The Garden as Healer: Cultivating a Children's Growing Garden (GARDENING - 13GARD02)
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
|General public||$ 85.00|
|Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni||$ 75.00|
|BU staff||$ 65.00|
|Full time student||$ 50.00|
Children’s bodies respond well to the gentle healing energies of herbs, and their spirits love the time spent outside in a garden - starting seeds, picking flowers and harvesting the fruits of their efforts. This seminar will discuss the cultivation of medicinal and edible plants used in the treatment of many simple childhood woes. We will focus on plants that are non-toxic, colorful and fun to grow. We’ll discuss each species from seed to medicinal application, plus take a tour of Bastyr’s Medicinal Herb Garden.
Upon completion of this seminar you will be able to:
- Identify the proper growing and harvest conditions of several different edible and medicinal herbs used in the treatment of children
- Describe the safe application of several different medicinal herbs
- List reputable resources on the subject of growing herbs and their medicinal applications
Course Note: Wear outdoor clothing and shoes for Medicinal Herb Garden tour.
Meals: One hour lunch break – Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr’s dining commons.
Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room #55. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.
Optional Texts: An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children & Infants by Mary Bove, and The Medicinal Herb Grower, Vol. 1, by Richo Cech.. These texts may be available in the Bastyr bookstore. Call ahead for availability, 425-602-3026.
Alexis Durham earned her BSc in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University in 2008. Upon graduating, she pursued a clinical internship with a naturopath in Seattle and worked in the dispensary at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. She began teaching and speaking publicly on herbal medicine while working for the American Botanical Council in Austin, TX.
An opportunity to learn more from the plants themselves led her to the sun-baked hills of Southern Oregon where she worked at Horizon Herbs, cultivating medicinal and edible plants, as well as teaching a series of herbal medicine making and materia medica classes for Herb Pharm’s Herbaculture Residential Study Program. She also successfully coordinated the 23rd Annual Symposium for the American Herbalists Guild and volunteered for Rogue Valley Farm to School, a nonprofit organization that educates children about our food system using hands-on farm and garden programs.
Alexis recently returned to Seattle as Bastyr University’s Garden Supervisor, Program Director for the Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design, and Adjunct Faculty member. She has discovered that the potential for learning in the garden is infinite, and believes that the act of caring for plants is almost as healing as the plants themselves.