The Garden as Healer: Growing Your Backyard Pharmacy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 7:00pm EDT
Alexis Durham
Free to Public

7:00 Eastern Time, 6:00 Central Time, 5:00 Mountain Time and 4:00 Pacific

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Topic: The best food and medicine is that you grow yourself. Spend an evening learning how to grow some of the most important and useful medicinal plants in your own garden. Cultivating relationships with the plants you use in your practice can change your experience as an herbalist, bringing great joy and instilling an appreciation for nature and the earth that is more important now than ever. With a discussion of each plant from seed to medicinal application, this class will empower you with the knowledge to grow and safely use some of the most versatile herbal medicines.

Bio: Alexis Durham earned her B.S. in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University in 2008.  Upon graduating, she pursued a clinical internship with a naturopath in Seattle and worked in the dispensary at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health.  She began teaching and speaking publicly on herbal medicine while working for the American Botanical Council in Austin, TX.  An opportunity to learn more from the plants themselves led her to the sun-baked hills of Southern Oregon, where she worked at Horizon Herbs, cultivating medicinal and edible plants and teaching a series of herbal medicine making and materia medica classes for Herb Pharm’s Herbaculture Residential Study Program.  She coordinated the 23rd Annual Symposium for the American Herbalists Guild and also volunteered for Rogue Valley Farm to School, a nonprofit organization that educates children about our food system using hands-on farm and garden programs.  Alexis returned to Seattle in 2012 as Bastyr University’s Garden Supervisor and Adjunct Faculty member, and is currently the Program Director for the Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design. She has discovered that the potential for learning in the garden is infinite, and believes that the act of caring for plants is almost as healing as the plants themselves.

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