It has been 50 years since the Poor People’s Campaign. Reading these historic demands we might realize that after 5 decades we could simply copy, paste, and resubmit them to the government. Our demands haven’t changed in these 50 years because the situation hasn’t– we still live in a country of great health disparity.
Herbalista believes health care is a human right. And since our government has failed to secure that right for the people, we will begin the work ourselves, serving the people, the land, and creating the world we seek.
Health Demand #3 (Poor People’s Campaign Statement of Demands for Rights of the Poor presented to the US Government, 1968)
“We demand that action be taken to assure that poor people have access to presently existing health services—either through sending medical teams or mobile health units into rural and urban areas…”
The photo above was taken at a protest at the Georgia State Capital when the people demanded our state not strike down the Medicaid Expansion of Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act.) Itshows the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church where MLK used to preach. The quote he holds was made by Dr. King when addressing the 2nd Medical Committee for Human Rights in 1966.
Take a little spin through the mother apotheke at Herbalista HQ; download the new template for your very own script pad; and oh so much more 😘
The Herbalista Toolkit is filled with the tools to help you realize your herbal project! And the Dublin Herb Bikeis a perfect example of how well it can work! Many of the forms we used to build our apothecary and also for facilitating the clinics are in this Toolkit. These downloadable resources can then be customized for your needs.
This past year Herbalista continued our mission of building community through herbalism by offering clinical support and educational opportunities. We expanded our reach, offering care not only in Atlanta, but around the country and the world.
Our mobile clinics facilitated a total of 38 clinics and 10 health fairs in 2016. We worked with hundreds of folks, providing holistic care to those who need it most.
List of Clinics:
16 Herb Cart Clinics
Woodruff Park (5)
The Open Door Community (1)
The Big House on Ponce (10)
17 Herb Bus Clinics
The Big House on Ponce (10)
The Open Door Community (7)
5 First Aid Stations
The Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference First Aid Station
The “Jungle” Refugee Camp in Calais, France (2 trips)
Herbal First Aid Station at Standing Rock, South Dakota
The Home Sweet Home Foot Care and Wellness Station in Dublin, Ireland
10 Community Health Fairs
The Big House on Ponce (10)
The Herbalista Health Network continued to provide educational programming and facilitated 3 Plant Rambles, 3 Grow a Row Workshops, 5 Pay-It-Forward Medicine Making Workshops, 10 educational series at the Herbalista Community Health Fairs, and 2 Herb Cart Weekend Trainings.
Herbalista began to offer services abroad with Lorna traveling to Europe to both teach and serve. In the summer of 2016, Lorna spent two months in Ireland, England, and France.
She taught the Herbalista model of community health care at both the HerbFeast Conference in Ireland and the Radical Herbalism Gathering in England.
Lorna also made 2 trips to the “Jungle” Refugee Camp in Calais, France, offering holistic foot care at an integrative First Aid Station in the heart of the camp.
Back in the States, Herbalista again facilitated the First Aid Station at the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference. This gathering is the largest herbal conference in the United States, with over 1200 women and children in attendance. Our first aid station is an integrative clinic, staffed by both herbalists and EMT’s.
In November of 2016, The Herb Bus drove out to the Standing Rock Reservation to offer relief work at the Oceti Sakowin Herbal First Aid Station. Due to religious and social observances, they had a strong no alcohol policy and we were able to bring lots of non-alcoholic remedies, such as glycerites, capsules, and vinegar extracts to share at the clinic.
In December, Lorna traveled back to Europe to continue assisting in the development of community herbal programming.
She taught an foot care workshop in London to the Herbalists without Borders UK Chapter.
We also began planting the seeds for a new community initiative in Dublin. On December 18th, we staged HerbShare Dublin: a Pay-It-Forward Medicine Making Workshop to prepare supportive remedies to distribute to the Homeless in Dublin to help them get through the winter months.
The night before our workshop, a campaign called “Home Sweet Home” to end homelessness was initiated by local housing activists and artists. They set up a new shelter in the Apollo House to provide a safe place for those who had been sleeping rough on the streets for the holiday season. Lorna helped form the wellness committee which established rotating practitioners offering massage, physical therapy, herbal support, and foot care for both residents and volunteer staff. We were able to distribute much of our medicine via the Home Sweet Home Campaign!
We felt so fortunate for all of the inspiring people we met along our journey this past year! Here are a few of the great folks who dedicate their lives to building a more compassionate and caring world!
Thanks to all of our supporters, sponsors, and volunteers who make this work possible!
We look forward to building a healthier future together!
This past year the Herbalista Free Clinic expanded services by adding a new member to our fleet. In January 2015, the Herb Cart hit the pavement to join the Herb Bus providing free herbal healthcare around the Atlanta area.
Together these herb-stations-on-wheels facilitated 38 clinics in 2015, serving hundreds in our local community!
We continued to pour sweet, sweet herbal medicine, custom compounding all sorts of remedies for our patients, from teas to tinctures to oils and more! And though we are mobile, we provide regular opportunities for refills so that we can be a service folks can depend on! Over the course of 2015 we poured over 6 gallons of extract blends, 8 pounds of loose herbal blends, 1500 capsules blends, a quart of fixed oil preparations, dozens of aromatic inhalers, salves, spritzers and more!
We served at herbal first aid stations around the country. At these stations, herbalists and conventional practitioners (nurses, EMT’s, ect.) work together, providing patient focused healthcare.
This year the Bus drove nearly 10,000 miles delivering healthcare and herbal education in Atlanta and around the country. The 2015 Herbalista Expedition was the Herb Bus’ most ambitious trip yet, clocking 8,000 miles and covering over 20 states during her 2 month voyage.
Viva la Herb Bus!
And while we do rely on donations from the greater community, we are always striving to create more of a self-supporting system, from seed to remedy! This past year we watched Herbalista evolve from a “free clinic” into a “health network.”
( And we’re not done yet. Stay tuned for this year’s Seed Library!)
And as usual, our programming combined service with education!
We made new friends and reconnected with old ones!
We look forward to a new year filled with herbalistic adventures in healthcare…
Each fall I load up the bus and drive to the North Carolina mountains. Destination: the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference! This annual gathering of women and children is now in it’s 11th year! I am honored to facilitate the Herbal First Aid Station and hold a safe space for our gatherers.
It takes a crew and this year we were lucky to have 6 herbalists and 2 EMT’s providing around the clock care. Here are a few photos from this year’s station. Next year’s gathering will be October 14th – 16th… hope to see you there!
This summer I had the pleasure of returning to volunteer at the LA Catholic Worker’s Foot Clinic. Every Friday they serve the homeless at their center on Skid Row. Lovingly called the “Hippy Kitchen” this is a center for hospitality, offering clinics and meals and more.
The LA Catholic Worker House is a sister community to our Open Door here in Atlanta. We have had a couple of opportunities to visit each other’s foot clinics and share our knowledge and trade ideas. I had such a wonderful time and hope I have the chance to return again soon!
Please join us at the Big House each month for access to an array of health services, including Herbal Therapy, Yoga, Reflexology, and more. Services are on a first come, first serve basis, but while you wait your turn, please take part in the free health education classes we will have running throughout the day or take the opportunity to make new friends.
In Atlanta (our herbal hub) we continued regular services at our 2 Herb Bus Stations,
conducting 148 consultations over the course of 22 clinics.
At these monthly clinical rounds, we poured endless pots of seasonal tea, dispensed 6 1/2 gallons of customized tincture formulas (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), 14#’s of raw custom herbal and powder blends, and a variety of other remedies including aromatic inhalers, herbal capsules, and oil rubs.
We served at several herbal first aid stations including:
The Bus drove over 10,000 miles delivering healthcare and herbal education around the country.
We shared the Herb Bus model of healthcare with classes and communities from Atlanta to California. Some of our hosts included Ponderosa High School, the California School of Herbal Studies, Sacred Plant Traditions, Five Flavors Herbs, Homestead Atlanta, and the High Museum of Art.
We expanded our efforts to make community herbalism sustainable by initiating new programs that combine service with education:
Wishing you a New Year filled with peace, smiles, and candy canes
For the final clinic of the year we throw a foot fiesta at the Open Door Community. In addition to offering full foot care services and community acupuncture, we sip cider, nibble on sweets, and spin those holiday tunes– I’m talking some James Brown’s Funky Christmas and a little Motown action.
Thanks to the help and contributions of our volunteers and friends, we are also able to hand out gift bags to our friends on the street. We fill these bags with items to help keep the harsh winter at bay, such as herbal salves, cough drops, and cozy wool socks. For some photos of the final clinic of 2014, please click here.
It’s been over 8 years since I first sat down at the Open Door and had the honor of holding someone’s feet in my hands. In the tradition of counting our blessings, I feel grateful to have found the Open Door and their open hearts. They have been an inspiring force in my life. I want to thank them for their commitment to service, for their unwavering dedication to human rights, and their courageous ability to take direct action. May you all find your inspiration this New Year.
Coming in 2015, this service project of the Herbalista Free Clinic will provide free, earth-based care and health education. This pop-up first aid station will set up at soup kitchens and at other marginalized communities around the Atlanta area. We hope this project will not only place more healing herbs into the hands of the people, but also provide an educational opportunity for those looking for herbal, hands on, clinical training.
If you have been looking for a way to put your herbal knowledge to work, if you are looking for a chance to serve your community, then here is the chance to do BOTH!!
To volunteer with the Cart you must meet the following requirements:
CPR and First Aid Certified within the last 2 years. This can be through any number of organizations, such as the Red Cross, American Heart Association, etc. This must be completed prior to attending an Herb Cart Weekend Training Session.
Attend an Herb Cart Weekend Training Session (Herbal First Aid, Herb Cart Protocol, etc.) Each training session is limited to 8 participants. Contact Lorna to register and make payment arrangements.
Train at the Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic at least twice (Safety and Sanitation, Clinical Flow, Anti-Oppressive Practice, etc.) This clinic meets every Wednesday Night at the Open Door Community.
Demonstrate herbal competence, compassion & pragmatism as a health worker. Please note, participation in the program is at the discretion of the Herbalista Crew.
We will schedule Herb Cart Clinics on various Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s throughout the year.
To enroll in this project, please email Lorna@herbalista.org