- May 4, 2018
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Field ethnobotany is the observation of the human-plant relationship in places where it is visible and may be experienced or documented. Ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison's decades of fieldwork, with a special focus on psychoactive substances, has given her extensive and fascinating knowledge on indigenous history, contemporary culture, and consciousness.
Join naturopathic doctor and CIIS professor Natalie Metz for a conversation with Kathleen on entheogens and the rich and complex relationship between plants, mushrooms, and human beings.
Kathleen Harrison, MA, is an independent scholar and teacher of ethnobotany. She focuses particularly on the way that various native cultures perceive nature, and how they exhibit that in story, ritual and healing. Psychedelic plant and mushroom rituals are part of that relationship to nature.
Since the 1970s, she has done recurrent fieldwork in Mesoamerica, the Amazon Basin, the West Coast subcultures, and Pacific islands, and is a published author and photographer. She is the president of Botanical Dimensions, a non-profit organization, which she founded with her former husband, Terence McKenna, in 1985. Through BD, she has studied medicinal and shamanic species and practices, and the lore that helps us understand them. She founded BD's active Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, Sonoma County, CA, where she currently teaches daylong workshops in a variety of topics.
She has taught field courses in South America and Hawaii for various universities, and often gives international presentations. She helps her students understand the nature-based worldviews of traditional cultures, how to see and identify plants, how to use plants and fungi in healing and ritual, their role in the human story, and our species' ancient role as stewards of nature.
Natalie Metz is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Herbalist, and Core Faculty member in the Integrative Health Studies department at CIIS. She is a graduate of the Certificate for Psychedelic Therapy and Research program, and looks forward to the rescheduling of psychedelic medicines such that more people in need can have access to these healing tools. She has a private practice in Oakland where she focuses on digestive and hormonal wellness with the support of plant medicine, homeopathy, and diet and lifestyle interventions. She is a lifelong student of dance, a lover of art, travel, all things purple, and enjoys sharing her passion for life with the world. Click here for more about Dr. Metz.