Lecture: On the Importance of Keeping a Poison Garden: Entheogens & Sustainability
Entheogenic plants have long served as teachers and guides to us humans here on this planet. They help us to understand our place and our purpose in life. They help us to walk in beauty and to become as dreams walking across the land. Traditionally these plants have had very specific relationships with the human people that lived around them in one specific part of the world, but nowadays in the midst of global capitalism the plant teachers are more easily accessible to the vast majority of the people existing in the western world. These plants can help to heal our culture of the apparent desire to destroy all life on the planet, but this same hunger that drives the destruction has led to the plants being over harvested in the majority of their native habitats in order to feed the growing market for entheogens around the world.
Fortunately, there has been a push from folks around the world to figure out ways to either cultivate their own entheogenic plants in their homes or to find local and abundant plants that contain similar compounds to those found in more exotic and scarce traditional plants. This class will cover some basics on plants that are easy and legal to grow while still being mighty plant teachers that can provide healing to the gardener in many ways. We will also discuss some plants that are native or even invasive to the greater PNW regions that can be worked with as visionary teachers.
Biography: Urtica has been a student of the plants his whole life & is an avid gardener.