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Conversation Club: Secret Medicines from your Garden

July 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Free
Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street
Farmington, 06032


CONVERSATION CLUB: THE SECRET MEDICINES FROM YOUR GARDEN – PLANTS FOR HEALING, SPIRITUALITY AND MAGIC

Ellen Evert Hopman will discuss her book, Secret Medicines from Your Garden – Plants for Healing, Spirituality and Magic, with Virginia Wolf, founding member of the Mary Barnes Society and founder of Herstory Theater.

Enjoy and peruse a guided exploration of herbal lore and healing plants found in yards, forests, meadows, and hedgerows that draws on traditional knowledge and remedies from around the world, including Native American, Celtic, and Egyptian traditions provides simple recipes to safely make herbal remedies from local plants and honey for first aid, immune support, and treatment of common ailments details the “triangle” formula-making system of William LeSassier explains how to work with plant spirits, herbal astrology, and Animal Spirit Medicine.

Weaving together ancient wisdom, mystical folklore, and modern plant research, master herbalist Ellen Evert Hopman explores the many uses of flowers, trees, common weeds, and ornamental plants for food, medicine, spiritual growth, and magical rituals. She reveals the herbal lore surrounding each plant, drawing on traditional knowledge and remedies from around the world, including Native American, Celtic, and Egyptian traditions. She includes recipes throughout so you can make medicines from wild and domesticated plants easily found in yards, forests, meadows, and hedgerows, and she discusses what to plant to ensure you have leaves, berries, and flowers all year.

The author reveals how to quickly intuit an unknown plant’s properties using the signatures of plants–universal indications and contraindications based on the form, color, and location of a plant. She includes an in-depth section on honey and Bee Medicine, allowing you to appreciate the labors of these plant-dependent insects. Exploring the magical role of herbs in ancient ritual, Hopman provides recipes for Egyptian temple incense and their sacred medicine known as “Kyphi” or “Kaphet,” used to purify the body, banish insomnia, and promote vivid dreaming. She explores shamanic Plant Spirit and Animal Spirit Medicine as well as herbal astrology. She also explains the “triangle” formula-making system of her herbal mentor William LeSassier to help you develop custom herbal remedies tailored to a person’s unique strengths and weaknesses. Showing how to easily incorporate wild plants into your life to receive their healing benefits throughout the seasons, Hopman reveals the power of the bounty that Mother Nature has provided right at our doorstep.

ABOUT ELLEN EVERT HOPMAN
Ellen Evert Hopman has been a teacher of herbalism since 1983 and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. A member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages and a former professor at the Grey School of Wizardry, she has presented at schools and workshops across the United States and Europe. A Druidic initiate since 1984, she is the current Archdruid of Tribe of the Oak (Tuatha na Dara), an international Druid Order, a founding member of The Order of the White Oak (Ord Na Darach Gile), a Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri, and a Druidess of the Druid Clan of Dana. A former vice president of The Henge of Keltria, she is the author of The Sacred Herbs of Spring; The Sacred Herbs of Samhain; Secret Medicines from Your Garden; The Real Witches of New England; Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore; A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine; A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year; Walking the World in Wonder – a Children’s Herbal; Being a Pagan; Tree Medicine, Tree Magic; and the Druid trilogy of novels: Priestess of the Forest, The Druid Isle and Priestess of the Fire Temple. She lives in Massachusetts.

ABOUT VIRGINIA WOLF
Virginia Wolf is founder of Herstory Theater, generally dedicated to bringing to life the unsung heroines of history, as well as producing a host of additional projects that both celebrate women and history, and a simple love of theater and performing. Her play, Panic in Connecticut; Accused Witches Have Their Say, was inspired by the research and work done on the CT Witchcraft Panics at the Stanley-Whitman House, which led to the birth of Herstory Theater!

Virginia also works as a voiceover artist and audio book narrator; hosts “SpotLight, Radio Reveling in the Arts and Entertainment”, Thursdays at 12:30 on WLIS/WMRD in Middletown, covering arts and entertainment throughout Connecticut; steps in as Katy Leary for the Living History Tours at the Mark Twain House and Museum; and can be found on stage whenever/wherever someone casts her!

ABOUT CONVERSATION CLUB
The Conversation Club at Stanley-Whitman House endeavors to make new ideas and perspectives accessible and to spark lively conversation by using history as a basis to engage and frame meaningful dialogue, learning, and reflection by reexamining the past and helping us to envision the future.

Our club is based on “The Conversation Club” originally formed c. 1818, which gathered to discuss the leading issues of the day in Farmington, Connecticut. Conversation Club at Stanley-Whitman House is held on the third Thursday of the month and features a short guest presentation followed by moderated discussion for approximately one hour. Admission is free but donations in support of the Museum are welcome.

Details

Date:
July 21
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Stanley-Whitman House
Phone:
(860) 677-9222
Email:
averzosa@stanleywhitman.org
Website:
https://www.s-wh.org

Venue

Stanley-Whitman House
37 High Street
Farmington, 06032
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Phone:
(860) 677-9222
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