The 10th Annual Portland Plant Medicine Gathering!
November 9th, 10th and 11th, 2018.
2018 Workshop Descriptions
with Karyn Sanders
In this class you will be learning about how the plants carry animal medicine. We will talk about the different animal medicines,ie: wolf, deer, elk,etc. When to use an animal medicine, some plants that carry these medicines and how many to use at once.
Plant allies here and there; Koromo + Mukaro and the Element of Water
with Lara Pacheco
The beckoning cry of our ancestors has called us into this place of healing. In Puerto Rico our colonizer told us that the Taíno ways had been destroyed. And yet, here they are guiding the work to illuminate consciousness. This class will focus on the the unearthing of the many shackles of colonialism, and explore the journey of reconnecting with indigenous ways of knowing. We will spend our class time on sitting with the season of Autumn and drawing from the Caribbean ancestors through plants, elements, food and animal guides. We will also discuss plants cultivated and native of the PNW, and how I've incorporated these into my practice.
with La Loba Loca
Who are the witches? Who were the ones killed and torture by the state-church-patriarchy complex? In this knowledge share we will talk about witches, the witch hunts and the historical processes that allowed for the torturing and killing of so-called witches. From a feminist and political perspective, we will take a look at what gave rise to the witch burnings. We will touch on the generational trauma of the witch hunts and the current reclamation of the term BRUJA.
Connecting with Nature
with Sarah Holmes
This class will explore and celebrate our connection with the plant beings and all of Nature. What does this really mean? How can we be in deeper communication with Nature? What does it mean to be in a reciprocal relationship with the plants? What is our role as humans in the natural world? How does this affect our physical health? We will be discussing these concepts as well as spending time meditating with the plants and working with the energies of Nature.
Holistic First Aid
with Mara Cur
An introduction to acute health concerns, this class will enhance one's ability to practice first aid in low-tech and/or remote spaces. We will discuss potential first aid scenarios and their standard procedures, and become acquainted with herbs who have long been allies and teachers in emergency response care. This class will conclude with a hands-on learning demo in which people have the option to practice some first aid skills together.
Relationships Are the Wealth of Your Life
with Dusty Dmitri Bloomingheart
How far does your sense of community extend? Do you include the living non-human world? Who do you feel responsible to safeguard and defend? Living under capitalism, with our labor and the abundant gifts of the earth commodified, it can be a challenge to recognize the relationships that sustain us. As a result of colonialism, settlers and some Indigenous peoples are no longer living on their traditional lands. How do we build or deepen relationship with the lands we live on? How do we sustain life where we are? How do we steward the land? How do we know we belong? This workshop will be part lecture, part small group discussion.
Herbal Charms for Personal and Collective Healing
with Dusty Dmitri Bloomingheart
Learn about the magical properties of select herbs and develop your ability to intuit what is right for you at a core level in this hands-on workshop for crafting protective and healing herbal charms. We will be offering these prayers for healing on both the personal and collective levels, recognizing that our wellness is tied to the wellness of the whole. In praying for ourselves, we must also deepen into serving our collective good.
The Art of Formulation (Level: beginner-intermediate)
with Abigail Singer
Herbs work in a wide variety of ways to heal wounds, ease anxiety, support liver detoxification and help us move through heartbreak – just to name a few of their many talents! This class will provide an overview of herbal actions and an introduction to formulation – the art and science of synergizing multiple herbs in a formula to achieve a desired result. We’ll be tasting some herbs, engaging our senses and exploring how herbal combinations can be used effectively in healing.
Queer Healing for the Energy Body
with Clara Parnell
When transphobia, homophobia, and femmephobia impact us on the physical plane.This class will discuss the energetic wounding that can happen and become stored in our bodies when we are impacted by the beliefs and oppressions of cis heteronormativity. How do these expereinces live and breathe in our Pelvis? Our Hearts? Our Bellies? Our Throats? Our Visions? This class will explore these patterns and self-healing remedies.
Moon & Tides: Seasons of the Menstrual Cycle
with Jeevan Singh
For as long as humans have been in existence, we have studied the stars, longed for communion with celestial bodies and observed the cycles in nature all around us. By listening to the rhythms of the cosmos and the earth, ancient humans related these larger movements to the movements within our bodies. Classical Chinese medicine is founded on this understanding of the macrocosm and microcosm, and as such can be related to the phases of the menstrual cycle. Just as the moon tugs on the ocean’s tides, an attuned menstrual cycle is innately connected to the cyclical patterns within nature, reflected in its microcosmic expansion and contraction, filling and releasing, high and low tides. This workshop will explore the seasons with the cycle, its energetics and suggestions for self-care, including working with plants. Even if you are not a person who bleeds, these ideas can be applied to the actual seasons in nature. All are welcome.
Remembering Our Bones: Connection to Ancestors BIPOC only
with Jeevan Singh and Heaven Celeste Thunder
Each of us walks alongside our ancestors, the ones who spoke with plants, who made medicines, who kept traditional wisdom. This will be an experiential class to practice connecting with these ancestors in a safe space. You don't need to know exactly where they come from, all you need is your own bones to tell you the truth of where you come from. Through discussion and practice, we will explore ways to connect to, listen to and call in the guidance of our ancestors. If you already have a practice or cultural inheritance of how to do this, it is welcome.
Healing Imposter Syndrome with Plant and Stone Friends
with Liz Long and Meghan Hawkins
What value systems initially defined what it is to be an imposter, and how do we begin to liberate ourselves from internalized voices that undermine our innate wisdom? How can we work with plants ands gems to connect more deeply to our internal knowing and belonging? We will explore the ways in which working with Earth medicine asks us to draw on our own intuition, and how cultivating this internal knowing is an inherently subversive and radical act. We will explore the subtle ways the oppressor is internalized and use plant and gem allies to move toward connectedness, gentleness and cooperation. Our goal is to gently explore power as it shows up in ourselves, in one another, and the systems around us in the hopes of practicing a new paradigm. Are flower essences radical revolutionaries? How does energetic medicine help in the fight against oppression? Our class will include thought exercises, meditation, and direct work with flower/gem essences that will help us lean on our own internal knowing and support us in ways of sharing knowledge that honor each person’s intuition.
Plant Magic In A Bottle
Flower Essence Practices for Resilience, Connection and Joy
with Milla Prince
There's nothing esoteric about flower essences, they're a simple and powerful way for us to explore ourselves, as well as our place in the world. Flower essence practices are equal parts intuition, practical magic, and an ancient way to communicate with the Living World. They are a modern (but surprisingly ancient!) iteration of a language older than words; a practice of listening both to plants, land, non-human- others, bodies of water, landscapes, spirits, ancestors and everything around us that is not of-us, but shapes our daily existence.
Transgender Essentials for Clinical Interactions
with Emiliano Lemus and Lizanne Deliz
This workshop will review the essentials for working with transgender and gender nonconforming clients. Using a practical, case-based approach, we will discuss transgender cultural competence. This will include sex and gender positive tools for discussing sensitive health topics, and the importance of approaching clients in a trauma-informed manner. We will also review structuring clinical spaces to reflect transgender inclusion. Participants will emerge with a grounded understanding of the health and social concerns faced by many trans clients, as well as best practices for fostering healing.
Plant Allies For Dogs
with Letty Chichitonyolotli
In this workshop, students will learn basics on anatomy and physiology and common ailments of dogs, how they differ from humans and will learn about the plants that can be safely used to treat acute health concerns.
Students will also walk away with information on how to build an herbal First Aid kit for home use.
Recaliming and Re-Indigenizing Plant Medicine Practices
with Roberta EagleHorse Ortiz and Letty Chichitonyolotli
BIPOC Only Space
In a field where dominant culture often pervades and claims ancient wisdom of our ancestors it can be difficult to stand in the power of our inherited knowledge of plant medicine. Many of us have been removed from our ancestral ways of knowing as a result of colonization and the genocidal practices that we have survived thus far. Come together with BIPOC plant medicine makers and growers to discuss ways to support the efforts of keeping our collective wisdom protected.