Natural Connections October
October 28th is our third Natural Connections event at the Sandpoint Library, this time indoors in the Community Rooms. Come for the full event or just stop in for the portions that interest you.
Check out our schedule for the day:
10 AM: Fall to Winter, Tea Blending
Join our Tea Blending Workshop!
Embrace the cozy season with our delightful Winter Tea Blending Workshop. Discover the art of crafting aromatic and soul-warming herbal teas that are perfect for chilly days, holiday gatherings, and immune support. This workshop is designed to be both educational and a whole lot of fun!
- Immune-Boosting Tonic: Learn how to create herbal blends that support your immune system during the winter months. Harness the power of natural ingredients to keep you feeling your best all season long.
- Mulling Spice Magic: Dive into the enchanting world of mulling spices. Craft your own spice blend that will transform ordinary drinks into heartwarming, spiced wonders. Perfect for sipping by the fire or sharing with loved ones.
- Holiday Tea Extravaganza: Get into the festive spirit by concocting a special holiday tea blend that’s sure to dazzle at your holiday gatherings. Impress your guests with unique flavors and seasonal aromas.
What You’ll Experience:
- Hands-on tea blending guided by Laura Clemmons the expert herbalist.
- Tips and tricks for sourcing quality ingredients.
- Tasting and sampling your creations.
- Interactive and engaging activities to make the learning experience enjoyable.
About the presenter:
Laura is a revered and accomplished healer as a functional clinical herbalist, she has dedicated herself to the study of integrative therapies and energy work for over two decades. With 23 years of practice in herbalism and earth-centered shamanistic healing, Laura carries forward a rich lineage of healing knowledge, descending from the esteemed tradition of Italian healers known as the Strega.
Since 2003, Laura has maintained a professional herbal practice, and her expertise extends to teaching herbal classes across the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. Laura is the co-visionary behind Tendril Herbal Apothecary and Healing Center in Sandpoint, ID, an integrative healthcare clinic specializing in integrative therapies. Laura’s personal herbal practices focuses on functional health for women. Her focus areas encompass thyroid and adrenal imbalances, fertility, pre/post-natal health, and childhood wellness.
12 PM: Community Seed Exchange & Brown Bag Lunch Social Hour
Join us for a brown bag lunch social hour! Bring your garden-grown seed to exchange with the community or choose from the library’s selection. The library will provide envelopes and markers for your use.
This is a great opportunity to share the abundance of seed from your garden and bring in new varieties for next season. Don’t have any seeds to share? That’s ok! There will be plenty of seed available, so come and share in the bounty anyway. And bring your lunch for social hour, even if you have no garden or need for seed.
About the session organizer:
Anna Hebard is the Library Garden & Seed Coordinator!
1 PM: Enchanted Potions and Elixirs
Step into the mystical realm of Enchanted Potions and Elixirs and learn about the magical use of herbs. This class invites you to embrace the magic of potion-making, a craft that knows no season but finds its zenith during this time of year. As Samhain, the cross-quarter celebration between the Fall Equinox and the Winter Solstice, approaches, we’ll embark on a journey to create elixirs that honor tradition, ceremony, and the thinning of the veil between worlds.
Samhain, known to many as Halloween, holds deep significance across cultures, marking a period when the boundary between our reality and the spirit world becomes porous. Join us to tap into this ancient wisdom of potion making.
In this immersive workshop, you will:
- Craft Sacred Elixirs: Learn the art of crafting potions and elixirs using herbs, crystals, and other enchanted ingredients.
- Discover Cross-Cultural Insights: Explore the diverse cultural perspectives on Samhain and its significance in the wheel of the year
- Connect with Community: Share in the enchantment with like-minded individuals and kindred spirits.
Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or a curious seeker, “Enchanted Potions and Elixirs” will deepen your connection to the magic of this season. Join us for an unforgettable journey into the world of potions, elixirs, and Samhain’s mystical embrace. Led by Laura Clemmons. (Bio above)
3 PM: Music at Any Age
Learn to hear the important notes in songs and produce those notes on a variety of instruments. Knowing the few important notes will help you to identify the structure of songs and make music more accessible. This is also known as music “theory” – a term we will demystify. Many songs that we know and love are really pretty easy to play – folk, rock, bluegrass, blues.
Bring an instrument if you have one – preferably stringed but anything that produces notes will do. If you don’t have an instrument and you do have a smart phone – download any piano keyboard app.
We will also need a few people who are comfortable singing in a group.
To prepare – Listen to “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” (any version) , “Cold Cold heart” (Hank Williams), “I Walk the Line” (Johnny Cash), and Cripple Creek (The Band)
About the presenter:
Jean Gerth began playing mandolin at age 45 (admittedly with some musical experience as a child). After switching to upright bass, and at the pinnacle of her musical career, she performed with local groups Local Honey and Wild Honey. She is a firm believer that with patience, practice and a nonjudgmental attitude anyone can learn to play for personal enjoyment.