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Workshop: Flavors of Healing

Taste as a gateway to understanding the medicine of plants with Wild Beyond Botanicals

Close-up of dried fruits and florals lying in a wooden table with a half-full clear, glass mug


Did you know that many of the healing properties of plants are communicated through their flavor? There is so much information already available to us before we ever even open a book or type a question into the search bar…

Join us for a deep dive into the world of flavor and learn to tune in to different ways of knowing through experiential practices in this interactive workshop. Learn why flavors matter to those interested in herbalism, engage in guided tastings and discussion, and discover firsthand how to translate what you taste into useful information about the basic actions of medicinal plants on your body, mind, and spirit.

In this two-hour class, you are invited to engage with a variety of herbs, connect to your own intuition, make friends, and go home with a handcrafted tea blend!

Instructor Bio:

Amber Merkens is a clinical and community herbalist with a background in dance, performing arts, and birth arts. She offers 1:1 holistic health consultations and workshops in NYC and the Hudson Valley @WildBeyondBotanicals. Amber loves helping people deepen their connection to their own bodies and notice their relationship to the larger living world through herbal medicine. She is a graduate of the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism where she currently serves as Clinic Director, was formerly the Resident Herbalist at the Alchemist’s Kitchen, and was a longtime member of the Mark Morris Dance Group.