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Monday, 22 February 2016 20:36
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Are you interested in the role of healing plants in wellness? Would you like to find out more about global traditional medicine systems? On 27 February there is a seminar on these topics at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden.

The seminar is presented by Jean-Francois Sobiecki, specialist ethnobotanist, healer and researcher at the Centre for Anthropological Research at the University of Johannesburg. Topics that will be discussed includes: Psychoactive plants and how they heal; the use of these plants in tribal societies for divination, warfare, medicine and healing; and an overview of South African medicinal plants and the cultural and scientific studies done on them.

Jean explained that the word ‘psychoactive’ can be defined as any substance that can alter our behavioural functioning, be it perception, emotions or cognition on the whole. Many common substances are psychoactive from milk to sugar through to caffeine, opium and psychedelics, each having their own particular effects. 

Jean-Francois Sobiecki, specialist ethnobotanist, healer and researcher

Until recently southern Africa was considered to be poor in psychoactive plants. The research Jean has done since 1998 has helped to revitalize this field of ethnobotanical research and he has shown that a multitude of plants are used for various psychoactive uses.

Jean’s main research focus is psychoactive medicinal plants, cross-cultural healing and holistic medicine. Jean has over 20 years of research and practice with global holistic medicine and South African psychoactive plant use and has produced a number of academic publications on his research. 

He is also trained in permaculture design (the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient), has an international diploma in clinical nutrition and is completing his masters in anthropology on the healing dynamics of South African psychoactive plant medicines.

The seminar is from 9.30 am to 11.30 am at the Education Centre, Pretoria National Botanical Garden.

The cost is R170 per person and includes snacks and tea.

To book, contact Linette Ferreira: 012-843-5000 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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