João Beles

João Beles

Workshop on Medicinal plants
Nature walks – plant recognition and workshop

João started studying herbal medicine almost 30 years ago, after falling in love with nature, meditation and healthy food. Some years later he began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. His work is a consequence of what he follows in life and believes to be better for our health. For the past 20 years he’s been working in clinics in Lisbon and in the Algarve. Around the same time he started teaching Naturopathy and herbal medicine. He has been working in several festivals for the past few years and also gives many lectures about natural medicine in congresses, workshops, TV and radio. João takes regular walks through nature in order to identify medicinal plants. He is the author of 2 books about herbal medicine and writes every month to the health magazine “Prevenir”. At the ZNA Gathering he is available to share all he knows about Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy. His contribution with Nature Walks will teach us to recognise medicinal plants around us. He will take us around Montargil Lake to discover many medicinal plants that nature gives to us. We will learn how to identify those plants and how to use them in our daily life and to promote our health. João will also share his knowledge in his Workshop of medicinal plants, that will be a complement of the nature walks. Here we will get to meet more herbs that João will bring from other parts of Portugal, that are also used in herbal medicine. We will have more time for some questions and to go deeper on the "never ending" knowledge, secrets and passion that medicinal plants are.

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