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The Elder Tree Podcast

The Elder Tree Podcast

By The Elder Tree

The Elder Tree is a not-for profit organisation, empowering people through grassroots herbal education and earth skills, and providing affordable holistic healthcare opportunities. This podcast showcases a myriad of herbalists, herbal educators, permaculturalists and other amazing plant medicine folk from around Australia doing inspiring things.

There are four segments to the podcast:

- Herbal Education: Presented by Twiggy Dawn
- Permaculture Herbalism: Presented by Tonielle Christensen
- Sacred Herbalism: Presented by Stephanie Hazel
- Self Care With Herbs: Presented by Jessyca Bosscha
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19. When Plant Spirit Herbalism meets Science teacher: Lis Conlon on Sacred Herbalism
19. When Plant Spirit Herbalism meets Science teacher: Lis Conlon on Sacred Herbalism
Lis Conlon is a deeply experience herbal medicine practitioner and teacher, whose diverse teaching experience spans teaching 5000+ students in Naturopathic colleges about research in evidence based medicine, to facilitating shamanic drum journeys. She emphasises that anyone can have a sacred experience of the plant world, and shares some of the more memorable of these in her life. We talk about her work with Plant Spirit Herbalism founder Pam Montgomery, Lis' own journey with teaching in a herbal institution as well as how she gets her students to begin developing relationships with plants, through growing and tending one single pot plant.  Show Notes: Website: lisconlon.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lis.conlon Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisconlon_herbalist/ Find Pam Montgomery's work on Plant Spirit Herbalism here: https://www.plantspiritherbalism.com/ Natasha Myer's epic article on the Planthropocene here: https://www.abc.net.au/religion/natasha-myers-how-to-grow-liveable-worlds:-ten-not-so-easy-step/11906548 Find Monica Gagliano's scientific exploration of plant learning behaviour here: https://www.monicagagliano.com
01:02:25
February 05, 2023
18. Sustainable Funerals, Sociocracy, and Balancing our Nervous Systems: Erin Young on Permaculture Herbalism
18. Sustainable Funerals, Sociocracy, and Balancing our Nervous Systems: Erin Young on Permaculture Herbalism
Erin Young is a mover and shaker in the realm of social permaculture and tunes in with us from Kabi Kabi country near Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast. As a certified Human Potential Coach and Sociocracy trainer, she shares insight into how she brings nature-informed frameworks and a holistic toolkit to help individuals and forward-thinking organisations balance nervous systems to establish safety and avoid distraction and dysfunction to make real traction in creating a positive impact. She speaks to living an enchanted life and ecological patterns brought into social settings to encourage a diversity of perspectives and governance hierarchies to make decisions with a "power with, rather than power over". We discuss her garden and what is growing, her favourite plant, Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus) and its many functions and her healthy journey using Ayurvedic practices, intuitively going to certain plants when she needs them, and the underestimated balm of a cup of herbal tea.  Erin holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and discusses how her first Permaculture Design Course in Portugal unlocked her understanding of how life works and led her on this path, whereby she now teaches Social Permaculture weekend courses alongside pioneer Robin Clayfield (who will be joining us in an interview soon!), speaks at Festivals and teaches elements of her toolkit at courses such as the Change-makers PDC on the Sunshine Coast.  Currently, she is partnered with Earth Funerals, an organisation establishing sustainable funerals and natural burial grounds around Australia. With developmental coaching, consulting and training in collaborative decision-making and governance (aka sociocracy), social permaculture, and artfully facilitating group processes, she is modelling how groups can be healthy human ecosystems and a regenerative force beyond monoculture thinking! Show Notes: Social Permaculture Weekend with Robin Clayfield Feb 11th & 12th, 2023: https://www.facebook.com/events/564776655431004 Earth Funerals: https://earthfunerals.org/restoration-burial/ Zen and the Art of Dying: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4245204/ Introductory Guide to Social Permaculture & Seasonal Goals - A living Guide: https://www.erinyoung.net/shop Connect with Erin: Website (with e-books mentioned): www.erinyoung.net Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erinyoung.coaching Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erinyoung___/ To learn more about The Elder Tree, visit the website here and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at: asktheelder@gmail.com.
01:02:34
January 27, 2023
17. Creating Your Own Homegrown Dispensary: Sandra Parker on Herbal Education
17. Creating Your Own Homegrown Dispensary: Sandra Parker on Herbal Education
In this episode, I had the great pleasure of interviewing a teacher of mine- Sandra Parker who has been a clinical herbalist since the 1980s and is based in the beautiful location of Deloraine in Tasmania. Sandra is an incredibly wise and experienced herbalist who has been manufacturing herbal medicine since the year 2000.  She had the amazing opportunity to learn from and work with the renowned Ken Atherton for 15 years and went on to offer his manufacturing seminars after he passed away.  You may recall from previous interviews that Ken ran Pindari Farm in Tasmania, where he grew over 130 different medicinal plants and taught students how to harvest and prepare many different medicinal preparations from fresh plants for many years and this is the place where I met Sandra in 2015. This interview gives a wonderful insight into Sandra's journey of working alongside Ken and then carrying on his legacy once he passed.  She shares such valuable information about the importance of knowing the plants that you work with and having a deep connection with them. I have an immense amount of respect for the fact that Sandra grows AND makes around 95% of all the medicines that she dispenses as a practitioner- in fact, she is the only herbalist that I know of in Australia who can make this claim.  She has a high level of integrity with her medicines- and when she does have to purchase ingredients to use in her creams etc, she only sources local organic ingredients. She is a passionate, precise, and meticulous teacher having received so much of her training from a pharmacist herbalist, and she has a high standard when it comes to ensuring the efficacy of her medicines. I hope that you enjoy this wonderful interview.  It brings me great pleasure to share these inspiring teachers with you all and I hope that it inspires all herbalists to deepen their connection to the medicines that they dispense. You can find more about Sandra and see her beautiful handmade medicinal preparations here: www.tasmanianherbalist.com/ You can find her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057609152246 You can contact Sandra to be informed about upcoming medicine-making seminars here: sparker.health@gmail.com
01:21:19
January 21, 2023
16. Foraging, kitchen medicine and herbal tea- bringing the herbs into our everyday: Caroline Parker on Self Care with Herbs
16. Foraging, kitchen medicine and herbal tea- bringing the herbs into our everyday: Caroline Parker on Self Care with Herbs
Caroline Parker is a herbalist, forager, farmer and facilitator, with a studio in the misty Wombat Forest on Dja dja wurrung and Wadawurrung land where she blends her award winning teas and tisanes. During our chat Caroline shares her introduction to the world of plants as a suburban kid growing up in the 80’s and 90’s. Her Mum’s a very keen gardener and the family loved to visit the local nursery on weekends, picking up plants and seeds for their garden. Caroline speaks of the joy of being allowed to choose a seed or plant of her own to tend and watch grow. We laugh about her experiments with Valerian ‘the stinky sock herb’ and she shares how one of the most treasured gifts she received for her 13th birthday was a Herbal medicine encyclopaeida which still has a place on her bookshelf today. Caroline shares how her English and Scottish roots instilled a deep love for the ritual of tea drinking and how the practice of putting on the kettle first thing in the morning is still one of her most cherished forms of daily self care. We chat about her inspiring and exciting collaboration with Lucy from Pennyweight Farm and how this has enabled her to get her hands firmly in the earth, growing and tending herbs and flowers. Caroline’s home in the Wombat forest is a special place and her daily connection through walks in nature form a big part of her self care, she takes us on a walk, sharing the sights and smells she experiences each day. We finish up our chat as Caroline shares a lovely and nourishing ritual using a beautiful handmade oil to help ease frazzled nerves and drift into calm. Caroline has such a wonderful way of bringing the herbs into our everyday and I think you’re going to really enjoy our chat. To find out more about Caroline and to buy some of her award winning teas and tisanes, head over to her website. You can follow Caroline (The Cottage Herbalist) on Facebook and Instagram To follow Caroline and Lucy's journey over at Pennyweight Farm growing herbs and flowers, check out Pennyweight farm's website or visit their Instagram or Facebook pages. To find out more about The Elder Tree visit the website here and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
45:23
January 14, 2023
15. The Mystic Roots of Western Herbal Medicine with Jimi Wollumbin on Sacred Herbalism
15. The Mystic Roots of Western Herbal Medicine with Jimi Wollumbin on Sacred Herbalism
Medical polymath Jimi Wollumbin shares his research on the deeply mythic, mystical and sophisticated roots of Western Herbal Medicine - digging all the way back to Ancient Greece to discover teachings on Qi and Numa, underground group psychedelic journeys and forgotten Hippocratic traditions. We discuss the difference between Immanence and Transcendence as ways of experiencing the sacred, as well as how the a mis-translation of the greek word Numa (spirit or breath) gave rise to a split between the embodied and sensual experience of the divine and the disembodied Holy Ghost.  Show Notes: Find Jimi on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drjimiwollumbin?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=  or Patreon www.patreon.com/posts/welcome-to-inner-62225153 You can find The Emerald episode with Tyson Yunkaporta here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5RmcT1PiFflaNYkd3PDzeG
59:34
January 06, 2023
14. Midwifery, Placenta Planting & Syntropic Food Forestry with Elizabeth Jinks on Permaculture Herbalism
14. Midwifery, Placenta Planting & Syntropic Food Forestry with Elizabeth Jinks on Permaculture Herbalism
Elizabeth Jinks is a midwife, mother of seven, seed saver and a syntropic food forester. With a Masters' in Primary Maternity Care, she is committed to delivering informed, personalised care that empowers women to birth well, whether in a hospital, birth centre or from the comfort of home. From birthing six of her babies at home with the same midwife, Beth is passionate about offering this continuation of care for other women. Our discussion includes some insightful chats about placenta planting in her garden, her vision for birthing 'on country', and Beth's inspiring Permaculture journey on her property in Koah in Far North Queensland. She shares how she was chosen by the land, and her humble beginnings of a shipping container and caravan that evolved into earth shaping to make swales and a small dam for water harvesting, to an established tropical syntropic food forest which provides most of her sustenance.  Beth explains how she uses herbs in her daily life and, specifically, the four essential herbs; Shepards Purse, Angelica Root, Rasberry Leaf and Black Cohosh that she takes to every birth to support women, as well as her love of Motherwort and Mugwort Moxas as supportive plants for women. The story of how Beth supported Tonielle in her personal home birthing experience is shared in this interview, and how permaculture brought them together and continues to evolve with students visiting and participating in planting in her evolving garden of abundance.  She speaks of her regular use of Aloe Vera and Sacred Basil and lists what is flourishing in her summer garden, and we touch on various plants that can and can't be eaten during and after pregnancy. From Moxa's for Breach babies to Mayan Abdominal Massage to treating Placentas as sacred rather than medical waste...I trust you'll find value in this interview! Show Notes & Links: - Life In Syntropy video - https://youtu.be/gSPNRu4ZPvE - Mugwort and Moxa - https://daoisttraditions.edu/healing-power-moxa/ - Mayan abdominal massage - https://www.rebirthmayamassage.com/post/what-is-maya-abdominal-massage - Sacred Placentas or Medical Waste? - https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319806#Treading-on-unknown-territory - Eucalyptus Grandis - syntropic support specie Connect with Tropical Babies Midwifery:  Website: http://www.tropicalbabiesmidwifery.com.au/services.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tropicalbabiesmidwife ---------------- To learn more about The Elder Tree, visit the website and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
38:56
January 01, 2023
13. Informal Education and the Dream for Inherited Learning: Sam Marsh on Herbal Education
13. Informal Education and the Dream for Inherited Learning: Sam Marsh on Herbal Education
In this episode, Tatiana Dawn interviews her partner Sam Marsh who has been running wild plant foraging walks and tincture-making workshops for the past 3 years at their permaculture farm in Ravenshoe, QLD. Sam shares his mentors and inspirations such as Koa Windsong, Kevin Kossowan, Arthur Haines, and even Tatiana.   He speaks of his biggest inspirations being people who have deep connections to local ecology.  He shares the difficulties he has faced being primarily self-taught due to there being a lack of face-to-face teachers of wild medicine. Sam became a herbal educator out of necessity to fulfil a need in the local Far North QLD community.  He shares his passion for helping show people how to feel more a part of nature and find their place in the ecology, to assist people to feel empowered to identify and utilise food and medicine growing all around them. They discuss self-sufficiency VS community-sufficiency and also earth-sufficiency.  Sam shares his wisdom around the weakness we create by being over-reliant on the modern healthcare system. He shares his vision for the "Earth Skills School" which will be set up at The Elder Tree, and they also discuss our unified dreams for the future of herbal medicine education. We hope that you all enjoy.  You can find Sam's offerings at the following links: INNATELY WILD: www.innatelywild.com www.facebook.com/innatelywildaustralia/ www.instagram.com/innately.wild/ PRIMAL HUMANNESS: www.primalhumanness.com www.facebook.com/primalhumanness www.instagram.com/primalhumanness The book that was mentioned in the interview: Botany in a Day- The Patterns Method of Plant Identification:  Thomas. J. Elpel
56:55
December 22, 2022
12. A life changing accident inspires a passion for herbal medicine- Jen Campbell on Self Care with Herbs
12. A life changing accident inspires a passion for herbal medicine- Jen Campbell on Self Care with Herbs
This episode, Jen Campbell, a a traditional herbalist in Bunbury WA on Wardandi Noongar country, shares how a life changing accident provided the portal for her to discover her passion and special connection with herbal medicine. Jen has a strong focus on bringing herbs back to the community and into our homes. She’s passionate about making herbal medicine more attainable and accessible to all members of the community. Jen shares how this desire to make herbs more accessible, alongside the devastating bush fires that hit her region triggered her to want to give back to the community even more and inspired her to open the first Herbalists without Borders chapter in Bunbury, with a group of like minded practitioners. As a busy working Mum, Jen shares that self care doesn’t come naturally to her, she’s often more focussed on looking after everybody else- which I’m sure sounds familiar to many of us. However, she’s come to realise the importance of modelling self care to her children and normalising this vital practice. Jen shares the joy of being in her herb garden with her children, picking posies of flowers for the table, munching on a flower or a leaf here or there, watching the bees and harvesting the herbs. We chat about Jen’s love of herbal tea and she shares some of her favourite herbs for making yummy blends, as well as her tips for brewing the perfect cup of herbal tea. Jen’s lovely simple approach to weaving herbal medicine into our days will resonate with many of you… You can connect with and learn more about Jen here. And purchase some of her beautiful handmade herbal products here. Find out more about Bunbury Herbalists without Borders here. To find out more about The Elder Tree visit the website at www.theeldertree.org and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
36:13
December 15, 2022
11. Listening with the mythic imagination: Jacqui Bushell on Sacred Herbalism
11. Listening with the mythic imagination: Jacqui Bushell on Sacred Herbalism
Mythologist and herbalist Jacqui Bushell regales us with evocative stories about Celtic healers, Persephone's journey to the underworld and the Delphi Oracles' unusual use of Mugwort. She shares her own journey of hearing issues, and how this taught her to listen with her bones to the earth and the plants.  Show notes: Find Jacqui's work at: Sacredpresence.com.au And https://www.facebook.com/jacqui.bushell.52 Plant Spirit & Council of Trees Meditation by Jacqui Bushell: https://youtu.be/wFBWNKj5pEU Check out Stephanie's upcoming 6-week course: Five Plants for Mood & Mind  https://events.humanitix.com/five-plants-for-mood-and-mind 
01:05:39
December 07, 2022
10. Nature Kids, Psychology & Community Networks: Samantha Jurgens on Permaculture Herbalism
10. Nature Kids, Psychology & Community Networks: Samantha Jurgens on Permaculture Herbalism
Samantha Jurgens is co-creator of the Nature Kids Permaculture Program for Families with host Tonielle Christensen. As a comrade and Earth Mumma, Samantha has a background as a Psychologist and found the framework of ethics and principles of Permaculture to be the 'aha' foundation for mindset and sustainable living that she was looking for.  She began working in the 'education and arts' domain of this design science and speaks about the power of community and networking, homeschooling, seed-saving, and pulling down the fence between neighbours to share an edible and medicinal garden.  Samantha barters with honey and trades her time for helping a local farmer with harvesting for their markets in exchange for her fresh produce. She has milked cows, chopped wood, carried water, and cared for hundreds of chickens!  Samatha shares her health story and explains how her herbalism and permaculture journey has evolved together and that the 'people and fair share' ethics are a big part of why she moved to the North Queensland region.  Together, we share some snippets from inside the Nature Kids program about what permaculture herbalism means to us, with the relationship between plants for the healing of people and the earth equally, medicine for both. Listeners will get to know some of the juicy content in the program, like 'edible weed walks' and 'making your own medicine garden', plus a 'DIY personal care kit' with recipes from Samantha's special range. Warning, you may be inspired to join in!  Also, the upcoming Elder Tree fundraiser is discussed, with workshops, films and feasting! Show Notes: The Nature Kids Club is all about connecting, nourishing and growing in tune with nature. We love the Elder Tree initiative so much that we will donate 10% of every program sale purchased (lifetime access) plus +++ to give a 10% discount for subscribers to the Elder Tree Podcast. Use this unique Coupon Code: ELDERTREEPODCAST Nature Kids Permaculture Program for Families Website: https://www.earthmumma.co/naturekids Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Naturekidsclub Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/naturekids_club/ To learn more about The Elder Tree, visit the website here and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
01:00:14
December 01, 2022
9. Paradigm Shifts in Herbal Education: Heidi Merika on Herbal Education
9. Paradigm Shifts in Herbal Education: Heidi Merika on Herbal Education
Heidi Merika is a medical herbal herbalist, a herbal educator, a herbal medicine maker, and collaborates on amazing projects such as Herbfest.  Heidi is also the author of the wonderful book "Wildcraft: The Science and Spirit of Wild Plants as Food and Medicine". In this interview with Heidi Merika, we explore the paradigm shift in herbal medicine education that she has witnessed in her life, from grassroots herbalism to the scientific evidence-based mainstream academic model.  She witnessed a shift of focus into an emphasis on clinical herbalism and research-based herbalism. She expresses her feeling of feeling like a "square peg in a round hole", though she loved the educational opportunity and the doors that it opened to teach at multiple colleges such as RMIT and Endeavour college, work with Obourne Health supplies and different health food shops and health food suppliers, and work as a receptionist with Ruth Trickey. Working in these environments she was feeling that something was missing and felt the disconnect from the plants themselves, so in this interview she shares her powerful journey to reconnect with the plants and find her own unique path as a herbalist and herbal educator. Heidi shares her journey of bringing Pam Montgomery to Australia, her experience of writing her book "Wildcraft" and shares her visions for the future of herbal education in Australia.  I found this interview incredibly insightful and inspiring and there were sparks flying the whole time! . After this interview, we received a very generous offer from Heidi Merika: for every copy of "Wildcraft" that Heidi sells, she will be donating $1 to The Elder Tree! Thank you so much Heidi for your generosity and ongoing support of our project, and thank you for all the work you do in the herbalism community in Australia. . You can also go to Heidi's website here: https://heidimerika.com.au/ Follow and like her Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/conscnutrition/ And follow her Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/heidimerika/ You can purchase Heidi's book via her website and you can also purchase it in person at the Alchemilla Herbals apothecary in Ravenshoe. . To find out more about The Elder Tree visit the website here and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
01:21:03
November 23, 2022
8. Connection to our Cycles and the Natural World: Artist Dalee Ella on Self Care with Herbs
8. Connection to our Cycles and the Natural World: Artist Dalee Ella on Self Care with Herbs
Dalee Ella has a deep connection with the land upon which she lives and the plants around her and it’s this connection that is expressed through her beautiful handmade prints.  Dalee is an Artist Printmaker, papermaker, illustrator and textile designer who creates relief prints and hand made plant infused and dyed papers which are a direct conversation with her life and the land.  During our enriching chat, we explore Dalee’s first connection with the natural world and the plants around her as a child growing up in the bush of Far North Queensland, how that relationship changed through her teens, experimenting with mushrooms with friends beneath towering waterfalls and ultimately how her subject matter as an artist has always been about exploring growth and connection to the living world.  Dalee shares how spending time in her garden is her deepest form of self care- observing, planting & harvesting individual plants for her art, as medicine and for nourishment. We explore how this deep connection inspired her to want to celebrate individual plants through an entire growth cycle, deepening her observation of the plants in their cycles and creating a real ‘ode’ to specific plants- including her stunning ‘Ode to Calendula'- printed on paper infused with Calendula petals harvested from her garden.  Alongside her observations of the cyclical nature of her garden and the plants around her, Dalee has also been deepening her awareness of herself as a cyclical menstruating woman. Menstrual cycle awareness and recognising how her needs and abilities change with her cycle has been an ‘epiphany’ and allowed her to tailor her self care to the different phases of her cycle. Dalee shares her favourite rituals and practices for each of the 4 phases of her menstrual cycle and how listening to her cyclical ‘whispers’ helps bring ease and calm each month.  Don't miss Dalee's special recipe for ‘Healing soup’ which the whole family loves to share as a form of deep nourishment.  Dalee shares an exciting new endeavour into textiles through an upcoming collaboration with Gwyllem clothing which aims to bring the essence of the plants into beautiful wearable pieces- their ‘Flannel flower’ piece sounds magical.  You can find out more about Dalee’s stunning artwork and the story of her work here and stay tuned for her collaboration with Gwyllem clothing here.  To find out more about The Elder Tree visit the website at www.theeldertree.org and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here.  You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter.  Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here.  Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com  The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
50:47
November 16, 2022
7. Attention as a gateway to plant connection: Jessyca Bosscha on Sacred Herbalism
7. Attention as a gateway to plant connection: Jessyca Bosscha on Sacred Herbalism
Jessyca Bosscha is a herbalist and naturopath and medicine maker in Evans Head, northern New South Wales. She loves making herbal medicine accessible and encouraging people to weave the plants into their days in simple & rewarding ways. This love of simplicity shines beautifully in this interview, where we explore how a sacred relationship to plants can be as easy as paying attention to them.  You can find Jess at https://www.facebook.com/EvansHeadNaturopathy/  https://evans-head-naturopathy.square.site and https://www.instagram.com/evans_head_naturopathy/  Show Notes & Links: The wonderful book about right relationship to plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer: https://milkweed.org/book/braiding-sweetgrass Works by the exquisite nature poet Mary Oliver: https://maryoliver.com Find my guided herbal tea meditation on Insight Timer here. About the Elder Tree: To find out more about The Elder Tree visit the website at www.theeldertree.org and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
46:38
November 07, 2022
6. A Near Death Experience to Regenerative Agriculture: Igor Pershin on the Permaculture Herbalism Segment
6. A Near Death Experience to Regenerative Agriculture: Igor Pershin on the Permaculture Herbalism Segment
Igor Pershin had a near-death experience which made him take stock of his priorities and decide to give back in some way. This wake-up call sent him back to university to pursue postgraduate studies in the environment at Melbourne University, an addition to his Marketing degree, which acted as a springboard for his climate change activism career, spanning Beyond Zero Emissions, 350.org and ultimately founding his own non-profit, Less Meat Less Heat. Igor's focus was carbon-conscious eating, which opened up opportunities for him to present at UN climate conferences in Paris and Bonn, speak on the TEDx stage, and even develop an app.  Interestingly, burnout forced Igor to take stock of his own health and understand the deeper systemic origins of environmental and human-health imbalances, where formal studies into nutrition and functional medicine led to his understanding that human health is directly linked to the health of our soils. He admittedly states that he was wrong about his non-profit and that, as Bob Gill says, “it’s not the cow, it’s how”, and discusses how his experience led him on a path away from the climate 'fight' and toward seeking solutions, finding permaculture and regenerative agriculture which integrates animals as vital roles in the building of soil health.   Following Sadhguru along the Cauvery Calling trip across India to activate farmers and their communities to shift towards regenerative agriculture principles, he further deepened his passion in this space, which ultimately led him to seek out Zach Bush and Farmer’s Footprint. Igor is currently the operations manager of Farmer’s Footprint Australia and runs Natural Filters, sustainable bamboo charcoal water filters for the home, as well as a digital marketing consultancy specialising in solar energy. Warning: there is lots of loud laughter in this episode.  Show Notes: Farmer's Footprint Australia Website: https://farmersfootprint.org.au Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/farmersfootprintaustralia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farmersfootprintaustralia Natural Filters - Binchotan Charcoal Filters Made With Bamboo Website: https://naturalfilters.com.au Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/naturalfiltersau Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natural_filters  Cauvery Calling is a first-of-its-kind campaign, setting the standard for how India’s rivers – the country’s lifelines – can be revitalised: https://www.ishaoutreach.org/en/cauvery-calling. To find out more about The Elder Tree, visit the website here and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at: asktheeldertree@gmail.com. The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
01:03:40
October 31, 2022
5. Reciprocity with Herbs: Alyson Maier on Herbal Education
5. Reciprocity with Herbs: Alyson Maier on Herbal Education
We have Alyson Maier from Green Heart Herbals as our very first interviewee on The Elder Tree podcast.  Alyson is a shamanic, naturopathic and herbal practitioner in the Glasshouse Mountains, QLD.  She is also an author and teacher, and runs a myriad of courses, workshops and classes.  I was very excited to interview Alyson as she is a great source of inspiration and supportive energy for me and for The Elder Tree.  She is passionate about grassroots herbalism and about creating symbiotic relationships with other herbalists in Australia. In this interview, Alyson shares some deep wisdom on living in reciprocity with the earth, treating herbal medicine not as a commodity, allowing plants to become your family and about how knowledge belongs to the people.  We talk about co-creating a movement together rather than just purely servicing our communities  and about the importance of passing on traditional knowledge through story.  I uncover her motivations for being a herbal educator, about how knowledge is the medicine that we are giving as educators and about how sharing her wisdom gives her such heart expanding joy! In our talk, we discuss Estuary Learning, a wonderful not-for-profit organisation of which we are both members.  Estuary Learning is a collective that has been created for herbal educators, mentors and practitioners.  It is an empowering co-supportive space for plant medicine workers from around Australia and if you haven't yet seen what we are up to then check out our website at:  www.estuarylearning.org.au. This has been such a wonderful interview,  I feel as though I could talk for hours and hours with Alyson and revel in her deep wisdom and breadth of knowledge.  I love what she shares about humans being a part of nature and her dreams for the future of herbal medicine in Australia.  One that we are all creating together! Go to www.greenheartherbals.com/events to find out about Alyson's upcoming events and workshops. Alyson also has an online 6-week course teaching people to grow their own herbal medicine garden.  Find out more at: www.greenheartherbals.com/how-to-grow-your-own-medicinal-herb-garden To find out more about The Elder Tree visit the website at www.theeldertree.org and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
43:44
October 24, 2022
4. Introduction to Self Care with Herbs
4. Introduction to Self Care with Herbs
Welcome to the first episode of Self Care with Herbs... Tune in as Jess, your host and herbalist at Evans Head Naturopathy, shares a little about her journey down the plant path- from a free range childhood steeped in herbal folk remedies, to high school teacher to herbalist and plant medicine maker. Hear about how Jess leans into her plant allies to enrich her practice of self care and make sure you have a pen and paper handy to jot down the simple, delicious recipe she shares.  To find out more about The Elder Tree visit the website here and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
11:50
October 17, 2022
3. Sacred Herbalism Introduction
3. Sacred Herbalism Introduction
Hello! Welcome to the Sacred Herbalism Segment of this podcast. In this episode I introduce the themes this podcast will explore, share some of my own experience of sacred relationship to plants, and end with a 5-min guided 'cup of tea' meditation.   To find out more about The Elder Tree visit the website here and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
25:47
October 09, 2022
2. Introduction to the Permaculture Herbalism Segment
2. Introduction to the Permaculture Herbalism Segment
This is the very first episode of the Permaculture Herbalism Segment of The Elder Tree podcast on the first quarter moon of spring 2022. In this episode, I am introducing myself (Tonielle Christensen, aka Earth Mumma) and giving you insight into this segment and providing some insights into the concepts of the art and science of permaculture. In this space, we will be connecting with inspiring permaculturalists and will learn holistic ways of integrating plants into our homes, gardens and communities for healing. Together, we will explore this regenerative design system with five powerful questions to bring out the wisdom of the amazing people I will be interviewing in future episodes. So stay tuned! As an educator and grassroots kitchen witch, I love my lifestyle and its extension into my permaculture garden. If you want to join families and me from around the world to connect, nourish and grow in tune with nature, please join our community and online practical course at: https://www.earthmumma.co/naturekids and be part of my upcoming in-person workshops and courses to get skilled in sustainability, join me here: https://www.earthmumma.co/workshops-courses. If growing an abundant nutritional and medicinal garden in the tropics excites you, then you'll need my book, The Incredible Edible Tropical Superfoods Guide: https://www.earthmumma.co/incredible-edibles-superfood-guide-ebook. If you want to stay tuned for these episodes 'follow' us and check back every first quarter moon to listen to this segment. Be sure to give us a rating, so the bots share our love far and wide. Thank you! More about The Elder Tree and our Moonthly offerings Our podcast offers weekly segments, including: Herbal Educators with Twiggy Dawn - every new moon Permaculture Herbalism with Tonielle Christensen (me) - every first quarter moon Sacred Herbalism with Stephanie Hazel - every full moon, and  Self-Care with Herbs- Jessica Bosscha - every last quarter moon To learn more about The Elder Tree, visit the website and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here. Revised:  I mentioned that Darren Doherty is part of RegenAg, which was the case when I studied my PDC with him. However, he is no longer involved in that company and now runs the Regrarians platform. 
01:01:09
October 02, 2022
1. Introduction to the Herbal Education Segment
1. Introduction to the Herbal Education Segment
This is the very first episode launching The Elder Tree podcast on the first new moon of spring, 2022. This episode is just me introducing myself (Twiggy Dawn), introducing my segment "Herbal Education", and also sharing about The Elder Tree organisation and where we are at in our journey. Check back in next new moon for my next episode where I will start interviewing inspiring herbal educators from around Australia! Also check in every quarter moon and every full moon to check out the other three segments presented by Jessyca Bosscha, Tonielle Christensen and Stephanie Hazel. To find out more about The Elder Tree visit the website here and donate to the crowdfunding campaign here. You can also follow The Elder Tree on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. Find out more about this podcast and the presenters here. Get in touch with The Elder Tree at:  asktheeldertree@gmail.com The intro and outro song is "Sing for the Earth" and was kindly donated by Chad Wilkins.  You can find Chad's music here and here.
14:34
September 25, 2022