October 7-9th, 2016
Radical Community Mental Health:
Returning to Traditional Forms of Healing
“In my talk I will explore the modern day underpinnings of how the mental health system has developed and how it has replaced traditional systems of working with emotional distress that include herbalism. Often the mental health system falls short in addressing the roots of illness such as social inequality and racism as well as trauma that impacts both physical and mental health.
Though aspects of the system can be very helpful to some, the modern mental health system is often steeped in oppressive patterns that deny the validity of traditional and indigenous methods of healing from distress and mental illness. In this talk I will explore the modern epidemic of mental illness and how herbalists can play a profound role in assisting people who are in emotional distress as well as reestablishing important traditional methods of helping people to heal.”
This class will be held at the Longhouse at the Evergreen State college as part of the larger Dandelion Seed Conference to be held October 7-9. To find out more click here.
Trauma and the Body: Healing emotional distress at a root level
In this class I will be exploring how trauma impacts not only the
emotions but the physical body and how modern mind-body counseling therapies
can be integrated with traditional Chinese medicine for addressing
distress at a root level. The class will be held at the Oregon College of
Oriental Medicine from 4-6 PM on Sunday, May 22nd. CEUs will be
given. Click the link here for more information.
Devil’s Club, Sacred Cascadian Medicine
In this talk, Jon will explore working with Devil’s Club (Oplopanax
horridus), a plant that grows from the NorthWest to Alaska and has long
been revered as sacred by indigenous communities and as a frustrating
“Devil” by settlers here. In this talk he will juxtapose these ideas and
explore the plants magical and ceremonial use by numerous coastal
native nations. Devil’s Club has not only been used for treating physical
ailments such as tuberculosis, ulcers and diabetes, it has also been used
for protection, initiation and healing medicine. This is a plant that is
deeply armored with thorns and symbolizes both boundary protection
and wounds. Often these wounds relate to inner unresolved trauma and
Devil’s Club is expert at uncovering those hidden recesses and also
bringing deep strength and wisdom. In this talk we will explore this
powerful transformative sacred plant.
This class is part of a larger amazing conference known as Viridis Genii held at the Still Meadow Retreat Center near Portland from June 3rd-June 5th. Go here for Registration .