David Crow will offer two events during the week-long festival:
Friday evening, 7 – 10pm: Spiritual Beliefs and Practices in Indigenous Agriculture
Sat & Sun, 9am – 6pm: The Feast of Nectars: Nourishing the body and spirit with sweet foods, herbs, and fragrances.
The Complete Schedule of Events Calendar of Events
Saturday March 12th Opening Festival Concert: The Rhythms of Spring Planting 7:30pm Keith Johnson, Vusi Shibambo and the Arizona Dunan Ensemble join together to feature solo, duo and ensemble playing by some of the finest drummers in Arizona to kick-off the 3rd Annual Spring Planting Festival and a week of activities, workshops, speakers and concerts throughout the Verde Valley and Sedona. Richard Sidy, President of Gardens for Humanity, will introduce the event. Old Town Center for the Arts, 5th and Main, Cottonwood Cost: $12 adv/$15 door/$18 priority
Sunday March 13th Spring Planting Festival Keynote Speakers 7pm FROM LAND TO MOUTH w/ Gary Nabhan and Toby Hemenway Connecting People to Place, Taste and Story Gardens for Humanity proudly presents two of the world’s leading visionaries of the slow-food and agricultural renaissance movements. Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD, is an internationally celebrated nature writer and educator, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called, “the father of the local food movement” by Mother Earth News. Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which for the last seven years has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world. They will present their latest thoughts on the state of our food supply, climate change and progress in new regenerative farming strategies, as well as approaches currently missing in our efforts to meet these challenges. St John Vianney Church, 180 Soldiers Pass, Sedona Cost: $20 in advance, $15 seniors/students, $25 at the door.
Monday March 14th Traditional Navajo Agricultural Practices 12-2pm “People don’t sing to their crops…… as much as they used to. But there were reasons for doing all of these things and…this knowledge is still worth knowing today.” This presentation by Don Piper is part of the Navajo Nation Traditional Agricultural Outreach Programs, a non-profit program seeking to assist clientele and families living within the southwest Navajo Nation area to return to traditional means of living. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Cost: $10
Foraging for Wild Food 2-4pm Join ethno botanists Patty West and Susie Smith for a field trip to learn the edible and not-so-edible plants in your local food-shed. We will touch, sniff, and taste our way through the botanical world along Oak Creek in the Chavez Pass area and learn practical tools to identify what we see. Location: Carpool from 7 Centers Parking Lot Cost: $10 *Limited to 20 people*
WWOOFing Around the World 7pm Organize a true cultural experience on a poet’s dollar through WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms… living, learning, sharing organic lifestyles). Christopher Lane will share photos and family stories from his experience in hopes to inspire more families and individuals to WWOOF the world. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Cost: $10
Tuesday March 15th The Art of Herbal Preparations w/ Feather Jones 9-11am Learn how easy it is to make delicious tasting herbal remedies that even your kids will love including medicinal teas of local plants, and tinctures of Yerba Mansa and Echinacea that will transform into sweet cordials. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Cost: $15, includes sampling. *Limited to 20 people*
Southwest Plant Walk w/ Phyllis Hogan 2-4pm Spend the afternoon identifying traditional southwest medicine on the trails with herbalist Phyllis Hogan and learn scientific, Hopi, and Navajo names for plants and their medicinal uses. Sedona Creative Life, 333 Schnebley Hill Road, Karmapa Garden *Limited to 20 people* Cost: $10
Our Sacred Garden 7pm Poets, Authors and musicians inspired by the theme “Our Sacred Garden: The Living Earth” will enchant the audience with diverse voices. Founder and former president of Gardens for Humanity, Adele Seronde, keynotes this special event. Poets: Christopher Lane, Adele Seronde, Julie Zimmerman, Gary Everly, Carol Goldsmith Harpist: Ani Williams Old Town Center for the Arts, 5th and Main, Cottonwood Cost: $10 adv/ $15 door/ $18 priority
Wednesday March 16th Vajrayogini Yoga w/ Ruth Hartung 9-10:30am From the lineage of Tibetan yoga, this practice brings the Earth energy into the body through flowing movements reminiscent of Tai Chi. Learn movements such as Breathing Hands, Spreading the Wings of the Dragon, and Opening the Lotus of the Heart to open up the energy channels in the body. For those of any level of yogic experience, from beginner to advanced. Donation. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona
Cooking with Local Food w/ Mira Murphy 10:30am Create a meal based on the food local food available and how to utilize harvest from your garden (grinding flour, using fresh herbs) in delicious ways. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Cost: $15 includes lunch *Limited to 18 people*
Reflections in Nature: Making Flower Essences w/ Rhonda PallasDowney 1:45-4pm Visit the natural habitat of native plants such as Yucca, Chaparral, Strawberry Hedgehog, & Prickly Pear and learn about the plant’s doctrine of signatures and medicine and the use of flower essences within homeopathy, herbalism, and the Human Energy System known as the Chakras. Location: Meet at Bill Gray Road outside Cottonwood Cost: $10 *Limited to 20 people*
3rd Annual Public Forum: “Planting Seeds for the Future – Gardens for Heart, Mind, and Body” Topic: Developing school gardens as part of integrated education 7pm Join us for a dynamic roundtable discussion with a diverse group of panelists from school administrators to students, teachers, parents and garden advisors will share what they have experienced, what motivates them and what impacts they have observed on students, their learning, and upon the school community. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona
Thursday March 17th Food Security Expo sponsored by Verde Valley Food Council 9-5pm Meet representatives from local food banks, restaurants, farmers and other facets of agricultural production, Master Gardeners, school and hospital nutrition program representatives, people interested in and experienced with community gardens and more… to learn more about the current state of our local food system and explore with us the possibilities for increasing the production and local distribution of healthy, fresh foods grown here in the Verde Valley…or even in your own backyard! St John Vianney, 180 Soldiers Pass, Sedona Free admission
5 Elements Yoga w/ Aromatherapy 9-10:30am This class is a playful series of yoga postures, visualization and music reflecting the 5 elements with meditations using essential oils w/ Ruth Hartung. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona $10 Donation.
Gardening with the Devas w/ Michele Fitzgerald 2-4pm Learning to work with devas and other intelligences within the Nature Kingdom can help you vitalize your gardens, maximize crop yield, dissuade pests from consuming your plants and more. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Cost: $10
St. Patrick and What It Really Means to be Green! w/ Bill McDorman 7pm What can we learn from St. Patrick in relation to our current efforts at bioregionalism, self-reliance and even gardening? Bill McDorman will recount the Thomas Cahill story of How the Irish Saved Civilization and use St. Patrick as an example to inspire us as we move forward into the 21st century. Musicians William Eaton and Connie Fisher add ancient lyre and Gaelic Celtic tunes. Old Town Center for the Arts Cost: $10 adv/ $15 door/$18 priority
Friday March 18th The Art of Distilling Essential Oils with Max & Clare Licher 9-11 am, 2-4 pm This day gives an experiential connection from gathering the plant to extracting the oil with an opportunity to experience 23 other native botanicals oils that Max & Clare have already distilled for PhiBee Aromatics. Licher Art studio Cost: $15 *Limited to 20 people*
All about Monarch Butterflies w/ Audrey Stephens 12-1pm Join the butterfly lady for a fun and fact-filled hour learning about the monarch lifecycle, migration and butterfly behavior patterns and go home with seeds to start your own butterfly garden. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Cost: $10
Spiritual Beliefs and Practices in Indigenous Agriculture w/ David Crow 7pm From the Chinese fertility rites practiced in the cult of Shen Nung to the Vedic fire ceremonies for abundant crops, ceremony, magic and festivities have woven the cycles of life, seasons and plant growth have been the basis of agriculture since humanity first began planting seeds. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona $10 donation at door.
Saturday March 19th 32nd Annual Native Plant Workshop is “GOING NATIVE” Sponsored by Keep Sedona Beautiful, this day features two keynote speakers: Bill McDorman of Seeds Trust on “The Reasonable Landscape” and Jeff Schalau from the Arizona Cooperative Extension on “The Agriculture/Environment Connection: Producing Safe Food and Clean Water While Conserving Local Ecosystems” plus 8 other workshops. Registration begins at 7:45am with the workshop going from 8:30am until 3:00pm. Location: West Sedona Elementary School, 570 Posse Ground Road Advanced tickets are $20 for KSB members; $30 for General Public; tickets at door an additional $10.
The Feast of Nectars w/ David Crow Sat/Sun 9-6pm Join us for a weekend of tasting, smelling and studying the essences of sweetness that rejuvenate the body, strengthen vitality and uplift the heart. Milk, honeys, and cacao; tropical fruits, ancient grains and edible flowers; oils of roses, jasmines and plumeria; elixirs and syrups of tonifying herbs: these are a few of the subjects that we will study using the concepts of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines and explore using sensory enjoyment and contemplation. 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, Sedona Offered on a donation basis by Floracopeia and 7 Centers.
Gifts from the Garden at Willow Brook Farm 1-4pm Join Denise Gould and Suzanne Gosar for an outdoor garden workshop focusing on children and families gardening together -learn about soil, seeds and composting in an atmosphere that cultivates respect for Mother Earth. $10 per family. Limited to 10 families. 2775 Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde
“FRESH “-The Movie sponsored by Verde Valley CSA & Sandysproduce.com Fresh features sustainable farmer Joel Saladin, writer Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s dilemma and award winning farmer urban farmer Will Allen telling stories of real people with personal initiative and concrete ways to engage in the local food movement. Sedona Public Library Cost: $4
Food, Feasts & Gardens! Celebrate St. Joseph’s Day 10am – 3 pm St. Joseph Day is often celebrated with the giving and celebration of food. The feast is meatless since it falls during Lent. Participate in gardening, cooking class, blessings, and a feast. Learn about square foot gardening and soil preparation in the St. John Vianney Community Vegetable Garden, and watch the film Food, Inc. Enjoy music in the garden area. Pierogi available for sale. St John Vianney Church, 180 Soldiers Pass Road, Sedona Free Admission
The Backyard Gardeners Expo 2-6pm The final day of the Spring Planting Festival is hosted by the Verde Thumbs Garden Club is a series of lectures to answer real life garden questions for successful backyard gardening including: composting, vermiculture, seasonal planting, wildlife and gardens, bugs and problem solving, irrigation management, low water crops, rain water harvesting and the opportunity to purchase seeds, soil amendments and more at local booths. Old Town Center for the Arts at 5th Street and Main in Cottonwood