FRIDAY, AUGUST 29TH 2014 | MT PISGAH, OREGON
5pm to 6pm ~ Heron Brae
6:30pm to 9:00pm ~ jim mcdonald
Lecture by jim mcdonald
Aphrodisiacs & Energetics
“Aphrodisiac” is a highly problematic term, predominantly because of the popular but mistaken belief that they create "automatic interest" in anyone/everyone who uses them. Products advertised with guarantees for amazing results often fail to deliver, or (not infrequently) are found to be adulterated with drugs. Looking at lists of plants deemed “aphrodisiacs”, we see everything from strong, druglike herbs (yohimbe) to culinary spices (ginger) to adaptogens (ashwangandha) and antispasmodics (kava).
Well, just like all other aspects of herbcraft, one person’s turn on can put another person out…in other words, energetics apply here as well. We’ll look at what indications make certain herbs appropriate for certain people, and give you some engaging ideas to ponder with your partner(s). Samples will be passed around for us all to experience the varying energetics of each plant.
Mountain Rose Herbs will be serving a very special Love Tea for free at the event!
Workshop by Heron Brae
Wild Plants for Food and Medicine in the Seasonal Cycles
Many of us feel lost and long for a way home to a right relationship with the earth and our plant allies. We seek ways to take our medicine and food into our own hands in ways that honor our connection to all beings and empower us as individuals.
In this inspiring lecture, Heron Brae will discuss seasonal patterns in relationship to plants, and the inner seasonal rhythms that echo within and around us. Calling attention to these patterns can help us deepen our relationship to the changing energies of nature.
In this time of the waning sun of late summer, which plants are vibrant and ready to pick? What ways can we tend and work with plants to support their optimal growth? What are the seasonal patterns that we can learn from through watching and working with our plant allies? We will be discussing the entire wheel of the year, the many layers of patterns within this model, including plant harvesting and medicinal characteristics. Specific examples and discussions of plant tending will focus on local wild plants. We will come away with a map of each of our personal yearly cycles and the plants that call to us within that cycle. Please bring a pen and paper!
One of the shining jewels of Lane County, Mount Pisgah Arboretum is a 209-acre living tree museum. Its riverside trails, quiet paths through evergreen forests, water garden teeming with life, bright wildflower meadows, and open views across oak savannas delight all ages. Located within Lane County's Howard Buford Recreation Area, the Arboretum lies between the Coast Fork of the Willamette River and the slopes of Mount Pisgah.
The lecture will be held in the White Oak Pavilion. The pavilion will be lit and the lecture will be amplified so everyone can hear. There are only 200 seats available, so please arrive early or bring your own.
WHAT TO BRING
- $4.00 for Lane County Parks Parking Fee - the fee machine accepts cash and credit cards. Carpooling encouraged!
- Mug for free herbal tea!
- Folding chair or blanket if you'd like. There are 200 seats available, so please arrive early or bring your own.
- Money (cash, check, or cards) to purchase merchandise, books, donations, etc. All profits will be donated!
- Families are welcome, but please do not leave children unattended.
- Snacks or money to purchase food from the Zingaro Food Truck offering delicious options for omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and paleo diets.
- Please leave animal friends at home.
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