Introducing Native American Tree Medicines
with Paul Red Elk

Paul Red Elk, a traditional Lakota Medicine Man, has been collecting knowledge about Native American Tree Medicine (Indian Tree Medicine) for over 40 years. During these years, he has studied with over 40 elders of the upper midwest, including people from Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), Wisconsin Chippewa (preferred title), Menominee, Oneida, and Sac and Fox.

In this class, you will learn about:

  • The deep spiritual connection with the trees
  • Traditional Native American Wild Food
  • Traditional Native American History, Stories, and Lore
  • Traditional Native and Western Medicines

This is a comprehensive class of trees of the upper midwest, including the Trees of the Big Woods and Boreal Forest, Savannah, Prairie, and Bog.

Upcoming Classes

Class 1: Aspen & Birch 
Class 2: Linden/Basswood, Black Walnut, Hickory, Butternut Big Woods
Class 3: Elder, Cramp Bark, Black Haw (Honeysuckles, Elk Medicines)
Class 4: Dogwood (Gray, Traditional, and Red), Sumac (Staghorn, Sweet, and Smooth)
Class 5: Hawthorn with Wild Cherry, Crab Apple (NA), Apple Domestic, Apple (EU and NA)
Class 6: Cedars and Junipers: Thuja (White Cedar), Red Cedar, Juniper, and Prairie Cedar
Class 7: Apr. 11th, 2023 at 7 PM Central (Chicago)
White Pine, Tamarack, and Conifers
Class 8: May 9th, 2023 at 7 PM Central (Chicago)
Oaks - Black, White, Reddish Yellow, Bur, Red
Class 9: Jun. 13th, 2023 at 7 PM Central (Chicago)
Maple (Black, Sugar, White, Red Curly), Boxelder, Silver Maple, Mountain Maple
Class 10: Jul. 11th, 2023 at 7 PM Central (Chicago)
Aspens and Elms (American, Slippery, Siberian)
Class 11: Aug. 8th, 2023 at 7 PM Central (Chicago)
Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Buckeye, Tan Oak
Class 12: Sep. 12th, 2023 at 7 PM Central (Chicago)
Rowan and Ash

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We use the online webinar service, Zoom. Webinar links are sent to enrolled students 2 days, 1 day, and 1 hour prior to class. See the simple instruction on how to attend on our HELP page.

The recording of the class will be available within 2 days of the webinar.

What is the class like?
Classes are held online in a webinar format. Students will view and hear only the teachers and hosts and can participate in the online chat and Q&A.



  • Online Materials

    Handouts or additional resources (may not be included with all classes).

  • Access to materials and Q&A while enrolled

    Review content, re-watch recordings, ask questions, and discuss with fellow students and teachers.

  • 2 hours of teaching

    Option to join the monthly, 2-hour live class with Q&A - during the subscription period.