Jul 092009

Finally, a film steeped in the medicine of grass-roots herbalism and the sentient nature of the plants! Numen is a project rooted in the desire to both educate and inspire, to grant us each an intimate look into the world of plants and our innate connection to them. Utilizing gorgeous time-lapse photography, the words and insights of many well known herbalists, ethnobotanists and ecologists, as well as the simple power of watching real humans work and play with the healing herbs.

From the Numen website:

Numen: The Nature of Plants will be 80 minute documentary film focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural world.  Numen, defined as the animating force in nature, brings together innovative thinkers to discuss how our disconnection from nature affects human and environmental health and the healing made possible by embracing our place in the wider web of life.  We hope to inspire viewers to think deeply about the source of their medicine and the impact of healthcare systems on their health and the earth. 

Numen premiered at this year’s International Herbal Symposium last month, but won’t be released on DVD until later in July. The creators are currently collecting donations to aid in the finish of production and the distribution of the DVD. Amazing herbalist, speaker and author, Rosemary Gladstar, has played an integral part, both as an individual and as the founder of United Plant Savers, in helping this important film to be birthed and gifted to the world. Her words below say much for this project, and all on their own would have inspired me to seek out and purchase Numen.

“Numen is a magnificent depiction of the healing essence of plants. The filmmakers captured the magic, the mystery, the beauty of plants and their importance as herbal medicine in our contemporary health care system. Inspiring and educational, Numen has a place in the library of anyone interested in medicine, plants, gardening and earth ecology. It’s a powerful film that I’ll recommend that everyone see”

~ Rosemary Gladstar, Herbalist

To see and understand more of the magical spirit of Numen, check out this wonderful 15 minute preview of the film!! I plan to view my complete copy of Numen as soon as it arrives and will have a full review for my readers soon after.

  7 Responses to “Numen: The Nature of Plants”

  1. i love rosemary. she was the first herbalist i studied under her and she is such a joy to speak with. her presence is so joyous and peaceful.

  2. This preview was just wonderful. A simple, yet elegant discussion about plants and our relationship to them. I loved hearing from all these people. Many of them have been teachers to me. Dr. Bill was an inspiring presence. I miss him!

  3. I actually have the entire movie on my iPhone. He he… I was lucky to get a preview copy from Terry, the producer. REALLY good. He told he he JUST finished the final cut.

  4. Wow, I hope they’re doing an international version of the DVD.

  5. John, that’s just not fair! I’m awaiting my review copy and you already have yours, hmmph!

    Kate, I sure hope so too, I’ll check in with them about that when I get my copy.

  6. i’m looking forward to your full review. i had watched the 15 minute preview a little while back and have been eagerly awaiting the full film ever since.

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