Guild: Lessons from the Nettle Sister

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Date(s) - 20/09/2021 - 21/03/2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Nettle plants have many gifts to share and lessons to teach to those that care to listen and have the patience to learn.

As a fibre plant  it has had a significant impact historically; clothing many peoples all around the northern hemisphere. In the spring it is food and medicine or dye, in the late summer and fall it becomes cordage and cloth. This Guild will straddle both fall and spring equinox and look to nettles as  our primary source for learning about bast fibre, while also learning about the other ‘bast fibre sisters’, flax and hemp. Each month we will look at old stories and fables of nettle, and explore a variety of harvesting and processing methods and build a better understanding of how we can be in a relationship of reciprocity with nettles. Participants will need access to nettle plants for harvest* or have flax, dogbane or hemp stalks for experimentation.

The six months of meeting time will lead us through from green unretted, water retting stalks, nature/root retted stalks into spring tea and medicine gathering and provide the space and time to come together and share and celebrate “All Things Nettle”.

*guild members in the Vancouver area can have access to EartHand gardens for limited amounts of nettles, flax and dogbane

Monthly on zoom, Mondays 7pm-9pm (Pacific standard time)

Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Jan 17, Feb 21, March 21


This event is fully booked.