1070 McAndrew Rd
Ojai, CA 93023
PLEASE NOTE: This event is full. We are starting a waiting list in case of last-minute cancellation.
“A Breath of Fresh Air”
The experience of the Thomas Fire and the mudslides that followed continue to impact the hearts and minds of all who lived through it. On the physical level, particulate matter in the air coupled with an especially virulent flu has many still coughing. Other respiratory conditions such as colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma and allergies also are on the uptick.
Interestingly, the lungs are connected to sadness and grief in more than one ancient healing tradition (TCM and Unani Tibb). One of the overarching emotions that many of us are dealing with is the sense of sadness and loss surrounding the aftermath of these events.
We invite you to join us on Saturday, March 24, at Ojai’s Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden — miraculously spared by the fire — to appreciate the nature still standing, the resiliency of the natural world and of our human bodies, and the many ways plant medicine lends itself to respiratory and whole body/mind health. The paradox is the strength that can come from destruction, the literal growth from ashes and the new healthy life that emerges.
You will spend a lovely morning visiting this East End jewel with Herb Walks’ Lanny Kaufer and the garden’s founder, herbalist Carol Wade, as your guides. Enjoy the beautiful vistas as you learn about how to grow and care for the many herbal allies that live among us. Many of these gems are native and can lead to and support respiratory health. We will gather a few for some of the herbal preparations we’ll be making in the afternoon:
- “Clear the Air” room spray (antimicrobial and uplifting)
- Herbal vapor rub
- “Respiratory Relief” tea
- Sinus/headache steam
After our in-depth tour of the garden, we’ll break for lunch and reconvene at a downtown kitchen for some from-the-earth herbal medicine making. Lunch options, including a homemade lunch at the kitchen, and other details will be described in a confirmation email sent to registrants.
ABOUT CAROL WADE:
Carol Wade has been practicing as a professional herbalist and nutritional counselor for over 25 years, and is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Her garden, the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden in Ojai, California, serves as a hub for several medicinal herb-oriented ventures that bring the idea of using medicinal herbs in daily living as a viable and logical choice to the community at large.
After practicing privately for much of her career, six years ago Carol joined her work as a practitioner and educator with her background in the herbal and organic gardening fields to bring herbal medicine to a wider audience with the Earth Island Herbs Medicinal Herb Garden and the Earth Island Herbal Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project in Ojai, CA. She currently offers Eco-tours of the garden that combine medicine making with garden tours, workshops for the general public, and presentations for school classrooms.
Last year Carol founded the Ojai School of Herbal Studies, an 18-month herbal studies program that utilizes the garden, hands on medicine making, and an in-depth education in how to use herbs safely and effectively, including terminology, plant chemistry, anatomy and physiology, an extensive materia medica, and actual herb cultivation.
There are two steps to registering. First, use the REGISTER button below to sign up. Second, to secure your space, please use the PayPal button to complete payment.