Wild Bread: Sour dough
Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Wild Bread: Sour dough

In this skill share we will enter an in-depth exploration of all things grain and fermentation. We will explore the different grains and their properties, how to incorporate it into your daily life even when you’re pressed for time, and how it can dramatically improve your health, as proven by both traditional and scientific research.

              We will begin this journey by honoring our ingredients, through learning about different kinds of grains found around the world and locally, their properties and histories, as well as the growing, harvesting and processing practices. When plants are taken out of their traditional contexts and into a mass produced and commercialized product, for example wheat we see the destructive repercussions that it can have on land and the body. This skill share aims to learn about this ancient grain from its traditional usage in order to better understand how to be in relationship with it.

Finally, we will learn about how fermentation of grains and legumes have sustained us for millennia, and how they can continue to do so in our modern lives. These are concepts and methods you will be able to take into your kitchen, your diet, and your culture.

We will make:  Sourdough Loaves, Sourdough Flatbread, Sourdough Cookies

Facilitator

Ava Zarich is a practitioner of health, in academics, by profession, and in daily life. She is influenced by generations of folk medicine and sustainable agriculture in her Croatian family, and the progressive yet culturally inclusive approaches towards health in her hometown of San Francisco and her longtime home of New York. She is both student and teacher of community health, traditional nutrition, agriculture, and all things that bring power and self-sufficiency into the hands of communities that need it most. She believes that bringing health to individuals and their communities is a potent form of resistance and one small step of many needed to heal our planet. Most importantly, she believes all individuals deserve the right to enjoy their lives, the delicious food we’ve been blessed with, and the healing benefits of food cooked with culture, curiosity, and love.

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GIRI GIRI Waist beads
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

GIRI GIRI Waist beads

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Waistbeads have been worn in our civilizations for some time now, dating as far back as the 15th century, if not longer. They are worn as a symbol of femininity and sensuality. The waist beads protect and embrace the womb bringing more awareness to the wearer of the magical energies their womb holds. Some people even use the beads as a weight measure, keeping track of when the beads tighten or loosen, therefore giving one more awareness of their own fluctuating flow.

In this Skill Share we will Create waistbeads of our own, taking the time to meditate on what we truly need so that we can then begin  to weave  in those  magical manifestations . We will work with color healing , expressing how different colors make us feel and what colors we need now to strengthen our center.

The color meaning of a waist bead varies from culture to culture, but the significance is considered very important and powerful in many African communities. Colors play very important roles in all of our lives. Everyone will be free to create as many waist beads as they please during the period of the class, and will receive the information on where to get these materials for themselves if they wished to create more. All bead colors and materials will be provided openly communal style,  but if anyone wants to bring additional special beads, personal precious stones, shells, or whatever else to weave in, that is more than welcome. Traditionally waist-beads are created to be worn at all times until they fall off after serving their purpose.

This is a class where we will really take self love to the next level, taking that time to focus on ourselves, what our body is saying, listening  to what it is that we need to heal, to shine, and to manifest our realities. We will mix this all into these beads that will embrace our womb in all it's moon phases. Sharing space and exchanging energies as we work empowering our womanly bond. The energy that we radiate while we create this precious gift for ourselves will hold that power to uplift us higher.

Facilitator

Nkoula Badila ~*~ A multidisciplinary artist born of Congolese traditions in New york. Nkoula's Father was the Founder of the first National Ballet of Kongo, "Ballet Nkodia" , travailing the world with her Mother sharing Kongos Beauty. Nkoula's Parents met in Paris and 8 Babies later, they Birthed Nkoula. Naturally she grew up performing these Traditional songs and dances with her family and from that influence she fell in love with the beaded adornments they performed with." Its so warm and vibrant like the lands we come from." After traveling throughout Central America solo in 2011 she became amazed by the connection of the colorful beadwork and patterns, and began to teach herself. After the passing of Her father in 2012 She established Nkodia to express her creations and reconnect with the traditions of her ancestors . I chose the name Nkodia in Honor and remembrance of my father . It means the Spiral, or traditional snail. All of life must start at a center point and slowly with patience like the snail, it spirals its way out. Expanding and spreading the enlightenment. Nkoula aims to channel different frequencies in each piece. "It is my meditation. I find peace. And through it I am able to communicate the love and healing powers i want to share with the world.” Nkoula create pieces for people to feel free in their truth and radiate with the colors of their essence. Nkoula also makes Music, Farms, and Teaches African dance classes. She is currently touring with Lady Moon and the Eclipse, a Sisterly Cosmic soul band based in Brooklyn NY. You can find her Adornment creations online at  NokdiaArt

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Ghee: Golden Medicine
May
25
1:00 PM13:00

Ghee: Golden Medicine

These dynamic 3 hours will consist of: making ghee, the oral and hands on history of this tradition + learning about medicinal herbs and spices.

We will be learning about the importance of fat for our bodies and how we can view fat as a medicine through the intake of ghee, an ancient medicine that originates in India. 2,000-5,000 B.C In addition, participants will learn how to extract herbs into ghee, thereby amplifying their medicinal properties.

Everyone will take home 2oz of organic, grass fed homemade medicinal ghee, a recipe of how to curate and cook with this fat.

This immersion will be facilitated by Sandeep Agarwal and Nalini Agarwal of Pure Indian Foods

Sandeep and Nalini are the co-founders of Princeton, N.J.- based Pure Indian Foods, which makes grass-fed, organic ghee and sells traditional organic Indian foods. Their interest in dairy history grew out of Sandeep’s family’s fifth generation ghee business (started by his great-great-grandfather in 1889) and the culturally significant role that dairy plays within his Indian heritage. The Agarwal’s have brought the Ayurvedic Medicinal Ghee concept to a culinary level by introducing unique herb/spiced ghee products sold as food, which has been recognized by The New York Times.

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CBD Medicine
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

CBD Medicine

Making CBD Medicine knowledge share, facilitated by herbalist, Sarah Wang will cover the basics of using master plant, cannabis sativa, to make oral and topical medicine. In this workshop we will answer some of the following questions and learn the practical application of making this medicine along with proper dosing (amount & frequency) for yourself or loved ones.


-What is CBD?

-What ailments can be treated with this medicine?

-How do our bodies receive and interact with this medicine?

-Topical + oral usage 

-How to measure dosage

-How can we source and make this medicine ourselves?

-How do you make CBD medicine (tincture, oils, edible)

+Decarboxylation 

+Tools

+Storage

We will go through all the steps of medicine making with a hands on component and medicine to take-away. Feel free to bring a notebook for note taking.

This immersion will be facilitated by Sarah Wang

Sarah Wang is a artist, curator at Disclaimer Gallery and practicing herbalist who has been working with cannabis as medicine for the last 8 years. She makes healing oral and topical medicine for her CBD/THC line called MU Healing and a small batch pepper sauce for her all-natural sauce company, Wang Sauce. She is a photographer who works in documentary photography, collaborating with subjects to tell their stories. She’s an Aries sun + moon + mercury, Aquarius rising with lots of Capricorn mixed in there. 

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