Jean-Francois Sobiecki is a South African ethnobotanist who is launching the Khanyisa Psychoactive Healing Garden to preserve South African traditional psychoactive medicinal plant knowledge and create a unique space of healing.
By 2020, it is predicted by the World Health Organization that depression will be the second leading cause of disease burden in the first world. This is a scary statistic. Despite all the advantages of western technology, it is clear that we are all struggling more than ever to deal effectively with the stresses and challenges of modern day living.
Therefore, there is a great need for places of healing, personal development and health promotion, which can not be more true than for those living in South Africa, where we face the daily pressures of: corruption, the stress to meet rising living costs, anxiety through the threat of rampant crime, different cultures only beginning to learn to live together and the pollution of our public spaces and ecosystems.
Being an ethnobotanist (medicinal plant researcher) I have investigated holistic medicine systems from around the world for over 20 years, from South African traditional medicine to Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine and South American ethnomedicine....
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Jean has also launched an Indigogo crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for this unique project. To learn more and give a contribution go here