Teaching

There is no teaching without learning. I utilize a non-hierarchical apprenticeship model that allows students to contribute the knowledge that they already hold. Each student has something to offer the group and to offer me. We share and exchange knowledge in a circle, drawing on guest speakers and other knowledge holders.  I teach from a perspective that responds to the continued historical effects and trauma of colonization. This perspective is most gentle for those who are colonized subjects (black, indigenous, people of color) and those who are most vulnerable living at many marginalized intersections (LGBT, low socioeconomic status). With the focus on those who are most vulnerable it makes a safer space (and sometimes challenging for those with greater privileges) for all students.

 photo cred:  VibeCalledJess   Spice of Life Farm - Alpine, NY

photo cred: VibeCalledJess

Spice of Life Farm - Alpine, NY

Dreaming Awake

Blache Marie, will present documentation of oral history and stories of present day black herbalists, healers and artists working with dream medicine. They will discuss several modalities and methods for interacting with dream medicine, including herbal allies (ex. mugwort) and celestial bodies (ex. full moon). We will engage in activities to incorporate dreams into our resting practices and study of our ancestral history through methods for interpreting dreams and communication with ancestors.

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 photo cred:  VibeCalledJess   Six Circles Farm - Lodi, NY

photo cred: VibeCalledJess

Six Circles Farm - Lodi, NY

Flower Work

Blache Marie will share their personal journey with flowers as it relates to gender stereotypes and decolonizing gender. Blache will discuss methods for harvesting with exchange, witch hazel infusion preparation, topical, spatial and ritual uses of 3-5 flowers. Lead a facilitated discussion to engage with 5 senses of 3-5 flowers.

"Flowerwork is not easy. Remaining soft in fire takes time." - nayyirah waheed

 photo cred:  Huey Amaru   Harding Elementary School Garden - El Centro, CA

photo cred: Huey Amaru

Harding Elementary School Garden - El Centro, CA

Plants Remember Our Stories

A program of plant medicines and oral histories of black and brown youth and elders.