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ERIE presents: Sacred Plants, Seeds, and Traditions

Hello ERIE community! 

Please join us for a fascinating dialogue and show and tell on entheobotanical plants with Bob Otis 


Sacred Plants, Seeds, and Traditions 

7:30-9 (doors open at 7:15)

Saturday April 12, 2014 

Namaste Hall (3rd floor) at CIIS


Sacred Plants, Seeds and Traditions

This session offers up-close-and-personal introduction to live plants and seeds of  sacred ethnobotanical and entheobotanical traditions. Explore opportunities to host and care for plant teachers that can be grown indoors and out in the California Bay Area. Bob Otis < thechickenpaw.com > will bring plants and seeds for direct access and interactive discussion. Plants include Trichocereus / Echinopsis vars., Phalaris A., P. Harmala, Solanum N. var., Brugmansia vars., T. Jasminoides, S. Divinorum, T. Corymbosa, others. Seeds include Psychotria vars., B. Caapi, Voacanga A., Datura M., I. Violacea and others.

Bob Otis respectfully develops active sacred tradition, following a long line of mystics, preachers and doctors. His roots range from Quaker heritage, through charismatic Christianity experienced during visits to Tennessee family, all the way to empirically grounded open evolutionary panentheistic mysticism and related respect for sacred plants and sacraments. Bob appreciates current opportunities we have to study and propagate species of entheobotanical significance. Decades of education, trial, error and success contribute to his interest in sharing sacred plants, seeds and tips for growing and communicating with them. Bob has an epistemology-focused Masters degree from University of Chicago, enjoys playing in the band “Chicken Paw” and models early Buddhist concepts of dependent co-arising in formal research projects applying tools and teams for knowledge engineering in complex systems environments. He believes that knowledge is described through relationships. In that light, Bob enjoys mutual sharing and integration of empirical data, stories and experiences around sacred plants, sacraments, and their traditions.

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  • Bob O.

    Also, anyone who picked up plants or seeds or is interested in additional discussion regarding how to sprout or grow, or who would like to meet again to share stories, cuttings, etc.... cordially invited to contact through this forum!

    4 · April 13, 2014

    • Bob O.

      In case my email was masked... it is bobotisboonie [at] gmail [dot] com :)

      April 15, 2014

    • ali

      Thanks so much for your wonderful presenftation Bob! Well coordinated, informative and fun! Would love another event.

      1 · April 24, 2014

  • Rex

    Fascinating. Quite a lot of unfamiliar botanical vocabulary - a few visual aids might have helped with all the technical details.

    April 14, 2014

  • Bob O.

    What a wonderful evening. Thanks again to CIIS, ERIE, Larry, Magenta, Molly et all for making it happen.

    5 · April 13, 2014

    • larry

      I agree! Thanks so much Bob! wow! Amazing to see all of the varieties of plants and your energy, presentation, and humor was fantastic! Yes please... more!

      1 · April 13, 2014

    • Sarah S.

      I agree! Can we do a whole course?! : )

      2 · April 13, 2014

  • Sarah S.

    Wonderful night! Thank you so much ERIE. I feel such gratitude to be able to take part in these empowering, liberating, educational events! Thank you so much to Bob Otis. Your passion, reverence, wisdom, warm, generosity, humor and kindness are so appreciated!

    3 · April 13, 2014

  • larry

    Thanks to all who came out for this awesome discussion on plant teachers. And an extra huge thanks to Bob for his presence and wisdom! Spring is here... time to get planting! :)

    2 · April 13, 2014

  • Adrian A.

    Spot on! The plants brought out the plant lovers and Bob, the presenter, was knowledgeable, relaxed, humorous, and available. He was also careful to remind the audience that this was an academic discussion: he informed us that we could legally grow these beautiful plants, but that any further information about extraction was strictly in the realm of intellectual discourse.

    4 · April 13, 2014

  • Gil G.

    I really enjoyed the topic and the presenter Bob Otis.His love of this wonderfully complex field of study was apparent and communicated with intelligence and humor.The audience was engaged and questions were encouraged at all stages.I would love to learn more and wish that last night's presentation was an introduction to a full course.

    4 · April 13, 2014

  • larry

    aloha all! just for clarification the doors open at 7:15 but the event starts at 7:30. We look forward to seeing you for this fantastic event!

    April 11, 2014

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