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Who We Are President & Projects Director: Kathleen Harrison Kathleen (Kat) Harrison is an ethnobotanist who loves to explore the relationship between plants, mushrooms and human beings—particularly in the realms that are often hidden: cultural beliefs, personification of species, rituals of healing and initiation, vision-seeking modalities, and artistic creations that illustrate the plant-human relationship. She also studies and teaches the deep history of humans in nature, encompassing both before and since the advent of agriculture.
Kathleen founded Botanical Dimensions in 1985, with her then-husband, the late Terence McKenna, who retired from BD in 1992. Kat has been the President and Project Director throughout BD’s history, and continues to actively manage both ongoing and new projects.
Kathleen teaches courses in Hawaii, Northern California and the Peruvian Amazon. Some are university-sponsored field courses, and some are sponsored by BD and open to anyone. Please sign BD’s mailing list if you would like to be informed about her future travel intensives, local courses, conferences, public talks and publications.
UPDATE: The Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, California is currently closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please stay connected via our newsletter and social media. We appreciate your ongoing support for our work with plants of cultural significance.
Our unique research library is located at the Occidental Center for the Arts in charming downtown Occidental, at the intersection of Bohemian Highway and Graton Road. Physical Address: 3830 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA 95465
The Ethnobotany Library is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 11am – 4pm. We stay open on the Second Tuesday of the month until 7pm, and we are open on the Last Saturday of the month from 11am-3pm.
Come peruse the library collection, have a cup of tea, and consider becoming a Supporting Member of the Ethnobotany Library.
Membership gives you access to our wonderful in-house collection of resources, discounts on classes taught by Kathleen Harrison, 30-day borrowing from our Members’ Loan Shelf, and invites to occasional movie nights and discussions exclusively for members.
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