Decolonial Love: Working Together to Build Justice and Equity in Herbalism

with Stephanie Morningstar

Tuesday, August 28th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$25 / $22 members

 

Healing is the act of facilitating Creation to transform and bring back into balance that which has become dis/eased. It is our responsibility as medicine helpers and facilitators of Creation to provide healing spaces and experiences that are safe, equitable, and congruent with our clients’ unique stories and experiences. To create inclusive, equitable, and safe healing spaces for all people we must examine the ways in which healing spaces privilege some while silencing, excluding, and erasing others. The movement to “decolonize” healing through creating safe space begins in the hearts, hands, minds, and spirits of each individual practitioner.

Join us as we hold up the mirror to examine the crystalline structure of colonization; bear witness to how it affects and degrades our relationship with Creation; and work to understand how to actively decolonize our minds, hearts, herbal practices, and relationships to the land. This workshop will shed light on the colonized roots of western herbalism and ethnobotany; the impacts colonization has on Indigenous, Black, and other people of colour’s lives; and how you can collectively and individually work to actively dismantle systems of oppression often found in western herbal spaces. This workshop is meant for all those who consider (or would like to consider) themselves “Allies” who are ready to unlearn the dominant ideology that supports systemic oppression often upheld western herbal healing spaces; and who are ready to reclaim their ancestral legacies as healers in right relationship with each other and the land.

 

Stephanie Morningstar (Oneida, Turtle Clan, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory) is an Indigenous femme herbalist and ethnobotanist who also celebrates her European ancestry. Her work in this world is to be a bridge between Indigenous and western knowledge from the spirit of the Two Row Wampum- peace, friendship, and respect. Through an integration of oral history, documentary storytelling, and ethnography Stephanie asks the unique, and sometimes hard questions required to achieve cultural safety and congruency in herbalism. She currently works and teaches in Niagara, Ontario through Sky World Apothecary @ Orchard Hill Farm, a farm and native species woodland garden in the middle of the northernmost part of the magical Carolinian forest.