I facilitated my 1st herbal workshop
Last year I became involved with a group of like minds from my local area, in the very real hope of getting a community garden off the ground. We’ve formed a committee, have insurance & all paperwork sorted. We don’t have a site for our garden yet but in the mean time, we have held regular events to keep focused & connected. We hold twice monthly Swap, Share & Shuffles, where people bring excess produce, cakes, jams, preserves, egg cartons, jars, plants, seeds etc. No money changes hands & our mantra is “give what you can, take what you need”. It has become popular & a nice way to meet more locals.
Our committee heard about some funding available from our local councils “Living Lightly Program”, we applied & now have funding for 4 workshops to take place over the next year. At one of our meetings we were asked what we’d like to focus on & herbal medicine came up, so I volunteered to facilitate the 1st workshop. The next one is on fermenting & the 3rd is on worm farming.
We held the “Home Herbal Remedies” workshop on Saturday & I’m pleased to say 14 enthusiastic women turned up, asked lots of questions & we had a lovely afternoon in the kitchen of our local community hall. I greeted participants with a cup of nettle tea & some adaptogen bliss balls. We went through basic steps & covered, making tea, drying herbs, tinctures, making simple cold remedies, fire cider & elderberry syrup. Turned an infused oil into a salve & then into a lotion. Talked about poultices, steams & medicinal grab bags. They all went home with a jar of “all purpose” salve. Calendula, chickweed & plantain.
I got to say, I enjoyed the whole process, the ladies were keen, engaged & asked me when the next one was. I thank TGN for helping me gain knowledge & confidence to pull this off. I told them I was an absolute beginner, with so much more to learn but keen to spread the word & help people become more self sufficient & resilient. Cheers to everyone who has helped me on this journey. I mentioned several times the wonderful learning space that is TGN, so maybe we might get some more people on board.
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