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Plants and Magic - Exploring Our Spiritual Connection to Plants co-sponsored with the Conservatory of Flowers (230-232)

Saturday, November 4, 2006 12:00pm - 5:00pm Symposium speakers 7:00pm - 9:00 pm Mark Plotkin


The Symposium begins at the Conservatory of Flowers at 12:00 pm on November 4, 2006. The Conservatory is located on John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park. Visit for more information.

At approximately 2:00 pm the symposium will move to the San Francisco Botanical Garden's County Fair Building (formerly the Hall of Flowers) located at 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way.

Mark Plotkin will be speaking at the SF Botanical Garden's County Fair Building at 7 pm.

Street parking is limited, but there is a pay lot under the Music Concourse between the de Young museum and Cal Academy.

There will be no food for sale at the symposium. We recommend visiting one of the many excellent restaurants and cafes located within easy walking distance of 9th Ave and Lincoln way. Visit for more information

This one-day symposium explores our deep connection to plants and their many uses in ritual, in discovery and as spiritual allies. Plants are not only used as food and medicine but have long played a fundamental role in the spiritual lives of people around the world as food for thought, medicine for the soul.

Join us as we learn about the sacred role of plants and the plant-based rituals of Earth’s diverse cultures. Participate in the Blessing of the Blooms that will launch the day. Learn about shamanic uses of plants, join us in the Kava Lounge for inspired conversation and move to the sounds of Brazilian drummers.

The day’s presenters include:

Luisah Teish
Author of the highly acclaimed and provocative Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals, an Oshun chief in the Yoruba Lucumi tradition. Internationally known for her performances of African, Carribbean, and African-American folklore.

Thomas Yu Wang
A local ethnobotanist whose fascinating work focuses on the intersection between human and plant cultures, and the binding of regional ecology and mythology. Native California and traditional Chinese plants will be explored.

Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains
A MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, artist Mesa-Baines will explore the work of the Curandera, or healer. Her work is rooted in the practice and consciousness of the Mexican-American community through the traditions of the home altar and the celebrations of the Day of the Dead.

Kathleen Harrison
Nationally known teacher and Director of Botanical Dimensions, a foundation devoted to preserving medicinal and spiritual plant knowledge, Harrison will expand our consciousness around essential plant knowledge that are is currently in danger of being lost.

And, a special evening presentation:

Dr. Mark Plotkin
Author of the best-selling Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice, has been working with elder shamans of Central and South America to learn about healing plants for more than 20 years. Dr. Plotkin is President of the Amazon Conservation Team, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the biological and cultural diversity of the tropical rain forest.

Join us in the Kava Lounge for refreshments, unusual plants for sale,
inspired artwork and special book bargains. Incense Experiential with Kerry Hughes.

Symposium speakers - Conservatory of Flowers
Luisah Teish 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Thomas Yu Wang 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Symposium speakers - San Francisco Botanical Garden
Amalia Mesa-Bains 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Break 3:30 - 4:00 pm
Kathleen Harrison 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Kava Lounge 5:00pm – 7:00 pm
Mark Plotkin Presentation - 7:00pm - 9:00 pm

A portion of all proceeds will benefit the SFBGS and the Conservatory’s Education Programs and the Amazon Conservation Team.

· All day pass

SFBGS and SF Parks Trust members $80
Non-members $95

· Mark Plotkin’s evening presentation only

SFBGS and SF Parks Trust members $20
Non-members $25

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Notes Saturday, November 4, 2006 12:00pm - 5:00pm Symposium speakers 7:00pm - 9:00 pm Mark Plotkin  
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