Now cutting-edge science is coming to the same conclusion. For example, when pine trees get over-heated, they release aerosols that create clouds to deflect solar radiation. Tobacco plants overrun by pests chemically enlist helper bugs to eat the pests. The field of Plant Intelligence (A.K.A Plant Neurobiology) shows that plants smell, taste, make clear choices, exhibit learned behavior, and share resources with the sick and needy. When viewed through a Gaian lens even the coronavirus, which many believe is “not alive”, is highly intelligent, and just might have the capacity change the genetic code of every human on Earth. The intelligence of nature extends far past individual and multiplies through the diverse community members (fungi, bacteria, viruses, animals) who team up in highly intelligent ecosystems. That’s pretty smart. Join Ethnobotanist and Deep ecologist Jolie Elan as we explore some mind-blowing discoveries in the fields of Deep Ecology and Plant Intelligence. Discover the radical intelligence of our Nature.
- 105 minute presentation (webinar recording with slideshow presentation)
- Webinar chat discussion
- Audio only file to easily re-listen while in the car, on your phone, or with slow internet.
- online Q&A and Discussion (please see UPDATE below)
Jolie guides us through many examples where the intelligence of nature truly shines and helps strengthen our knowledge that plants show a thought process or ...Read More
Jolie guides us through many examples where the intelligence of nature truly shines and helps strengthen our knowledge that plants show a thought process or make informed "decisions" about their everyday lives. It was a truly fascinating learning opportunity and I’m grateful that you are making this type of learning available to us.Read Less
Full of fun and interesting facts that support the mental shift and practice; from not seeing ourselves as part of nature, to always doing so.
Full of fun and interesting facts that support the mental shift and practice; from not seeing ourselves as part of nature, to always doing so.Read Less
Content was interesting and a great introduction to the ways in which nature expresses intelligence that we can comprehend.
Content was interesting and a great introduction to the ways in which nature expresses intelligence that we can comprehend.Read Less
Fantastic course to open the heart and mind of all herbalists and anyone lucky enough to see. Don't miss; you will be inspired to question long held beliefs ...Read More
Fantastic course to open the heart and mind of all herbalists and anyone lucky enough to see. Don't miss; you will be inspired to question long held beliefs and enlightened to new concepts on knowing a more loving view of life. Her joy was so thoroughly expressed and shared!Read Less
A timely and illuminating discussion of the interconnectedness and intelligence of our planet, from ancient mycelium communication systems to scientists play...Read More
A timely and illuminating discussion of the interconnectedness and intelligence of our planet, from ancient mycelium communication systems to scientists playing catch with plants to test their memory/stress response! Jolie draws parallels across species by describing survival mechanisms, evolutionary quirks, and community structures. Many of us here in MWIH may have a sense of the magnificent intelligence and sentience of the natural world, but it’s great to hear Jolie clearly identify and explain findings from both the modern scientific and shamanic/spiritual worlds. A great little course packed with so much wisdom!Read Less
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Jolie Elan, M.S. is the founding director of Go Wild Institute, which offers educational and mentoring programs that weave science, myth, and spirit to awaken our nature and find balance in the great web of life. Jolie is a deep ecologist, herbalist, consulting botanist, and educator. She has inspired thousands of people to deepen their relationship with nature. Jolie has worked with ethnobotanical projects on four continents including developing the herbal medicine sector in war torn Kosovo and restoring sacred forest groves in India.
Jolie has studied both herbalism and botany for twenty-five years and has taught botany to herbalists for almost a decade. She also acts as a spiritual companion for those who wish to increase their intimacy with the divine, especially through the natural world.
Jolie received her B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Environmental Studies, her Master’s degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University, and her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute.
Check out "The Language of Nature," inspired by this "Intelligence of Nature" class.
It’s with great sadness that we inform you that our dear teacher, Jolie passed from complications from cancer. In late November 2020 she was diagnosed with very advanced cancer and on Monday, November 30th, she passed.
This news came as a shock to so many. Our sincere condolences go to her friends and family.
As far as we know right now, Jolie’s family and friends wish that her work continue and we are more than happy to help fulfill that wish.
We are relieved to inform you that Susan Leopold of United Plant Savers will be helping answer Botany for Herbalists course questions.
No one can replace the whit, spark, and character of Jolie. For those participating in her Language of Nature and Intelligence of Nature classes, we will leave the Discussion function open for you to chat with one-another and to relish in the responses and interactions you had with Jolie before she left this world.
Very warm regards,
Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism