Welcome to Marikåpe!
Marikåpe is the norwegian name for the herb called Ladies mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris). In the Norse mythology this herb was assosiated with Frøya, the godess of love. Frøya was known to have extensive knowledge about birth, death and the bit in between.
Mari Jerstad has qualified in organic agriculture and has a BSc in Herbal medicine. She is a member of the Norwegian natural medicines assosiation and is a holistic herbal therapist, as well as workshop leader, herbal storyteller, radio program leader and medicine maker.
The many uses of plants have been known to people of all traditional cultures for as long as history goes. It is a knowledge that belongs to the people and connects people with their local area. In the western world these resources have increasingly been set aside. Yet the plants are still there enriching our daily lives.
Holistic herbal medicine does not aim to treat disease. It aims to facilitate health. It incooperates all parts of the individual person. Symptoms of disease are seen as expressions of the body. Therefore treatment is directed at the individual as a whole. The aim is to give the body enough resources to heal itself. Teas and herbal bath mixtures that are individually designed acording to treatment goals that have been discussed.
Storytelling is a tool to share knowledge and understanding. Hearing the life story of pioneers who worked with plant resources can inspire and enrich the understanding of the plants themselves. Traditional stories and farytales have been used for thousands of years to transmit the knowledge about plants.
Mari Jerstad workd alone and with other storytellers, telling to people of all ages. Recent projects includes a dual language storytelling project with Amin Senatorzade, Kabir Jan and Alf Martin Lie; and a storytelling school tour about the use of wonderful weeds with Charlotte Øster and Georgiana Keable.
Herbs on Norways oldest feminist radiostation
Mari Jerstad is program leader of the herbal radio and podcast «Ugerss». This is run by the 30 year old feminist radio station radiOrakel. The radio program explores historical and current use of edable and medicinal plants. There are herbal stories, interviews with people from all over Norway, and other adventures exploring medicinal plants and traditions. Most of the programs are in Norwegian.
Workshops and courses
Short and long courese are offered by Mari. Themes range from medicine making, edible wild foods, foraging, herbal history and philosophy to meditative understandings of plants and the relationship between people and plants. During lockdown Mari held online sessions, otherwise she does weekend courses and 7 week immersion courses. These are all primarily in Norwegian language, but she does make exceptions.
Mari did an ethnobotanical study on the west coast of Norway as her masters degree. She is talking with people about belonging, place, the body, nature, and medicinal plants. She is in areas where only 50 years ago it was faster to go by boat than by road. Today there are still living traditions.