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Global Ethnobotany with a Local Focus
Occidental Center for the Arts, Botanical Dimensions
Occidental, CA
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Ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison, M.A., teaches this popular series again. Visit West Sonoma County for a day of slide talks and discussion about plant and mushroom knowledge from around the the globe, as well as the traditions of indigenous people of this Northern California region. Meet for four full days, the first Saturday of each month, March through June. We cover basic botany, the fungi, herbalism, deep history of food plants, TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge), nature mythology, visionary species, shamanic traditions, and ways to experience the world through an alive, nature-based worldview. Kat always includes colorful stories from her own fieldwork as well as tales shared by indigenous plant people.

Class size is 15-25 participants. Meet other great folks who love plants and learning. All ages of adults are welcome. We end most days with a local nature walk, to see/touch/smell the plant species that grow wild in our region. Share lunch and laughs with Kat and her guests. With four meetings over four months, we have much to muse about together.

VISIT the Botanical Dimensions Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, peruse the books about the topic of the day. Support BD Library or BD's other projects, become a member.

Former participants agree, this is a mind-expanding course! Some people have taken it repeatedly, as there is always something new to discover.

Times: Class meetings are Saturdays, 10am-4:00pm. March 4, April 1, May 6, & June 3. (If you must miss a class in this series, you may attend another one-day class that Kat offers during 2016.) Sometimes, due to our marvelous afternoon plant walks, class ends later, but always by 5pm.

Location: Classes held in the village of Occidental, West Sonoma County, west of Sebastopol and a few miles from Freestone, the Russian River, and the Sonoma Coast. Address: 3830 Doris Murphy Court, at Graton Road and Bohemian Hwy. Look for the Occidental Center for the Arts.
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The series began on March 4, but if you would like to begin with session two on April 1, we can include you on a prorated basis. The cost is $250 to attend the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sessions. See Brown Paper Tickets for this special ticket. Please email info@botanicaldimensions.org to so we can send you more information. Thanks.


Occidental Center for the Arts, Botanical Dimensions (View)
3830 Doris Murphy Court
Occidental, CA 95465
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Other > Health & Wellness

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


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