Ellen Hopman leads us on a magical walk through a New England forest in spring, gathering ingredients. We are then treated to a delightful demonstration of herbal preparation techniques in Ms. Hopman’s kitchen. The program ends with a fascinating interview in which she retraces her extraordinary journey to herbalism.
Recipes discussed include: Herbal Salve, Birch Beer, Heart Wine, Lavendar Wine, Dandelion Salad, Arabic Gum Powder, Vegetable Tonic, Comfrey Poultice, and Cedar Smudgestick.
Gifts From the Healing Earth – Vol. I . Hands-on herbalism explained in easy step by step instructions for making kitchen medicines
Length: 70 minutes, ISBN = 1-930477-06-6 (English version), ISBN = 1-930477-07-4 (Spanish version)
Paganism in its many varieties is one of the fastest growing religious and cultural movements of modern America. Who are the Pagans? What are they like? What does it mean to be a Pagan? What do Pagans believe, and how do they actually practice their faith? This program provides a fascinating, highly personal look at several groups of Pagans living in New England at the close of the 20th century. A number of different Pagan traditions are represented in the program, including elements of Druidic, Wiccan, Scandinavian, Shamanic and Native American ritual. Expertly guided by Ellen Evert Hopman, a Druid Priestess, herbalist, and author of Being a Pagan, this program records the major eremonies of the Pagan sacred year: Winter Solstice (Yule), Imbolc, Vernal Equinox, May Day (Beltaine), Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox, Lughnassad (Lammas), and Halloween (Samhain).
Pagans contains images beautifully captured by videographer James MacAllister,and a haunting original musical score written, performed, and arranged by Paddy Keenan (one of the founders of the Bothy Band).
Ellen’s new DVD on Celtic Cosmology is now available for $20.00 plus $4.00 for s/h. (send to POB 219, Amherst, MA 01004). For the same price you can order a VHS (video) or DVD of Pagans – The Wheel of the Year (a look at rituals from many Pagan traditions including songs, chants, original music and poetry) or a DVD of Gifts from the Healing Earth (hands on herbalism and kitchen medicines).
Pagans – The Wheel of the Sacred Year, an instructional video that outlines the eight Pagan holy days and how they are celebrated in many traditions (this DVD is very suitable for schools and libraries).
Please view Celtic and Druidic Sacred Cosmology (video clip)