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Restoring a respectful, honorable relationship with the earth naturally invites reconnection with the wisdom of traditional healing methods. Based on eating healthy foods that grow around us and collecting the herbs we encounter on our walks, we maintain healthy bodies by absorbing the life force of our habitat.


  1. Under the guidance of a biologist or herbalist, go into nature to identify at least a dozen plants native to the school’s region.
  2. Analyze where they grow as well as the health of the ecosystem where you found them. Provide options for repairing ecological damage, if found.
  3. Discuss a plan for site restoration during the ecological portion of the training.
  4. Find plants that can harm us or help heal us. In what ways do people in the area use these plants.
  5. Bring them to school, learn to dry them and make teas and tinctures from them.
  6. An extension of this exercise could look at the role of power objects and power places, such as caves, flowing streams, rivers and hills, and how the people of the area use them for their health.


Identifying students’ skills and strengths and how they can be used within the joint project.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of a number of natural remedies gathered from or cultivated in nature.


Paper bags, cutting tools, a natural rough area where plants can be collected.


Focus initially on identifying how the environment and ecosystem have been damaged by human presence, then discuss the various ailments that can be remedied through natural medicines. Don’t go into real cases of illness and healing now but only discuss the general information. Also discuss what is the importance of power places in the healing of the earth?

Ask the students what they learned about the ecosystem in question. How does the health of the environment correlate with their own? What did they discover about health and healing? How does this relate to how they view the health of the earth? From their bodies? Their thoughts? What other substances and objects do they know that can promote environmental and personal health? What was most important in what happened during this activity? What did they miss?


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