Welcome to Portland Plant Medicine, an online educational community and home of the Portland Plant Medicine Gathering, a yearly conference and celebration in Portland, Oregon!
Dear Portland Plant Medicine Community,
As the organizer of this conference, I would like to acknowledge recent events at the Plant Medicine Gathering in November. There were some valid concerns in classes in regards to cultural appropriation and I know that feelings were hurt. I want to sincerely apologize for any inappropriate behavior and any harm done.
This conference will continue to be dedicated to anti-oppression. We are dedicated to centering POC voices and aim to make this as safe a space as possible for marginalized folks.
Moving forward, I am listening to your feedback and making changes. These will be happening immediately and throughout this year and will also be implemented at next year's conference.
Some of these changes include:
Creating a Portland Plant Medicine Board with POC staff to advise on issues pertaining to the intersection of herbalism and oppression; to ensure teachers are in alignment with the values of PPMG; to continue to support a diverse community where all learners feel welcome and included.
Developing a more thorough screening process of potential teachers.
Offering inclusion and diversity training to prospective teachers.
Including POC only spaces at future conferences.
With full awareness that we live in a white supremacist patriarchal culture and that the practice of herbalism in this country historically has been represented through a European lens, this conference does not support or tolerate cultural appropriation, racism, sexism, fat-phobia, homophobia, or any forms of oppression. This gathering aims to create a space outside of this culture where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.
Thank you for your continuous support. I see this as a challenging opportunity to grow and stand more centered in my integrity and intention. As a white skinned, Jewish, queer person I wish to do my best to dismantle white supremacy and be an ally to the marginalized people in this community and beyond.
Announcing the 9th Annual PPMG!
November 10th, 11th, and 12th 2017
Keynote with Ola Obasi