ETHNOBOTANICAL  WORKSHOPS

Our ethnobotanical, multi-level workshops are available at Hidden Garden for groups of four or more. Please send us an email or use the contact form below for more information or to book a workshop.

INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONAL LATINO MEDICINE

Explore the traditional health-promoting practices of Latin America known
 as Curanderismo. We will discuss this wellness system’s Indigenous, African, Asian and European roots, philosophy, cultural sustainability
and methodology – including bodywork (sobando), herbalism, energetic
 cleansing (limpia), holistic counseling (platica), hydrotherapy, food
 medicine, ceremony and lifestyle choices. Learn how to integrate traditional Latino herbal medicine & natural living into your life!

 

WOMEN’S WELLNESS TRADITIONS

Discover the amazing world of ancient remedies for enjoying womanhood and improving the menstruation experience. Learn how to use natural healing tools such as medicinal plants, self-massage, movement, sacred rocks, energy balance, spiritual alignment, hydrotherapy and food medicine to heal the reproductive system naturally.

 

TRADITIONAL LATINO HERBALISM

Explore the similarities and varieties of botanical medicine traditions within Latin American and the Caribbean, and compared to other systems such as Ayurveda or TCM. Learn about the role of colonization in the survival of folkloric herbalism and participate in the movement to decolonize through validation, education, documentation and accessibility of information. Includes introduction to diagnostics, element therapy, spiritual healing, creating community and other complementary modalities traditionally used together with medicinal plants.

 

LATINO SPIRITUAL MEDICINE

In Latin America, traditional medicine cultivates spiritual health as an integral part of overall wellness. Explore the cultural roots and modern applications of Integrative Tribal Arts, including balancing the elements, manifesting the true path, cleansing the aura, healing ancestral wounds and clearing vibrational blockages. Learn how to use plants, rocks, prayers and other simple tools to empower your spirit, ground your soul and develop the light and beauty within.

 

TRADITIONAL DIGESTIVE THERAPIES

Traditional medicine of Latin America, as well as natural medicine from around the world, includes multiple approaches to digestive health. This class will cover basic anatomy, Sobando pressure point therapy, the Caribbean cleansing technique Wash Out, botanical remedies, hydration, cleansing foods, movement, energy work and variations for infants and children. Bring a notebook, an empty stomach and a light snack.

 

CULTIVATING LATIN AMERICA’S TRADITIONAL LOVE OF PLANTS

This seminar explores the preservation of traditional plant/people relationships in modern Latin American health care, the wellness traditions approach and the model of the Hidden Garden Ethnobotanical Sanctuary, which combines ethnobotany, medical anthropology, cultural sustainability, education, digital tools, gardening and advocacy.

 

RASTA ROOTS & CULTURE – THE HERBALISM OF CARIBBEAN SURVIVAL

Many Rastafarian musicians continue the African tradition of teaching survival techniques through storytelling and song. Learn how to interprete the healing wisdom in the music, as well as how to integrate Afro-Caribbean herbal medicine and natural living into your modern life.

 

ANCESTRAL GARDENING – CONSERVING HEALING TRADITIONS THROUGH COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Learn how to create a simple , inter-generational gardening project which will help young people and neighborhoods to reconnect with each other and the plants that kept their ancestors healthy.

Rachel Thomas may be available to travel to your conference or institution to teach. She has presented these workshops at the following venues:

 

New York City, New York

New York Botanical Gardens

Minka Brooklyn

Shambala Studio

The Herb Shoppe

Sacred Warrior

Flower Power Herbs & Roots

Aguas Zarcas, Costa Rica     Medicines from the Edge: A Tropical Herbal Convergence

Athens, Greece                      Kyveli Studio

Kneeland, California               Dandelion Herbal Center

Portland, Oregon                    National College of Natropathic Medicine

Asheville, North Carolina        Plant & Healers International

Bocas del Toro, Panama        Bastimentos Plant Walk

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