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Harrison, Kathleen

Category: Scientist

 

Kathleen Harrison is an ethnobotanist, artist, and photographer who researches the relationship between plants and people, with a particular focus on art, myth, ritual, and spirituality. Harrison teaches at the California School of Herbal Studies, Sonoma State University, University of Minnesota (Hawaii field course), and at various symposia.  Kathleen also teaches courses in Hawaii and the Peruvian Amazon. Some are university-sponsored field courses, and some are open to anyone.

 

She has done fieldwork in Latin America for 30 years, and is the director of Botanical Dimensions, a nonprofit foundation devoted to preserving medicinal and shamanic plant knowledge from the Amazonian rainforest and tropics around the world.

Kathleen founded Botanical Dimensions in 1985, with her then-husband, the late Terence McKenna. Kathleen has been the President and Project Director throughout BD’s history, and continues to actively manage both ongoing and new projects.

Botanical Dimensions is an ethnobotanical preserve on the big island of Hawaii. It was set up to collect, protect, propagate and understand plants of ethno-medical significance and their lore and appreciate, study, and educate others about plants felt to be significant to cultural integrity and spiritual well-being. The 19 acre botanical garden is a repository containing thousands of plants, which have been used by indigenous people of the tropical regions and includes a database of information related to purported healing properties of plants. McKenna was involved until 1992 when he retired from the project, following his divorce from Kathleen earlier in the year.

References

The website for Botanical Dimensions can be found by following this LINK.

Youtube video - Indigenous Plant wisdom - this video contains a very personal story of how plants helped her

 

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