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Ethnobotany Festival & Symposium
Occidental Center for the Arts
Occidental, CA
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We are nearing full capacity at midday Sept. 23. Online ticket sales will end at 4pm today. There will be some tickets at the door but come early to be sure to get in!

Ethnobotany shows us how plants and mushrooms are used by various cultures around the world. At this festival and symposium, you can follow the thread of plant-people back through the ways of all our ancestors. Learn about how the Native Californians who've lived on the North Coast for thousands of years tended the land and its species. See what contemporary people make from native plants. Hear this region's role in botanical history. Take a local plant walk with an herbalist. Listen to a storyteller share plant myths. Appreciate the beauty and utility of things handcrafted from plants today: Dyes from flowers, salve from herbs, distilling essential oils, the art of aromatics. Make something yourself, learn something new, and have fun learning! We will provide hands-on activities for children throughout the day. Family friendly event!

Deepen your awareness of the natural world by seeing how we all depend on plants in endless fascinating ways.

Attend presentations by special guests, in the auditorium and classroom.
Exhibits on cultural uses of plants.
Hands-on demonstrations, making things from what grows: tools, baskets, fiber, dyeing, medicine, aromas.

Presenters include:
- Kat Anderson, PhD, on the future of Tending the Wild
- Susan Leopold of United Plant Savers, on the history of harvest & trade, highlighting the North Coast of California
- Kathleen Harrison, on spiritual ethnobotany in its many forms
- Judith Larner Lowry, on propagating & eating native seeds
- Deepa Natarajan and Karen Hess on plant dyes you can make
- Autumn Summers on seaweeds
- John Steele on aromatics in Amazonian shamanism
- Rachel Budde shows us how to distill essential oils
- Wyatt Bryson helps you make take-home oyster mushroom kit
- Olivia Rathbone with her new OAEC garden cookbook
- Saskia Wolsak on cordage types and how to make string
- MORE presenters and experiential exhibits

Join open-air classes in making string from plant fibers,  dyeing cloth with plants and fungi, making paper, and more.
Edible native seeds: how to grow, harvest and prepare them.
Indigenous Native Californian names of native plants.
Global ethnobotany practices: healing, shamanism, smudging, adornment, offerings.
Storytelling: Origin myths of key plants and their relationships.
Hands-on projects for kids too!

Good food/drink for sale.

The Ethnobotany Library will open during the festival, with some books for sale and authors signing their books.

This is an educational offering to the extended community. It is also a fundraiser for Botanical Dimensions, so that more learning events will be possible here in West Sonoma County. We hope this is the first annual Ethnobotany Festival!

Work-trade and student scholarships are available, or for seniors in need. Contact info@botanicaldimensions.org to inquire. OR We have a limited number of volunteer positions available. To apply to be a volunteer, please fill out and submit this form by Sept.9 (copy & paste url):  
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Occidental Center for the Arts (View)
3850 Doris Murphy Court (Graton Rd & Bohemian Hwy)
Occidental, CA 95465
United States


Arts > Visual
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Other > Festivals
Other > Fundraisers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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