High Sierra Herb Gathering Trip

August 3rd-6th, 2021

Mount Madonna Institute and Āyurveda World Herbs

We invite you on an herb gathering excursion into the high Sierras!

Ready to get out into the invigorating mountain air?

Join Sukh (Tom) Pettengill on his annual herb gathering journey into the magical mountains of the Highland Lakes - August 3rd to the 6th - to learn about the native herbs of the area, their medicinal applications and methods of preparation. You’ll also have an opportunity to harvest and learn how to prepare for your own use. You’ll bring your own food and camping gear, have morning and afternoon classes, get your hands in the ground, and share the option for conversation around a campfire each evening.

For those who would enjoy, the mornings will begin with an (optional) sensory visualization practice to help deepen your connection to the magical nature that surrounds you.

Apply soon. Space is limited!

About Sukh

Highlands Sukh

As a founding member of Mt. Madonna Center, Sukh was involved in many aspects of its development and sustainability. Part of his passion was to create potent herbal products for the wellbeing of the community, and he did that by harvesting powerful medicinal herbs from the remote wilderness in the high mountains of California.

Since 1998 Sukh has been carefully collecting these herbs and producing highly specialized handcrafted products for Ayurveda World, as well as for the Mount Madonna extended community! After 23 years of harvesting on his own, Sukh is mentoring small groups of individuals in order to pass on all he has learned to benefit other dedicated students of wildcrafting medicinal herbs.

Trip Details

General Schedule:

  • Tuesday, August 3rd - Arrival between 2-4pm for camp setup and dinner
  • Orientation - 7pm
  • Friday, August 6 – Departure after breakfast and camp breakdown


  • The Highland Lakes at 9,000’ - near Ebbett’s Pass, Hwy 4
  • *Directions to the site will be sent with Confirmation of Registration


  • $165 per person. Full payment due upon Confirmation of Registration.
  • Fees support Ayurveda World after a year and half of semi-closure.

Important Note:

  • Participants must provide their own transportation to and from the site, all camping gear and food. Vehicles need at least 8” of clearance to manage an unpaved road leading into the campsite.
  • Some ride sharing may be available.

High Sierra Herb Gathering Trip

August 3rd-6th, 2021

Register Now