BOTANY, PLANT IDENTIFICATION, BOTANY, & NATIVE PLANT WALKS
Classes for Herbalists, Healers, & Culture Shifters – at the upcoming 2018 Good Medicine Confluence
For the first many years of Plant Healer’s annual international gatherings, our characteristically beautiful rural event sites had too few buildings of us to expand the number of classes to accommodate topics beyond essential foundational folk herbalism. Fortunately, since moving our Good Medicine Confluence to its new mountain-top site in Durango, Colorado, we have been able to procure sufficient spaces to expand our topics to include additional modalities, and means for a wildly healthy and deeply meaningful life. In May, 2018, we will be presenting 5 days and nights of classes and entertainment for the same prices as most conferences charge for only 3: over 70 inspiring teachers presenting over 140 unique classes that have never been taught anywhere before, exploring the depths and frontiers of empowered healing in all its many forms from botanical medicine to healthy foods, nature therapy, cannabis and entheogens, and the radical remaking of the current cultural paradigm!
The most effective herbalists are those who do not just follow guidelines in books, but who deepen their intimacy with the plants we use for medicine. Plant identification and botany are crucial for wildcrafters, but also a great asset to the practicing herbalist. At this May’s Confluence, we are pleased are provide to you multiple classes on recognizing and understanding medicinal plants, and several native plant walks on S.W. Colorado’s lovely wooded trails… with Kat MacKinnon, Dara Saville, Jolie Elan, Ginger Webb, and Marija Helt:
How to Really See a Plant
Jolie Elan (1.5 hrs)
As Georgia O’Keeffe says “Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.” During this wonderful eye pleasing class, we will take the time to build intimacy with plants focusing on flowers, the sex organs of plants. Most plant identification focuses on floral characteristics and we will learn exactly what we are looking at and how to describe it accurately to other plant people. We will also explore all the gorgeous and inventive forms, habits and vestitures of the vegetative parts of plants. By looking deeply and exploring plant anatomy we build deeper relationships with our medicines and hone our ability to distinguish plants in the wild. You will never look at a plant the same way. This class is intended for beginners to the world of plant identification.
Botany-Beyond The Books: Cultivating Curiosity & Perception in a World of Plants
Part I : Looking Close: Tools of Perception
Kat MacKinnon (1.5 hrs)
Botany begins, not with dense terminology and intimidating technical manuals, but with a curious mind and a heart capable of softness and perception. It begins with delicately touching petals, with drinking rainwater from the cup of a flower. With experiencing a leaf, a bud, or the scent of a bloom and feeling chills of beauty and curiosity roll down your spine. That’s where this class begins. With cultivating innate curiosity and observational skills, and applying them to a deeper understanding of our plant people and the stories they have to tell. This 2 part class will also get into the more technical side of plant identification, but not at the expense of our individual, and often more accurate, sensual experiences.
In Part I, we will explore exact sense perception, reading the landscape, and investigating plants as entire organisms. We’ll learn to use botanical tools for looking more closely at the complex and constantly changing structures of trees, shrubs, and herbs.
Botany Beyond The Books: Cultivating Curiosity & Perception in a World of Plants
Part II: Classification, Terms, & Keys
Kat MacKinnon (1.5 hrs)
Botany begins, not with dense terminology and intimidating technical manuals, but with a curious mind and a heart capable of softness and perception. It begins with delicately touching petals, with drinking rainwater from the cup of a flower. With experiencing a leaf, a bud, or the scent of a bloom and feeling chills of beauty and curiosity roll down your spine. That’s where this class begins. With cultivating innate curiosity and observational skills, and applying them to a deeper understanding of our plant people and the stories they have to tell.
In the second of this 2-part class, we will be focusing on how to use plant families, botanical terminology, and technical dichotomous botanical keys (really not as scary or dull as it sounds!) to better understand the dynamism of living plants.
Hands-On Demonstration Lab: Supermarket Botany Bingo
Ginger Webb (1.5 hrs)
Botanical plant families can be incredibly useful to herbalists and herbal students as a starting point to learning about plants. I love using the plants available in the produce aisle, bulk department, and spice aisle of the grocery store or supermarket to begin this conversation about plant families with my students.
In this fun class, you will get a chance to play (and perhaps win!) Supermarket Botany Bingo. Come learn or get a refresher course in the plant families found in our daily lives. As we play, I will share with you how I use the framework of the plant families, whether I am an in the apothecary or in the field, to think about and deepen my understanding of plant medicines.
Native Plant Identification Walk I:
Mountain Stream Communities
Marija Helt (2.5 hrs)
Set the stage for your Confluence experience with an an in-depth, two and half hour plant identification walk with Marija, alongside a lovely Colorado creek – learning the medicinal plants and ecology of this wild and beautiful region of the mountainous Southwest.
Plant Walk II: Beyond Acquaintances
Dara Saville (2.5 hrs)
Let’s take a walk and discover what plants near the conference site have to tell us about themselves and their lives. We will not only become acquainted with numerous plants but also see what relationships they have with their environment. Understanding these reciprocal connections allows us to know these plants more intimately and to see more clearly how they work as medicines. This walk will go beyond plant identification and include medicinal uses, plant ecology, conservation issues, and what plants have to tell us about changing landscapes of the local area.
Special Sunday Plant Identification Walk III
Kat MacKinnon (2.5 hrs)
Join with Kat for this intimate two and a half hour walk, a wonderful way to end your five day long Confluence time, and to carry the experience of these plant-laden mountains with you on your return journeys back home.
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