Permaculture for Herbalists

We are nature, learning.

Permaculture and herbalism have a lot in common: they both utilize a holistic perspective to identify patterns in systems and their interconnections with other systems. Both can have an impact on ecosystems of all types – the ecosystems of gardens, farms, forests, and parking lots; the social ecosystems of people, relationships, communities, and corporations; and the ecosystems of the human body/mind/spirit (nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, value systems, belief systems, paradigms, etc).

feral lot in Dorchester

Is this feral lot a “wasted space”, or a local ecosystem seeking its own balance?

Permaculture is an integrated, holistic design system which seeks to meet human needs while increasing ecosystem health. The practice of permaculture design looks beyond designing “sustainable” systems towards designing regenerative/restorative systems. Rather than fighting nature, as conventional farming often does, permaculture recognizes that as we are part of nature, we play a role in the ecosystems we design (both intentionally and unintentionally). We can learn to design healthier ecosystems intentionally – we can co-create healthier systems by observing and understanding the natural patterns and interconnections of the ecosystems of which we are a part.

This holistic perspective on designing healthy ecosystems has much in common with the ways that herbalists work with plant based medicines. In the vitalist tradition, herbalists seek to reestablish balance and function to the body by supporting its natural processes. This is a restorative model of health, rather than a model that seeks to disrupt or overpower those innate functions, as in conventional allopathic or “heroic” healthcare.

Join us as we investigate the shared landscapes (both inner and outer) of herbalism and permaculture. We’ll walk through an introduction to permaculture and observe where/how it intersects with herbalism. Whether you have experience with one of these arts, the other, or neither, the bountiful opportunities for cross-pollination between them are sure to get you buzzing! We are nature, healing!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
7:00 – 9:00pm
25 St. Mary’s Court, Brookline

The fee for this class is $25.

Register for class by filling out our contact form, emailing us at, or calling 617-750-5274.

This class took place in the past. Interested in a re-run? Let us know!


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