Who: You! And me! And our families and friends!

Where: The Lodge at Cacapon State Park. Enter through the main doors and turn right. Go past the gift shop and find us sitting in the cozy chair area.

When: Tuesday, April 16 , 4-6pm
And then every 3rd Tuesday until September!
Which is to say: 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20 and 9/17!

Books: food for thought.

There’s nothing new under the sun. It’s all been said.
But when it’s about PLANTS and the MAGIC HEALING POWERS they have, WHO WANTS NEW ANYWAY?!?!
Join us as we explore many facets of herbalism, from energetics to growing herbs to nourishing wholeness.
Our first meeting will center around Energetics/Elemental theory.

What are we reading for the April meeting?

Every month will have a different theme. For April we are reading:

Any text exploring energetics and herbs!

Many traditions, including those of people indigenous to Appalachia as well as the European Eclectics, Himalayan Ayruveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (just to name a few), recognize essential, elemental properties in herbs, foods, actions and emotions. This may sound strange, but many of us can agree that Cinnamon,Garlic, whiskey, sunshine, dancing and anger are all heating. In the vocabulary of energetics, they all contain elemental fire. This is obviously a huge topic, and we will barely get to scratch the surface, but over the next few months we will be able to return to the idea of energetics again and again, deepening our understanding each time.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Energetic Herbalism: A Guide to Sacred Plant Traditions Integrating Elements of Vitalism, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine, by Kat Maier, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2021
  • Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide, by Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, 1985
  • Have lots of time to read? Try The Web that has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted Kaptchuk, McGraw Hill, 1983

Have no time to read? You can watch Kat Maier talk with Rosemary Gladstar on Youtube about this very topic!
Careful, it’s 1.5 hours long!
Or email Iris for more suggestions or ideas!
No time to read? No problem! We welcome your curiosity, insights and lived experience!
Need to bring your children? No problem! As long as they’re able to sit (or squirm, or fidget) quietly, they’re more than welcome. We will bring coloring/drawing supplies
Need to bring your Dad? No problem! We welcome participants of all ages, whether you can drive yourself here or not!
No time to eat before you come? No problem! Head straight down to the Prospects Restaurant and grab a bite and/or a drink to bring up and enjoy while we chat!
Iris Kirsch is a local herbalist and herb grower who is as passionate about reading and gathering people
together as she is about plant magic! Along with her loving family, she grows healing plants and
crafts them into fun, nourishing potions right outside of Cacapon State Park at
Warm Springs Herbal, 9696 Valley Rd.
Our Roadside Apothecary will reopen in May, with a variety of events and experiences!
You can join the Apothecary CSA now and get 8 months of fresh, seasonal potions!
Have questions? Call Iris at 3049695699 or email Iris@insideoutwholeness.net

Books: food for thought.