The plant is easier to see than the root....
Herbal Tales reconnects you with plants, their stories are part of our cultural and spiritual heritage. Bringing to live again history, symbolisms and the use of plants throughout the ages and across the world. Listen, smell and taste the stories. Learn about folklore and modern scientific findings on a variety of plants.
Herbal Tales are interactive lectures and storytelling. Herbal Tales speak to all senses, even if told inside a lecture room, plants to see, touch and taste will be present.
Note: All information about medicinal use of plants are told from a cultural or historical perspective and are not meant to give any indication for treatments. I am not a doctor nor a herbalist.
The Herbal Tales in Amsterdam are in English:
February 19th: Fables and Facts on Plants and Love
March 11th: (Hi)stories of Women and Herbs
April 22nd: Herbs in the Hood (Vondelpark storytelling walk)
May 20th: Herbal Tales from Japan
Wednesday's once a month 8 to 9.30PM at Alchemist Garden, Overtoom 409. Subscribe via at the latest three days prior to the event.
See also 'Komende Evenementen' for more details regarding all upcoming events (both dutch and english)
About Annet Breure
With passion, creativity, a clear mind and calm voice Annet offers wonderful stories and teachings.
Schooled as an Arabist and from young age interested in plants. As daughter from a biologist she always had eye for detail. In Herbal Tales she combines her background in culture studies and her passion for plants and stories. Her associative mind and academic background help connect and structure information and make it accessible to a broad audience. Her knowledge of languages and cultures and her experience as teacher (from 2013 on) make her very sensitive to the audiences needs and dynamics.
She did informal internships with Maria Luisa da Silva Oliveira in Goias, Brazil, Marie-Pierre Joncour from Aromatic in Lojou, Bretagne, France and followed a course of Kruidenrijk about medicinal plants. Apart from that she dived into and compared many written and oral sources and bring to you the best selection in Herbal Tales.
Entertaining, interesting and a lot of knowledge!
For more information on her background see LinkedIN
- Rooted in History
About Plants with a deeply rooted history in northwestern Europe. Amongst others about the symbolism and use of the oak, rowan and willow in Celtic and Roman culture.
- (Hi)stories of Women and Herbs
What plants play a part in the history of womenkind? What women play a part in the history of plants and botany. Where does a name like lady's mantle come from?
-Fables and Facts on Plants and Love
Discover the traditional uses of plants in love potions, the role of plants in love stories, the facts and fables about aphrodisiacs and what plants are said to be able to alleviate a broken heart...
- Known but unloved? Herbs in the hood
The most common plants we often know by name, like the dandelion, plantain and stinging netle. But do you know their various uses? After hearing folk stories about their origins you won't just walk by them anymore but will look at them from a new perspective.
- Herbal Tales with an Arabic Taste
As an academic schooled Arabist I love to combine my passio for the Arab culture with my herbal tales! Let me tell you about the symbolism, use and history of plants that play an important role in Arab culture. Of course you will taste as well, because hospitality and sweets are oh so important, marhaban bikum!
- Herbal Tales from Japan
Japanese culture is traditionally very much connected with nature. As in Shintoism the kami reside in trees and rocks, this belief nowadays still influences in some way symbolism and use of plants. Listen to beautiful plant stories and learn more about the Japanese context.
Other options upon request, please contact