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Forest Landscapes Workshops 2017

Welcome to our Forest Landscapes series 2017 workshops!

Three workshops exploring different but interrelated aspects of working with our indigenous plants:

Edible Landscapes, Aug 26-27
Medicinal Landscapes, Sep 23-24
Nourishing Landscapes, Oct 21-22

Coming up in August – Edible Landscapes

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Would you like to learn how to forage for indigenous food and prepare healthy meals and drinks?

Come and join us for experiential learning and fun in our beautiful interactive forest garden!

Workshop schedule:

Saturday 26th – Vegetables and herbs
Introduction: Understanding your palette and theory of identification
Guided walk: Learn to identify edible foods
Forage for and prepare a delicious meal with a cooking class in our kitchen

Sunday 27th – Flowers and fruits
Meditative morning sensory walk
Learn different ways of preparing food
Forage for and prepare a healthy sweet using fruit and flowers from the forest
Learn about nutrition and Ayurveda

What is included?
Expert tuition from our team of traditional herbal health experts: Activist and fifth-generation Siddha herbal healer Parvathi Nagarajan MA and our resident Ayurvedic doctor and women’s health specialist Dr. Bérengère
Healthy vegetarian meals
Shared eco-lodging provided
Recipe book

Cost per participant: Rs 7000
Or sign up by 31st July for early bird rate of Rs 6500

To pay:

Bank transfer only:

Account Name – AUROVILLE UNITY FUND
Account Number – 10237876031
IFS Code – SBIN0003160
STATE BANK OF INDIA AUROVILLE TOWNSHIP

IMPORTANT : Please specify in description ” Forest Landscapes 2017″

To register: Click here

For bookings and enquiries please contact:
pitchandikulam.outreach@auroville.org.in
Contact no:+91 7094716136

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Eco-Village Design Program (EDE)


The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Auroville desk based in Pitchandikulam Forest has just successfully hosted a 5 week Ecovillage Design Education Course running from 4th December 2016 to 7th January 2017!

Please follow the link for a quick info

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Next Nature walk Program is paused now

Due to very hot summer we have paused the regular nature walk program, Next nature walk date will be updated soon ..


 

 

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Herbal Medicine, Foods and Cosmetics Courses

activitiesPitchandikulam Forest is Centre of Excellence for Medicinal Plant Conservation, and is dedicated to preserving and disseminating the wealth of local traditional knowledge that exists in the Kazhuveli region.

Our team of traditional herbal health experts – activist and fifth-generation Siddha herbal healer Parvathi Nagarajan MA and our resident Ayurvedic doctor and women’s health specialist Dr. Bérengère Bérieau – are offering longer courses in December and January, depending on expressions of interest.

The courses are:

  • Herbs For Health, 3-5 days
  • Herbal Wellness and Beauty, 2-3 days
  • Rural Enterprise Training Course for Herbal Foods, Medicines and Cosmetics, 2 days
  • Seasonal Health, 1-2 day

If you are interested, or alternatively if you would like to talk to us about organising a specific course for your group at another time, please get in touch with us.

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Herbs For Health, regular classes

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What Fortnightly class on Herbal medicine, foods and cosmetics
Length Three hours
When Every second Wednesday, 2-5pm
With Parvathi Nagarajan (Siddha system) & Dr Bérengère Bérieau (Ayurveda system)
Where Pitchandikulam Forest, Auroville
Donation 300 pp (minimal contribution to cover costs)

Pitchandikulam Forest is a Centre of Excellence for Medicinal Plant Conservation, and is dedicated to preserving and disseminating the wealth of local traditional knowledge that exists in the Kazhuveli region.

Herbs in Tamil Nadu play a key role in people’s lives, and to understand herbs is to have a profound insight into the genius of local culture.

Our traditional herbal health experts Parvathi Nagaraj (Siddha system) and Dr Bérengère Bérieau (Ayurveda system) offer classes in herbal medicine, food and cosmetics twice a month at Pitchandikulam Forest, Auroville.

The classes last for three hours, and cover a selection of the following topics, depending on the season:

  • philosophy of herbs for health
  • walk in the forest; identifying plants by their look, smell and taste; talking about their cultural significance, stories and legends
  • understanding which herbs are most commonly used by traditional healers and how
  • collect and bring to kitchen; making  herbal teas; making cosmetics for skin and hair care
  • methods and health benefits of different types of preparation and preservation
  • tasting herbal chutneys, dosas and pickles made by sustainable rural women’s enterprises
  • the role of women in traditional medicine
  • harmony, diet and good principles for seasonal health and well-being

Classes are usually every second Wednesday, in the afternoon, 2pm-5pm.

Both Dr Berengere and Parvathi are also available for individual consultations at Pitchandikulam. Also, we are considering doing longer, more intensive courses for serious students. To find out more, please see here or contact us.

For information about the next class, please check News & Notes, or send us an email.