Healing Conversations with Plants at Prairiewoods
- 6 - 7:30 p.m.
- $15 – $120
- All Ages
For millennia, humans have relied upon herbs and other plants for nourishment and healing. As food and medicine, plants are powerful allies. They fuel and heal our bodies, providing for our growth and well-being. If we are willing to listen carefully, they offer us wisdom and companionship as well. This exchange is not one-sided. As we tend to plants and their environs, we not only provide for their growth and well-being, but we also give them a bit of ourselves, too. Just as we exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with plants, we also share wisdom and spiritual energy. By tending plants, we tend to the planet, fostering healing and growth for ourselves and the world. On the first Wednesday of each month, come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) for a conversation with facilitator Carolyn Herbst Lewis, PhD. This conversation and hands-on learning series will showcase the healing potential of a medicinal plant. On April 1, the focus will be on lemon balm. We will explore its historic and current use and learn how to incorporate it into our own self-care regimen. We also will discuss the bigger lessons these healing plants offer as we seek a deeper connection between our spiritual journeys and the seasons of Earth, as well as the healing energy we might offer to the plants and the planet in exchange for the healing and wisdom they offer us. Carolyn Herbst Lewis founded Mamie's Way Herbs in order to share her passions for women's history, healing plants and Earth-centered spirituality. She has degrees from Ohio University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a history professor at Grinnell College. She is a student of both the Rosemary Gladstar Science and Art of Herbalism Course and the Heartwood Foundation Course in Herbal Medicine, and she has traveled to England, Japan and India to learn more about traditional herbal medicine. The cost is $15 per class or $120 for the ten-month series. Registration and payment are required by the previous day. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.