

Ever wonder what is free to eat in the field, forest, swamps or just your own back yard? Spring has sprung, and you will be able to join me for Teaching Tuesday’s at the Todd Mercantile for an hour of instruction including a plant walk where we will showcase 5 different edible and medicinal plants. Great handout of Holly’s favorite free wild edible plants from root to fruit. Time: 11-12 noon. FREE class! Meet on the porch of the Mercantile.

Foraging Friday’s starting at the Todd Mercantile

Learn by being with the plants and hearing Holly teach about their history, botany and their edible and medicinal gifts. Harvest what is in it’s height of energy to bring back to Holly’s house where she will teach you how to ‘garble’ and ‘herb around’! You will learn culinary wisdom in cooking with wild edible plants. Over the course of the Summer you will learn how to make wild teas, vinegars, oils, stir fries.

Meet at the Todd Mercantile for a half hour of instruction. At 9:30 we will caravan to one of my favorite local ‘wild grocery stores’. Then returning back to my house in Todd, 279 Deer Crossing, Todd to work together in my kitchen with the plants. Bring a sack lunch, water bottle, pen and paper, layered clothing, long pants, closed toe shoes and hat. RSVP at 828-406-8241. Cost is $25 a person, discounts available for families. Time: 9am-1pm

Living Well with Essential Oils at the Todd Mercantile – beginning in May

Every Saturday afternoon at 1 pm, we are offering an informative class on the value of essential oils for a wellness lifestyle.  As Essential Oil addicts we want to share the plant’s medicine…their concentrated oils, with our world. Time: 1pm -2:30pm FREE class! Meet upstairs in the Mercantile’s art gallery. We will discuss a different topic each week such as Chemical Free Lifestyle, Summer time and Oils, Personal care and Oils, Emotions and Oils, Pets and Oils, Babies and Oils, Oils of the Bible and so much more!

Forage to Feast with Marc Williams

July (date to be determined)– Wild foodies are in for a fabulous, tasty learning experience with one of the best, my mentor Marc Williams.

Starting at 5:00 pm, Marc will lead us on a plant walk around my land. Each of you will have a recipe to be responsible for and to forage for. After we have garbled our catch (my term for sorting our weeds), we will each cook an entree for our Mediterranean cuisine meal. Finally, we’ll feast on nature’s bounty and enjoy each other’s company as we sip Dandelion root coffee, Elderberry wine and enjoy a wild dessert. Plan on joining us and expanding your horizons. Rediscover the green gifts that God has so generously provided for our food and medicine. Reconnect to our roots. Reclaim knowledge that will feed your body and your spirit.

RSVP required. Cost $40 – $60 Pay what you can…Receive what you need! This is a valuable learning experience as well as a delicious nutritious meal.

Marc is a renowned ethnobotanist, wild plant authority, author and teacher extraordinaire, gourmet chef… What a great opportunity this is to learn from such a knowledgable guide and teacher. You will be wildly blessed.

About Helen and the Todd Mercantile

Helen Barnes Reilly is the heartbeat of Todd. Her cozy shoppe filled with a fabulous variety of locally made crafts and art, simple toys and puzzles, and delectable bakery goods is a destination worthy of travel. Weekly contra dances, story telling, concerts in the park, craftsman workshops fill “the Merc” with joy and life. This is this place where I have the privilege of teaching my Wild Blessings classes! I am so thankful!