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42 ACRES & Mama Xanadu: February Wild Alchemy Session

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42 ACRES Shoreditch

66 Leonard Street

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EC2A 4LW

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Join us at 42 ACRES Shoreditch for our monthly Wild Alchemy Sessions with Mama Xanadu.

Discover more about foraging, wild flavours, herbals preparations and capturing the seasons.

The February 'Aphrodisiac inspired' Wild Alchemy session will include:

- Botanical drink or arrival
- An introduction on British folklore medicine, our foraging ancestors and syncing with nature
- Plant identification workshop & London foraging map
- Talk on the history of aphrodisiacs and how they work on the body
- Aphrodisiac workshop; guests will take away an elixir, tonic & tea, along with Mama Xanadu’s Wild Alchemy booklet with recipes


Cost £29

42 ACRES co-worker: £23.30


More about 42 ACRES & Mama Xanadu Wild Alchemy Sessions

Wild Alchemy Sessions will explore our roots back to nature, our ancestry of foraging for food and medicine, tuning into the seasons and getting into a rhythm of picking, preserving and herbal preparations.

Alchemy is the ancient practice of transmutation. We are able to work with elements of nature to transform them for the benefit of body and mind. It is rooted in an understanding of the subtle energetics of our dynamic universe. We will investigate the ways in which we need to nourish and preserve this living vitality in our ingredients and connect back to our food source.

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More about the magic behind Mama Xanadu

A few years ago, Jemma Foster took on a 42ft narrowboat in a poor state of repair and christened it Xanadu after the 'stately-pleasure dome' of Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan. At the time, she was telling stories through film as a scriptwriter and as author of The Cardboard Book Project.

The interior was redesigned using predominantly salvaged pieces, in keeping with the boat's original creation from recycled cargo containers in the 1980s. The result was a church pew for a work surface, a writing desk as a cutlery draw and cups dangling from ski poles & deer antlers. An untrained but instinctual cook, Jemma invited people for dinner to sit on folding cinema seats around a converted ironing board. Approaching ingredients as characters and dishes as narratives, Jemma's fascination with storytelling brought mythology & folklore to menus. Mama Xanadu was born: a floating restaurant using food as a medium for telling stories.

A desire to truly know her food source led Jemma from the markets to the farms and then directly into nature. There she embraced our ancestral heritage as foragers for food and medicine and the practice of local and seasonal eating. Jemma has since been deepening her exploration of man's relationship to nature through the study of herbal medicine, ethnobotany and food anthropology.

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66 Leonard Street

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