December 23, 2012 § 1 Comment

We are pleased to announce:

Radical Herbalists Gathering Southwest

March 1st-3rd, 2013

Two hours outside Tucson, AZ

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

As the number of radical herbalists grows, we feel the need to explore how our work as herbalists and plant lovers fits into the rest of our resistance work and 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 get together and 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. To share skills, knowledge and experiences with one another.
There will be space for folks with varying degrees of experience and skill in herbalism and holistic healthcare: from folks newly interested in herbs and looking for ways to support their own or their community’s health with affordable/accessible practices, to those who are looking to share and deepen their skill sets and build stronger networks.

The weekend will be full of informative workshops, rousing discussions, and opportunities to share our skills and make new connections!

That said, we need folks to step up and make these things happen. If you would like to offer a workshop, teach a skill share or facilitate a discussion or other activity, please email us with your ideas so that we know we have our bases covered. If you want to facilitate a workshop or discussion, but aren’t confident about how to do it, let us know and we will hook you up with resources to help.

Here is a list of some workshop ideas that we would like to see at the gathering. Let us know if you or someone you know can facilitate any of these. Feel free to think and share above and beyond this list too!

(For a more detailed and extensive list, see the blog post below this one and check back for a list of scheduled workshops as they come in.)

  • 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/or trauma.
  • Herbal care for sexual and reproductive health.
  • Herbs for transgender folks.
  • Cultivating deeper relationship with plants, gardening, sustainable harvesting, tending wild plant stands.
  • Local and native plants of the southwest and Sonoran desert.
  • 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 reportbacks.
  • The AHG 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.
  • 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.
  • What’s going on in the Southwest!- report-backs, networking, what we want to see happen, how to support folks who are already doing stuff here
  • Case studies and building intake skills – multi-lingual consultations, setting good boundaries.

If you want to facilitate any of these or have other ideas (even if you are unable to facilitate a workshop but there’s something you feel is missing from this list), let us know!
Email us at



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.

We will be camping with no electricity so please come prepared. There may be a possibility for more comfortable accommodation, 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 bring food to contribute for the bulk of our meals. So, bring food to share!

This is a family-friendly event, so bring kids if you like. There will definitely be a kids workshop everyday, so bring your friends of all ages to learn how to make medicine, go on plant walks, and do herb related crafts and song!! There will also be childcare organized as needed for the whole weekend.

If you need a ride or can offer an extra spot in your car, check out the rideshare page on this website! 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 $0-5 per day to help us cover our costs. Any money we make over costs will be donated to the Black Mesa Health Clinic, 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.

Do you want to come?!  Email us at to register. Once you register we will send you directions and more details.

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


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