INSPIRING WONDER IN OUR EARTH THROUGH WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES ON CULINARY AND MEDICINAL HERBS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. The World Herbs Series by EcoWorkshops.com celebrates our diverse international heritage by bringing together expert speakers on specially selected topics for a day of educational workshops. Join us in learning about the cultivation, preparation, use, folklore, and cultural traditions for culinary and medicinal herbs from around the world. Sessions will include practical methods and information for growing herbs in Southern California.
USC Professor JIM ADAMS , coauthor with Cecilia Garcia of Healing With Medicinal Plants of the West on Chumash medicinal uses of CA native and local plants
DARREN BUTLER, on traditional shamanic and neo-shamanic plant spirit healing practices
NAOKO MOORE, on preparing, using, and cultivating traditional Japanese herbs for healthy cooking
JULIE JAMES, introducing medicinal weeds in the garden and basic plant medicine preparations
KATHLEEN SANCHEZ, on herbs of Mexico and the Southwest
RISHI KUMAR, of The Growing Home on “Backyard Ayurvedics”
You may change your outlook on weeds from despair to delight as you discover the deep healing (not to mention powerful nutrition) of many common weeds and wild edibles. Participants will sample teas, extracts and salves, take home ideas and recipes to begin an herbal journey right away. Some of the finest herbs grow unexpectedly right in our own garden: dandelion for the liver, plantain for skin healing, the dreaded stinging nettle with more iron than any other plant source. You will be introduced to the medicinal uses of traditional Indian foods, such as tumeric as an antiseptic, or licorice root to cure sore throats. In addition, participants will learn about commonly found California Native plants as used by the Chumash people. Other plants to be discussed include Amaranth (used as a red dye by the Hopi), Mayo/Yoeme Basil, and Tarahumara Chia of the Southwest.
Other Segments will include:
-Using and preparing traditional Japanese herbs for healthy cooking, such as shiso, mitsuba, ginger, burdock root, wasabi, and more…
S-ystems Gardening™ for Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
A brief presentation and open Q&A session about how to grow herbs successfully.
-Traditional Shamanic and Neo-Shamanic Plant-Spirit Healing Practices
Indigenous healers around the world attribute the medicinal powers of plants to the spirits of the plants rather than their physical properties. Traditional shamanic and healing practitioners may consider relationships with plants to be necessary for their medicinal use to be effective, and as a result may spend their lifetimes cultivating connections and relationships with plants. This presentation will explore indigenous and modern ideas and methods for plant-spirit healing, and how these ideas may have value and meaning for us today.
Event is $75 for the full day of seminars.
For more information, or to register for this day of herbal intensives, visit EcoWorkshops: