Caitlin McMullen is an herbalist living in Sarasota, FL. She has been a student of plants since childhood, with an interest in herbalism beginning in college. In the intervening years she has completed Community Herbalist training with the Florida School of Holistic Living and studied with many teachers from around the country. She now tends the land where she and her family live, nurturing both cultivated and wild herbs, living in accordance with the seasons as much as possible. She offers an herbal CSA (community supported agriculture) subscription of small batch, seasonal herbal preparations, as well as herbalism classes in her community. She practices bioregional herbalism as a path of personal and community wellness and a means of interconnection with all our human and more than human communities.
Caitlin’s 2020 Florida Herbal Conference class:
Embodiment, Relationship and Belonging: Sensory experience as a pathway into deeper connection with herbs; herbalism as a pathway into deeper embodiment
We hear about the benefits of mindfulness all the time. But what about body-fullness, or body-presence? What about attention to our sensory experiences, and to the information we receive from within our own bodies? This class will investigate the ways embodiment, that is, our experiential existence as thinking, feeling bodies, can lead to greater self knowledge, as well as enhance our ability to connect out with others, including plants. Books and scientific research and data are wonderful resources within the practice of herbalism, and there is also another crucial aspect of learning from and working with plants: personal, experiential relationship. Connecting with herbs on an individual level can in turn deepen our experience of our own bodies’ wisdom. This class will provide tips, tools and exercises for connecting in with our own embodiment and outward with the plants, with the aim of bringing us into deeper relationship with the green and more-than-human ecology around us.