2019 PPMG Committee members
As many of you already know, PPMG has transitioned to BIPOC leadership. Touk Keo has transitioned into this new role with the intention of turning PPMG into a community-oriented space, centering on the voices of our Black and Native or Indigenous community members. This also means the creation of a board and committee of BIPOC healers focusing on decolonization and/or deconditioning of whiteness. We thank you for your patience during this transition and are excited to move forward together, have the difficult conversations needed, and bring the gathering back to the healing and reverence of the plants. See below for more information on our committee members. Monica Choy, Ridhi D'Cruz, Touk Keo, Jayanika Lawerence, Janice Lee, Adrianna Locke, Andrea Celeste Macias, Sea Mason, Souther Salazar, Andrea Telles
Touk Keo (they/them) is a professional counselor, flower/gem practitioner, and supervisor for the Office of Community and Civic life. They began organizing at a young age since their parents were refugees, this meant that they spent their upbringing organizing parties, meal trains, and how to help write checks to pay utilities and bills. They haven't led a linear life, at one point they were a sponsored skateboarder, late in life college graduate, and even a corporate employee. It was four years ago that they proudly founded the Radical Meditation for BIPOC folxs that has served over a thousand BIPOC bodies with exception of yt woman that snuck in with her Asian boyfriend. This space was created out of a need for rest and respite from yt nonsense and education, and to help folxs understand what is complex trauma, what is it like to have someone share about their spirituality that is culturally aligned, and how can we build more community. In the last four years, we've had three clothing drives, six fundraisers for Indigenous folxs, and also long lasting friendships and community building.
Interests & Goals: To ensure that folxs have access to healers that can possibly mentor them, to give a platform and financial support for those in our communities.
Monica Choy (she/her/they) is an artist, creative producer, and community organizer. Born and raised in the rich diversity of Ohlone/Ramaytush Land known as San Francisco, she grew up in a strong Chinese American community. Summers were spent with her grandmothers in Chinatown, absorbing her culture through colorful foods, folk medicine practices, learning about her family Tai Chi lineage, and speaking both Cantonese and Taishan dialects. As an adult living on Chinook Land know as Portland, she seeks to reconnect with her roots and heal ancestral trauma. She believes creating community with others through art, food, and self-defined spirituality are ways to make new patterns for living that lead to our collective healing.
Interests & Goals: My main interest is to be a part of shaping the PPMG in a way the opens dialogue about how to be in connection around accountability in a way that invites every one to be in their wholeness.
Ridhi D'Cruz (all pronouns, pref. they/them): As a placemaking consultant, sociocultural anthropologist, and permaculture educator living in Portland since 2010, Ridhi dedicates their life’s energy to deep relationship building through their work, scholarship and home life. They draw on the fields of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Cultural Sustainability, Social Permaculture, Community Engagement, Placemaking and Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) to foster place-based empowerment within a varying spectrum of communities ranging from people facing housing insecurities locally to governmental agencies abroad. They also enthusiastically participate in life affirming practices involving urban wildcrafting, plant medicine, natural building and participatory technology. Ridhi is currently a co-Executive Director of a grassroots placemaking nonprofit organization City Repair Project based in Portland, Oregon, USA. They are also a Conversation Project facilitator with Oregon Humanities. You can reach them at email@example.com and find out more about their work at City Repair via https://cityrepair.org/ and about their facilitation at https://oregonhumanities.org/programs/conversation-project/catalog/exploring-power-and-privilege-with-courage-creativity-and-compassion/
Interests & Goals: Through my place justice organizing, I've realized a deep desire for me to be in deeper community with the more-than-human world and QTBIPOC peoples especially around topics involving healing justice. My main goals for joining the committee are to be with other QTBIPOC folx interested in plant medicine, and to co-create more opportunities for us to heal together.
Jayanika Lawrence (she/her/they): I have a passion for co-creating with folks in visioning and acting on creating a more just and loving world. Collectively, I offer experience in facilitation, deep listening, a lifetime of self-taught and community taught healing work, as well as a personal commitment to individual and collective transformation.
Interests & Goals: Connect with other BIPOC healers and build community.
Janice Lee (she/her) is a Korean-American writer, editor, publisher, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 3 books of fiction: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), and 2 books of creative nonfiction: Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015) and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about interspecies communication, plants & personhood, the filmic long take, slowness, the apocalypse, architectural spaces, inherited trauma, and the concept of han in Korean culture, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She combines shamanic and energetic healing with plant & animal medicine and teaches workshops on inherited trauma, healing, and writing. She is Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, Contributing Editor at Fanzine, and Co-Founder of The Accomplices LLC. She currently lives in Portland, OR where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University.
Interests & Goals: To get more actively involved in the plant medicine and healing community and work more actively in unbinding from the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.
Adrianna Locke (she/her) is a mixed-race, queer, Latinx practitioner of East Asian medicine. She believes that folk medicine is a revolutionary tool when rooted in the ancient understanding of interdependence. She is committed to supporting QTBIPOC practitioners, re-indiginizing traditional medicine, and re-connecting to ancestral lineages, including her own.
Interests & Goals: My main interest in joining the committee was to be a part of a process of untangling this conference from white supremacy. It's easy to talk about decolonizing ourselves and our spaces, but much harder to do in practice.
Sea Mason (they/them) is a queer writer, culinary artist, plant lover, astrology enthusiast, creative and connector from Portland, OR. Sea’s work is strongly rooted in the spiritual intuitive process, dream work and the energy of alchemy.
Interests & Goals: To connect with other healers, build community and learn more about herbalism and medicine making.