Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, is a licensed R.N., traditionally trained Herbalist, Plant Pioneer Ambassador and Wild Foods Forager, who guides groups through gardens, fields, and urban streets to identify weed plants in their healing properties. Her philosophy is – bring people to these experiences, in essence will help the environment in as many ways as there are people. She says, “There is a global investigation to discover the realm of plants. If each person can embrace even a minimal relationship with the environment and its plant life, they will eventually embrace how to better treat the world they live in. This is my purpose in life.”
Through the lens of outdoor discovery, plant identification, and wild food security, participants find a fascinating glimpse at the mysterious generative forces of our plant world. From plants delicate constituents to the crafts humans have imbued onto them, each person realizes a profound and meaningful earth giving relationship. A central dialogue that is often fleshed out in each workshop, through questioning and demonstration are: what does it mean to have a reciprocal human-plant relationship, how do we give back to plants, and what’s of this necessity?
Beginner and Advanced Workshops:
Approach human-plant reciprocity through learning to honor, harvest and listen to the subtle impressions a plant holds. As original cultures have done before, we can do again and this is where Music of the Plants (a Federations of Damanhur initiative), Cymatics and its sacred geometric meta-formations helps one better apply to today’s life, our past human nature with plants.
Marguerite was a Medical-Surgical and a Public Health nurse who now consults at a progressive Western Medicine health clinic in upstate New York. She is also a traditionally trained Herbalist for the last 20 plus years, through the Woodland Essence School of Herbal Medicine with teacher and mentor Kate Gilday. In 2011 she established Weeds, Leaves, Seeds & Shoots, a weed foraging educational company to bring every day people back to the plants. In October 2016 she co-founded a human-plant relations movement named – Plant Pioneers with 12 other green hearts interested in giving a voice for our plants. She is a member of the Farm Catskill, Society of Plant Signaling Behavior, United Plant Savers, Northeast Herb Association and routinely offers workshops at the New England Womens Herbal Conference and International Herb Symposium, Catskill Forest Association, The Cooperstown Farmers Museum and numerous Northeast locations. In development is her comprehensive book, “Weeds for Wellness – the Next Generation”. A 400 page plant I.D. book with wellness strategies using 130 Northeast weed plants and 200 wild recipes.