Susan Marynowski (M.S.) grew up in north Florida. Susan has a passionate interest in native plants and has been a perpetual student of the patterns of plants, people, and healing for over 25 years. She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild and maintains a small practice and teaching program in Gainesville. Susan has studied and mentored with Tieraona LowDog, Susun Weed, David Winston, Patricia Howell, Thomas Easley, and other esteemed herbalists. She holds degrees in fine arts and wildlife ecology, with emphasis in public education. Susan is a land conservation and sustainability advocate and a volunteer steward at a natural burial ground. She hopes to live (and die) in a way that has less impact on the Earth that sustains us all.
Susan’s 2018 Florida Herbal Conference classes:
A HEALER’S DOZEN: FLORIDA MEDICINAL WEEDS WITH COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL
Instead of talking about all of the plants, this time we will focus on a dozen or so important medicinal weeds that commonly grow in central and north Florida. We will examine the important physical and medicinal characteristics of the plants and will meet the plant families. These common plants with commercial potential – both native and non-native – are under our feet, over our heads, and by our sides.
WALKING OVER MEDICINE: MEETING THE MEDICINAL WEEDS OF FLORIDA (AKA WEED-WALK-IN-A-BUCKET)
Susan would like to share with you her special passion for Florida’s medicinal weeds! This will be a big-picture overview of Florida medicinal plants. We will look at a whole bucketload of weeds and learn some of the important physical and medicinal characteristics of the plants and the plant families. These common plants – both native and non-native – are under our feet, over our heads, and by our sides. Be ready to take notes and pictures in this fast-paced class!
How can we as herbalists act in ways that support the systems of the Earth that support us? We will explore not just the ethics of working with herbs – things like ethical wildcrafting and sustainable use of endangered or over-harvested plants – but also the morals of approaching the plants as a resource to be extracted vs. relations to be respected and understood. It gets deep as we delve into some of the basic tenets of ecology and discover the “10 Rules of Ecological Herbalism.”