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For Immediate Release
May 28, 2024

CLARK ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS
HERBALIST WORKSHOP SERIES
WITH REBECCA GUANZON 


Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute offers a series of herbalist workshops, Ground to Cup, on Saturday, June 29, July 27, and August 31. These free workshops take place on the Clark’s Michael Conforti Pavilion lawn at 10 am.

Herbalist and healing practitioner Rebecca Guanzon explores local plant microcosms with plants foraged nearby and from the Clark grounds, explaining their medicinal uses, past and present. At the end of the talk, participants create a take-home tea blend with the herbs explored in the workshop. Each workshop has a special focus.

JUNE 29: RED CLOVER, RASPBERRY, ROSE HIPS, MUGWORT
Discover the benefits of red clover, raspberry, rose hips, and mugwort in promoting hormonal balance. These herbs are particularly effective in alleviating hormonal fluctuations of individuals with estrogen dominance.

JULY 27: #6 BEE BALM, BLUE VERVAIN, BONESET, YARROW
Learn about plants that thrive in our local environment, including #6 bee balm, blue vervain, boneset, and yarrow.

AUGUST 31: STAGHORN SUMAC, HOPS, GOLDENROD
Celebrate the end of summer with staghorn sumac, hops, and goldenrod. These locally abundant herbs offer unique flavors and medicinal benefits, capturing the essence of the season.

ABOUT REBECCA GUANZON
Rebecca Guanzon, a trained herbalist and practitioner of multiple energetic healing modalities, brings over twenty years of experience with trauma-informed care practices. She is a graduate of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, specializing in Medicine Making, Foraging, and Herbal Immersion. As a neighborhood herbalist, she promotes mutual aid by distributing free goods and cultivating an intimate circle of accountability partners. This work often takes place at Wild Soul River, an abolitionist herbal gathering space in Williamstown that Rebecca co-owns with her partner justin.

Free. For accessibility concerns, call 413 458 0524.

ABOUT THE CLARK
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of some 300,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday from September through June, and daily in July and August. Open 10 am to 9 pm on Wednesdays from June 19 through September 25, with free admission from 5 to 9 pm. Admission is free January through March and is $20 from March through December; admission is free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is also available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

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