Holistic health access, health justice, and inclusion and diversity in herbalism are important to me. I volunteer as Executive Director of Herbalists Without Borders in order to support health justice, holistic health access for all, radical herbalism, and the future of our alternative wellness system locally and globally. We must truly decolonize herbalism and health care in this country to break down inequities and empower people doing this work in their own communities.
To find out more about what Health Justice, visit some of these links below:
Herbalists Without Borders, Intl
Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege created by USC's online MSW program
The Icarus Project
I host a Podcast via HWB called the Herbal Action Podcast. I interview different people in the herbalism community - visit the podcast page to listen in!
I am working on a new series of online intensive classes re: Trauma Training and Herbal First Aid, that will be live on the HWB website soon!
I work with HWB to create mutual aid and reciprocity based community models that empower local people to work in their own communities. I help get resources, training, education, supplies, support, and other needs to those communities so that people can continue their work and/or reach more people. By empowering people in their own communities, we are deconstructing the white savior models of aid and community work, supporting people embedded in the community, the culture, the language, and the traditions, and supporting the ongoing decolonizing and intergenerational healing that is needed in communities historically excluded from health care, holistic care, wellness, and health.
Lunar Hollow Farm Is the home of the HWB COmmunity Apothecary where we intake donations of supplies and redistribute them out to free clinics and community work around the US.
Lunar Hollow Farm is the home of the HWB Seed Library/Grants/Bank, where donated and gathered seeds are collected and redistributed out to communities growing food, medicine, and community, in gardens around the US.
Lunar Hollow Farm grows out medicinal plants to save for seeds, and grows medicinal plants for free clinic use.
To find out more about the work of HWB, visit: http://www.hwbglobal.org/
Resilience, Restorative Processes, and Social Permaculture
I believe that permaculture practices and restorative principles can be used to break down the white dominant social systems that maintain the status quo, and that through our facilitation and support of restorative relationships, we can break down the systems that exist to keep people marginalized and disempowered.
Resilience Is also the state of being adaptable to changing conditions and recover quickly from difficulty.
I feel that social permaculture looks at those relationships and structures and address inequity in systems to help make fundamental change and build resilience into the system.
It is always a work in progress, I don't have all the answers, but I strive to be a white ally, here to listen to people's real experiences and help support them in their path to empowerment and change.
I am completing my permaculture design and social systems dual certification and will post my final presentation here when it is ready.