TO COME INTO BEING: Sacred Plant Medicines and Health Justice
One Day Virtual Workshop – Sunday, Oct 18, 9am – 5pm PST
This full-day workshop provides an opportunity to review, discuss, and reflect on the task of unlearning, learning, decolonizing and reclaiming the stories of sacred plant medicines in service of more inclusive, compassionate clinical practices. Participants will be able to dialogue about historical information and current facts, as well as engage in large and small group discussions.
At the core of the clinician’s struggle to be inclusive in their practice, and to embrace health and medical justice challenges, are the various ways that the histories of plant medicine and herbalism have glorified and exalted an oppressive colonization of both plants and people, while erasing and destroying the lived, traditional knowledge of indigenous communities.
These dysfunctional patterns are true for all plant medicines, and even more so for entheogenic or sacred plants. Many clinicians, who feel called to do transformative work within their communities, are striving to understand and represent healthier relationships with the plant world. They are also struggling to find ways to collaborate with the diverse ways of being in human society.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:
- Describe some of the facts and dysfunctional patterns regarding plant medicines, entheogenic and sacred plants, and associated colonization of both plants, people and culture.
- Discuss and apply the task of unlearning, learning, decolonizing and reclaiming the stories of sacred plant medicines.
- Create and set individual goals for inclusivity and compassion in their clinical practice.
- Orient (self and/or clients) towards healthier relationships with self, plant medicines and indigenous communities.
Claudia J. Ford, PhD, has had a career in international development and women’s health spanning three decades and all continents. She is a midwife and ethnobotanist, who studies traditional ecological knowledge, women’s reproductive health, and sustainable agriculture.
Claudia is on faculty at State University of New York, Potsdam, where she teaches Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Ethnobotany, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Environmental Literature, and Environmental Justice. Claudia serves on the boards of The Biodynamic Association, promoting spiritual agriculture and a sacred relationship with land; and the Soul Fire Farm Institute, committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Claudia is also a writer, poet, and visual artist; and a single mother who has shared the delights and adventures of her global travel with her four children.
Claudia has a BA in Biology from Columbia University, an MA in Health Administration and PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University.