Led by Belle Benfield, herbalist and illustrator of The Sensory Herbal Handbook, founder of heARTfelt herbs and Shumaisa Khan, yoga health coach and community herbalist,
Phytology @ Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton St, E2 9RR
-Intro and Tea Ceremony
-Elemental observation and introduction to elements through Ayurveda and Sensory Herbalism
-Botanical drawing in the Phytology Medicine Garden and surrounding woodland
-Making plant medicine
-Bring & Share lunch
-Drawing the elemental influence of Autumn, with technical botanical drawing guidance and tips
-Free drawing – make your own botanical drawing of the plants that you're drawn to
-Closing ceremony and medicine bottling
Investment: £60 general
Concessions tickets available – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Location: Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton St, E2 9RR
Tube - Bethnal Green (Central Line); Overground - Cambridge Heath Rd Station; Bus - 55, 26, 8
Sunday 25th August from 11 – 6 is a rare opportunity to explore an amazing network of community run gardens, from The Garrett Centre to Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Rocky Park Garden, Keddleston Community Centre and beyond in East London! I'll be running a wellbeing space at the Phytology medicine garden at the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, among lots of great activities happening on the day - see below for more info.
Pick up a free map from the Garrett Centre - 117 Mansford St E2 6LX, made by the artist Soofiya – and follow the trail through the gardens to find and collect stories, poems, and written treasures by local residents, artists and growers hidden along the way. There will also be opportunities to share your own stories, make a found poem or sow some seeds.
Each garden will host different activities, workshops and skill shares suitable for all ages. These include: a creative nature connection workshop with local environmental educator Shaira, a billboard making workshop with Saif Osmani from the Bengali East End Heritage Society, Henna by Hafiza, free herb harvests, a tea and wellbeing space with the Mobile Apothecary, including Ayurvedic mini-consultations, music making, food by Bethnal Greens and Middleton Meals, face painting and much more! Pick up a programme on the day for more details.
After the trail, from 6:30 – 9pm, join us at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve for a feast and open mic. Bring a story, instrument – or tell us about what you found on the trail.
The Open Gardens Treasure trail has been co-curated by Earthlings, a partnership between poet Katherine McMahon and community gardener, Hari Byles – in collaboration with Teesdale and Hollybush TRA, Phytology/ Bethnal Green Nature Reserve and the Bengali East End Heritage Society.
Commissioned for the Garrett Centre Commission and Supported by the Live Art Development Agency (LADA). Supported by Mayor of London: Culture Seeds. For more information or to get involved, write to email@example.com
Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6SD
Sunday April 28th 2-4.30pm
Wild plants serve important functions for insect and other wildlife, but many can also serve as food and medicine for us! Come along to this walk in Preston Park and skill up in another way to reduce waste. Some of the plants considered weeds, and sadly subjected to pesticides, have traditionally been used as food and medicine around the world. The fact that they are so abundant and resilient means that with care and respect, they can be responsibly harvested. Some are like vitamins, which could replace the supplements that comes in packaging and don't offer the bioavailability that fresh whole plants do.
Even just small amounts of wild plants into our food and drink injects some more vitality, or prana, into us, and at this time of year is really important to do to break up the heaviness of winter. We'll also look at some useful medicinal plants, and explore the elements and how they shift with seasons, and how we can shift accordingly to stay more balanced. Ayurveda is about living in alignment with nature, so connecting with the local nature we are a part of, and seasonal changes, is key!
The meeting point is in Preston Park - location details will be sent to registrants. There are pay-it-forward options to help fund the same types of walks for a group of local refugees with an interpreter. You can book here.
Other events will include similar plant walks at different points in the year, and also rituals to connect more deeply with plants. Sign up here to stay updated.
On a related note, stop by Infinity Foods as soon as possible and fill in this postcard by Pesticide Action Network to tell all candidates in the local election to make Brighton pesticide-free! You can leave the postcard in the box at the shop, so super easy.
Weds Feb 6th 2019
Brighton BNY 1YD
Did you know that Ayurveda is the inspiration behind the golden milk and turmeric chai trend you may be seeing in many cafes? However, Ayurveda runs far deeper than spiced food and drink – it’s a way of life. A Sanksrit term, Ayurveda is often translated as the science of life or the art of living, and it provides a framework for living in alignment with nature and harmonising mind, body, and spirit. Dietary and lifestyle practices form the basis of maintaining balance in the universe that each human is, and they serve as the foundation for individuals to reach their potential.
In this talk, you’ll learn some basic concepts of Ayurvedic philosophy, the root causes of disease or imbalance, and some ways to prevent these and correct course when out of balance – which are increasingly being validated by biomedical research.
This talk will be held at The Brighthelm Centre. The event is FREE, but please sign up here to reserve your place as seats are limited.
Mon Jan 14th 2.30-3.30pm
1D Saint James's St Brighton
Book here - £5 (+booking fee) - All proceeds will go to the Brighton Migrant Solidarity Destitution Solidarity Fund
Ayurveda, a several thousand-year old health system, literally means the science of life - and is often translated as the science of longevity. It is a way of life, based largely on alignment with nature's rhythms and cycles - something that is increasingly being validated by modern biomedical science. Ayurveda is also considered the sister science to yoga.
In this short workshop, you'll learn a few simple pieces from the Ayurvedic (and yogic) lifestyle that are relevant for living well today - whether you are already living a healthy lifestyle or are looking to start living a healthy lifestyle and can use some guidance on where to begin. Raise your bar in 2019!
November 24th 2018, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve & Create Place
Join community herbalists Rasheeqa Ahmad (Hedge Herbs, Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) London) & Shumaisa Khan (HWB-Sussex, Phytology), for a community root harvest at the Phytology medicine garden, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. The root stock will be made into medicine for refugees currently living in camps across France.
Rasheeqa will also guide participants in making a simple cough syrup for personal use over the winter months. There will be a shared lunch and collective sharing about winter remedies from our different cultural traditions.
10am – 11:30am
@ Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve
11:30am – 1pm
Medicine-making & shared lunch
@ The Create Space
29 Old Ford Rd
Book here: https://rootharvest.bpt.me
(No booking required to help harvest roots ~ 10am)
10am-12pm, Thurs Oct 18th
You Juice Cafe, 96 North Rd BN1 1YE
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian wellness system and is considered the sister of yoga. It offers simple wisdom that if applied promotes wellbeing now and well into your future.
This is a fun, interactive workshop at the very fitting You Juice cafe where we'll delve into our doshas (mind-body type) and seasonal tips. This is a free event, open to anyone who gets something yummy and healthy from You Juice to participate, and there'll be detox tea to sample, handouts with tips, recipes, etc.
There is limited space, so make sure to book to ensure a spot.
St. Augustine's Centre, Brighton BN1 6EA
Sunday, Sept 23rd
2.30 - 4pm
£12.80 (including booking fee)
Did you know that the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded for research on the body's clock? Yet thousands of years ago, Ayurveda established the importance of alignment with the cycles of nature for human wellbeing, and how elements of nature uniquely combine in each person to shape their mind-body. Understanding these aspects and living accordingly can help us to thrive now and give ourselves the best chance of writing ourselves out of the story of hereditary and life-style related disease.
At this interactive event, we will delve into the optimal daily timings for feeding/fasting and for rest/activity to work with nature rather than against it. Aligning better with natural cycle impacts virtually all aspects of our inner ecosystem - metabolism, detoxification and elimination, immunity, energy, hormone balance, cognitive function - too many to list. You'll also identify your unique mind-body constitution, or bioindividuality, and better understand how this plays a role in your wellbeing. Come along to get some actionable wisdom you can apply to your own life!
Ayurveda & Daily Rhythms: What a 5000+ year old health system can teach us about living well today [Free event, Brighton]
This interactive talk is for anyone curious about Ayurveda and how daily habits can promote, or detract from, our wellbeing. In collaboration with Free University Brighton.
Date: Sat April 14th 2018
Time: 11.00 am - 12.30 pm
Venue: The Learning Resource Centre at the City Clean Depot, Upper Hollingdean Road, Brighton BN1 7GA
Did you know that our organs operate according to a clock? That’s right, everything from your liver to your skin has a clock! There’s a whole field of biology called chronobiology that is the study of the effect of day-night cycles on the human organism. Yet thousands of years ago, Ayurveda established the importance of alignment with the cycles of nature for human wellbeing, and how elements of nature uniquely combine in each person to shape their mind-body. Understanding these aspects and living accordingly can help us to thrive now and give ourselves the best chance of writing ourselves out of the story of hereditary and life-style related disease. Come learn more at this interactive event and leave with some actionable wisdom you can apply to your own life.
Shumaisa Khan coaches people in integrating daily habits from Ayurveda, leads workshops on culinary herbalism, nature connection, ecosocial (permaculture) design, and teaches the Edible Campus module at Brighton University.
Click here for more info and to book your place. The event is free, but spaces are limited, so book to guarantee your place.
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