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 BIPOC voices and aim to make this as safe a space as possible for all 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 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.