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POSTPONED: Global Ethnobotany with a Local Focus
Botanical Dimensions Ethnobotany Library, Occidental Center for the Arts
Occidental, CA
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NOTE: Unfortunately, due to health reasons, we have had to postpone this series until the Fall of 2019.

Ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison, M.A., teaches this popular series again. Visit West Sonoma County once a month, for a day of slide talks and discussion about plant and mushroom knowledge from around the globe, as well as the traditions of indigenous people of this Northern California region. Meet for four full days, one weekend day each month, April through July. 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 15-22 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 adjacent Botanical Dimensions Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, peruse the books about the topic of the day. Support BD Library or BD's other projects, and 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. A very nice regional community has been growing from this course, which we have offered since 2014.

Presenter: Kathleen Harrison is an ethnobotanist and educator, who has been doing fieldwork among indigenous cultures, and amidst West Coast subcultures, since the 1970s. She specializes in studies of plants and fungi that are used in ritual, healing, art, and story. Kat is well-known for her work with traditional psychoactive species and their lore. She directs the Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, CA, as the hub of the non-profit organization, Botanical Dimensions, which she co-founded in 1985. She teaches classes there, and internationally, on a wide range of topics that pattern traditional and contemporary plant-human relations.  www.botanicaldimensions.org

Class meetings are on the following Sundays from 10am-4pm:
Sunday, April 7
Sunday, May 5
Sunday, June 9
Sunday, July 14.

Sometimes, due to our marvelous afternoon plant walks, class ends later, but we always depart by 5pm.

We are not able to offer these classes individually, only as part of the series.

*Cancellation policy: Full refunds can only be granted if attendee notifies Botanical Dimensions of withdrawal 10 business days in advance of the first day of the class series. If attendee gives less notice, we regret that no refund is possible. Note that we are not able to provide refunds, exchanges, or extensions for partial or full missed classes in the series. If Botanical Dimensions needs to cancel this series for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible (at least 1 day prior to the event) and you will receive a full refund.

Contact info@botanicaldimensions.org with any questions.
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Thank you all for joining us for Global Ethnobotany with a Local Focus. We hope that you were nourished by the class material. We thank you for your fine attention. If you have not done so already, please become a member of the Ethnobotany Library, for $35/year or $60/year for two people in the same household. You can find the link for that under DONATE, on our website www.botanicaldimensions.org


Botanical Dimensions Ethnobotany Library, Occidental Center for the Arts (View)
3830 Doris Murphy Court (Graton Rd & Bohemian Hwy)
Occidental, CA 95465
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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