First Annual Afro-Botany Conference at Hidden Garden
From September 2nd to 4th, 2017, Hidden Garden Ethnobotanical Sanctuary inaugurated its new Bush Medicine Circle with the First Annual Afro-Botany Conference. In a traditional style, they celebrated with a gathering of elders, teachers, students, plant lovers and community members, sharing wisdom as well as food, music, dance and ceremony.
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A total of 40 people participated in the Afro-Botany Conference, with a range of 15 to 30 people per individual activity. Ten of the forty were teachers, 7 were volunteers / staff of Hidden Garden, 3 volunteers from Rich Coast Project, 7 paying participants and 13 members of the community who participated for free. The costs for community member participation were covered by Hidden Garden and other event sponsors.
The Afro-Botany Conference is one component of a long-term collaboration between the Rich Coast Project and the Hidden Garden Ethnobotanical Sanctuary to address a lack of documentation of the historic practices of the Afro-Caribbean communities living in the coastal lowlands of Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast.