Sacred Plant Medicine Workshop – In Honour of Frank Cook

Indigenous people around the world have been able to gather knowledge of plant uses by communicating directly with them.

By honouring the sacred relationship between themselves and the plant kingdom.

In this 3-hour Sacred Plant Medicine immersion, we will explore the many ways that you are able to communicate with the plant kingdom to aid your nutritional and healing needs.

You will explore the sacred dimension of plant and human interactions.

When, Where & How Much

  • Sunday, 19th August 2018
  • Time: 2pm-5pm
  • Location: Wiggaton, Ottery St. Mary, Devon
  • Cost: £50
  • FULLY BOOKED

About Your Sacred Plant Medicine Guide

Maria Holland Sacred Plant Medicine Teacher

MARIA HOLLAND trained as a Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner with Eliot Cowan (author of the book ‘Plant Spirit Medicine‘), qualifying in 2006.

Maria grew up in sleepy Dorset loving plants and all wild nature. She has followed various paths through Feng Shui, Reiki, gardening, yoga, birth support, Sacred Fire keeping, animal communication and Grief Tending.

Through these, she has learned varied views of the mind, body and spirit from ancient Chinese diagnostics to native Huichol Indian spirituality in Mexico.

She runs her private practice from home, which is shared with 3 gorgeous children, 2 cats, a dog and one wonderful husband.

Why This Workshop – A Personal Message From Robin Harford

Frank Cook was my plant mentor.

He is the reason that I started teaching about plants.

Started telling their stories.

Started encouraging people to remember their sacred relationship with the plant kingdom.

To restore the vital connection.

He is also the reason that hundreds of thousands of people around the world are now returning to “The Green Path”.

I first met Frank while filming him back in September 2008.

That meeting and numerous exchanges had a life-changing impact on me.

He’s the reason you are reading this.

Frank encouraged me to go out into the world and share my plant knowledge.

That was never part of my plan.

But the ecosystem often has other intentions for us.

We are, after all but one tiny speck within its vastness.

All species play a part in the ecosystem.

If any species becomes toxic to the ecosystem, the ecosystem will try to address the imbalance caused by that species behaviour.

Try to guide it back to wellbeing.

If it can’t, it removes it.

For me the ecosystem is all.

I learn from the ecosystem, and I play my part – hopefully – by listening to it.

As humans we stopped listening to it a long time ago.

Yet in past times, when we lived as nomadic hunter-gatherers we did listen.

Everyday we listened.

But something happened. That something was agriculture.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m really glad we have agriculture because it’s how we all get fed.

Yet by becoming farmers, settled and locked down in one place. Numerous problems have arisen.

We stopped listening.

Forgot our place in creation. And instead disappeared into our heads. Removed ourselves from our sensorial and imaginative bodies.

Forgot how to listen to the world.

Go into any forest anywhere, and all species ‘talk’ with each other. It’s how balance is maintained.

As humans, we are deaf to the wisdom of the forest.

Existing in our heads, we no longer hear the green plant beings whispering to us.

And as I like to say on my foraging courses… “Plants are 400 million years old. Modern humans a mere 150,000 years old.”

Maybe we need to stop thinking so much and start listening again.

Like the ancient Taoists did. Like every traditional culture has.

Yet many of these traditional cultures are also losing this ability to listen as they become forced to be settled.

Forced to join the global dominant culture.

Frank used to talk about “other ways of knowing” about the world.

It wasn’t until I started travelling to remote locations. Entering into forests with members of traditional cultures as my guides, that I knew what he was on about.

There are numerous ways to learn to listen again to the voices of creation, to enter the ethnosphere.

Wade Davis, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, describes the ethnosphere as…

“The sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, and intuitions brought into being by the human imagination.”

I met Frank as a result of two dear friends (Maria and Chris Holland) who told me about him. Told me that I needed to meet him.

And so I did.

From that meeting my path was – and still is – that of the contemplative.

It’s why I go to Asia each winter to sit in the forest temple.

But there are many different paths.

All of them have one intention.

To help humans remember their place in the ecosystem.

To help humans learn to listen again.

To help humans return to The Green Path.

Frank died on August 19th, 2009. Two months before he was meant to teach his “Sacred Plant Medicine” workshop that I had organised and arranged for him.

It never happened.

The world had lost a very dear friend. And those of us who knew him cried with pain. It was a sad time.

So each year I “do something” special to remember Frank, and the gifts he shared with us all.

Sometimes it has just been a private thing. Just myself and few friends.

At other times I have run public events to mark his passing.

This year, I spoke with Maria (my friend who introduced me to Frank), to see if she would be prepared to run a workshop in the spirit of his work.

She has agreed.

And so this year on Sunday, August 19th we are running a memorial event for Frank.

It will be a very small gathering. Only 20 people or so. And will happen at Maria’s house.

A beautiful place surrounded by the gorgeous wild plants that Frank loved so much.

It will be different to the usual events that I run.

Very different actually.

Maria and I are wanting to I create the same experience for you, that Frank and I had planned to do back in 2009.

And I have a sense that Frank would have given his blessing to this event.

Should you decide to come along, Maria and I look forward to meeting you on the day.