Naturalist, herbalist, artist Bradley to teach at ICC Polk campus

Published 3:20 pm Thursday, April 29, 2010

Naturalist June Ellen Bradley will begin teaching classes in botanical drawing, wildflower/discovery walks, setting intentions, making medicine from plants 101 and tree teachings at Isothermal Community College Polk Campus in May.

Botanical Drawing: Youll learn not only how to draw the physical aspects of the plants you choose, but youll also go deeper in your perceptions and understanding of plant energies and healing properties. All skill levels are welcome in this class. Mondays and Fridays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. starting May 3.

Wildflower/Discovery Walks: We have a unique ecosystem here in the Appalachian Mountains and it is full of interesting plants that served as medicine, food and many other uses. Come explore the richness of our landscape and appreciate our natural museum. Wednesdays, 3 to 5 p.m. starting May 12.

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Setting Intentions: Intention, focus and action combine to create powerful change in our world. Why not make your morning routine, bath, dinner party or gathering into a ceremony? For thousands of years we have kept ceremony and ritual as part of the human experience. Lets make up a ceremony together to bring about the change we want to be in our world. Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m. starting May 3.

Making Medicine from Plants 101: Simple herbal remedies can be the key to vitality and nurturing. From simple salves, tea, oils and vinegars to herbal elixirs, enrich your life with the energies of healing from your kitchen. Mondays and Friday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. starting May 3.

Tree Teachings: This class will encompass tree identification, survival lore and medicinal information combined with experiential learning exercises. Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting May 6.

June Ellen Bradley earned her degree in Biology and Government from Wheaton College. She studied for 10 years under Tom Brown, Jr. learning the Art of Tracking, Native American skills and philosophy and apprenticed with Rosemary Gladstar, a leading herbalist in the U.S.

Traveling to Ecuador to study plants, June Ellen worked with shamen and participated in healing ceremonies. A teacher at the Southeast Womens Herbal Conference and past teacher at the International Herb Symposium, she is a member of the American Herbalist Guild and United Plant Savers. June Ellen works to conserve native plants and has dedicated her life and art to the preservation of our planet.

Call 828-894-3092 for more information or to register for any of these or other upcoming classes.