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Wild Food & Medicine of Aotearoa ~ Rongoa - Jules Bright

See forest plants of New Zealand in a new light - as wild food and medicine. Look at foraging with 7-generation thinking, sacred connection and sustainability. Learn about different ways of preparing 3 of them as culinary delights and beverages with a chance to sample some. Bring a cup and try some native teas.

Engaging and fun, learn to utiliseforest plants in beautiful and tasty ways for magic and medicine–oils, vinegars, honeys, teas, infusions, lotions & even wine. Become familiar with our common plants to enhance health and wellbeing by plugging back into our plant wisdom of Aotearoa in delicious and exciting new ways.

Suitable for: all ages

Duration: 90 minutes

Presenter: Jules Bright


Jules is a barefoot forest dweller with a huge appreciation for what we have right here in Aotearoa. She spent 10 years travelling the planet, living with many Indigenous cultures and learning with these sustainability warriors. Jules is an initiated WisdomKeeper, Pipe Carrier and Reiki Master and enjoyed 10 years of surgical nursing & ambulance work before becoming a naturopath and medical herbalist. Jules is now taking her message to the World through her natural NZ native skinfood ranges: Bright Earth & Earth's Kitchen, products that are 100% natural, wild-crafted and enjoy fair trading with our sisters in the Pacific.



Luminate for me:

"I want to sing it from the mountain tops! Rongoa truly changes lives. I also make 100% natural skincare that hopefully I'll have at a stall there. The more of us utilising our magical Forest plants for great health, the more important it will be to regenerate our forests and stop chopping them down."

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