Now Memories: An Updated Spiritual Anthology of Black Herbal Wisdom (Vol.1)


 

A 10-week plant-centered experience of trust, connection, ritual and cultural archiving for the beginning of the world.
July 19th - September 26th (near the fall equinox)
OPEN TO BLACK WOMXN, BLACK QUEER AND BLACK TRANS FOLKS
Sliding scale: $100-150 
FREE for trans folks
You don't have to be "healed" or "well" to be a resource.
The strongest medicine you possess lies in who you are RIGHT NOW.
This journey is a commitment to:
  • deepening your relationship to yourself/ your body.
  • exploring the spiritual wisdom from the land, plants and herbs.
  • gathering in community towards collective healing.
  • documenting our experiences to be shared as a resource and archive of this cultural moment.
There is no ONE teacher. The flow and rhythm of the class, and the resulting anthology, will be intuitively designed by all of us on this journey. I will hold and work the energetic space, but we are all experts, teachers, healers, herb-workers. I'm participating WITH y'all.
This is definitely a commitment, but I hope that I'll be joined by folks who are ready to take this walk with me <3
The nitty gritty?
10 herbs, over the course of 10 weeks, to be experienced on 10 natural (land) spaces across Philly.
Building a relationship with the herbs through touch, taste, smell, sight, memory; interacting with the land, trees and natural surroundings through energy, deep listening and stillness.
Each week, we'll work/meditate/be in spiritual space with a different herb, using plants and nature to reflect on:
How does this herb speak to you? and where (in your body)?
What does the land tell us?
What are you afraid of?
Who protects you?
Who hurts you?
Do you allow your emotions to take up space in your body?
What does the idea of freedom feel like? Where do you feel it in your body?
Every person will also be given one herb to work with throughout the entire experience. This is your anchor herb.
You'll be given guidance on how to engage with the herb on your own during the week, through rituals like tea making, spiritual bathing, journalling, adding to meals, altar work, energy work and meditation, intuitive gifts and messages for the folks in your group.
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There will be TWO groups, to keep the class sizes down and expand the number of herbs that can be experienced and included in the anthology. Also want to be able to accommodate schedules!
Group 1: Sundays at 3p (max 10 folks)
Group 2: Thursday at 3p (max 10 folks)
*INTEGRATING THE WORK: Optional collective 50-minute reiki sessions will be held on Tuesdays 4pm (for Group 1) and Saturdays at 4pm (for Group 2) at an INDOOR space (location TBD). There will be time after for tea, writing, art-making, stillness.
Everyone will have their own hammock or yoga mat (whatever your preference).
Folks are also welcome to experience this at home during the same day/time as the group. 
Safety:
Social distancing
Masks, face shields, face coverings
Gloves
Hand sanitizer 
No touch temperature checking
Locations: 
North Philly Peace Park 
Rittenhouse Town
Woodlands
Malcolm X Park
Belmont Plateau
Village of Arts and Humanities
Bartrums Garden
Awbury Arboretum
Vernon Park
West River Drive / Kelly Drive 
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Group 1 Herbs : 
Rose
Motherwort 
Skullcap
Linden 
Passionflower 
Lemon Balm 
Dandelion Root
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Chamomile
Marshmallow Root  
Group 2 Herbs:
Lavender 
Mint 
Licorice Root
Tulsi
Rose
Passionflower 
Anise Hyssop
Ashwaganda (root)
Boneset
Mugwort
 
*the overlap of rose, passionflower and tulsi was an ask from the ancestors. these herbs are culturally and spiritually significant for black folks, and these plants asked for deeper consideration.
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At the end of this experience together, I'll compile all of our reflections, artwork, poetry, stories, memories into an anthology. This piece will also include the list of herbs and the spiritual properties and teachings that we received throughout the process. Folks can also add formulations, spells, rootwork, and ritual that you relied on (both before and during the 10-weeks). Everyone will receive a copy.
Childcare included for our outdoor sessions, and possibly during the indoor collective reiki (details later)
 (**WAIT LIST IS CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SIGNED UP OR EXPRESSED INTEREST. Y'ALL ARE AMAZING**)

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