Join us at The Liberi School for Wild Arts Camp. We will focus on two flowering plants, the dandelion and the violet, which grow wild almost everywhere children walk!
Through a deep study of the dandelion and the violet and building a meaningful relationship with them, children will begin to understand the whole of the natural world in a new light. Beginning with close observation, we will explore the folklore, history, art, botany, and science of those plants. Children will forage outdoors, engage in hands-on making activities and movement pieces. Each child will create a book with drawings, paintings, pressings, recipes, stories, poems, and plant identification notes. We will also make tinctures, beverages, healing balms, and cook with the plants. Our study will culminate in a celebration inspired by the plants—our newfound flowering friends.
Nicole LoBue is a chef, herbalist, and educator. She credits growing up in a Sicilian family, and their relationship to food, for her own love and passion for food as medicine. She grew up full of mulberries, wild dandelion leaves and onion. This love and passion informs and permeates her practice across fields: over the past twenty years, Nicole's work has linked food, wellness, service and education in various collaborations, organizations, and in her own private practice. She is a co-founder of Kite’s Nest, an alternative learning center for young people in Hudson, NY. She is also the Culinary Arts Director of the Alimentary Kitchen in Hudson, where she facilitates workshops and experiences that offer a supportive environment for children and teenagers to pursue and develop a relationship to herbalism, wellness, self care, food access and food justice. Across her work -- in her herbalism practice, in the kitchen, or in the classroom -- Nicole creates spaces that foster critical inquiry and systems-thinking, connection to plants and to the natural world, and that speak to the intersections between political, personal, and ecological well-being.