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After the pumpkin droops, Walthamstow

October 31, 2014
Urban Witch Hex

Massive thank you to Hayley Johns — yoga teacher, original Urban Witch crew and guest blogger this week. She rocks. Nuff said.

The lovely Katie kindly asked me to write her Samhain blog post as a guest, she knows I love this time of year. Definitely, one of my favourite holidays. Now, I do love to party, especially when there is a bonfire involved, but I thought I might talk about what happens after the pumpkin starts to droop!

Unlike some, I actually get excited by the prospect of the darker nights that come, following the 31st October. I do not begrudge the Winter, for I see it for what it is, rather than an endurance race back to the glory of high Summer, hunkering down and battling on, with my coat pulled up and my hat pulled down. I instead look at it as a time of deep nurture and protection. I look forward to coming back indoors, being able to light the fires and set my home aglow with candles. Eating slow food, sleeping more and fattening up. It is a time, or almost non-time, where we get to stop.

From the 31st up to the 21st December, everything gets to sink back; me in to the couch with a blanket, some animals in to hibernation and the vegetation in the earth.

Sleep Dalai Lama

Ok, I am fully aware, I can’t stay holed up on the couch until Spring. Yes, we gotta work, we gotta care, we gotta feed. But having an awareness (that all important word) of the shifting rhythms of the year is a deeply empowering thing, even when we are living in cities. Looking at the world through the lens of sustainability even when looking at ourselves.

Whatever we take, we have to put back in. Whether, it’s our expended energy of Summer or nutrients from the earth. This ability to move to a more closed loop system, whether that is the way we feed ourselves, treat ourselves and our community.

I have a yoga class on my schedule that operates a little differently from the rest, something that was all the rage a little while ago, a Donation class. We’ve been running it about six years now and the idea is that people pay what they can. The many nourish the few that can’t pay, the busy times sustain me financially and the cost of the space we rent when times are leaner. There is space in that class where my students share, retreat, replenish their own energetic bank account and expend them when the time is right. It is to date, my most popular and my most SUSTAINABLE endeavour. It’s scary putting it out there like that. I know. But, it’s like it has it’s own energetic flow, just like that loop, the wheel of the year, just like us.

So this time, this non-time, from here until 21st December, when our light returns, let the dark nights spark your imagination, in this rest time, focus on what you might need to replenish. Physically, emotionally and energetically.  Where in your life might you need to aerate your soil and fertilise! Or even plant some new seeds, that you can sustain through the frost and let bloom come Summer.

Hayley Yoga
Hayley’s donation class is every Monday at 7pm, URC Church Hall, Walthamstow, London.
For details and more classes see hayleyyoga.com

Featured, Plant Medicine

Going back to our roots, Dorchester

October 27, 2014
Fiona Heckels

Fiona Heckels is a traditional herbalist and one half of wild and wicked witchy duo, Sensory Solutions. She started working with medicinal plants at Neal’s Yard in her teens and, being blown away by their power to heal, went on to study a BSc in Herbal Medicine. She’s also trained in reflexology and aromatherapy massage, is currently studing yoga nidra, and combines aspects of these healing arts with plant medicine with her patients. Two weeks of being a midwife’s assistant in the US, learning from Ina May Gaskin, not only prepared her for the birth of her bestfriend’s daughter, but inspired her into further studies and a particular interest in using herbs to help pre and post natal women, and children.

Fi and her partner in crime, Karen Lawton, have been my teachers and inspiration on many levels for over two years, and are largely responsible for my chaotic cupboards crammed with jars, tinctures and drying herbs. Together they run workshops around the UK, as well as year-long apprenticeships, reconnecting people with their native medicinal plants, sharing remedies for common conditions and providing informative, professional guidance for more complex health issues.

As the days get darker and we approach the festival of Samhain — or Halloween — we got chatting about pumpkins, Day of the Dead and adventures in digging.

What does this time of year mean to you?
The trees have almost finished shedding their leaves and the wild weather and storms are hitting the coast of Dorset. It’s a poignant time in the farming calendar as the last harvest has been collected, except maybe berries like sloes, and also chestnuts and roots. That palpable energy of growth is dropping away. Creative energy is returning to the earth.

This is a special time of year for me as we’re approaching my favourite festival, Samhain — or Halloween — which I love not just because it’s my birthday but ‘cos it’s such a blatant Pagan festival that almost everyone celebrates in some way! Whether carving pumpkins, dressing up or doing more intentional ritual, it’s a recognition of the changing seasons, a celebration of death and psychic abilities. I think it reflects our desire to touch the dark side – we need the dark as well as the light, to face our fears and the fear of death.

In our culture we’re encouraged not to think about death and to move on from grief quickly. In the UK if you’re experiencing depression mourning the loss of a loved one, after two months it can be classified as a mental condition and medicated with anxiolytics. In the United States it’s two weeks. There’s pressure to ‘get on with it’ rather than to feel grief to its full extent.

The Day of the Dead in Mexico is another example of a pre-Christian festival celebrated by the masses. They have huge parties in graveyards and remember the dead through storytelling and music. As with Samhain, it’s a celebration to honour those who came before us, our ancestors and people we knew in our life. A time we can fully acknowledge death and the dead.

DAY OF THE DEAD. Image courtesy of Andrew Rollings

DAY OF THE DEAD. Image courtesy of Andrew Rollings

What potions are brewing in your kitchen now?
I’m currently making a Horseradish root infused oil, an awesome native circulatory plant. We use it in our Ache Ease balm with Comfrey and Heather. It’s an extremely fiery plant, so I wear goggles chopping it up – the mustard oils that are released can be painful even breathing them in! I chopped the root into small pieces and placed them in a paper bag in the airing cupboard for 2 – 3 days to remove some of the moisture. After that I put them in a glass jar, covered with almond oil, put the lid on loosely and placed in a sunny spot. Two weeks later the oil has gone slightly cloudy, so it’s ready to strain. You can read more about making Horseradish oil here.

If you find Horseradish growing wild, you’ll usually find it in abundance, as you will Comfrey and Heather. That’s why we use them in our Ache Ease balm, for muscle and joint pain, and teach students on our apprenticeship how to make it too.

So you harvest more roots at this time?
Yes it’s a root-tastic time! Dandelion, Burdock, Elecampane, Marshamallow, Valerian and Blackberry are just some of the roots we harvest. Roots have a sweetness to them. They are nourishing and grounding, and although they may have direct actions on different systems, almost all have an action on the digestive system.

The digestive system is the first point of entry of food into the body. How we process our thoughts, digest information, is dependent on how well our digestive system is functioning. If we’re having trouble with our digestion, that might manifest in cloudy thoughts and being unable to think clearly. In elemental herbal medicine, the digestive system is related to the element of Earth, and the roots of a plant are connected to Earth.

Elecampane root is a shit hot lung herb, currently being tested for MRSA treatment, and we use it in lung tonics and our cough mix. It’s also a warming digestive. Marshmallow root too is a lung herb but its mucilaginous quality makes it great for soothing and treating stomach ulcers, gastroenteritis and gastro reflux. I also use it when there’s unquenchable thirst – particularly in winter when we’re continually moving between really hot, dry environments and the cold. It helps hold in fluids to keep us hydrated, nourished, warm and literally rooted.

ROASTED DANDELION ROOT. Image courtesy of George Wesley.

ROASTED DANDELION ROOT. Image courtesy of George Wesley.

Dandelion root is known for being an ace liver herb but it’s also highly nutritious, regulates blood sugar, is fibrous and helps keep us regular. Similarly Horseradish root is a bitter stimulant. It has an action in the gut, helping to break down fatty foods, which is why traditionally it’s eaten with red meat — to help the body to digest. Valarian root is so sweet and nourishing, and Blackberry roots are highly astringent, so a great remedy for diarrhea.

Roots are used a lot in Traditional Chinese Medicine also, particularly Ginger, another great warming digestive herb. Herbalists in the 1500s were actually called Root Doctors because they would travel with plant roots more than the aerial parts, as they hold more strength and would last longer than leaves and flowers.

How do you harvest roots?
Digging for roots is always an adventure, heading out with your shovel and properly getting your hands in the dirt. There may not be much of the plant visible above ground so you need to look for leaves dying back or signs of last year’s flowers.

Make sure you don’t take all of the root, no more than 60% to 70%. You can drop seeds in the hole, to put something back where you’ve taken. You might want to set an intention with the seeds, an idea you want to grow as the seeds do.

Harvest with care and respect. A herb journal is a great way to keep track of herbs you know grow in certain places – note what you harvest, when, where and what they were like. You can also harvest roots in Spring just before the plant starts to grow. They’ll have a different quality so it’s good to compare roots from an Autumn and Spring harvest.

ELECAMPANE

ELECAMPANE

What can we learn from roots?
Roots teach us about nourishment. How am I nourishing myself? How can I nourish myself more? Whether it’s taking a deep conscious breathe, doing yoga, sprinkling seeds on your porridge, having a nice shower gel to use. What things do you do to nourish yourself?

Roots teach us about stillness. Even if they are fiery or watery or earthy, all roots hold. They are stable and secure. They can help us know who we are, where we are going, and give ourselves space to do so. It’s important to nourish ourselves. To rest, be still, to listen. Take the phrase “getting to the root of a problem” – we can understand and see things better from a place of stillness, taking on the qualities of roots. They are the foundations for everything.

Where can we find you over the coming months?
Workshop on History of Witchcraft and the Green Flying Ointment, Bridport
9th November, 10am – 2.30pm, £45

Workshop on herbs for the reproductive system, Dorchester
26th November, 10am – 2pm, £30

Sensory Herbcraft Apprenticeship, Dorset
18th September 2015 to 13th May 2016
This initial one-year apprenticeship is designed to introduce you to the ancient, magic and practical art that is herbal medicine.

Sensory Solutions Airstream

Dorchester in three words
Ancient, historic, old.

Contact Fiona at sensorysolutions@hotmail.co.uk for more information on workshops and the 2015 apprenticeship. You can also find heaps of herb info and recipes on the Sensory Herbcraft blog and on Facebook.

Featured, Plant Medicine

On a plant-powered mission, Watford

October 16, 2014
Sarra Moore

Sarra Moore is a health heating coach and creator of insanely tasty and healthy plant-based drinks and treats. Based in Watford, England, she uses food to help clients find their mojo, to feel more energised and lose weight naturally. She was also our nutrition guru on Urban Witch Escapes, and introduced us to the world of spiralising vegetables and green smoothies. Her enthusiasm for healthy eating is infectious and I’m sure her tips and recipes below will inspire some experimenting in your kitchen!

Sarra’s passion has always been food. She opened and ran a cafe in Watford for several years, and has been serving up nurturing food to families for twenty years working as a nanny. She studied naturopathic nutrition, qualifying from the Nutritional Healing Foundation in Brighton in 2011 and uses EFT, NLP, visualisations and good old-fashioned listening and healthy eating advice in sessions with clients. Her company Damage Limitation delivers smoothies to the busy people of Watford and on weekends you can find her at markets around North London selling fresh juices, smoothies and vegan treats.

What’s your philosophy on food and eating?
I don’t believe in denying yourself the things you love. Yes we want to eat cake. We want to drink wine and stay up all night dancing, eat out with friends and family at the weekend. We also want loads of energy and oomph to go to that spin class/gym session/party/big walk in the woods. We want to feel happy, really really happy. We want to feel connected with our friends and loved ones.

My philosophy is that by eating a predominately plant-based diet we can do and feel all of this. Healthy eating should be delicious and exciting. I advocate eating more natural food which provides all the nutrients we need to live in vibrant health and seriously limits that damage caused by eating too much meat, dairy, sugar, boozing, and stress caused by burning the candle at both ends. The body is capable of healing itself if we only give it the ingredients it needs and environment to flourish in.

Sarra Moore

What’s cooking in your kitchen right now?
I’m very lucky to have a sis-in-law with an allotment, so last night we feasted on freshly picked kale, cavalo nero, spinach and rainbow chard lightly fried with lots of garlic to ward off coughs, colds and sniffles, plus a big squeeze of zesty lemon which helps our body absorb all that wonderful iron from the leaves. I also cooked up some top comfort food in the form of a vegan potato dauphinoise. I layered potatoes, onion and garlic then covered in a homemade dairy free white sauce. I used a mix of white and sweet potato which has lower sugar levels and is loaded with beta carotene, a feisty antioxidant immune booster. All topped off with tahini (great for calcium) and nutritional yeast flakes that are packed with B vits and give it a cheesy taste. In these colder months my spicy hot chocolate is very popular in our house!

This time of year is about making sure we’re nourishing ourselves with nutritionally dense food to keep our immune system boosted. Think ginger, turmeric, chilli to keep circulation going and inflammation at bay. These ingredients can easily be added to soups and stews along with some tasty, seasonal root veg and super greens such as kale and chard. Here’s a recipe for an easy roasted butternut squash and carrot soup. Add some lentils and beans for extra taste, protein and fibre – crucial for a healthy digestive system. 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive system so keeping your bowels moving and healthy will help you stay on top form.

 

KALE. Image courtesty of Bobbi Bowers

KALE. Image courtesty of Bobbi Bowers

Probiotics are another great way to keep your bowels and immunity in good shape. I don’t mean the little sugary dairy drinks you can buy in the supermarket, these are not a good source of probiotics and the sugar and dairy are acidic to the pH balance of the body. Think acidic bad, alkaline good. It’s always best to buy probiotics from a reputable supplement company such as Solgar, Viridian or Cytoplan. You could try making your own sauerkraut, kefir or kombucha to keep your “good” bacteria flourishing.  Far yummier! Movement is vital to keep lymph flowing as it tends to slow down in the colder, darker months. Getting outside for a walk in the daylight will get lymph moving and top up on your vit D levels vital for a healthy immune system.

Any tips for eating fresh, organic and affordable?
Keep your eyes peeled when you are out shopping for bargains on fruit and veg. You can buy lots and freeze them. Go at the end of the day to pick up cut price items. Check out your local farmers markets for some bargains but also have a chat with the farmers/traders as their produce may not be labelled organic but it may have been grown without the use of pesticides. It can be very expensive to get all the legal paperwork to be able to use the organic label so often they cannot afford it – worth checking. Check out my blog for my top 15 tips for healthy eating on a budget.

Image courtesy of Cleber Mori

Image courtesy of Cleber Mori

Green smoothies.  Talk us through them and why we need them in our life.
Ah the green smoothie! The basics of a green smoothie: 1-2 types of fruit such as berries, banana, peach, mango – add a big handful of greens like spinach, kale, chard, lettuce and avocado. Then add water/dairy free milk/coconut water or milk, and whizz! This is just a basic recipe and can be played around with, I always add cucumber to mine and often soaked nuts for extra protein and creaminess. Check out this video for how to whizz one up. Not only is it delicious in its own right but it’s a great way to get in your extra vitamins, super greens, protein powders etc. Just add them to your smoothie! They’re the ultimate fast food, a great meal replacement, packed with nutrition, antioxidants and fibre for a healthy digestive system. They keep you full for ages and you can make a big batch in the morning and pop the rest in a flask to take with you to beat those 4pm hunger pangs. Waaaay better than a luke warm pasty from the garage!

Watford in three words.
Grey. Green. Home.

Where can we find you over the coming months?
The British Yoga Festival, London
5th to 7th of December 2014

Vegfest, Bristol
23rd to 25th May 2015

If you’re on the UK festival circuit in 2015 watch out for Sarra’s new partner in crime… her juice van Lou! You can also find Sarra on Facebook and twitter sharing recipes and healthy eating tips. For consultations or more information contact her at sarra@damagelimitation.org or visit her website damagelimitation.org

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Upcycled fashion, Vancouver Island

October 2, 2014
uw_fused_singe

Fast fashion is a problem. On average, UK consumers send 30kg of clothing and textiles per capita to landfill each year, and in North America around 85% of textile waste goes directly to landfill. Many synthetic products do not decompose, while woollen garments produce methane as they decompose and contribute to global warming. Then there’s water pollution from textile dying, emissions as goods are transported from factories in Asia to high streets in the UK and malls across the States.  You get the picture…

One principle of permaculture is “waste is a resource”, and I was lucky enough to bump in to charismatic Canadian designer and founder of the League of Extraordinary Designers (quite appropriately at a landfill site in Victoria, B.C.) — Tracy Yerrell —who is embracing this principle and transforming consumer waste into clothing and jewelry, with her fashion line Fused.

tube bella earrings

How did you start making upcycled fashion?
I’ve always been an artist and I’ve worked as a graphic and interior designer for 30 years. When my granddaughter Ambria was born three years ago, I started making her clothes with organic fabrics and designs inspired by my travels in Europe. My daughter didn’t want to dress Ambria in run-of-the-mill Winnie the Pooh gear, so I made babywear with an edgier, skater, grungy look – and before I knew it, I was taking orders from my daughter’s friends! My line of clothing for children, Baby Boss Rules, was created soon after, which I sold at Bastion Square Market in downtown Victoria.

I found the majority of my customers were young, environmentally conscious parents who loved the kid’s clothing but were asking if there was an adult range too. These were creative, ‘outside-the-box’ individuals who weren’t shopping for generic, mass-produced clothes. So I started an upcycled clothing line for adults in response to market demand. This is how Fused was born.

What materials do you use?
A few years ago I came across a necklace made from re-worked bicycle inner tube. I was immediately drawn to this medium and was inspired to make my range of earrings tube.bella.

It got me thinking what other mediums can be used? What else can be done?

The idea to use fabric from upholsterer’s sample books to make fascinators came to me like a lightning bolt. They can be worn in the hair, pinned to hats or clothing. I love exploring the possibilities of green design. I took silk screening courses with Smoking Lily and Andy MacDougall, and apply my designs to upcycled fabrics. I make jewelry and clothing that’s unusual, innovative and one of kind. I’ve never felt more creative!

I source materials from anywhere and everywhere. The criterion is the quality, as it has to be good for many more years. I use fabrics by reputable labels that are well made to begin with. I go to second hand shops when they have sales, and friends will also offer me unwanted clothes before they take them to the charity shop.

fused dress

Why is upcycling so important?
The problem with fashion today is it’s so disposable. We live in a society where we can buy products cheaply and throw them away when we fall out of love with them or the newer, trendier version is on the shelves. It was only a few generations ago when women made their own clothes and owned a few quality dresses that they would care for and repair. The culture of fast fashion is wasteful and extremely damaging to the planet.

We’re experiencing the reality of the effects of climate change now, and if we don’t change our behaviour as a global community soon we are in very serious danger. As a parent and grandparent, I want to make a difference, and as a designer it’s my responsibility to create solutions to the problem of consumer waste; to educate and explore what can be done.

What are your tips for giving old clothes new life?
With my family, I’ll take cuttings of beautiful fabrics from clothes they can no longer wear, or from baby clothes, and use them to make new skirts, kid’s clothes, t-shirts or even quilts. This way our memories are an on-going thread woven into the fabric we wear. If we have a personal relationship with something we’re more inclined to take care of it. It becomes less disposable.

When you create something that is wearable art it becomes more valuable, at an emotional level. It means more than something that just covers your body. Innovative design has the power to change the current status quo of disposable fashion.

What upcycling examples inspire you?
I’m inspired by what I see happening around the world every day and have faith in our human capacity to innovate with waste materials. From street people in Brazil smelting old aluminium cans and moulding them with palm leaves and bamboo into beautiful stools, to incubators for babies made with old car parts. Cuba is a shining example of creativity and innovation, born out of necessity. They’ve kept cars from the 1950s working and are leaders in the environmentally friendly pesticide movement. This is producing generations who share the mind set of sustainability and working with Nature. I know people who collect waste from commercial dumpsters for materials; there is no limit to creativity!

Fused_Tracy Yerrell

What is the League of Extraordinary Designers?
I believe that to accelerate the shift to sustainable fashion, we as designers need to work together, to springboard off each other’s ideas and think bigger than working in competition with each other. I started the League of Extraordinary Designers as a way to bring designers producing work from upcycled materials together. It’s a platform for us to share and talk about ideas, as well as mentorship program for young designers to learn more about working with the medium of consumer waste.

We are launching with a fashion show in Victoria, B.C. on 14th – 16th November. As designers we love a challenge, and the mandate for the League of Extraordinary Designers is “show me what you can do with garbage.’ Just because clothing has been something else before doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful or meaningful. Upcycling is about creating gorgeous, funky, fresh and lovable pieces that people want to keep forever.

Victoria in three(ish) words
Exquisite natural beauty, culturally rich and creatively diverse.

See Tracy’s upcycled collection at thefusedline.com or email her at tracyyerrell@gmail.com for more information.

*Statistics taken from Ethical Fashion Forum, Eartheasy.com and Flowliving.com

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Autumn foraging with Rasheeqa, London

September 22, 2014
HAWTHORN BERRIES

Rasheeqa Ahmad is a Community Herbalist based in Walthamstow in North East London. She studied at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in Glasgow and completed her studies at Middlesex University. Since qualifying in 2012 she’s been seeing patients in her local area, organising community herb walks, and running plant medicine and health-themed workshops with groups such as the Hornbeam Cafe/Organic Lea, the Alzheimer’s Society, Walworth Garden Farm and Baldwins Apothecary.

After a busy summer WOOFing with the Organic Herb Trading Company, helping to organise the annual Radical Herbalism Gathering and most recently hosting a workshop on herbs for women’s health at Amsterdam’s The F Word festival with fellow herbalist Kate Hawarth, I was excited to catch up with Rasheeqa to find out what wild herbs are ready to harvest now and how we can use them to stay healthy over the coming months.

What does this time of year mean to you?
This year in particular, it feels very rich and fruitful having spent the whole summer outside! The berries all seem quite early. Elderberries have already gone! Autumn is a gorgeous time for me — the freshening air, the colours of the skies, the calm that comes with the changing light – it all feels steadfast and a bit romantic. Even in London you can feel it. Having had such a glorious summer makes me more appreciative of and ready for the change.

What medicinal plants can you find growing around Walthamstow right now?
The Meadowsweet has now finished on the marshes. I’ll go foraging for Hawthorn berries and sloes soon. I’m seeing a lot of apples and pears about, which can be seen as medicinal. I keep snacking on sun-dusted Blackberries wherever I go.

I harvested Elderberries to make an immune-supporting syrup for the winter months. The Rosehips are looking marvellously red and shiny already. I particularly love Rosa rugosa as the hips are huge and juicy! Rosehip syrup is good for the immune system and for connective tissue, so a great remedy for those cold or stiff winter joints. A friend once made a gorgeous Hawthorn berry chutney so I will give that a go this year. Hawthorn berries in any form are a gentle heart tonic and cardiovascular support, and will get the blood flowing more effectively.

To make syrups I usually simmer the berries in water to make a concentrated decoction, which I then strain and add sugar or honey to preserve plus a varying mix of spices that make good additions – cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cloves, cardamom, fennel – the warming, digestion-supporting and immune-boosting health-givers. You can add a splash of brandy or Elderberry tincture also to preserve.

Yarrow is a favourite herb of mine and I’ve been gathering the flowers in the last few weeks to dry for teas. It’s a great one for warming and boosting circulation, and for the start of colds as it’s anti-infective. I’ve also just made a balm with Nettle seeds and Rosemary (the Nettle seeds are just over now) infused in olive oil then beeswax added. This is apparently an ancient Roman recipe and I’ve had positive reports from my mum who has been using it for her hands, which had been painful with rheumatoid arthritis swelling. She said just a little bit really helped and the inflammation went down!

YARROW. Image courtesy of Klondike Gold Rush NHP Alaska

YARROW. Image courtesy of Klondike Gold Rush NHP Alaska

What are your top harvesting tips?
Go to wild places. Be respectful of the land and the plant. Check with people that the area is fine to harvest from and do not ingest anything unless you are certain you know what it is. Avoid roads as traffic fumes and pollutants can be absorbed by plants. Don’t pick too much of any plant and make sure there is plenty left of what you’re harvesting. Pick good healthful plants. Go with your feelings. Thank the plants your bounty!

How will you celebrate the Autumn Equinox?
It changes from year to year. Sometimes I sit at the fire with friends, visioning what is to come. This year a group of us herby women will be getting together for a herb study.

What do you most love about your work?
I’ve been doing a lot of knowledge-sharing with groups and in the process meeting plenty of people who use herbs and have marvellous stories to tell about them. Every workshop leads to heartfelt, empowering discussion around healthcare, what health means and where it comes from, and the sources of imbalance in personal and collective health. It feels like we’re doing a lot more by getting together in this way than just talking about what herbs do. And we always include herb tastings in each session for the personal experience with the plants!

Where can we find you over the coming months?
> Sunday 5th October, 11am – 4pm
London Wildlife Trust Open Day, Peckham
We’ll be gathering goodness from their herb garden and making preparations. This is a free event.

> Saturday 11th October
Apple Day at the Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow
You can find me selling seasonal preparations on my market stall there.

> Saturday 25th October
Permaculture within Diverse Communities, The Mill, Walthamstow
This is a really exciting collaborative workshop with permaculture facilitators Muzammal Hussain and Shumaisa Khan. We are offering a permaculture taster day that focuses specifically on learning and using permaculture tools in the context of culturally rich communities; exploring working together in our differences and common grounds, and enriching our groups and our connection to our land. It’s a brilliant event to happen in Walthamstow at this moment, with such a groundswell of community work and positive projects going on.

Walthamstow in three words? 
Mad. World. Mix.

Rasheeqa

For more details of her upcoming events you can contact Rasheeqa at rasheeqa@hedgeherbs.org.uk or visit her website.