Sacred Earth Community

with Erica Wohldmann

Nothing connects us more deeply to nature than eating—literally putting the fruits of the Earth inside our bodies. Our love affair with vitamin-fortified food-like products that bathe our brains in dopamine at the mere thought of them tickling our taste buds exemplifies how far removed from nature many of us have become. Food-like products are resource intensive not only to produce, but also to distribute and dispose, and these aspects of food production are usually hidden from consumers to ensure that we see only colorful plastic packages of artificially flavored treats designed to push our evolutionary “eat me” buttons. The consequences of this lifestyle are becoming increasingly clear—obesity, cancer and other diet-related diseases, social injustices, poverty, hunger, water pollution, climate change, and environmental destruction, just to name a few. Food is required for life, and what we’re eating is killing us.
Inspired to reconnect with nature and my food, last year I traveled though 16 states and Canada, living in National Forests and other public lands, foraging all of my food. Occasionally, I traded my harvests at farmers markets or dove into grocery store dumpsters for one of those dopamine delivery devices to supplement my diet. I traveled from forest to forest, chasing the rain, gathering wild and medicinal mushrooms, fruits, berries and vegetables, acorns, nuts and edible seeds for making breads, and herbs for flavoring dishes, teas, and as ingredients in medicinal beers that I crafted on the campfire. Along the way I met a variety of interesting characters—farmers, foragers, hunters, and random strangers—who shared their wisdom, their food, and their homes. I will share an empowering tale of how I nourished my body and soul while discussing the social and environmental importance of reconnecting with nature and land on which our food grows.

Erica Wohldmann holds a joint Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science (Philosophy of Mind) from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a Professor at California State University, Northridge where she teaches classes about eco-psychology, the psychology and politics behind our food choices, and best practices in sustainability. Her research focuses on food and consumer choices. In the community, Erica also teaches workshops on herbal and medicinal brewing, wild-food foraging, and primitive skills.

Sunday, March 9
(This is a FREE program)

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