Archive for March, 2012

urban herbology – a study of 3 local green allies

March 26, 2012

We’re reconfiguring this workshop a bit. It will be every bit as juicy, just a bit more concise. Stay tuned for updates!!

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

I’m über excited to announce this workshop series I’m co-teaching with Sokhna of MamaSutra…

Urban Herbology: A study of 3 local green allies

A weed is described as “a plant out of place.” We say, there’s no such thing!

Come explore the habits and virtues of 3 plants that grow right here in our urban environment:

red clover, burdock & dandelion.

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) courtesy Wikimedia.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) courtesy Wildman Steve Brill.

Together we’ll discover their medicinal, culinary, cultural, spiritual & historical uses. Get a deeper understanding of our lovely green allies over the course of the growing season. Use all of your senses to enrich your relationship with these healing plants.

Email me for more details liz (at) raganella (dot) com.

Burdock root

About us

Sokhna Heathyre Mabin is a yoga teacher, doula, herbalist, performance artist & mother of 2 wild geniuses.  At the tender age of 19, Sokhna Heathyre delved into the study of plants & herbs through beer & wine making, though it was her move to NYC that truly awakened her kinship to the plant people. Sokhna is the “mama” in MamaSutra Loving Arts~an interaction of the natural life systems of yoga, herbs, art & thriving.  She handcrafts all of her herbals in her kitchen & rooftop. Contact her @

Liz Neves is a crafter, herbalist, permaculturist, and compost-turner living as close to earth’s natural rhythms as possible in the heart of the urban environment. She’s the creator of Raganella’s Botanical Solutions, a line of body care goods and herbal remedies – all handcrafted with love in her home. When she’s not creating, you can find Liz exploring the nooks and crannies of Prospect Park. (And sometimes on twitter & facebook, @raganella7.)

back 8 extraordinary greens

March 19, 2012

My friend Jenna Spevack is embarking on a cool social experiment/art experiment/farming project. It’s called Eight Extraordinary Greens and it’ll kick off in May. But she could use a little green now to support this cool green project. Learn more about it in this video, and chip in if you can. I can’t wait to see how it all goes down!

in case you’re wondering where i am…

March 1, 2012

I am super grateful for my friend Liza “Mosquito” de Guia (aka, “Skeeter”) of Food.Curated for making this video. It has brought me bundles of sweet new customers. I’ve been getting nothing but positive feedback from those of you who are interested in Vivid Visions smoke blend and our many other botanical products. I’ve been reading amazingly supportive and loving comments and posts from friends. (Okay, and a few snarky ones on HuffPo, but I’m trying not to take those too seriously!) Thank you, everyone!!! (Even you snarky-pusses, at least you took the time to watch the video, or at least to comment on it.)

We (meaning mostly me, and my loving partner when he comes home from his day job) are working tirelessly to create and deliver all of the products that have been ordered so that we may continue to fulfill orders. Many of you have been inquiring about when Vivid Visions will be available again. Our best guess is early next week – by then we hope to have our heads above the water. Thank you for being so patient and understanding. I am humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response.

And in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, I present to you the aforementioned video…