Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium

Friday May 22 2015 - Monday May 25 2015 
Black Oak Ranch  50350 N Hwy 101, Laytonville, CA  map

Kate Marianchild, author of Secrets of the Oak Woodlands, will teach three classes: “Oaks and the Species that Depend on Them;” “The Amazing Manzanita and All Its Relations;” and “Lace Lichen and Mistletoe: Friends or Foes” as part of the four-day symposium.

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Kate MarianchildWhen Kate Marianchild migrated to the oak woodlands of inland Mendocino County in 2001, she promptly fell in love with an ecosystem. After writing for Audubon and other nature-oriented nonprofits for several years, she began the research that led to the writing of this book. Marianchild studied Chinese language and literature at UC Berkeley and New Asia College in Hong Kong, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley with a degree in comparative literature. Following years of grassroots political activism, she moved to Mendocino County in 1980 and supported herself as a carpenter while founding and running Rising Tide Sea Vegetables, a company that is still thriving today under new ownership. For the past thirteen years she has lived in a cozy twenty-five-foot-diameter yurt with no indoor plumbing except a sink and a two-gallon hot water heater. In addition to watching wildlife, leading nature walks, and giving slide presentations, Marianchild sings with two community choirs, kayaks, swims, and participates in the events of her beloved community. (Kate Marianchild was known as Kathy Roberts before she changed her name to honor her deceased mother.)