An introductory class for all who are interested in learning about the folkloric and traditional use of plants as medicine will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Arboretum from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
In discussion with instructor Irena Stathis, the class will explore the topics of sustainability, quality, practical application, and forms of extraction. Participants will get to know some of Stathis’ favorite plants through their senses, by touch, taste, smell, and an inner listening.
Historically, humans have always lived deeply connected with their environment and the plants and other beings that inhabit it. These interwoven relationships developed over time and traditional practices were passed down orally and through actual experience to future generations.
There are two aspects or lines of knowledge of herbalism. The first encompasses the wisdom of nurturers, crafters, and elders who provide a basis of healthful living for their families and communities through the use of plants in food, crafts, and daily rituals. The second one is that of the healer or shaman who deals with the mystical, hidden, and magic realm of healing with plants. In some traditions, knowledge is transmitted by means of story, some through experimentation, and others through a direct receiving in dreams or visions from the plants themselves.
In this class, participants will draw from both lines, blending the tangible with the intuitive in their approach. Participants will discover a variety of ways to include herbs in their daily lives and will leave with an informed confidence to do so.
The class is $25 for Arboretum members, and $35 for non-members (includes Arboretum admission). To register please call the Education Department at (626) 821-4623 or pay at the class.