Folk Herbalism Preparations Workshop Series

Location and Accessibility

All workshops except the Wild Herb Identification and Flower Essence Exploration will be held at my house in the Beach Hill neighborhood, between the Boardwalk and downtown. Parking is free at this time of year, but spaces are limited. Participants are encouraged to walk, bike, or carpool. The Wild Herb Identification and Flower Essence Exploration will meet at the Golf Club Drive entrance to Pogonip City Park.

My house has one step up to get indoors through the front door, and a small staircase of about four stairs out the back door. The backyard is wheelchair accessible through a gate on a smooth but narrow concrete path. Workshops will be held both indoors and outdoors, weather providing. We’ll be hopping between prep and learning in the backyard and doing all our heat-related preparations in the kitchen indoors.

Reparations, Liberation Framework, and Community Intentions

These workshops are held on stolen Awaswas Ohlone land, and herbalism is built on indigenous knowledge. As such, 10% of the total proceeds from this workshop series will go to the Amah Mutsun Land Trust. Through this organization, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band runs land stewardship programs and is currently engaged in a land-protection campaign, Protect Juristac. Please click on the link to learn more about their work.

Though these workshops are taught from Western herbalism perspective, it is my intention to incorporate liberatory principles into this knowledge. This means that my vision of health rejects the gender/biological binary and all purity discourse (ex: “clean eating,” etc.). These values are elements of the capitalist, white supremacist, cis-hetero-patriarchal society we live in. They have no place in discussions of health or care. In addition to that, I also strive to recognize both the strengths and shortcomings of Western medicine. I refuse to shame anyone for engaging in any type of healthcare, or for any identities they hold in relation to their care needs. Get the care your body needs. These workshops are intended to be a caring and compassionate space.

My intention in sharing this knowledge is to create an accessible, queer-friendly space where people can learn important skills for self- and community care. My definition of folk herbalism incorporates sharing and interaction between both people and plants, and between people and their larger communities. Through teaching this workshop series locally, I hope to add to our collective care toolkits and create more resilience and opportunities for health in our networks.

How to Use Sliding Scale Payments

I have chosen to make these workshops sliding scale in an effort to make them financially accessible. This is also a source of income that partially sustains me and allows me to keep doing this type of work. Payments for this class will also go towards materials and benefiting the Amah Mutsun Land Trust. Please honestly evaluate your current and generational financial reality before making your payment. I encourage you to use the sliding scale chart included below, created by Hadassah Damien at Ride Free Fearless Money. For a readable PDF, click here.

Quoted from Hadassah: “It’s ok to have resources! And it’s ok not to have them. That’s what a scale is meant to account for…Often we find that folks who’ve experienced early-life abundance who are *currently temporarily scarce* select lower on the scale than people who’ve experienced early-life scarcity who are temporarily abundant. That’s not what’s supposed to happen — and it doesn’t create a sustainable practice for the practitioner.”

Instructor Info and Position

I am a folk herbalist and lifelong plant enthusiast. I’ve been making and using my own herbal preparations for about five years. I also work in the apothecary production team of a local herb farm, and I completed an 8 week beginner program through Windfall Herbal Studies with Taylore and Stascha Stahl in the spring of 2019. I’m also a trained course facilitator, experienced naturalist, and hold a degree in education. To avoid any confusion, I want to be clear that I am not an expert on this material. I simply enjoy it and want to share it. I am not a clinical herbalist and these workshops are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. Please keep this in mind when registering.

Additionally, I identify as a white, queer, non-binary femme, with a class history of predominant abundance and occasional scarcity. I recognize that my point of view is limited and characterized by these overlapping privileges and oppressions, and do my best to keep this awareness when teaching.