Here is the second video from a wild plant retreat I attended with Doug Elliott and Frank Cook. Based out of the Sunnybank Inn, which sits along the Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs, NC, we traveled to some amazing places nearby and learned a wealth of information from these two astute mountain men. Doug Elliott is a gifted storyteller and musician, and we start this video off with his Dandelion Song. The remainder of the video highlights Frank Cook of www.plantsandhealers.com. Frank has an encyclopedic knowledge of the plants, and the real beauty lies in that he blends this knowledge with love and wisdom. Frank travels the world learning about and teaching about plants, and he has a wonderful way of bringing truth’s out and making you think about your own evolution. Please check out his website to see some of the articles he’s written, books he recommends, and his tour schedule.
I really fell in love with those Appalachian Mountains, and send a big thanks to all the plants, the people attending the retreat, and our amazing teachers!
Here is a long-overdue video from my time spent in the Appalachian Mountains with Doug Elliott and Frank Cook, during the late part of April. I attended an absolutely wonderful wild plant retreat with these gentle giants of the plant world and learned so much from them both. Doug is a gifted mountain man who, in addition to his knowledge of the natural world, shares his enthusiasm for it through stories and song. He is a national treasure…keeping the stories and songs alive, and I would encourage you to visit his website www.dougelliott.com to see the wide range of CD’s and books he has available. Doug is a tender-hearted man, with a lifetime of experience living off the land and staying attuned to the plant world.
One of my favorite things I learned from him was that when you are walking through the forest and you go through a spiderweb…well, that’s the forest imprinting your face! And when you step over one of those rocks that tips and wobbles a bit…well, that’s the forest figuring out how much you weigh! And finally, when you stumble upon one of those jack (or jill) in the pulpit’s…well, that’s the microphone of the forest and they’re listening to your words. It’s alive!!! Please check Doug’s website for his class schedules, and stay tuned for part two.
Sunny Savage, host of the television series ‘Hot on the Trail with Sunny Savage’, helps us untame our lives by incorporating wild foods into our modern-day diets. She holds an MS in Nutrition Education and has traveled to all 7 continents, learning from the plants and the people along the way. She lives on the island of Maui and enjoys exploring from mountain top to the sea.