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PLANT ~ Power in Learning and Accessing Nature’s Therapies
Grundtvig Learning Partnership 2013-1-DE2-GRU06-16233 1
Learner Skills Exchange in Estonia
Association Weissenstein, Paide, Estonia 28th & 29th August 2014.

Workshop

Estonia01The first day we focused on learner skills exchange about, a)Plants as building materials supporting healthy living, incl. workshop on the preparation of Swedish red, b) Introduction into local wild herbs at a walk through a bog, c) (Wild) herbs in cuisine: Preparation of a fireweed pesto, preparation of a common dinner, d) Local traditions related to herbs: Sauna, e) Herbs for well-being: Foot bath and plant meditation.

In a practical demonstration the participants were shown how so called “Swedish Red” as natural paint is produced.

We continued with wild herbs used in cuisine and participants were informed about a pesto with local plants like meadowsweet or fireweed and also the importance of a herb like fireweed was emphasised, being a plant that, used as a tea, warmed Estonian people that were deported to Siberia.

In the afternoon the group moved to Simisalu bog and experienced different local plants through a common walk through the bog. Some of them were added to the dinner that was prepared by all participants together. Besides, we could taste the traditional drink, Kama.

A traditional Estonian Sauna with birch tree branches rounded the day up.

The next day the use of herbs for well-being was in the focus. Küllike Gergents from the local partner Lilleoru welcomed the group and showed the eco-village and especially the Flower of Life Park, combining sacred structures from various cultures and a herb garden, with different herbs in each petal of the flower.

Lilleoru herb garden follows the principles of organic agriculture and permaculture. Different tea blends are produced and sold in an own shop.

The pharmacist Maret Makko showed how to prepare a foot bath with yarrow and mugwort as well as a massage oil with jasmine and lavender to be used afterwards. To prepare the oil a transparent bottle should be filled to 1/3 with the fresh herbs. Then a high quality oil should be added (jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, olive oil or also sunflower oil). After two weeks at a sunny place (shaken twice a day), the oil can be filtered and filled in a dark bottle.

 A common dinner at the eco-manor Põhjaka was another opportunity to taste local food. At the manor own vegetables and herbs are grown and with other seasonal Estonian products used for the specific local and seasonal cuisine.

Minutes

On 28 August 2014 Rainer Eidemiller warmly welcomed all participants at the Wabalinna House, the Community Centre of Paide, where the Association Weissenstein is located. In the focus of this learner skills exchange was:

  • Plants as building materials supporting healthy living, incl. workshop on the preparation of Swedish red

  • Introduction into local wild herbs at a walk through a bog

  • (Wild) herbs in cuisine: Preparation of a fireweed pesto, preparation of a common dinner

  • Local traditions related to herbs: Sauna

  • Herbs for well-being: Foot bath and plant meditation

The association regularly offers workshops on workshops of natural plastering and painting techniques and Rainer Eidemiller emphasised that herbs and other plants not only play a role in medicine, cuisine or cosmetics but also influence healthy living, being used e.g. in lime plaster, as insulation material or paint.

In a practical demonstration the participants were shown how so called “Swedish Red” as natural paint is produced.

Afterwards the focus was put on wild herbs in cuisine and the participants were informed about a pesto with local plants like meadowsweet or fireweed and also the importance of a herb like fireweed was emphasised, being a plant that, used as a tea, warmed Estonian people that were deported to Siberia.

In the afternoon the group went by bus to Simisalu bog and experienced different local plants through a common walk through the bog. Some of them were added to the dinner that was prepared by all participants together. Besides, we could taste the traditional drink, Kama.

A traditional Estonian Sauna with birch tree branches rounded the day up.

The next day the use of herbs for well-being was in the focus. Küllike Gergents from the local partner Lilleoru welcomed the group and showed the eco-village and especially the Flower of Life Park, combining sacred structures from various cultures and a herb garden, with different herbs in each petal of the flower.

Lilleoru herb garden follows the principles of organic agriculture and permaculture. Different tea blends are produced and sold in an own shop.

The pharmacist Maret Makko showed how to prepare a foot bath with yarrow and mugwort as well as a massage oil with jasmine and lavender to be used afterwards. To prepare the oil a transparent bottle should be filled to 1/3 with the fresh herbs. Then a high quality oil should be added (jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, olive oil or also sunflower oil). After two weeks at a sunny place (shaken twice a day), the oil can be filtered and filled in a dark bottle.

A common dinner at the eco-manor Põhjaka was another opportunity to taste local food. At the manor own vegetables and herbs are grown and with other seasonal Estonian products used for the specific local and seasonal cuisine.

Foto Album

 

Daily program

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Arival to Talin.
Public bus transport from Talin to Paide hotel (Nelja Kuninga Hotel).

Thursday, August 28, 2014
09.h00 – Meting and tour at our „Wabalina house“, where we also show diferent raditonal building materials, where plants are used – paints, plasters, insulating materials and our first plant-box. You can participate in our workshop, where we learn how to make traditonal plant-based paint (so-caled swedish-red).
13.h00 – Lunch at Wabalina house
14.h30 – We drive together to „Matsimäe“ – starting point for walking in Matsimäe bog (learning about local wild plants in their natural environment). We walk about 7 km through the bog to Simisalu guest-house.Those who are not interested in walking in bog – transportation to Simisalu guest-house (which is also final stop for hikers). In Simisalu they participate in vegan workshop, where our diner wil be prepared.
18.h00 – Diner at Simisalu guest-house.
20.h00 – Sauna (using local herbs).It is posible to use Simisalu guest-house roms or to tent in huge green area. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Waking up early to walk in morning-dew.
08.h30 – Early breakfast at Simisalu.
Transport from Paide hotel to Simisalu guest-house.
10.h00 – We drive from Simisalu together to Lileoru eco-community (our partner in PLANT project).
11.h45 – Welcome-words in Lileorgu and introduction of the program. 1.45 – tour, visit of Lileoru herb garden
12.h30 – Lunch
13.h30 – Workshop: footbath using local herbs, making herb oil for the masage.
14.h30 – Meditation with plants, sharing experiences, questions.
16.h00 – Leaving Lileoru
18.h00 – Diner at Põhjaka eco-manor.
20.h00 – Party at Wabalina house (concert, meting local people, drinks).

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Departure to Talin.