Kathleen Harrison

“We’re just relearning how to let it be okay to call
these things real, to call these practices real again.”

Kathleen Harrison

Once married to the legendary psychonaut and visionary Terence McKenna, Kathleen (Kat) Harrison is an ethnobotanist, artist and photographer who researches the relationship between plants and people, with a particular focus on art, myth, ritual and spirituality. She teaches at the California School of Herbal Studies, Sonoma State University, University of Minnesota and various symposia.

With thirty years fieldwork experience in Latin America, she is the Director of Botanical Dimensions, a nonprofit foundation devoted to preserving medicinal and shamanic plant knowledge from the Amazonian rainforest and tropics around the world, which she co-founded in 1985 with former husband Terence. Botanical Dimensions fieldwork has supported indigenous projects in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

Kathleen continues to document the many faces of ethnobotany with photographs, which she combines with stories in her slide presentations. Based in Northern California, where she is active in local watershed restoration, she is also a widely published illustrator and enjoys teaching people how to see and draw the plant world.

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