Holistic Picnic brought together all the worlds of wellness at its first edition on Sunday, May 5 at The Green Building in Gowanus. (452 Union St., Brooklyn, NY 11231). At this feel-good fair produced by Brooklyn Based, we featured plants for the home and plants for your health, herbal tonics and hemp-infused tinctures, natural beauty products, herbalists and aromatherapy experts, wellness practitioners, delicious food and drink purveyors, artisan goods and artists, aura, tarot and astrology readers. It was also a chance to learn about a range of healing practices from a knowledgeable, growing wellness community in Brooklyn and beyond.

We curated a fun and fascinating day filled with hands-on demos and drop-in art making, informative discussions, workshops, and readings. See all the things we did below. And get in touch if you’d like to learn about future editions!

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▲ Relax in our Aurora Elixirs lounge, and sample their soothing, effervescent Lavender Spice and Rosemary Grapefruit tonics.

▲Try ear acupressure with The Yinova Center using complimentary Swarovski crystal ear seeds; purchase a copy of founder Jill Blakeway’s new book Energy Medicine, or a jar their herbal teas.

▲ Visit Minka Brooklyn and Dropping Seeds Herbal Blends’ pop-up healing center and learn about Minka’s wellness offerings and Dropping Seeds’ herbal blends and sip some of their herbal lemonade.

▲ Book a 15-minute tarot or astrology reading or Reiki session on site from Minka Brooklyn, Nikki Burch and Cosmic Cocktail Party readers ($25), or book an aura reading with Bright Future Aura Photography that includes a printed photo and reading describing the meaning of the colors captured in your portrait ($35)

▲ Shop plants for your home from Rooted and book a workshop on site with Mitti to learn the Japanese planting art of Kokedama, a Zen practice and an act of mindfulness and meditation. ($45 including the plant you’ll bring home.)

▲ Learn about the benefits of plant-medicine from Hudson Hemp, organic growers of hemp in the Hudson Valley; Jenny’s Baked at Home Co., purveyors of hemp-infused cooking oils, tinctures and salves; Dropping Seeds' multi-use herbal blends that balance physical and emotional wellness; Supernatural’s HRBLS, nervous-system soothing chews and the alchemist’s kitchen, who will be vending their best-selling botanical tinctures and CBD.

▲ Paint a watercolor card for yourself or Mother’s Day with Private Picassos.

▲ RSVP for a FREE, BYOM outdoor yoga/pilates session including an astrology/tarot reading with Unicorn Wellness or a 5pm hiit class with mom in balance new york.

▲ Indulge in essential oils, get natural beauty samples, and purchase a signed copy of the best-selling aromatherapy book, Plant-Powered Beauty, from the authors Christina Daigneault and Amy Galper, co-founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies.

▲ learn about all the natural products from saje natural wellness, from natural skin care to essential oil blends to diffusers.

▲ Donate an old book and take a (new to you) book at the Holistic Picnic Book Swap. Bring any gardening, cooking, craft, spirituality, health, or other meaningful title you would like to gift and find a new book to bring home.

▲ See the work-in-progress of artist Iviva Olenick, whose latest work, Plant(n)ation: Brooklyn As Farm, re-imagines urban space as a community-curated, sculptural farm.

▲ Enroll in one of our intimate workshops with Jessa Blades, L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Jenny’s Baked at Home Co., and Nikki Burst. Learn tarot for home energy clearing; how aromatherapy can relieve stress; make a dream pillow that fosters sleep; discover soothing plants for menstrual cramps; learn to cook with hemp; and how to watercolor and draw botanical art.

▲ Buy books, journals, ceramics, skincare, mystical goods, art supplies and clothing, hemp-infused goods, teas, houseplants, preserves, pastries, and sample from a dozen local businesses and artists including Jessa Blades, saje natural wellness, the alchemist’s kitchen, L'Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Rooted, Moon Cycle Bakery, Jenny’s Baked at Home Co., Dropping Seeds Herbal Blends, OurHarvest, The Yinova Center, Sweet Deliverance and the Holistic Picnic pop-up.

▲ Purchase mezcal margaritas, palomas and CBD cocktails from The Green Building bar, cold brew, coffee and golden turmeric and matcha lattes from Champion Coffee and grilled skewers from Marlow Events.

▲ Drop into our intimate, informative talks and meditation sessions throughout the day to discuss CBD’s healing properties, microdosing, and more.

bring your own tote* to pick up free goodies at the Holistic Picnic sample station and bring your own water bottle or coffee carafe which you can refill on site.

▲ buy tickets to our online raffle to benefit the Drug Policy Alliance. Entrants will have a chance to win one of these prizes and will be directed to the Holistic Picnic table upon check-in to see if they’ve won.

*Our decision not to purchase takeaway totes for this event is based upon this article in Quartz, which brings to light the environmental waste of printing totes. Instead, we invite guests to take home free goodies from the Holistic Picnic sample station in their own tote or bag. Likewise, compostable and coffee cups will be available on site, but we encourage attendees to bring water bottles and coffee carafes to keep the event as zero-waste as possible.