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
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


Thanks a bunch sweet goobie babies

in love and destruction


* 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:
-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.
-Bilberries/Blueberries/Huckleberries. Dried berries and berry pastes are
-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
-Baical Skullcap
-Pesticide-free Rose petals
-Mimosa bark and flowers (separately).
Oils: Prickly Ash!, St John’s Wort, Balsam Poplar/Cottonwood and Collinsonia
-Probiotics! Multi-strain, shelf-stable (at least until opening..)
-Shelf-stable fish oil from companies that test for heavy metals!
-Whole-food sourced multivitamins
-B-vitamins complex
-Type II Diabetes-specific multivitamin
Encapsulated Herbs:
-Saw Palmetto
-Horse chestnut
-Cat’s Claw
-Milk Thistle
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!


§ 4 Responses to RadHerb 2015

  • Thank you for all of that ! love Michaela in New Mexico

  • Marlo says:

    This year I’m trying to start a community permaculture edible forest garden for the EarthFirst! Journal headquarters and their community in Lake Worth, FL. We will need lots of volunteer hands so if you want to learn about permaculture (herbs, natives, and edibles galore!) come visit in mid april or may. Also, if you have any tips on free materials/tools or got a question for me: lemongrassmeowlo@riseup.net

  • HI,
    Last year , Was my First year going to the RED HERB SW Gathering .
    I drove 9 hours to get there alone,, traveling with others would of been better. I had a really hard time being there. It was not set up for older / elder people to enjoy. There were way too many issues, too much control and power over people issues. The shitters were too far and hard to get to . I feel often there was meanness going on, harshness, hurtful strange language . As an Activist I am sick to death of certain crap I see , hear, watch in gatherings, sometimes, for the past 35 years. I have been a radical my whole life, now age 55 . I have been around the block a few times .LOL !! I know a lot,I have seen a lot, experienced a lot . I real eyes that putting on a gathering is really really hard work. I have done it myself. I did 2 round robin discussions in March on Permaculture, at the gathering.
    There were too many dogs out of control at the gathering . I had camping issues . I need to be close to my car and the kitchen , meeting areas.
    As an older woman I was ignored and was way invisible . I experienced many unpleasant things and left Sunday morning at 8am . Packed up at dawn and went back to Albuquerque . I want to return but waiting to hear what changes are going to really happen . Where were the elder Native folks at the gathering ? I am not sure about anything at the gathering . Too bad all of us together didn’t make medicine together , everyone bring some home . Medicine sharing , trade , barter. I look forward to change . Love , Peace , Blessings , Hugs , Michaela Maestas , Mother Bosque Gardens, 267 Priestly rd . Corrales, New Mexico 87048

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