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Hypericum Conference
St. Joan's/John's Wort

Produced by Susun Weed
Sponsored by Ash Tree Publishing

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Virtual Event May 1-10 2023

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Nicole Byrns

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Color & Medicine: Hierba de San Joan in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Andalucía
Nicole Byrns
00:00 / 01:25

This presentation is a journey through the seasons, exploring our dear St. Joan’s Wort or ‘Hierba de San Joan’ as she’s called here in Spain. The video is divided into 5 parts and we will thyme travel from May 2022 until January 2023 and talk all about this herbal ally along the way.

You'll hear all about naturally dyeing wool with plants and you will see the results of my color experiments. I will share about traditions here in Spain related to Hypericum and some personal anecdotes of the amazing healing properties of this glorious plant. We will talk about courage, empowerment, and taking our health into our own hands.


Nicole is a knitter, natural dyer, teacher, herbalist, & New Yorker living in the south of Spain. Exploring the hills around Granada, Nicole and her four-legged hiking companion get to know the local flora and fauna. Not a day goes by when she does not knit a few stitches or dream of new colors for the dye pots. Teaching workshops about natural dyes and herbal medicine has been an important part of her life. Nicole came to Andalucía more than a decade ago to work as an English teacher. She now continues online, guiding students from around the world. Her goal is to help them feel more confident. She also has the joy of teaching Spanish as a second language. Recently, Nicole & a fellow fiber artist started a new project called Save the Sheep. They are working to bring visibility to the wool of rare and endangered breed sheep. The first edition featured a naturally dyed yarn from the Rosset sheep living in Valle D´Aosta, Italy. Constantly learning & exploring, hoping to share her experience with others.


You can find Nicole on social media as ThymeWeaver.

Produced by Susun Weed
Sponsored by Ash Tree Publishing

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