In the late spring of 2017, Gaia Education, the cooperative Passwork and the cooperative l’Arcolaio conducted, in the Iblei Mountains, one of the most biodiverse regions of Europe, a course on aromatic and medicinal plants.
12 women, aged 16 to 29, from Nigeria, Gambia and Mali, joined the course. (Most of these women have been in treatment for a more or less severe PTSD condition). Through a dynamic journey grounded in theoretical and practical experiences, they learned about indigeneous plants such as rosemary, sage, lavender and oregano.
The practice to cultivate, transform and maintain the aromatic and medicinal value of the plants, coupled with an analysis of different market opportunities connected to the cosmetics, culinary, medicinal and aromatics properties of the plants awakened an enthusiasm and a thirst for more education and experience in all the students, as well as the possibility of a carrier destination for these gifted young women.