Aroma, Psyche, & Body: Harnessing the Power of Aromatic Plants in Support of Emotional and Physical Wellbeing
June 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm$50
A hands-on workshop for exploring the role of aromas from plants as useful tools for supporting our wellness journeys. We will take a brief tour of olfactory perception and its influence on emotions and the psyche through both narrative presentation and hands-on experiential and sensorial interactions with aromas distilled from plants grown and harvested by Erika. There will also be a discussion on how emotions can impact our physical bodies and how myth, metaphor, and story can be called upon by aroma in support of navigating difficult emotional terrain. Erika will also cover ways in which aroma from plants can be incorporated into daily acts of self-empathy. Themes surrounding essential oil safety and sustainability will be woven throughout the workshop, highlighting North American herb farmers and distillers as local sources for aromatic products. Participants will also have the opportunity to blend their own botanical perfume to take home.
About Erika Galentin: Erika is a Clinical Herbalist, aromatherapist, distiller, grower, and medicine-maker, consulting from Sovereignty Herbs in Athens & Columbus, OH. She holds a degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK and Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow, UK. She is a professional member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) and the American Herbalists Guild (USA). Over a decade of clinical practice has provided a platform for witnessing the efficacy of medicinal plants and aromatics within a clinical environment. It is through this clinical practice that Erika seeks to encourage positive, learned relationships between plants and people and people and their bodies. She is a firm believer in celebrating the role that emotions and the psyche play in the ecology of our physical terrain. In addition to clinical practice, Erika is both a student and teacher of horticulture, native medicinal plant conservation and ecology, and the phenomenological and Goethean study of plants and their medicinal virtues. Erika participates as a member of the Education Committee of the American Herbalists Guild as well as the Stewardship Committee of Appalachia Ohio Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of land and water in Southeast Ohio. Follow @themedicinegardener, @sovereigntyherbs