Through a series of monthly workshops, site visits, group conversations and consultations, students will learn how to:
Identify local wild medicinal tea plants, Harvest and formulate tea for the whole class community, Incorporate herbal tea + mindfulness practices as a daily practice in the classroom, Utilize sensory integration as a primary part of their learning process, Gain an understanding of physiology and anatomy of the body systems through the lens of the medicinal herb and its’ actions in the body, Practice listening and conversation skills when sitting quietly with a cup of tea in the class community with others
Throughout the workshops and group conversations the following topics from within this realm will be introduced and explored:
1. Developing an inner knowledge of taste
2. Mindfulness and Tea Drinking
4. Curriculum topics: Identifying Plants, Harvesting and Drying, The plant cycle, Making Tea Bags, Weeds or Medicine?
In this course, we build and design a perennial herb garden for the school. This garden will grow to supply your classroom with a monthly supply of herbal teas throughout the school year so you can have a locally harvested tea corner to supply your daily cup of tea and mindfulness practices.
The perennial garden is suited to the school year, with a harvest available as students return to school the next year. Plant medicinal herbal starts from seed indoors and nurture them to the garden as the school year culminates. Learn the medicinal actions of the specific plants in your garden, practice drinking herbal tea in the classroom and reflect on its pathway and course in the body with your students. Our experiences inform our lives.
Throughout the residency, workshops, online lessons and group conversations the following topics from are introduced and explored:
1. Design a tea garden
2. Plant and care for perennial herbs
3. Curriculum Topics: Seeds, Growth, Weeds or Medicine?, Drawing Plants (Botany), Spring Ephemeral Flowers (woodland), Botanical Drawing of Leaves, Spring Ephemeral Flowers, Harvest, Preserve, Prepare Herbal Products
**It is highly recommended to take both of the above courses to complete the entire year's cycle for the Tea Project. The cost per 3 credit course is $1600 (with materials and credit) offered in conjunction with Castleton University. Courses are held six credits in all, over the course of two semesters plus one residency in Vermont, in July 2021 (recommended, not required). Weekly online video lessons, readings, curricular implementations, direct consulting sessions, and a monthly online community learning group comprise the course.