Join David Crow at Gathering Thyme for two events:
Thursday evening, March 29: 7 – 10pm: Farm to Pharmacy: Creating Grassroots Healthcare
Join us for an evening presentation about the innovative and revolutionary Farm to Pharmacy program. Now in its third year, this dynamic herbal training is taught by David Crow and William Siff at the Goldthread Herb Farm in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Its curriculum spans the seasons and gives students a comprehensive education that begins with the planting of seeds and culminates with a clinical internship that utilizes medicines that have been made throughout the year on farm. We will explore how a program such as Farm to Pharmacy can become the foundation for a locally based economy, ecology and grassroots healthcare system.
Sunday, April 1, 10am – 6pm: Contemplative Aromatherapy
“Contemplative Aromatherapy” is an experiential approach to studying essential oils and their effects on body and mind using a combination of classical Buddhist meditation methods and Ayurvedic medical philosophy.
There are two basic ways to use essential oils with meditation practice. The first is to use oils to enhance meditative states, and the second is to use meditation to study the oils. In this program we use both these approaches, both separately and together.
Because of the links among olfaction, the limbic system and awareness, when botanical aromatics are used consciously and deliberately to support meditation practice their effects become more powerful. Likewise, deep contemplation reveals the presence of the plant consciousness that is responsible for creating the aromatic compounds.
By studying essential oils in this contemplative way, we learn how they can transform consciousness and benefit emotional and spiritual wellbeing, enhance and deepen our awareness of the body/mind relationship, help us recognize the hidden dimensions of intelligence within the plants, and increase sensitivity to our biological unity with all beings.
Cost: Thursday evening: free; Sunday: $85
Contact: Cheryl, email@example.com; 415-524-8693
Location: 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. • San Anselmo, CA 94960