BETTER WITH BITTERSKat Maier
Bitters are extraordinary plants that have many facets to their healing abilities. These most common of weeds are often overlooked for more exotic treatments. Bitter herbs have a long tradition of being used in preventative medicine. The taste triggers a sensory response in the central nervous system releasing digestive hormones that in turn lead to a range of effects, including stimulation of appetite, general simulation of the flow of digestive juices, increased bile, and aid in the liver’s detoxification. Aside from digestive affects these are not only wonderfully relaxing but are now the latest loves with DIY cordial/elixir cocktail movement. There will be samples to taste – come with your palette.
Kat Maier RH, (AHG) is the founder and director of Sacred Plant Traditions, a center for herbal studies in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of her greatest accomplishments has been to train many clinical herbalists who have gone onto to begin other schools or open practices. In clinical practice for over 30 years, Kat teaches internationally at universities, conferences, and herbal schools. She is a founding member of Botanica Mobile Clinic, a nonprofit dedicated to providing accessible herbal medicine to local communities. This grew out of her school’s free clinic which was one of the first on the east coast and went on to be a template for other schools. She began her study of plants as a Peace Corps volunteer, and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of biomedicine into her practice of traditional energetic herbalism. Her latest book Energetic Herbalism: A Guide to Sacred Plant Traditions through Integration of Elements of Vitalism, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine will be released Fall of 2021. She is coauthor of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Kat also served as president of United Plant Savers and was the recipient of the organization’s first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award.
New Book Energetic Herbalism Available now
In this indispensable new resource both for the home apothecary and clinical practitioners, a veteran herbalist brings alive the elemental relationships among traditional healing practices, ecological stewardship, and essential plant medicines.
By honoring ancient wisdom and presenting it in an innovative way, Energetic Herbalism is a profound and practical guide to family and community care for those seeking to move beyond symptom relief and into a truly holistic framework of health. Throughout, author Kat Maier invites readers to explore their personal relationships with plants and their environs as they discover diverse models of healing.
Children’s Story Hour is an invitation for young and old alike to sit down and enjoy the magic and rest of storytelling. This year we will be reading Backyard Fairies and Sonya’s Chickens by Pheobe Wahl. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Join Chris in a simple yet powerful Qi Gong practice to relax and access your inner flow. By coordinating the breath, flowing movements and simple meditation techniques this experience will leave you feeling calm and connected.
Enjoy an informative walk around Camp Sedalia whilst learning the myriad of seasonal wild foods that grow there. We'll focus on easy to understand plant identification, seeing the world with...
Join us in Reed Creek to catch and identify stream critters and find what that means about the water quality in Reed Creek. We may even get to catch some crawfish earrings! Even the tiniest streams can be home to little critters called aquatic macroinvertebrates. “Aquatic” means they live in water. “Macro” means you can see them without a magnifying glass. And “invertebrate” means they don’t have a backbone.
In this kids yoga class we will take ourselves on an imaginative earth focused journey through movement, sound, and breath. We will move, and focus together to connect into the heartbeat of the world.
Discover the abundance of medicinal plants that grow all around Camp Sedalia with herbalist Kat Maier of Sacred Plant Traditions. Learn basic plant identification skills, herbal actions and qualities, and how to harvest and prepare each plant for personal use.
This is a well rounded practice, balancing strength building, flexibility, breath and meditation. The focus of this practice will be moving in unison with the breath and connecting to the freedom of...
Ben will lead his annual herd hike where we will walk through the farm to the cows while he edifies us in the subtle art of managing animals holistically to heal the land, water cycle, and farm ecosystems—how a well managed herd can be a force of immense good.
A renowned master of Asian martial arts, Master Jesse Teasley has specialized in Tai Chi Chuan for forty years. Born and raised in New York, he has studied with some of the world’s most famous Tai Chi masters in New York City China Town, Canada, Hong Kong, Shanghai and at the Purple Cloud Temple in the Wu Dang Mountains, the birth place of Tai Chi.
Join Matt and Rachel Palma on a walking tour to visit the pig herd and along the way, see and discuss the benefits the land has seen in the areas the pigs have impacted.