On Friday, Nov. 10, 6-8pm, at the Glaser Theater on Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa, CA. Please join us to hear Dr. Greg Sarris —professor, writer, Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria— reads from his newest book, which is dedicated to knowledge of place. This very place, Sonoma County, Northern California, is home to Botanical Dimensions and so many fine people. Indigenous people have been here for many millennia. Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo people explain the origins of features of our region with their rich stories. In this book, Sarris draws from those creation tales. BD is please to be one of the sponsors of this event. It’s free to all, no charge. Please join us to add to your appreciation of this beautiful land that has just come through massive wildfires. The land and its beings (all species) have been here for a long time, resilient. It calls upon all of us to help renew after fires, and to listen to its stories.


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Cannabis spirit_BD event Flyer

Saturday, April 15, from 3-6PM. At the Occidental Center for the Arts, adjacent to BD’s Ethnobotany Library. Tickets available at the door, or now at http://cannabis-spirit.brownpapertickets.com

Cannabis and Spirituality – An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Allyis a thought-provoking new book. Editor Stephen Gray (Returning to Sacred World) and ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison will read from their chapters in the book, and talk about spiritual, ritual or meditative relationships to this profoundly influential plant. Martin A. Lee (author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Cannabis, and Acid Dreams) will speak as well. The authors will hold an onstage discussion with each other and audience, exploring questions about the breadth of spirituality, the many ways it may be experienced in regard to cannabis, and the many-faceted role of cannabis in these times.

Reserve your spot by purchasing your ticket online here.

Before the talks or during intermission, visit Botanical Dimensions’ adjacent Ethnobotany Library, which is filled with books about plants, cultural beliefs, herbal medicine, mushrooms, mythology and much more. Kathleen Harrison and others teach a variety of ethnobotany classes there. To receive email notice of coming classes, events, and news of BD’s exciting projects, please sign up on the email list on this page.


Ethnobotany Festival Schedule

by Botanical Dimensions on 09/21/2016

We have finalised the schedule for the Ethnobotany Festival and Symposium (below). Presentations will be held in both the Auditorium and the Classroom so scroll down to see the all the options. Be sure to come early for better parking and especially not to miss any of the great talks and hands-on learning. Besides the events listed below we have a dozen displays with all-day teachings about dyes, mushrooms, salves, Native Californian foods, distilling, and more. See you 10am -6pm, September 24, 2016.

Auditorium Presentations

10:15am-10:30am Welcome & Introduction – Kathleen Harrison

10:30am- 11:30am Seed-Eaters All: Wild Seed Foods of California – Judith Larner

11:45am- 12:45am Tending the Wild: Meet the Elders – Kat Anderson

1:00pm-2:00pm String: A Stitch in Time -Saskia Wolsak

2:00pm-2:30pm Wooden Flutes of the 17th & 18th Century: History & Music – Kathleen Kraft

2:45pm-3:45pm Sandalwood, Ginseng & Seals: At-Risk Species in California Trade History – Susan Leopold

4:00pm- 5:00pmSpiritual Ethnobotany: Rituals, Visions and Origin Tales – Kathleen Harrison

5:00pm Auction results announced


Classroom Presentations

10:30am-11:15am Re-Imagining the World of Weeds – Michelle Vesser

11:30am- 12:30pmWisdom of the Oak: With an Acorn Food Demonstration – Jolie Elan

12:45pm- 1:45pmSumptuous and Sustainable Seaweed – Autumn Summers

2:00pm-3:00pm Growing and Using Natural Dyes- Deepa Natarajan

3:15pm-4:15pm Aroma & Amazonian Shamanism – John Steele

4:30pm- 5:30Reclaiming Cannabis: History and Methods of Ingesting this Beneficial Herb – Mitcho Thompson


Outdoor Experiences

11:00am-12:00pm Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk – Autumn Summers

1:00pm-2:00pm California Bay Laurel Plant Spirit Journey – Jolie Elan

12:45pm-1:45pm  Gyil: West African Marimba- Songs & Stories James Ichitey & Kimberley de

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Children’s Activities (in the Amphitheater)

11:00am Making Seed Bombs – Finn McKenna

1:00pm Drop-spindle: Spin Yarn Using Potatoes – Sue McMurty

3:00pm Pounding Flowers – Finn McKenna & Klea McKenna

Successful benefit event for BD & Green Earth Foundation – Thank you all!

We are delighted that we had a great turnout and good questions at our benefit event to support both Botanical Dimensions & the Green Earth Foundation~ The Renewal of Nature Awareness & Psychedelics, an onstage conversation between old friends Ralph Metzner and Kathleen Harrison. June 17, 7-9pm. At the Occidental Center for the Arts, in [...]

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Special event June 17: The Renewal of Nature Awareness & Psychedelics, with Kathleen Harrison & Ralph Metzner

Special event on June 17, at the Occidental Center for the Arts! A BENEFIT for Botanical Dimensions and the Green Earth Foundation. Old friends and experts in these fields—psychedelics, awareness and nature—will explore this rich field in an onstage conversation. Come early to the charming village of Occidental, for food and fun at the Friday [...]

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The Renewal of Nature Awareness & Psychedelics- A conversation with Ralph Metzner & Kathleen Harrison. June 17, 2016, 7-9pm

Botanical Dimensions is producing its first event in the Performing Arts Center at Occidental Center for the Arts. Please join us, if you are in Northern California, for this special evening: A conversation between two old friends. Kat has long been friends with the renowned psychedelic researcher, author and wise teacher, Dr. Ralph Metzner. They [...]

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