Botanical Illustration- March 3 & 4

by Botanical Dimensions on 02/13/2018

Student work in Donna Torres art class at BD_May 2017

Botanical Illustration: The Art of Seeing, Drawing and Painting Plants- Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, 10am-4pm

An expansion on our 2017 Botanical Illustration class. Join us for one or both of these classes, taught by returning guest artist, Donna Torres, and artist-in-residence, Kathleen Harrison. The first class will teach how to really see and draw plants, and the second class will follow up with teaching you how to create a beautiful watercolor portrait of your plant.

For more information or to register, go to This class is small, so sign up today! We have only a limited number of seats for those who will not attend both days of the workshop.

For questions, email info (a) More classes to be announced soon.

Donna Torres_Brugmansia sanguinea


mushroom illustration- Kathleen harrison

What is coming in 2018 ~

by Botanical Dimensions on 11/21/2017

We have some great learning opportunities coming up in 2018. Kathleen Harrison and guest teachers will offer all-day and half-day classes on a variety of topics, beginning in March.

  • 4-part Global Ethnobotany with a Local Focus, taught by Kathleen Harrison over 4 months, with nature walks.
  • The Art of Seeing, Drawing & Painting Plants: a weekend with artist Donna Torres and Kathleen Harrison
  • Who is Tobacco? An all-day workshop that examines a variety of spiritual and protective uses of this complex plant teacher. With seeds and samples for cultivating your own healthy ally. (This plant is not all shadow.)
  • Plants and Cultures of the Motherpeace Tarot, taught by this classic deck’s co-creator and artist, Karen Vogel.
  • Sweeping the Mountain of Nerves – Universal techniques in cleansing, grounding and protecting yourself or others, with Kathleen.

We’d like to see the Ethnobotany Festival & Symposium happen again next harvest season, but we are seeking a donor to underwrite the event budget. The first festival, in 2016, was spectacular, so be sure to not miss the next one, whenever that may be. All ages welcome.   Come visit the festival, our library, and the beautiful redwood forests of West Sonoma County. Then swing by the spectacular Sonoma Coast, while you’re so near it. We will let you all know when we have gathered enough resources to then host the expert teachers who will represent the many facets of ethnobotany. If you can  help now, please donate! Thank you.

Native plants provide food and basket material, in the skilled hands of native people.



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.


Sonoma Mountain, State Parks image Sonoma Mountain, State Parks image

We are sponsoring a special book-related event on April 15: Cannabis & Spirituality

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 Cannabis and Spirituality – An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally – is a thought-provoking new book. Editor Stephen Gray (Returning to Sacred World) and ethnobotanist Kathleen [...]

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Ethnobotany Festival Schedule

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 [...]

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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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