SOLD OUT - Psychedelic Plants: Introduction to the biology and ritual ethnobotany of Peyote, Tobacco, and Ayahuasca

Lecture | March 3 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Psychedelic plant rituals are part of humanity’s ancient relationship to nature. Other psychoactive plant species, such as tobacco, are partner to those rituals. Each of these can carry potential wisdom, healing, yet also shadows, depending on human factors. Learn about the botany, chemistry, and indigenous ceremonial histories of these few species, which all evolved in the Americas. Their stories are rich with symbolic meaning and shamanic healing methods. As living ethnobotany, this knowledge is always evolving. Now that psychedelic plants are being cultivated, globalized, and adopted into contemporary roles, their indigenous traditions are transformed, and sometimes lost. We will consider our relationships to these profound ‘plant teachers’ as they appear in 21st century culture.

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THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT.
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Speaker Bio:
Kathleen Harrison, M.A., is an ethnobotanist with decades of experience in research, fieldwork, and teaching. She taught international field courses for various universities, and now teaches through the nonprofit she co-founded, Botanical Dimensions. She curates its Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, in Sonoma County. Her intermittent fieldwork, since the 1970s, has included projects with indigenous people in Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, and Hawaii. Kat travels with her “ethnobotanical eye” wherever she goes, and looks for patterns of knowledge that cultures hold and transmit. “Each one of us has plant knowledge in our ancestral backgrounds,” she says. She particularly likes to focus her learning and teaching on the lore of plants and fungi as handed down in story, craft, art, and ritual.

 $45 / $40 UCBG Members

 SOLD OUT.

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