Protective, nourishing, tenacious, a guardian of thresholds--join Rosa for an engaging class about Stinging Nettle. A herald of spring season, this plant friend is loaded with minerals and vitamins, the seeds are used to support the adrenals and endocrine system, and stems have been used for millennia to make yarn and cloth. Nettles feature in many a story and fairytale, and folk medicine traditions from around the world attribute powers of protection as well as fertility to Nettles. And that's just barely skimming the surface!
We will smell, taste, and look at Stinging Nettles as well as talk about how people around the world have turned to this magical plant for healing, nurturing, and protection. You'll get to taste some Nettle tea, Jun, and oxymel. You'll also receive a handout to take home with you, which will include two Stinging Nettle recipes. Everyone gets to bring home a 1oz dropper bottle of Nettle Oxymel, one of the best spring season tonics.
This class will be held in our small upstairs gathering space which requires going up a flight of stairs. Please reach out to us if you have questions about the accessibility of our space.
Rosa Vissers (she/her) is the co-owner of Hildegard. She grew up in The Netherlands and fondly remembers making “potions” out of flowers and lake water as a child. Starting in her oma's garden, Rosa has continued to tend plants in parking strips, gardens large and small, and windowsills for as long as she can remember. About a decade ago Rosa started pursuing formal training in herbalism and growing medicinal plants. She completed two Permaculture Design Certificates, and studied with Natalie Hammerquist of Adiantum School, Asia Suler of One Willow, City Fruit, and others. The plants continue to be her guiding teachers.
Rosa's other big love is movement. A dance artist and teacher with an international performance career spanning 20 years, she now mostly dances in her living room with her toddler. She deeply believes in the intelligence of our bodies, and her dance and yoga classes are an invitation to connect with the wisdom that lives in our cells. She worked with Yoga Behind Bars from 2009-2023, serving as Executive Director, facilitating Trauma-Informed Yoga trainings, and sharing yoga with hundreds of incarcerated people throughout Washington.
Rosa weaves all of these loves and learnings together in her classes, inviting participants to use all of their senses when learning from and with the plants.
Image: Susan Jeffers and Yvonne Gilbert "The Wild Swans: Knitting Nettle Coats"