• January 4, 2018
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monthly Materia Medica at COAL Space, presented by Florida School of Holistic Living.

Building an intimate relationship with the plants is foundational to learning herbalism. Enjoy a monthly herbal study group focusing on one specific herb and the materia medica (in depth medicinal/therapeutic/nutritional uses) of that plant medicine. Each month we will direct our attention to one plant and explore, in a focused, monographic style, their energetics, phytochemical components and actions on our bodies.  We will review the latest scientific research studies, the writings of our elders both present and past, and our own personal experiences with the plant.  The evening will be composed of lecture and interactive exploration.  We will experience preparations made from the herb highlighted, and discuss the different actions it provides based on the method of extraction.  You will leave with the links to the research studies that were cited in the class, so you can further explore this herb with your own personal research.

Join us every 1st Thursday of the month 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.
Tuition: $20 per Materia Medica Workshop

Please review this link for our school’s tuition and cancellation policies.

Instructor Emily Ruff
Emily, Executive Director, is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Her background in gardening and botany came in childhood while wandering the wilderness and digging in the sandy soils of Florida with her grandfather, a fifth generation sustenance farmer, and her father, a botany and astronomy professor.Her journey into herbalism continued through apprenticeships in Guatemala under the tutelage of local healers on the southern coast of Lake Atitlan, in the mountains of Vermont at the feet of Rosemary Gladstar, and in the Central Florida apothecary Leaves & Roots with herbalists Carolyn Whitford and George D’Arcy. Her studies continue to take her around throughout Central and South American to study traditions of subtropical herbalism in order to further integrate the melting-pot materia medica of her homestate. Emily’s academic studies include Ethnobotany, Philosophy, and Women’s Studies at the University of Central Florida and Curanderismo with the University of New Mexico. She is a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner.Emily’s dedication to preserving bioregional medicinal plant traditions and ecosystems led her to become active in the organization United Plant Savers. Inspired by a need for greater connection among her regional community, she founded the Florida Herbal Conference event in 2012, an event which continues to sell out annually. In past years, she served multiple terms as president of the Herb Society of Central Florida and as co-founder of Homegrown Local Food Cooperative. Her most recent research focuses on biodynamics, bioregionalism, and biorhythmic-influenced cultivation and healing. She has taught at such venues as the Winter Park Public Library, the Orange County Library, the University of Central Florida, New England Women’s Herbal Conference, Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference, International Herb Symposium, and Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center. Emily lectures throughout Florida to groups, organizations, garden clubs, festivals, and schools.Emily’s classes have been described as “heart-filled,” “enriching,” and “empowering,” creating a bridge between the teachings of our ancestors and the technologies of our modern world. Emily stewards an herbal urban homestead in Central Florida, where she can be found in joy cooking, practicing yoga, writing, photographing flora, creating music with family and friends, and digging her fingers in the dirt. The plants continue to be her greatest teachers. Follow Emily’s herbal adventures and find an archive of her published work at www.emilyruff.com.

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619 N Thornton Ave, Orlando, Fl, 32803, United States

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