Tuesday, May 22, 2018

POC Herbal Freedom School - Liberatory Medicine


[Image of two beautiful children of African descent walking amongst and under a gigantic bright green canopy of plants]



BIPOC Medicine Makers!


We're dividing the POC Herbal Freedom School program into a 6-part series that you can take month by month. Join us for Lesson 1 on Liberatory Medicine, June 4th-July 8th.


You can apply here:

https://goo.gl/forms/kzaEFkAJ3fPUe1xQ2

Love and Liberation,

Toi


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Spring POC Herbal Freedom School/BIPOC Communiversity 2018



Hello, Hello Medicine Makers,


I'm writing from Borikén/ Puerto Rico where there's not a whole lot of connectivity and some spotty electricity but here I am with an announcement! Spring has arrived and there's exciting news about the Herbal Freedom School this season. We'll be having a 6 month POC Herbal Freedom School/BIPOC Communiversity and we're raising funds for seats. This will be the 3rd iteration of the communiversity and the 6 month online program will give us more time to go even further IN, with 1 month for each of the 6 lessons.



If you're BIPOC and would like to rock with us, apply here **before Sunday 4/8:

https://goo.gl/forms/zvrMeifia1CKOzNy2



There will be a lottery-style drawing for the number of seats that are funded.

Our goal is to raise $3,000 which will cover 10 community- funded seats.



Please support us by making a contribution to our liberation here:

https://www.youcaring.com/2018bipoccommuniversity



If you’d like to purchase a guaranteed seat, please apply and email herbalfreedomschool@gmail.com for the registration link by 4/8. There will only be 10 seats in our 6 month program so don't sleep on this if this is what you've been waiting for! The next full 6 month program will be in 2019.



2 partial scholarships will be available for Spring 2018.

*Priority goes to those who have limited ability/ disabilities, those who are chronically ill and/or those who are living at or below the poverty line. If you’re interested in a partial scholarship, email herbalfreedomschool@gmail.com.



Join us and get Free this Spring!


Toi


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Buy a zine, support an island


Hey folks,

Want to help out communities over in Borikén/PR and get some dope zines to read, too? Well, guess what- if you purchase (e)zines over at the AfroGenderqueer etsy store, the proceeds will go to relief efforts in PR. I know a number of organizers there helping out some reputable organizations + I want to donate to some QTPOC fam out there who are desperately in need of resources.

So, I've discounted the Philosophactivism zines to 4.99 and Philosophactivism 3 (the missing years) just came out this weekend.

Also, if you purchase the Ultimate Afro-Genderqueer Collection, you can get the majority of the Afro-genderqueer/Philosophactivist writings (minus Philosophactivism 3). We're talkin' the latest editions of the vintage Notes from an Afro-Genderqueer 1&2, Philosophactivism 1&2 AND Queering Herbalism (yup, gift it to that BIPOC queerdo healer in your life).

You can even find some of my latest zines like Liberatory Sustainability, Partnering with Plants, Liberatory Medicine Making 1&2 and the special edition volumes of the unreleased Queering Herbalism Encyclopedia.

Soooo, stop on by etsy.com/shop/afrogenderqueer and take a looksee and buy some rad zines written by yours truly and support my folks across the charco in Borikén in rebuilding their lives after Irma and María.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Support the Herbal Freedom School's BIPOC Communiversity


Help us raise $3,000 by Oct. 1 to fund 10 seats for the 3-month Fall session! And help us raise a total of $6,000 for a second session in the Winter.


Learn more here:



Support BIPOC healing and liberation by clicking HERE.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Thoughts on the Master's House OR Rumination on BIPOC Liberation from/within(?) the "Modern Western Herbalism" Movement

So, I just read an interesting article called Herbalism as a Tool for Social Justice.
And I started to think about how I'm glad it was written but how I felt something was lacking. I sat in reflection and came to the conclusion that I think where I stand right now, personally, is---

how can marginalized indigenous black and brown communities reconnect with our healing traditions (which all involve plant medicine) to work toward our liberation. And without the paternalism of our white allies who have been socialized in many ways to believe that they know what is better for us than us or that they can do it better than us. Also that their knowledge and ways of learning and understanding are superior.

How can we (BIPOC) be centered in the healing histories we are constantly exposed. How do we address that the majority of written/documented histories and research are written by those who value this written method over oral tradition? And I don't mean BIPOC didn't have written traditions, because we did. There's certain information that we don't write about because we have a responsibility as healers and medicine keepers to our communities and the medicine. And let's talk about the intentional killing of our knowledge keepers by colonizers and how once, we didn't have to worry about this sacred information being "lost" or stolen and watered down.

Anyway- good questions to think about answering are: how can our white allies work toward our liberation without

  • having us educate them
  • telling us how they think we should go about liberating ourselves or furthering their movement(s)
  • telling us we should be nicer to them or more appreciative that they are "at least trying" and that we should be giving them some kind of special recognition for going out of their way to learn about the ways in which BIPOC are oppressed.

And even when "anti-oppressive/anti-racist" white allies stop doing these things, how can we talk to them candidly about how they are still perpetuating racism, prejudice and discrimination by continuing to consciously and unconsciously uphold white supremacy, centering their colonized history, teachings and beliefs while using them as a model and standard for comparison while expecting kudos for including a few phrases about our traditions even as our knowledge is packaged as coming from a monolithic community (The Native Americans used this plant for....)

And sometimes the knowledge gained is thrown back at BIPOC and held over our head, becoming a weapon because we don't have the resources to travel to the places we're from, to study our traditions. We have to filter what is given to us from the white folks who can afford to learn from our people...our healers...our medicine makers. We have to sift through racist, white supremacist, discriminative views. We have to listen to the dominant narrative about how Europeans might not have invented plant medicine, but they perfected it. We have to listen to white folks- scholars and travelers- who put their nose in the air because they know more about our people than we do, know more about our medicine than we do. And some of us are broken open by this. Brought to our knees and we defect from your movements. Modern western herbalism and western holistic healing movements.


Anyway-
Anti-oppressive white medicine makers, here are my questions for you:


What good is liberation from chains when you're/we're still in prison? What good are the master's tools in our (BIPOC) hands when wanting to dismantle this peculiar house that's been built?

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