A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

all is leaf – Hawkwood’s herbs

all is leaf, 
so to amplify the wonder

This summer Organiclea is a part of a collaborative project to enable people to get closer to wild herbs growing on site at Hawkwood, led by artist Rosalind Fowler.

Rosalind, in collaboration with Walthamstow herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad and sound therapist Nicole Bettencourt Coelho will be leading a series of workshops at Hawkwood Plant Nursery.

Groups will go on a journey to encounter sacred herbal plants growing wild on site. Sounds, sensory herbal immersion, and meditative practices will be used to support direct experiences of the plant, inspired by its folklore, astrology, symbolic and healing properties.

Impressions, memories and images will be shared through drawing, mapping and conversation. Herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad will follow on the session by sharing her medicinal knowledge of the plant encountered and we will finally create a simple remedy to take home.

Materials gathered during these workshops will later be re-imagined and re-interpreted as part of new participatory film work exploring our multiple relationships to plants.

The film work will be installed at a new Barbican festival Leytonstone Loves Film, and beyond.

This project is supported by Arts Council England and Barbican.


Friday 5 July, 2 – 4pm collective herb journey workshop at Organiclea, Hawkwood Plant Nursery, E4 7UH

Thursday 18 July 6.30-9pm collective herb journey workshop at Organiclea, Hawkwood Plant Nursery, E4 7UH

Sunday 28 July 12-4pm Organiclea herb themed Open Day including herb journey workshop from 11-1pm and artist talk and herb tour 2-3pm at Hawkwood Plant Nursery, E4 7UH


At Walthamstow Garden Party

Saturday 13 July – Nicole Bettencourt Coelho and Rasheeqa Ahmad lead sound bath and sensory herbal immersion sessions, alongside a Community Apothecary stall at Walthamstow Garden Party, Lloyd Park E17.

Sunday 14 July – a workshop exploring connections between herbs, bodily constitution, and astrology using performance, movement and sound led together with astrologer and artist Madeleine Botet de Lamaze, Lloyd Park, Walthamstow Garden Party

To book on the workshops email rosalindfowler[at]gmail.com. For more information see Rosalind’s website.

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