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Are you excited to learn about Herbalism, plant stewardship, medicine making, ritual crafting and more?! Do you have a space / storefront / studio / etc. and want to host us for classes?! The following are workshops that we offer, crafted with the spirit and resilience of  plant medicine. We teach from a source of combined experience and passion in Herbalism steeped in social justice values, and are committed to sharing what we've learned for all those interested and curious.  Please take a look! They are a collection of tools and skills that intersect Herbalism, medicine making, the current political climate and spirit - with hopes for healing and collective liberation. Please take a look to see if any of these workshops interest you and your community, email us at wildgather@gmail.com and we'll be happy to discuss making a plan. We are available to teach beginning in December, 2017. 

Additionally, we offer plant walks + land assessments to help folks decipher and get to know what plants, wild foods and medicines are growing on their properties. See below for more info, and email us at wildgather@gmail.com for booking. 

 

+ Invasives: Plants, Boundaries + Medicine

All around us plants like Mugwort, Barberry, Wild Rose and Japanese Knotweed grow with intensity and vigor in the Hudson Valley. Deemed "invasive" and "non native,"  these plants often push native species out of their habitats. While the impulse is to think of them as disrupting the  ecological pattern and harming our environment, as Herbalists we see the potential and power of their medicine and gifts. Many of the plants that are "taking over" our region are some of our best medicines towards the diseases that have invaded our bodies and spirits (particularly the endemic of Lyme disease in the Hudson Valley). We will explore the oppression of these plants, and connect it to our political climate and resurgence of racism and xenophobia, by reflecting on the unique gifts each of these plants brings to us. Class time: 3 hrs

 

+ Culturally Compassionate Plant Spirit Medicine (4 hour workshop)

This workshop is about working through our own unique experiences of how we have and currently identify with spirit. Navigating spirit as we live and participate in a society that upholds and celebrates colonization and patriarchy, affects how we understand, practice, feed and recognize spirit in their many forms. Whether you're Indigenous or POC living in america who has had to hide their practice and ritual in the home, or who have experienced effects of forced assimilation; or whether your ancestors were the perpetrators of colonization, or whether you grew up with traditions or religion that encouraged the spread of colonization, we can often hold trauma around how we access and acknowledge spirit. This may make spirit work feel hard to approach, reclaim and practice, especially if we want to uplift Indigenous knowledge without appropriating or exploiting it's values. We'll spend time collectively looking at Plant Spirit Medicine - what it means to us, how we practice it and how we incorporate the teaching and medicines as tools in our everyday lives. We'll etch out time to prioritize unpacking our personal traumas we experience through individual activities, group conversation, flower essence making and spell craft. Folks will take home a plant essence and charmed candle we make together, to support their ongoing practice in connecting with spirit outside of class. Class time : 4 hours

+ Culturally Compassionate Plant Spirit Medicine (2 hour workshop)

This workshop is about working through our own unique experiences of how we have and currently identify with spirit. Navigating spirit as we live and participate in a society that upholds and celebrates colonization and patriarchy, affects how we understand, practice, feed and recognize spirit in their many forms. Whether you're Indigenous or POC living in america who has had to hide their practice and ritual in the home, or who have experienced effects of forced assimilation; or whether your ancestors were the perpetrators of colonization, or whether you grew up with traditions or religion that encouraged the spread of colonization, we can often hold trauma around how we access and acknowledge spirit. This may make spirit work feel hard to approach, reclaim and practice, especially if we want to uplift Indigenous knowledge without appropriating or exploiting it's values. We'll spend time collectively looking at Plant Spirit Medicine - what it means to us, how we practice it and how we incorporate the teaching and medicines as tools in our everyday lives. We'll etch out time to prioritize unpacking our personal traumas we experience through individual activities, group conversation, flower essence making and spell craft. Folks will take home a charmed plant essence we make together, to support their ongoing practice in connecting with spirit outside of class. Class time : 2 hours

 

+ Fire Cider for the People!

This workshop explores the dynamic history and folklore of the beloved and time honored Oxymel, Fire Cider. From cultures all over the world sharing recipes, to a company trademarking the name and claiming it as their own, this tonic has proven powerful and necessary. Through tasting and making our own Fire Cider, we'll learn different recipes and herbs included, and highlight variations based on individual constitutions. We'll go over how to incorporate this tonic into your pantries, first aid kits and cauldrons. We'll also spend time talking about the active boycott of the company Shire City Herbals, in regards to the ongoing lawsuit fighting their trademarking of this age old tradition, and how we can uphold access to herbal medicine as it continues to face being commodified. Class time : 2 hours, portion of class proceeds going towards the Free Fire Cider lawsuit

 

+ Resiliency For Everyday Movements

Waking up in cis-white-patriarchal-capitalist dominated culture is *hard as hell*. The effects on our bodies, thought processes, spirits and ways we connect to one another are real and ever present. We need resiliency for our everyday movements so that we can stand powerful in our collective ones. Adaptogenic herbs, plant spirit medicine, spell casting, and medicine making are tools for self-preservation, potency, and community wellness that we'll learn. This workshop starts with you, but works towards casting our collective spells to dismantle the bullshit and uplift the sparkle, because when we gather to take good care of each other, we dazzle on a whole new level! Class time : 2 hours

 

+ Herbal Care For The Home Team (4 hr workshop)

Gather your squad - be it family (of origin, chosen), your collective house, domestic partners, etc. - and participate in a down home, approachable way to take care of each other with herbs. We’ll cultivate tools to promote our agency and self-determination on how we choose to take care. We’ll unpack first aid assessment and make a variety of medicines that relates to everyday situations.  We’ll break down emotional labor, holding space for ourselves and the team, and practice tools for creating healthy boundaries. We’ll decipher ways we can carve out time for care, and how to engage in this intimacy so that our squad goals are on point! Class time : 4 hours

+ Herbal Care For The Home Team (2 hr workshop)

Gather your squad - be it family (of origin, chosen), your collective house, domestic partners, etc. - and participate in a down home, approachable way to take care of each other with herbs. We’ll cultivate tools to promote our agency and self-determination on how we choose to take care. We’ll unpack first aid assessment and make medicine that relates to everyday situations.  We’ll break down emotional labor, holding space for ourselves and the team, and practice tools for creating healthy boundaries. We’ll decipher ways we can carve out time for care, and how to engage in this intimacy so that our squad goals are on point! Class time : 2 hours

 

+ Be a Better Neighbor: Gender 101

As a culture, we’re taking major strides towards breaking down the gender binary, one bathroom at a time. While we’re grateful for this cultural movement towards compassionate allyship for our queer and trans communities, we know there’s still a lot of work to be done on the ground. In this workshop we’ll break down gender identity, expression, and pronouns. We’ll provide tools towards creating safer spaces, gender literacy, and collective liberation for all. We encourage you to come with an open mind and open heart. No matter what your experience or understanding of gender is, you are welcome here. Class time : 2 hours, portion of class proceeds going towards Planned Parenthood

 

Plant Walks and Land Assessments

Curious about what plants, trees, wild foods and medicines are growing on your property? Book us for a plant walk and land assessment! Together we'll walk your land and explore the bounty that exists, and offer suggestions of what to keep, cultivate or take away as needed. 

 

Please email us at wildgather@gmail.com for booking, class pricing + more!