Plant Medicine Workshops & Disaster Herbalism Intensive

Sep 9 2011 - 10:00am - Sep 11 2011 - 5:00pm
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TLC Farm's Monthly Workshop series presents:

Plant Medicine Workshop Series & Community and Herbal Approaches to Disaster Situations

Come join us on the land for a weekend of learning about plant medicine, community building, and emergency preparedness! There will be a day of Plant Medicine Workshops on Friday, Sept. 9th, followed by a two-day intensive on Disaster Herbalism on Saturday and Sunday (the 10th and 11th).

The plant medicine workshops will be hosted by local herbalists, with topics ranging from hands-on medicine making and plant meditation, to facilitated conversations about herbalism, dynamics of privilege and efforts for healing both people and place! The Disaster Herbalism intensive, brought to the farm by our local Rosehip Medic Collective, will focus on the importance of plants and further education in preparing for ecological/social emergency.

Our intention is to gather together to share skills and ideas - regardless of prior experience. If you're brand new to herbalism, a seasoned medicine-maker, or anywhere in between: know that you're welcome! You can register for both events, or come to just one. Registration for both events is separate, more details below...


Workshop Descriptions:

Friday, 10AM - 6PM

-- interactive plant walk through the farm and Tryon Creek Forest

-- The Body Remembers: The Physiology of Stress, Health Disparities and Botanical Interventions with Lydia Bartholow

While the title sounds daunting, this fun workshop will cover the basic physiology of stress in the body, discuss why it so darn important to understand it, how stress effects health on a community/population based level and wrap up by talking about some herbal interventions (and support) for the over-stressed body and mind. This workshop is geared towards a radical understanding of political-economics, oppression and health.

*Lydia is a registered nurse, a writer, an organizer and a practitioner of both allopathic and botanical medicine. She has been studying botany and botanical medicine since 2001 and teaching since 2007. Currently a doctoral student at Oregon Health and Science University, Lydia focuses her practice on mental wellness and radical public health. Past and current roles in care providing include heavy emphasis on harm reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma based care. She is deeply interested in the political and social implications of care work, mental health and the body. Lydia lives in North Portland with too many animals and often obsesses about the prison industrial complex.*

--- Put the Craft Back in Wildcrafting: How to Tend Plants in the Wild and Make New Medicinal Stands with Sam Spikenard

We will discuss how to take care of and grow plants outside of the garden setting and why that is becoming more and more important.


--- Revolutionary Healers - a facilitated discussion with Dir'k & Rosemary

what are the connections between herbalism and liberation struggle? how does a healer's responsibility to those whom they support relate to addressing the root causes of the sickness? does ethical wildcrafting demand participation in defense of the earth? what are critical contributions that herbalists are situated to offer to revolutionary struggles? join us for an exploration of these and other questions, in an environment of critical engagement and mutual support.


If you want to attend this series, you must register by e-mailing by September 1st. You will then receive information about schedule, shuttles/transportation, food, and camping. The Friday series is available for a sliding scale of $15 - a million dollars...all of which directly supports keeping this educational center open and active! Some work trade positions are available.


On Saturday & Sunday, the Rosehip Medic Collective ( presents Community and Herbal Approaches to Disaster Situations with Leah Wolfe, 10AM - 5PM both days...


"When disaster strikes, government response is often slow, leaving victims without help for days. Community preparedness and response is vital. This is an introductory workshop that will show you how to begin to prepare yourself and your community. Our approach recognizes the importance of plants, and community building, and further education. We will share important stories from recent disasters and relief efforts. Visit our website to see photos from our relief work in Haiti after the earthquake: http://serpentine-project. org/http://serpentine-project. org/  . Donations beyond travel expenses and fees will be used to support The Serpentine Project (based in NE Ohio & NW Wisconsin), a restoration and education project for indigenous plants and traditional medicine."


Register separately for Saturday & Sunday by September 1 at Sliding-scale donation: $40-80.

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