THE CROAK is a weekly environmental newsletter put out by the eCoexist team. It is the voice of the environment on its last legs, the final croak that can either be a plea for attention or a call of triumph as the frogs jump out of the well of ignorance and denial.

Understanding medicinal plants

Healing is an exchange of energy between the human body and Nature at large. Nature provides us everything we need to grow and to stay healthy. Urban environments disconnect us from our natural environs and this leads to ill health. The Healing with Nature campaign will look at the healing available to us through growing medicinal plants, through interactions with animals and with time in the wilderness. 

As part of our Healing with Nature campaign, eCoexist in collaboration with Jambe Forest Farms, is happy to bring to you the first of a series of workshops we hope to do on simple ways to stay healthy while deepening our connection to Nature.

Most traditional healers or vaidus use fresh plant material like juice or paste made from leaves, stem, bark, roots or fruits. Ready availability of fresh plant material is one of the main benefits of cultivating medicinal plants at home. Fresh plant material is usually more effective than dried or preserved material and ensures authenticity of the material. Though there are numerous plant based material like powders, aristha, asava, paak, kalpa, etc. available in the market, they are primarily made to preserve the fresh plant based material and to ensure that these medicines are also available in the seasons or in places where fresh material is not available.

This workshop will help us understand our body type, the plant based remedies we can use to stay healthy. We will get an introduction to a diversity of common medicinal plants, their specific properties, basic identification skills and will learn to make some common healing formulations from these plants.

The Experts

Vaidya Rahul Saraf has been a practicing Ayurvedic physician for last two decades, his speciality is making different ayurvedic formulations. In addition to their use he has worked on various areas related to medicinal plants such as cultivation, marketing, and processing of medicinal plants with the help of taxonomists, farmers, government agencies and educational institutes. He believes there is no disease that cannot be treated with Ayurvedic medicines.


Vivek Gour-Broome is a naturalist with a special interest and expertise in ethno-botany and herpetofauna and has been a wildlife photographer. He lives on a farm and is an organic farmer who specialises in cultivation and domestication of medicinal plants, wild tubers, indigenous rice varieties, vegetables, indigenous trees, bamboo varieties, rare wild grasses and wetland plant species, among others. Currently he is engaged in landscaping projects promoting indigenous trees and cultivation and use of medicinal plants. He believes every plant is useful in some way or the other.

About Jambe Environment Farms

Jambe Forest Farms is a beautiful patch of forest grown and nurtured by the Broome family over the past forty years. Tucked away in Hinjewadi, close to Marunji village, on the outskirts of Pune, the forest farm has been carefully cultivated to host a diversity of rare and indigenous tree and herb species. It is also home to a unique medicinal plant nursery with organic and open pollinated herbs. Vivek Broome, who is passionate about rare medicinal species has hand picked them from deep within forests to cultivate and propogate them here. A day at the farm spent in silence is a deeply healing experience in itself. 

The Healing with Nature workshops will be conducted at the Jambe Forest Farms among bamboo groves, far from the hustle of the city. Within an hours drive from Pune central the farm is easy to reach while yet being a well kept secret from urbanity.

About the workshop
The workshop fee of Rs 1200/- per person includes:
1. An online intro session w experts - 27 Sept ( a week before the actual workshop)
2. A visit on the farm 
3. Simple healthy refreshment
4. Visit to medicinal plant nursery (where you may purchase saplings)
5. Hands on workshop to grow and use medicinal plants for basic immunity w recipes
6. Materials for workshop
Language : English / (Marathi - if needed )
Post workshop support : We will also be creating a community of people on Whatsapp to continue discussions after the workshop as you experiment with the techniques you learn here. 
Register for 13 December workshop
For those who would like to enroll here is the link to the form that you need to submit
For further queries pl WhatsApp us at +919850084383
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The Croak is a weekly environmental newsletter put out by the eCoexist team. It is the voice of the environment on its last legs, the final croak that can either be a plea for attention or a call of triumph as the frogs jump out of the well of ignorance and denial. Satirical, urgent and wise the newsletter brings to your attention, topics of global environmental relevance as well as emerging encouraging alternatives. Put together by a team of passionate Nature lovers, The Croak hopes to look at the environmental crisis in its face. It is a tool to reconnect readers to Nature, through questioning and self reflection. To understand the outer environment as a reflection of our own inner state, individually and as a species. And to take responsibility for enabling change.
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