Holly Poole-Kavana is a botanist and herbalist practicing in Washington, DC. She is a lifelong plant enthusiast and has a bachelor’s degree in botany. In 2005 she shifted her focus to herbal medicine and studied with a series of experienced herbalists in the classroom, clinic, and outdoors. Since 2010 she has operated Little Red Bird Botanicals, a small business that provides individual herbal consultations, an herbal CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), locally-grown herbal products, and education. Holly also works as a birth assistant and labor doula.
Making a nature mandala gives kids a hands-on experience with nature, and uses art,
science, and collaboration to create a unique piece of natural artwork. For ages 5 to 7.
We’ll start out by
mapping out a basic layout for the Mandala, making decisions about the size and shape
of the mandala. Then we’ll forage flowers, leaves, and anything else we can find to
create the pattern. We’ll discuss symmetry, color, and shape as we look for leaves,
flowers and other things to help us create the best symmetry and unique patterns. While
foraging for the plants we’ll be specifically looking for safe plants to pick and we’ll
discuss their uses, whether edible or medicinal and any other interesting facts about
them. Picking plants for the mandala will help kids commit the plants to memory and
make a connection to them by getting a chance to work closely with them one on one.
After the mandala is completed we’ll release it into the creek
For kids ages 5-7