Our challenge grant needs rain now! Donations = Rain. Please give!Old Douglas Firs, Camp Meeker
Like the forests and meadows, at Botanical Dimensions we appreciate the rain and snow that California is finally receiving, after years of drought. Our oak and chapparal-covered hills are reveling in moist green. We know the fungi are having a blast, awakening underground and sprouting on the surface.
At BD, we so appreciate the nourishing donations that you folks donate to keep ethnobotany studies alive. Many have given to our matcing fund and we THANK YOU. We still need to raise $2800 in the next four days, by the end of Dec. 31, in order to receive the matching grant of $4800. Please donate if you can, and share this request. (And look outside at what grows when it is nourished.)


by Botanical Dimensions on 12/26/2015

Generous donors have given $4800 that we must match in the next few days, by 12/31/15. Please make a year’s-end tax-deductible donation to support our projects, studies, classes and the new Ethnobotany Library. Become a member for merely $35/year, or give as generously as you can at any amount. Click the DONATE button here, or go to bit.ly/1mGtv9H  directly.

Be sure to sign up for BD’s mailing list. Thank you for giving and thank you for sharing this urgent request ~ We are grateful for your interest and support.


by Botanical Dimensions on 12/10/2015

The new library of Botanical Dimensions holds a treasure trove of books, periodicals and articles on all aspects of wide-ranging ethnobotany: Certainly lots on plants (botany) and fungi (mycology), but also ecology, indigenous knowledge systems, biodiversity, natural philosophy, mythology, anthropology, herbal medicine, botanical illustration, and much more. We have a featured section on visionary plant species and psychedelic mushrooms.  We have fine books on local plants of Northern California and their uses. It’s exciting just to be in the lovely space with so much thought on these topics.

It’s a thrill to remember how much we still love good books and handed-down knowledge.

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The Botanical Dimensions Ethnobotany Library is part of our non-profit dedication to educating our culture. We believe that a deeply rooted knowledge of nature, and humanity’s traditional relationships to nature, is what enable humans to care for our environment and ourselves. We don’t lend books, but you are welcome to explore the collection and sit to read or study. There are fine walks and good cafes nearby.

Please come visit and become a supporting member, for a donation of $35/year. You will find us in the charming, tiny town of Occidental, nestled in the renowned beauty of West Sonoma County, in Northern California. Email info@botanicaldimensions.org in advance if you wish to check on hours during this initial phase, or call 707-874-1531. In December, 2015, we are open 11am-4pm on Tues. and Thurs. (except holidays). Check here or on BD’s Facebook page for open hours in January and February. Beginning March 3, 2016, Kat will be back from fieldwork and the library will establish more regular days and hours.

The BD Ethnobotany Library is at the Center for the Arts ~
3830 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA 95465

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Ethnobotany Library Opening Event Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Occidental

At Botanical Dimensions, we are excited to announce the public opening of our unique Ethnobotany Library here in West Sonoma County. Our collection begins with one thousand books and journals from the collection of ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison and several other generous donors. Please come celebrate our opening day, peruse the wonderful range of books, and [...]

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New class series begins Aug. 9, 2015 – Global Ethnobotany with a Local Focus – with Kathleen Harrison

This 4-part series will be held August-November, 2015, in Occidental, CA, on the 2nd Sunday of each month: Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11 & Nov. 8. Cost for the full series is $310. (Limited to 25 participants.) Kat has taught this popular series several times. Kat’s topics include all these, plus ample speculation and discussion. Global [...]

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Big Botanical Beings in Modern Culture: A speculative workshop on the Roles of Magic Mushrooms, Peyote and Ayahuasca

Saturday, August 1, 2015 ~ 10am-4:30pm ~ Are you interested in plants, fungi, human culture, psychedelics, & big questions? ~ What if these species have their own ideas about what they are doing here among us, in these times? ~ Join ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison, as she shares her observations, images & stories — from an [...]

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