Medicinal Plants: From Our Ancestors to Ourselves

Event Details

Explore the European and local plants in the Medicine Garden at the Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal Garden and find out more about them. Learn more about the uses for a few native Californian plants, and explore different aspects of our relationships to plants, land and our ancestors. Bring a story about a plant that was significant to an ancestor and/or for yourself today. Forage for a community Medicine Tea. Students are welcome to bring the seeds of a California native they have a relationship with for sharing. A mix of lecture, dialogue and hands on activities

About Edward Willie: After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Native Studies, Edward worked in various fields of education, while at the same time continuing to enrich his personal education - an education fueled by his desire to uncover and rekindle the cultural earth based knowledge of California Indians. He is a Preschool Teacher and Afterschool Director. He has been in these fields for 30 years. On the weekends Edward is an artist, native ecologist, herbalist, permaculturist, graphic designer, basketweaver, and regalia maker.

epstein-calendula-500x575About Kyra Epstein: Kyra is an herbalist, writer, and communicator who loves helping people find the deep roots, healing, community, and magic that she has found in her sacred journey with plants and wild nature. She completed a fertile year-long apprenticeship in the high desert of southwestern New Mexico with Stephen Buhner: herbalist, healer and author of many books including Sacred Plant Medicine. More recently, Kyra studied with and completed a master herbalist program with German herbalist and aromatherapist Suzanne Fisher-Rizzi, working in Bolinas, CA, and in Italy. Other long-time, honored teachers and mentors in the herbal, sacred earth, and Sufi traditions have informed her practice and philosophy. Find out more on Kyra's Medicine Tea Website.

Black Mountain Circle’s Geography of Hope: Ancestors & the Land Series

The Geography of Hope: Ancestors & the Land conference took place in Point Reyes Station, CA, in March 2017. A community formed at the conference, with a desire for continued exploration. Over the next year, we will extend the conference theme by offering a series of follow up events including several featured presenters from the March conference. We hope these events continue the momentum from the conference, honoring ancestral connections to this and other landscapes—whether Native American, European, African, Asian, Latino, or elsewhere—and encouraging stories and conversations that reconnect generations and cultures to our place on Mother Earth.

Cancellations: No refunds for cancellations made 3 days or less before the event date. Prior to 3 days before an event, there is a $15 processing fee per ticket for cancellations.