Upcoming Wild Events – 2016

HEALING OILS OF THE BIBLE – As the year closes out and we all enjoy time with family and friends, I want you to know about a special opportunity to join me this Saturday for a presentation that will bring deeper meaning to the celebration of the birth of our Savior.


Healing Oils of the Bible

When: Saturday, December 17, 11 am

Where: The Todd Mercantile (call (336) 877-5401 for information)

What: This Saturday, come celebrate with Helen and I Christ’s birth by learning about the gift of essential oils that the Wise Men presented Mary and Joseph for the new born King. 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 $10 to make a blend of Holy Oils for anointing to Make & Take home with you.

Come and be blessed!

Cost: FREE

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? Once spring has sprung, 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 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-noon

Living Well with Essential Oils at the Todd Mercantile

Every Saturday afternoon, Helen and I will be teaching an informative class on the value of essential oils for a wellness lifestyle. We are both oil addicts and want to share the plant’s medicine, their concentrated oils, with our world. Time: 4pm-5:15 pm FREE class! Meet upstairs in the Mercantile’s art gallery. We will discuss topics such as Toxic free cleaning, Summer time with essential oils, Skin care and oils and much more!

Forage to Feast with Marc Williams

Usually in August each year – 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.

The Healing Oils in the Life of Jesus Christ

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 FREE presentation will be offered at various locations during the year. Check back to this page to find out when and where or follow me on Facebook where I will announce upcoming dates. Please invite others who are interested in natural ways that contribute to healing and vibrant living. This event is FREE and all are welcome.

About Helen and the Todd Mercantile

Helen Barnes O’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!