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NOTE: Due to its popularity, another session of Big Botanical Beings will be offered on Sat. September 10! Registration will open on June 1, 2016, via a link on the BD website. In the meantime, join the BD Ethnobotany Library and please come visit! Many books on these very topics & much more. We always appreciate support of any size, for our projects in California and abroad.
*****************Ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison, M.A., once again offers this dynamic day of information, speculation and discussion. If we take the animist perspective and think of each of these species as a being (here with an intention and maybe even a strategy?) then what are these Big Botanical Beings doing, as they seem to reach out from indigenous roots to touch cultures far from home.
The day will showcase the way that this unique teacher likes to share her interests: with slideshows, stories from fieldwork, botany, history, shamanic techniques, and discussion. Learn about plant and mushroom knowledge as practiced in their original cultures. As the species and practices expand, what adapts, what is lost? How might we ethically explore these medicines and methods in this era of rapid change? What is our role?
Class size is up to 34 participants. Meet other great folks who are eager to share thoughts about this realm. All ages of adults are welcome. Bring your lunch if you wish, so we can sit outside and share our thoughts.
Don't miss the library! VISIT the Botanical Dimensions Ethnobotany Library, next door to the classroom. Peruse the library's collection of books and artifacts on psychoactive species and cultures. (Become a member of the BD Library, if you like.)
Former participants agree, this is a consciousness-expanding class! Some sign up for this class more than once.
Times: Saturday, May 7, 10am-4:00pm.
Location: Classes held in the village of Occidental, West Sonoma County, west of Sebastopol and a few miles from Freestone, the Russian River, and the Sonoma Coast. Classroom & Library address: 3830 Doris Murphy Court, at Graton Road and Bohemian Hwy. Look for the Occidental Center for the Arts.