Foraging for Mental Health

with Lynn Shore

11 Mar 2023

Are you looking to boost your mood by connecting with your environment? Lynn Shore will take you on a mindful guided session to explore ways to engage with everyday nature in order to support your mental health. You will learn to know a few useful plant friends and their health effects in your immediate surroundings through using your senses, as well as techniques you can use to ground yourself with city nature. Connect with your inner Biophile! 

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Picking elderflower during Foraging for Mental Health - Elder is a tree found throughout the Netherlands. In the spring, the tree produces small, white elderflowers and in the summer, dark purple berries. Both elderberries and elderflowers have been used for centuries as medicine. While elder is best known for its anti-viral properties, the flower also has benefits for mental health.  Elderflower extract has been proven to suppress neurotoxicity in the brain. Because of its detoxifying effects, it has been used as an antidepressant.    Suzana Orsolic


What you will do 

You will begin this workshop by walking in the surroundings of Mediamatic Biotoop, and discovering different wild herbs that can be used to boost your mood, calm you, energize you and overall help to reach a balanced state of mind. After foraging a few of these plants, you will have a guided tea session with Lynn, during which you can taste them in a brew and observe the effect which they have on your mind. You will leave with a deeper knowledge of edible herbs in your environment and hopefully a sense of balance and calm. 


This workshop will take place outside in all weathers, as it is important to get fresh air in sun and rain. Please come prepared for it!

Lynn Shore

The natural world has always deeply fascinated Lynn – we are part of it and need to respect it. She expresses this through teaching, writing and being in green spaces. Her professional background is in science and special education, herbalism, permaculture and nature education. Outside of paid work she is involved in creating urban foraging sites and increasing food sovereignty.


Full price €35 | Discount price € 25
We give a discount to students, stadspas and artists. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


11th March, 15:00-17:00
We maintain a minimum of 6 participants.
Please note that, this workshop will be held in English.
For questions, please send an email to

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Wild plants like chamomile can be used to support your mental health - One of the most well known medicinal plants in Europe. We use the flowers to make a calming infusion that might help with anxiety and coughing. Also it's being used with skin inflammations. At Mediamatic we also have it in the " Casting Doubt" project . Suzana Orsolic


Picking chamomile - One of the most well known medicinal plants in Europe. We use the flowers to make a calming infusion that might help with anxiety and coughing. Also it's being used with skin inflammations. At Mediamatic we also have it in the "Casting Doubt" project.   Photo 2021 by Suzanna Orsolic for Mediamatic - Foraging for mental health workshop with Lynn Shore . Suzana Orsolic


Participant foraging chamomile - Iines Råmark

With: Lynn Shore

Smelling foraged linden leaf tea and making notes of the experience - The Linden tree is found throughout Europe and  North America. In the UK, it is often called the lime tree while in North America it is called the basswood. In traditional folk medicine, linden leaf has been used as a sedative to soothe anxiety. Many studies have found that compounds in the linden leaf mimic GABA, a chemical in the brain that slows down the nervous system.  Iines Råmark


Nettles - During our Foraging for mental health workshop The Nettle group, Urticaceae, is widely spread over the world and contains about 500 species, mainly tropical, though several, like the common Stinging Nettle, are found in temperate climates. Many of the species have stinging hairs on their stems and leaves, causing the burns for which they are mostly known. It might be less known that they also have medicinal properties and uses in cookery. Preparations of the herb have astringent properties and act also as a stimulating tonic. Iines Råmark