For countless communities around the world, the presence of medicinal plants and the traditional knowledge of their properties and uses are crucial factors for ensuring health and prosperity.

We must act on a worldwide basis to ensure resilience and health for future generations.

Sacred Seeds is a global non-profit creating and supporting plant sanctuaries that address the rapid loss of biodiversity and cultural knowledge through living gardens, containing locally important plants focused on medicinals but including those of ceremonial, food, and craft use.

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A LANGUAGE FOR GRIEF

Encounters with life and death as a Deep Ecology artist-in-residence at United Plant Savers by Colleen Leonardi Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis) It’s a green day in early June with blue sky above and 379 acres of botanical sanctuary below. These Appalachian foothills at the United Plant Savers (UpS) Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio rise and drop with enough horizons to watch storm and sun coexist. The fortitude that brings me here is some brand of ...
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TAKE A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SENSES OF YOUR ELEMENTS AT OCEAN FOREST’S ETHNOBOTANICAL AND PERMACULTURE GARDENS ON THE OSA PENINSULA IN COSTA RICA

by Jonathon Miller Weisberger Now reaching into 20 years, the extensive gardens at Ocean Forest Ecolodge harbor hundreds of species of native and rare ethnobotanical treasures from Central and South America as well as the Asian Tropics. These include fruit trees that guests enjoy seasonally, aromatic herbs, medicinal and sacramental plants, detox bitters, emollients, and adaptogens, many of which are served in teas at lunch and dinner or supplied upon request. Our permaculture gardens produce ...
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THE SACRED SEEDS ETHNOBOTANICAL TRAIL AT BASTYR UNIVERSITY: LESSONS LEARNED IN DECOLONIZING AN ESTABLISHED NATIVE PLANT GARDEN

Kenmore, Washington Sanctuary Steward: Katie Vincent Bastyr students Lauren Flanagan, Elaynee Eden (Herbal Sciences ’19) and Connor Kirchoff plantnative foods such as thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) and red huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolum) in a Sacred Seeds forest restoration site. At Bastyr University we teach integrative medicine— where the best of western medicine and natural healing modalities come together to create an approach to health and wellness that is more holistic and representative of ...
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Sacred Seeds at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge

Ethnobotanists Rafael Ocampo and Luis Poveda in the Sacred Seeds Sanctuary I’m convinced the place is a magnet, attracting us to it. What other explanation can there be? Consider this: about ten years ago, Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, a respected therapist, teacher, and author, visited Finca Luna Nueva. My wife Terry and I met her at breakfast one morning and we asked her why she decided to visit our ecolodge. That’s a question we delight in ...
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THE FRLHT-TDU STORY OF CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF MEDICINAL FLORA

By Darshan Shankar 1. THE PRIMACY OF MEDICINAL FLORA IN FOREST HABITATS FRLHT-TDU Campus landscaped with 1500 species of Medicinal Plants A little known fact regarding the species composition of Indian forest flora is that 40-70% of the flora across ecosystems and all the six vegetation types viz., tropical evergreen rain forests, deciduous or monsoon type of forests, principal dry deciduous forests and scrubs, semi desert and desert vegetation, tidal or mangrove forests and mountain ...
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