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Sacred Plants – Spiritual and Medicinal Uses

Sacred Plants – Spiritual and Medicinal Uses

In this workshop, you will examine and experience how the Anishinaabe people use their sacred plants in cony and in medicine.

About this event

Toronto Botanical Garden welcomes you to this beautiful teaching with Kina Gegoo Botanical Sanctuary. In this workshop, you will examine and experience how the Anishinaabe people use their sacred plants in ceremony and in medicine. Come learn with long-time friends Penelope Beaudrow and Lauri Hoeg; Penny will cover medicinal uses of these amazing plants and encourage us to bring ceremony back into our lives. Lauri will share the traditional teachings of these sacred plants.

Presentation includes a pre-recorded film and time for live questions with Penny after the viewing.

About Laurie Hoeg

Lauri Hoeg is Anishnaabe qwe and a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. She has been serving her community for the past six years on band council and holds the culture, language and education portfolios. She obtained a degree in Public Administration and Governance from Ryerson University and is a board executive with  the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body who governs the largest education self-government agreement in Canada.

Lauri’s first love is art and anything that inspires her creativity. Her crafting began as a child when her mother taught her traditional beadwork that she continues to enjoy to this day.  Lauri also enjoys quilting, jewelry making, ash basket making and moccasin making, and also works with pen and ink and and watercolour.  Her first choice of medium is acrylics. She creates florals and Ojibway paintings that are influenced by eastern woodland and west coast First Nation art.

Lauri is a mother of three children and two spoiled dogs. She practices herbalism and forages for wild foods on the east side of Georgina Island where she lives and creates in “Eagles in the East Studio”.

About Penelope Beaudrow

Penelope Beaudrow is a Registered Herbalist and recognized herbal elder who has devoted the past 25 years to helping others foster deep and resilient connections with the living intelligence of the natural world and the regenerative, healing forces of plants and the medicine they carry. Penelope earned her Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine from Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia. She serves as Product Development Specialist and Herbal Educator at Faunus Herbs. She is also deeply engaged in in the field of herbal education, including in depth work with the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine and The Ginkgo Tree Herbal Course. In addition, she maintains a small clinical practice, serving her rural community and has extensive experience working with humans and animals alike.

Penelope is deeply concerned with regenerative ecology as an integral component of the health and wellbeing of the earth and all of its inhabitants. She works diligently to reintroduce a wide variety of native, at risk and endangered plants at her sanctuary and farmstead and is engaged in significant re-wilding efforts. She has been a fierce advocate for herbal medicine as the people’s medicine and has successfully spearheaded a team that has worked to stop the traditional herbal tonic – Fire Cider – from becoming a trademarked commodity in Canada. The work that Penelope is engaged in every day aims to lay the foundations for a verdant, thriving, and viable future that upholds and works alongside the brilliance of nature. The path of earth stewardship has as its goal harmony, health and the peaceful coexistence for all beings. The transformations that Penelope has, and continues to witness through her careful and patient partnership with the green world have far exceeded her hopes and expectations; when the plants begin to speak, it’s always best to listen, for the marvels that will unfold are sure to be beyond our wildest dreams.

Online Program Access

Please note that this program is being hosted live ONLINE only. It will not be recorded, and it will only be available on Zoom at the scheduled time. Log-in details will be sent 2 days before the program date. If you register within two days of the presentation, you will receive your log-in details at 12:30pm on the day of the presentation. Please make sure that you check your junk mail and/or make Eventbrite a trusted site.

Participation in online programming requires that attendees have access to and familiarization with current technology. Please review our Refund Policy and Terms of Agreement, and Zoom Best Practices document.

Registration Deadline: Thursday December 2 at 12:00pm.


Dec 02 2021


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Dec 02 2021
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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