RadHerb 2015

January 19, 2015 § 4 Comments

Radherb 2015.

This year things are a little different…

this year we are reflecting,
this year we are moving
deconstructing
critically questioning
this year we are working in clinics
studying with our elders
and sharing skills with our community.

some of us are living in 2 places at once, some of us are moving to new places, some of us are sowing seeds saved from last years season growing roots into the land that has a story, this soil that has a history, that we so often breeze over in our attempts to ‘get something to grow.’ To plant our ideas even though they may not be suitable to these soils. We find ourselves building and creating from the theories we have reflected for one another, reflect in one another, finding affinity with one another. As we try to build relationships to land, we are simultaneously committing to a becoming. an emergence. a deepening and change of what we’ve taken for granted.

deep, I know

that’s what radical means, going to the roots. and we are gettin’ it this winter.

There are a lot of radical things about an organized convergence. Some of us got to experience this first hand in the last few years. We’ve had radherb convergences in occupied o’odham lands of the northern sonoran desert for the last 2 years in a row, and it has been magical and wonderful and hard.
and we are all about leaning into the hard stuff. hard frost, hard reality, hard crushin’.

We have a lot to think about and work with from the last few years, so we are not organizing a regional convergence…and that doesn’t mean radherb isn’t happening///

what are you doing for radherb this year?

tell us, for real,

post something here on the blog about the radical intersections you and your krew are forging for the 2015 year?

How are your affinities (both plant and human) ripening?

what are you doing different?
what hard lessons have been coming up this year/ last year. Where have been your points of growth?

what new plant allies are ya’ll getting to know?

what new projects are you embarking on and how do you need support?

This year, we are queering the ideas of space, place, convergence and gathering. Yet some of the material benefits of having a convergence will be sorely missed…

We raised near about $1,000 for the Stone Cabin Wellness Collective* last year…

This was huge, like mega…
the SCWC is all grassroots funded, so events and fundraisers like radherb are super crucial to their continuation. So how can we show support, raise $$$ and stay connected in the spaces between events, beyond convergence, or of a different scale?
So often in our radical work, we are navigating without a map. ‘Cause there honestly isn’t a lot of charts and logbooks for the shit we are doing…records have been lost, destroyed, kept secret…and we are bumping in the dark, so how can we come together, hold hands, rethink scale and place to come together in different, new, unique ways?

This is our 2015 challenge, in all its complicated scandalous fabulousness…

If folks can contribute Stone Cabin Wellness Collective, plz contact radherb krew via the radherbsw email or thru this email

peony.mystery.school@gmail.com

Thanks a bunch sweet goobie babies

in love and destruction

RadherbSW

* The Stone Cabin Wellness Collective is an all-volunteer group
of herbalists, massage providers, energy workers and laypeople who offer
free bi-annual health services in the Big Mountain/Black Mesa area of AZ.
We do this to further support the Indigenous people of Black Mesa in their
resistance to massive coal and uranium mining operations, and for those
affected by the forced relocation policies of the US government.
We organize Elder Wellness Week to honor the elders especially, but we
welcome people of all ages.
We ask that all herbs are:
-Organically grown or harvested in clean soil
-Carefully dried out of direct sunlight
-Not too old (still vital)
-Thoroughly garbled/chopped
-Labeled in closing packages (ziplock bags are perfect!)
We know that’s a lot of work- thanks so much!
If you’re unsure of a plant’s ID, or anything, feel free to ask one of us.
We go through large quantities of many herbs so it’s most helpful to get
bigger quantities of fewer herbs from one person. To wildcraft or grow for
us, you can take a look at our longer needed-herbs list, or email
stonecabin@riseup.net. If there’s something you think we might use that’s
not on our list, just ask. We also have salve recipes for specific health
issues we see repeatedly, and we’d love it if you’d like to make some of
those salves. Thanks again! Your herbs will be used and appreciated.
A selection of preparations we need a lot of:
Dried:
-Any medicinal mushrooms (painstakingly IDed and labeled with scientific
name.) Ganoderma tsugae, turkeytails, chaga, maitaake, lion’s mane…
-Soloman’s Seal root, grown or carefully harvested. This is nearly
impossible for us to get commercially.
-Pedicularis aboveground parts, harvested away from toxic plants.
-Skullcap
-Bilberries/Blueberries/Huckleberries. Dried berries and berry pastes are
good.
-Hawthorne berries, leaves and flowers
-Linden flowers/leaves
-Prickly ash bark, for oil
-Lobelia, for oil
-Black Cohosh root
-American Ginseng, organically grown
-Calendula flowers
-Crampbark
-Baical Skullcap
-Kudzu
-Pesticide-free Rose petals
-Mimosa bark and flowers (separately).
Oils: Prickly Ash!, St John’s Wort, Balsam Poplar/Cottonwood and Collinsonia
Supplements:
-Probiotics! Multi-strain, shelf-stable (at least until opening..)
-Shelf-stable fish oil from companies that test for heavy metals!
-Glucosamine/Chondroitin!!
-Whole-food sourced multivitamins
-B-vitamins complex
-Chromium
-Type II Diabetes-specific multivitamin
Encapsulated Herbs:
-Saw Palmetto
-Horse chestnut
-Turmeric
-Guggul
-Cat’s Claw
-Milk Thistle
-Andrographis
Tinctures: Valerian, Pedicularis, Meadowsweet, Lobelia, Feverfew, Chinese
and American Gingseng, Blue Vervain, Black Cohosh, Ashwaghanda.
If someone is interested in having the longer list of Most In Demand Herbs for STWC please leave a reply on this post and we’ll forward you the link.
Thank you so much!

Rad Herb Registration

February 11, 2014 § 1 Comment

Hey folks, 

Rad herb is about a month away, and we need more of you folks I know are wanting to come to register!

If you haven’t yet registered for the gathering, do so by filling out these RSVP questions and emailing them to Radherbsw@gmail.com. Once you register, you will receive detailed information about the gathering and directions to the location! Thanks and love!

 

RSVP QUESTIONS:

Name and preferred pronoun?

In what bioregion do you spend most of your time?

How did you hear about the gathering?

Will you be bringing kids with you? What kind of support do you want, if any?

What are your seeds of intention in coming together as radical herbalists this weekend?

One of your favorite plant allies and why?

Are there any workshops you’d like to see happen?

Are you interested in offering a workshop?

Do you have skills and experience in providing CONFLICT MEDIATION, MEDIC WORK, CHILDCARE, ANYTHING ELSE? that you want to share for the weekend? What would that look like? What support / tools do you need to make that happen?

Do you have any camping supplies you can share for the weekend, such as water jugs, rope, tarps, propane burners, chairs, etc?  (We will send out a more comprehensive list of needs as RadHerb approaches)

Is there anything else you want us to know? Are there any specific needs that haven’t been addressed that we could help you meet?

Please invite anyone you think would be interested in joining us! Thanks,

radherbsw@gmail.com

 

Stone Cabin Wellness Collective Wish List 2014

January 22, 2014 § 2 Comments

Radherb is organized and put on by volunteers. We ask $10 a day to cover the costs that the organizers front to make it all happen. All other funds that we receive that exceed the costs of the gathering will be donated to the Stone Cabin Wellness Collective

The Stone Cabin Wellness Collective is an all-volunteer group
of herbalists, massage providers, energy workers and laypeople who offer
free bi-annual health services in the Big Mountain/Black Mesa area of AZ.
We do this to further support the Indigenous people of Black Mesa in their
resistance to massive coal and uranium mining operations, and for those
affected by the forced relocation policies of the US government.
We organize Elder Wellness Week to honor the elders especially, but we
welcome people of all ages.

Please check out supportblackmesa.org to learn more
about their decades-long struggle, current events, and ways to support.

The SCWC is in need of herbal resources. Seeing that Radherb is a convergence of herbalist and plant people from around the country and beyond, we thought it a good opportunity to regionally organize to collect needed herbs. If you have access to any of these herbs that fit the following criteria, we encourage you to bring them with you for the SCWC. Thanks for your support!

Herb Request for RadHerb

We ask that all herbs are:
-Organically grown or harvested in clean soil
-Carefully dried out of direct sunlight
-Not too old (still vital)
-Thoroughly garbled/chopped
-Labeled in closing packages (ziplock bags are perfect!)

We know that’s a lot of work- thanks so much!
If you’re unsure of a plant’s ID, or anything, feel free to ask one of us.

We go through large quantities of many herbs so it’s most helpful to get
bigger quantities of fewer herbs from one person. To wildcraft or grow for
us, you can take a look at our longer needed-herbs list, or email
stonecabin@riseup.net. If there’s something you think we might use that’s
not on our list, just ask. We also have salve recipes for specific health
issues we see repeatedly, and we’d love it if you’d like to make some of
those salves. Thanks again! Your herbs will be used and appreciated.

A selection of preparations we need a lot of:

Dried:
-Any medicinal mushrooms (painstakingly IDed and labeled with scientific
name.) Ganoderma tsugae, turkeytails, chaga, maitaake, lion’s mane…
-Soloman’s Seal root, grown or carefully harvested. This is nearly
impossible for us to get commercially.
-Pedicularis aboveground parts, harvested away from toxic plants.
-Skullcap
-Bilberries/Blueberries/Huckleberries. Dried berries and berry pastes are
good.
-Hawthorne berries, leaves and flowers
-Linden flowers/leaves
-Prickly ash bark, for oil
-Lobelia, for oil
-Black Cohosh root
-American Ginseng, organically grown
-Calendula flowers
-Crampbark
-Baical Skullcap
-Kudzu
-Pesticide-free Rose petals
-Mimosa bark and flowers (separately).

Oils: Prickly Ash!, St John’s Wort, Balsam Poplar/Cottonwood and Collinsonia

Supplements:
-Probiotics! Multi-strain, shelf-stable (at least until opening..)
-Shelf-stable fish oil from companies that test for heavy metals!
-Glucosamine/Chondroitin!!
-Whole-food sourced multivitamins
-B-vitamins complex
-Chromium
-Type II Diabetes-specific multivitamin

Encapsulated Herbs:
-Saw Palmetto
-Horse chestnut
-Turmeric
-Guggul
-Cat’s Claw
-Milk Thistle
-Andrographis

Tinctures: Valerian, Pedicularis, Meadowsweet, Lobelia, Feverfew, Chinese
and American Gingseng, Blue Vervain, Black Cohosh, Ashwaghanda.

If someone is interested in having the longer list of Most In Demand Herbs for STWC please leave a reply on this post and we’ll forward you the link.

Thank you so much!

can’t wait to see you in March…

RadHerb2014!

January 6, 2014 § 1 Comment

We are pleased to announce:

The Second Annual Radical Herbalists Gathering Southwest

March 7th-9th, 2014
Outside Tucson, Arizona

You are cordially invited to a gathering of herbalists and plant enthusiasts of an anti-oppressive or otherwise community-minded persuasion.

As the number of radical herbalists grows we see Rad Herb as a space to explore together how our work with plants & healing fit into our political work and how these can intersect and support the work we are doing to build the world in which we want to live.

This gathering will provide an opportunity for radical and community minded herbalists to meet each other and share skills, resources, knowledge and experiences. To share time and space, food and medicine, our ideas and our selves, and to talk about how and why we are doing this work. To explore how we could do it better and hear about what others are doing. To build networks of support and inspiration for each other.

As we come together to build and learn, we also recognize a simultaneous ‘unlearning’ process we participate in by calling ourselves radicals. This can take on different forms where certain people “get” some specific language, terms or social signifiers that are indicators of knowledge ( cultural capital ) in radical, herbal and other niche circles. it happens.

Rad Herb welcomes folks from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences in their work with both plants and radical politics, and in that vein, we ultimately want to hold one another accountable at this gathering by committing to co-creating a safer space for all of us to share, learn, network and to interrelate across differences in ways that build our connectivity and community. That doesn’t mean that we avoid conflicts or pave over differences in an attempt to keep it safe, but rather that we are committed to knowing ourselves, our boundaries, our needs and that we all make mistakes. We can recognize that by participating in this gathering, we are attempting to co-create a container and safer space to share, learn, ask and be vulnerable, to build our radical rhizomatous networks and seek to better understand ourselves, our histories, communities and connections to the land and to the plants.

We begin by recognizing that we as organizers come from a colonial settler history in the continued occupation of native and indigenous lands by the US government and with this in mind, all are invited to come together to be accountable to our histories, unearned privileges, relations to power, people and land.

With these recognitions as a foundation, all peoples are welcome as we recognize where we are coming from in order to dream together where we are going.

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We intend to facilitate an event full of workshops, discussions, and opportunities to share skills and network. Please come prepared to participate in creating this space by being open to both sharing and learning. We need folks to offer up  workshops, hold a skill share, facilitate a discussion or anything else. Email us with your workshop plans or ideas, and  if you aren’t confident about making it happen yourself let us know and we may be able to help.

Here is a list of some workshops from last year and more we would like to see happen. Let us know if you or someone you know can facilitate any of these. Feel free to get creative, we want to support yal in offering workshops of your own design.

  • Relationship between (herbal/radical) healthcare and systems of oppression – race, class, fatphobia, patriarchy, colonization.

  • Issues of cultural appropriation in alternative medicine, and indigenous solidarity.

  • Any workshop on a specific condition or disease – diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Lyme, Hepatitis C, cancer, asthma, HPV.

  • Herbs for stress and trauma.

  • Herbal care for sexual and reproductive health.

  • Herbs and Skills for supporting birth outside of conventional medical practices.

  • Herbs for transgender folks.

  • Nutrition / food as medicine

  • Cultivating deeper relationship with plants, gardening, sustainable harvesting, tending wild plant stands.

  • Local and native plants of the southwest and Sonoran desert- plant-walks welcome!

  • Energetic plant medicine, flower essences, plant spirit medicine.

  • Learning from and integrating different systems of herbal medicine (Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic).

  • Alternative models to radical healthcare – how to run a free clinic, healing outside of clinical spaces, project report-backs.

  • The American Herbal Guild and the standardization of herbal medicine.

  • Integrative medicine, how to deal with doctors/medical industrial complex, medical advocacy.

  • Historical perspectives on health justice and herbalism.

  • Herbal first aid for protests, wilderness, desert.

  • Basic to advanced medicine making (salves to spagyrics)

  • Harm reduction.

  • Expanding your skill set – resources to learn minor surgical procedures, to get prescription medications, and to access lab tests.

  • Herbal care for animals.

  • Astrology and herbs!

  • What’s going on in the Southwest!- report-backs, networking, what we want to see happen, how to support ongoing projects

  • Case studies and building intake skills – multi-lingual consultations, setting good boundaries, etc.

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Accessibility
To be transparent, we want and need support in the form of ideas, tools, and resources around accessibility and we appreciate your support as we learn how to make this a more widely accessible and inclusive gathering. Our long term goal as organizers is to make the gathering a multilingual as well as a more physically accessible space. We aim to facilitate people’s needs getting met but we can only provide those things that folks can step up to offer, facilitate and support. We are really looking forward to working on this with all of you.

The terrain is pretty rugged – dirt roads, scrubby hillsides and washes-so if you need a more detailed description of the location or have specific needs around physical accessibility at the location, please let us know. If you have experience facilitating more physically accessible spaces and want to help out, please get in contact with us!

We are hoping to make this event accessible to folks who speak Spanish and use ASL.  If you feel comfortable translating and want to help out part of the time, or can teach a workshop in either of these languages, please let us know as soon as possible.

Logistics:

The gathering will be in the desert outside of Tucson in the foothills of the Rincon mountains. We will send out more details about logistics,  the location, directions and what to bring once you have registered.

We will be camping with no electricity or potable water so please come prepared. There may be a possibility for more comfortable accommodations, please let us know ahead of time if this is something you may need.

We will also have an outdoor communal kitchen. We will have some staples on hand, but we are depending on y’all to contribute the food for the bulk of our meals.

We hope to make this a family-friendly event, so let us know if you’re interested in supporting child care during the gathering or facilitating a kid friendly work shop – medicine making, plant walks, herb related crafts and song. Let us know if you plan on bringing kids so we can keep you updated on child care availability.

If you need a ride or can offer an extra spot in your car, check out the rideshare page at radherbsw.wordpress.com! As it gets closer to the event, if you are still needing a ride, let us know and we will try to help you out.

This event is free. We will be asking for donations of $10 per day to help us cover our costs. Any money we make over costs will be donated to the Stone Cabin Wellness Collective, a biannual free clinic that supports the direct needs of residents of Black Mesa who have been resisting coal mining and forced relocation on their ancestral lands for over three decades.

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Do you want to come? In the interest of creating a container for the weekend, an inclusive and safer space where we can learn and share together, we are asking you all to respond to these questions and to share or set your intentions. We will consider you registered once you have emailed your responses to radherbsw@gmail.com .

We welcome folks coming from a wide range of backgrounds and experience levels & so invite you to respond to these prompts as a way for us to get a feel for the community and its needs. There are no right answers to these questions. If you are unable to answer any of these questions feel free to leave them blank.

RSVP QUESTIONS:

Name and preferred pronoun?

In what bioregion do you spend most of your time?

How did you hear about the gathering?

Will you be bringing kids with you? What kind of support do you want, if any?

What are your seeds of intention in coming together as radical herbalists this weekend?

One of your favorite plant allies and why?

Are there any workshops you’d like to see happen?

Are you interested in offering a workshop?

Do you have skills and experience in providing CONFLICT MEDIATION, MEDIC WORK, CHILDCARE, ANYTHING ELSE? that you want to share for the weekend? What would that look like? What support / tools do you need to make that happen?

Do you have any camping supplies you can share for the weekend, such as water jugs, rope, tarps, propane burners, chairs, etc?  (We will send out a more comprehensive list of needs as RadHerb approaches)

Is there anything else you want us to know? Are there any specific needs that haven’t been addressed that we could help you meet?

Please invite anyone you think would be interested in joining us! Thanks,

radherbsw@gmail.com

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Rad Herb 2014

December 24, 2013 § 2 Comments

Rad Herb Gathering 2014

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Come prepared for…

February 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

…special events throughout the weekend!

As part of the opening for the gathering, we want to offer space for all of us to share where and who we are coming from. All too often, as folks in western culture look to alternative healing modalities, we appropriate from other cultures, forgetting our own cultural heritage and stories. All of us come from somewhere and all of those somewheres have stories about health and healing. You are invited to bring something to share (story, medicine, object, totally open to your interpretation) from your family or culture. If you know little of your ancestry, take this as an opportunity to do some research, or think about other kinds of ancestry in your life, who else has guided you as a healer or radical, what lands do you come from…

On Saturday night, we can all bust out of our roles as herbalists and plant nerds and show off all the other incredible and suprising skills we have at the talent show! So bring your costumes, instruments, tricks, jokes, all talents big and small!

At the close of the gathering, we will be having an informal medicine trade. Feel free to bring any medicine, arts, crafts, treats, etc. that you would like to trade.