Monday, April 17, 2017

Invest in the BIPOC Communiversity



Hello Medicine Makers of All Varieties!

As of this weekend YOU, the community, have contributed enough for 7 seats in our BIPOC communiversity of the Herbal Freedom School. In this video I talk a bit more about the knowledge and medicine we'll be sharing in the 12-week program.







Invest and help us fund as many seats as possible!  You can do so here: https://www.youcaring.com/schoolofliberationhealingandmedicine-755869

And to become a monthly sustainer of our School you can do so here:
https://www.patreon.com/liberationhealing

Thank you to all who have contributed thus far, may your generosity return to you.

Healing, Liberation and Joy,

Toi

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spring Announcement!

Happy Spring!


The School of Liberation Healing and Medicine has got some exciting news. This season we're creating a space where we folks of color can unapologetically be ourselves and share our medicine and healing.

The BIPOC* (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communiversity version of the Herbal Freedom School program is here! It's a community-supported 12-week program where seats are made available by the community's/communities' investment.

So how does this BIPOC Herbal Freedom School Communiversity work? 

The community invests, seats are funded. BIPOC apply and are accepted lottery style and each person is asked to invest $11.11 toward their seat. Some folks will be able to purchase their seat at the full cost to further support the communiversity and also guarantee a seat. There are a couple partial scholarships available.

BIPOC community please invest in this sacred healing space. And white accomplices, you've asked how you can help and now is the time to recruit among yourselves to support this life-sustaining healing mission.

Help us meet our first goal of $2,500 for 10 community seats by April 15th and help us raise double that for 20 community seats by May 1st.


You can read more about it and invest here:

https://www.youcaring.com/schoolofliberationhealingandmedicine-755869

If you are BIPOC-identified and would like to apply, you can do so here: https://goo.gl/forms/HxbA083dGJOL8EIA2

Looking forward to co-creating this sacred healing space with you!



Liberation, Healing, and Joy,

Toi

Saturday, February 25, 2017

New Moon Announcements

Hello Medicine Makers of all varieties!


A few important announcements:
1. The on-going self-paced version of Part 2 of the Herbal Freedom School begins in less than 2 weeks on March 6th. We'll connect with our ancestral healing traditions, discuss the importance of ceremony in our medicine making and medicine making as resistance. Then, we'll talk about individual, collective and historical trauma and strategize different ways to heal together.
There are only 10 seats available so apply now!
**Email herbalfreedomschool [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re interested in one of the 2 partial scholarships.


2. I’ve recently created facebook groups for BIPOC-identified folks for the Queering Herbalism page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1208833482527978/
- BIPOC-identified folks who have taken the Herbal Freedom School program:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/586656141533797/
- and BIPOC-identified folks interested in the School of Liberation Healing and Medicine and its various programs and projects (Herbal Freedom School, Queering Herbalism, QTBIPOC Healing Legacies, Liberation Library, etc.).
https://www.facebook.com/groups/218236898644173/
3. We need your support. Support our School as we create new programs, course companions, zine series and a Liberation Library archive of POC-centered healing traditions and information. You can do so in a number of ways:
patreon.com/liberationhealing
- cash.me/$toi
- Paypal: queeringherbalism [at] gmail [dot] com

More exciting news to come soon about our all community-supported Herbal Freedom School and private group lessons (Freedom Sessions) in late Spring/Summer.

Healing, Liberation, and Transformation,
Toi

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Resist! Join Part 1 of the Herbal Freedom School this February



[photo of a fierce black non-binary person wearing a straw hat with a raised machete in the mountains of Puerto Rico. Taken by Miyo at the QTPOC land project: Finca Flamboyánt]

In these times it's all about resistance, revolution and transformation and knowing you and your ancestors' medicine IS revolutionary. Come get liberated with us at the Herbal Freedom School.
Join our self-paced 6-week, pro-queer, trans, NB, GNC and POC-centered online knowledge share where you'll learn about liberatory medicine, decolonial health and healing and connect with traditional, ancestral healing traditions while connecting with your own medicine.
Register for the self-paced session now. There are only 10 seats and 2 partial scholarships for POC.
Register any time before 2/13. Begin as early as Friday 2/3.
Submit your application here:
https://goo.gl/forms/HxbA083dGJOL8EIA2
*Stay tuned for more info about registration for the self-paced version of Part 2 beginning in March.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Support my journey to study ancestral medicine of the Afro-Caribbean/ QTPOC Land Project

Hello Fam! Hello communities!

Exciting news. I’m going to be studying ancestral medicine of the Afro-Caribbean and helping with a QTPOC land project in Puerto Rico from January –March 2017. While there I’ll continue to develop and design the School of Liberation Healing and Medicine and its Herbal Freedom School and Queering Herbalism/Queering Healing programs. In hopes of your support, until January 1st I will be selling 3 discounted collections of writings and compilations.

Warrior Healer Collection- (3 books/zines) Queering Herbalism 3rd edition, Herbal Freedom School volumes 1 and 2 (2nd edition) - $20  (save $10)

Liberatory Medicine Collection- (5 books) QH, HFS 1&2, Partnering with Plants, Liberatory Medicine Making/Liberatory Sustainability $35  (save $15)

Ultimate Liberation Healing collection- (7 books) QH, Queering Herbalism Encyclopedia Special Editions (Africa and African Diasporic edition, Women* Healers Feminine Healing Energy and Resistance), PWP, HFS 1&2, Liberatory Sustainability $65  (save $40)


Get them for yourself, gift them to others and stock up before January 1st.
And if you’ve already got these books,  you can still support by:
1) being a monthly sustainer of this work through Patreon at patreon.com/liberationhealing
OR
2) Donating through Paypal to the email queeringherbalism [at] gmail.com or at Square Cash.  


With your support I will be able to continue study and collaboration with elder and herbalist María Benedetti and other amazing folks doing healing work and provide support throughout my stay at the QTPOC land project Finca Flamboyánt.


Will you help me further this ancestral vision?


Liberation, Healing and Joy,

Toi

Monday, November 28, 2016

Join the Herbal Freedom School Fall Session


Hello folks!

Herbal Freedom School Fall Session will be offered again from November 29th- December 29th.
There's no application necessary for this session and it's self-paced through the last week of December with on-going enrollment.

Were you in the program for the very first Summer Session? You're invited to continue deepening on your liberatory medicine journey by taking the Fall Session for 50% off. Those who've been in the program before will see more exercises, new readings, and a few new videos.
Email herbalfreedomschool@gmail.com for details.

Interested in one of the limited partial scholarships available? Email for info.
Register by 11/30 and get $15 off. Email for code.
Register soon, there are only 15 seats available.

Register here:
https://coursecraft.net/courses/z9QXJ

Friday, October 28, 2016

A Note on learning at the Herbal Freedom School

People from so many different backgrounds and awareness of healing knowledge come to the Herbal Freedom School and it can be a challenge to provide a space that engages everyone and has material that resonates with every single person 100% of the time. In fact, it's not possible. I stressed a lot about this in the Summer Session. I wanted this space to be everything for everyone all the time! After all, people paid to have this! I quickly found out how implausible (or maybe just misguided) this kind of thinking was. In a conversation with a fellow queer brown person and educator doing healing work I reflected on the School of Liberation Healing and Medicine (née School of Liberatory Medicine- lulz) and the Herbal Freedom School and what exactly it is we're trying to do here. Largely, because my friend brought up that some students were lamenting over the fact that there wasn't more medicine making.

At the Herbal Freedom School people are on a journey and there's a specific process or path. People really have to come to terms with the first few lessons before we get to the medicine making. I know many are always so keen to just begin making medicine and work with the physiological healing aspects but there's so much to unpack and unlearn- especially the ways we relate to our medicine, the energy we unconsciously put into our medicine, and our disconnect from our ancestral healing histories, medicine, knowledge and ways of being. But, people are so quick to want to know how to make a tincture or a salve, etc. I get it. They want something practical for right now. Though, that's not what the School of Liberation Healing and Medicine is about. Medicine making is a part later in our 12 week journey. (Or 6-week if you join during the 2nd part of the session.) Though you'll find aspects of it interweaved throughout because from the beginning we are partnering with plants by sitting and dreaming with them. There are many workshops out there with amazing folks and many books as well where folks can learn how to make oils, tinctures, salves and remedies. People have plenty of access to that information - and many times for free.

In the Herbal Freedom School we set a foundation defining terms like liberation, health and healing and liberatory medicine for ourselves and we sit with what anti-racist, decolonial healing looks like. We discuss the impact of colonization on our healing histories and medicine and these are the first steps in the journey of connecting back to our ancestors and our own medicine. Then we are able to move on to achieving a more in depth understanding of medicine and how the ceremony and rituals and spirituality of our ancestors is inseparable from the terms "medicine" and "healing". In the final part of our journey we are ready to strategize about our healing which brings us full circle to the first lesson in which participants are asked what they need to feel liberated, what they need to release in their lives and to begin healing.

It's understandable that different parts of the journey speak more loudly to different folks. We are all at different places on our path. The point is- in the Herbal Freedom School program there is a method and the journey that we take is not linear. It may seem so on the surface, but folks can quickly determine for themselves that it's not.

Folks can take this program over and over and it can be different every time because they are peeling back layer after layer and different parts resonate and they connect differently with the material each time. Also, the material is influenced and shaped by those in the program- the interactions and conversation in the discussion boards and the live online class sessions.
I tell folks in the beginning- this program is what you make of it. You can go really deep with it or you can go with the motions and put little effort in, only doing the minimal. While I'm somewhat a guide on the journey, I don't hold your hand or smack it with a ruler like some belligerent teacher if you don't "do the work." Only you can be the captain on the journey. It's your choice to connect or not and there's no shaming or guilt around what you are able to do. Rest assured- something will resonate if you come into the program with an openness, few expectations, and the will to connect with the medicine of our legacies.

The Winter Session will begin January 13th and we're taking applications through November 15th to be in the program. Once accepted enroll by November 28th. Now, this is Part 2 of the program and you can join in January even if you haven't been part of the Fall Session (Part 1). This is an experiment so we'll see how this goes. (See above discussion for why!)

You can enroll for Part 1 after November 21st and you'll have access to the material such as video and audio, readings, etc. but there won't be any live components or feedback on your reflections. It'll be self-paced and the online material will only be available through 12/26/16.
Apply and enroll early folks because there are a very limited number of seats.

Apply Here for Winter Session 2017: https://goo.gl/forms/9HMcdLAkmyhE9qoX2