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General News · 7th May 2020
Manda Aufochs Gillespie
May is dedicated to the theme “Nature is Good For You” and is offered in partnership with the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI). Join us to learn more—together—on Friday’s Folk U Talk Show 1 to 3 p.m. on CKTZ 89.5 FM or listen to this series later on, or on

May 8 Herbal medicine 101 - keeping it simple: how to make herbal medicine in your own kitchen with locally abundant and common plants

Join herbalist Yulia Kochubievsky to get inspired and empowered to begin using herbs at home. Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer choice of health products and confused due to too much information? Have you ever wondered if something is just a fad or a real medicine? Folk herbalism is the practice of using simply prepared plant remedies you can make in your own kitchen using locally abundant and common plants. Yulia will share how to make simple herbal remedies at home and why she feels that knowing the use of just a handful of plants can take you closer to firing your own doctor. Autumn from FOCI will join us for the gardening section to discuss growing herbs in the garden and using herbs to treat your animals.

Folk University brings neighbours together to share their interests, passions, and skills with each other. This happens over the virus-free airwaves of our local community radio station every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at CKTZ 89.5 FM or or listen to the podcast anytime at YOU are encouraged to call-in every week to contribute, ask questions, or share your program ideas at 250-935-0200. Every week will also include gardening tips and other strategies for personal resilience during this time.

Upcoming Folk U Friday Talks (all on 89.5FM)

May 15 FOCI Species at Risk on Cortes and How We Can Support Them

Cortes Island has a wealth of wildlife including a large number of species at risk: from the great blue heron to the western toad. Autumn will let us know more about some of these species on Cortes and how we can help support them.

May 22 Why Being in Nature is so Good For You

Most of us sense that being in nature is good for us. Many of us feel more relaxed and at ease in a natural setting. There is now a wealth of research showing that being in nature has real quantifiable health benefits – everything from coping with stress to recovering from illness. Join Helen Hall, FOCI’s Executive Director who will discuss some of the research, and our instinctive need for nature.

May 29 The Alchemy of Forest Bathing – discover how to use the healing power of the forest
We invite you to join Sobhana Dilani Hippola, a certified forest therapy guide to find out more about this unique way of experiencing the forest and its many medicines.