3rd Annual Afro-Botany Conference

Come to the 3rd Annual Afro-Botany Conference, in the beautiful Caribbean village of Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica. In a traditional style, we will celebrate the ethnobotany of the the African Diaspora, with a gathering of elders, teachers, students, plant lovers and community members, sharing wisdom as well as food, music, dance, ceremony. www.hiddengarden.co/afro-botany-conference

Twin Star Connecticut’s School of Herbal and Energetic Studies

Upcoming events at Twin Star 2018-2019: Sometimes learning about healing herbs can be overwhelming. There are so many plants to meet and learn about! Even in one cup of tea there can be a beautiful synergy of a dozen different herbs, flowers, roots and more! This is a great opportunity for anyone who is brand …

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Twin Star HerbalSurvival Sundays: Primitive Crafting and Nature Connection

With Zach Fisher & Friends Our existence today is directly related to the ingenuity of our Ancestors.  They were able to thrive in harsh environments due to their deep connection and understanding of the natural world.  This course is an introduction to the techniques as well as the mindset that sustained human life into our …

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Summer Art Fellows 2018

Art Fellowship Highlights of 2018: Exhibits, Reflections and Art! We are thrilled to share each fellow’s artwork and their passion for deep ecology, exploring how we communicate and advocate for the plants. Poems, charcoal, photography and pure magic come to life through space and time when we allow art to consume the day. UpS’ Deep …

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Sassafras Camp was full of herbal fun for kids!

Sassafras Camp 2018 was a blast— so much learning, creating, healing, laughing, eating, and bonding! Thank you to all who made this week happen— Molly Jo Stanley, your healing presence, vibrant expression and song, skills in the kitchen, and knowledge of nature, herbalism, and yoga were such a perfect match and true blessing for the camp. Meredith Nicole Bury, you are such a positive bright beautiful spirit and hardworking woman— your help was outstanding, and your kombucha, Ayurveda, ojas balls, mandala nature art, and yoga classes rocked! Rider Stock, you’re simply the best with games—you take scramble and capture the flag to the next level! Your help in the kitchen and with the campers was exceptional. Isabella Trumpetto, what a graceful, present, helpful, intelligent young woman you are— your service was beyond amazing. Lysi Morningstar, your prep work help made the week happen, I simply couldn’t have done it without you—-and once again your blindfolded taste test was such a hit! Thank you for making us all laugh so hard. Paul Strauss, thank you for your wise teachings of life lived on this land, your profound storytelling that transports one back in time, and for once again sharing your Native American arrowhead/artifact collection. A huge thank you to United Plant Savers and Sarah Davidson Ile for providing need-based scholarships— your support made the camp accessible to more campers.
Not pictured: macroinvertebrate and water quality class with Molly Jo, the 5 foot black snake in the outhouse;), wound healing herb walk and salve making (self heal, calendula, yarrow), learning about goldenseal and other UpS At-Risk plants, scramble and capture the flag, improv, yoga classes with molly jo, Lonnie, and meredith, epic dance party, camp out fire and smores, and pond play!

Special thanks to Clif Bar Family Foundation for their generous support!