08/14: Wild Healers- Weeds As Medicine
Magic and medicine exist right here in the concrete jungle. Many plants we consider weeds are actually powerful healers with rich history. Wild Healers will be an evening of multi-sensory exploration to awaken relationship to nature in NYC from 5-8pm. We'll explore a few of the magical plants that grow through the cracks in the sidewalk and how to work with them as medicine for the the mind, body and soul.
Vanessa Chakour is the founder of Sacred Warrior whose mission is to deepen relationship with ourselves and the environment. An herbalist, artist, activist, meditation teacher, former competitive boxer and trainer, Vanessa’s teachings are a dynamic blend of her vast personal experiences over the last two decades. Her unique approach is rooted in the belief that healing happens through re-awakening an intuitive connection to ourselves, our bodies, the natural world and our own “inner-wild.”
Vanessa works as matchmaker between participants and nature, inspiring personal relationships with the plants and animals around us. These intimate understandings create eco-defenders and Sacred Warriors, impassioned to defend our planet and home, so necessary at this time. She accomplishes this through curating embodied experiences in her workshops, apprenticeships, and retreats.
A fierce defender and advocate of the land, Vanessa embodies the practices she teaches. She has spearheaded collaborative land-based education programs to inspire ecological awareness and land stewardship for the benefit of the earth and all species.
Vanessa runs Herbalism Courses in NYC and Rewilding retreats at the Wolf Conservation Center in So. Salem NY, on the caribbean coast of Costa Rica and in the wilds of Scotland. As an inspirational speaker. she has spoken at United Nations, Brown University and The Muhammad Ali Center.