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2016 Herbalista Service Report

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HERBALISTA HEALTH NETWORK

2016 Service Report

Building Community Through Herbalism!  

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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.

Members of  Herbalista outside the Open Door Community From L to R: Courtney, Corinne, Lorna, Chelsea, and Hannah

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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.

Rain or shine, the Cart makes its rounds.

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)

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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.

Plant Ramble in Kirkwood Forest on August 28, 2016. Atlanta, Ga

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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.

Radical Herbalism Gathering 2016. Shropshire, UK.

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.

Refugee First Aid and Foot Care Support Station. Calais, France. June 8, 2016

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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.

Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference First Aid Station Crew. Lake Eden, NC. October 16, 2016.

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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.

Standing Rock Wellness Area. Oceti Sakowin Camp, South Dakota. November 18, 2016. 

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMIn 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.

Herbalists without Borders UK Foot Care Workshop London, England December 2016

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.

Medicines made at the Pay-It-Forward Medicine Making Workshop. December 18, 2016. Dublin, Ireland.

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!

Foot Care Station at the Apollo House. December 22, 2016. Dublin, Ireland

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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!

Sister Mary who offers a free foot care clinic for the homeless at the Capuchin Day Shelter in Dublin, Ireland.
All of the health care workers and activists at Standing Rock!
Nurse Cecilia Ibeabuchi of St. Francis House, who provides foot care as a part of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.
Maggie O’Keeffe, Herbalista and Housing Justice Activist at a Resource Station outside of the GPO in Dublin, Ireland. 

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Thanks to all of our supporters, sponsors, and volunteers who make this work possible!

We look forward to building a healthier future together!

~The Herbalista Crew

 

New Uploads to Toolkit!

New uploads to the Herbalista Toolkit!
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 Bike is 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.
Become a sustaining member and help us as we work to build community through herbalism!
 

The Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic

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Painted for the 25th Anniversary of the Open Door Community.

After 4 decades of service, the Open Door Community, home to the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic, is closing its Atlanta house and relocating to Baltimore, MD.  We will greatly miss the community that grew up around the Open Door.  We will miss their leadership on important issues.  We will miss their strong opinions that spoke truth to power. We will miss their welcoming hearts that built a more loving Atlanta.

And so we found ourselves in search of a new home for our little clinic.  We were fortunate to recently receive an invitation from Mercy Church, another community center dedicated to serving our friends on the street and in prison, to begin holding foot services in their Center.  We are currently moving our supplies to their facility which is located just a couple of blocks away, and look forward to reopening the clinic in the next couple of weeks. More details to follow!

Thank you all for your support during our transition.

The Open Door

The Open Door

For the past 10 years, I have spent most Wednesday’s at the Open Door Community, be it an early morning Herb Bus Clinic in the back parking lot or staying late for the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic, as we care for the feet of our friends on the street. These offerings were only a small part of what the Open Door has shared with Atlanta these many years. They also provide free women’s and conventional medical clinics. They host educational and radically inspirational events. They serve meals and facilitate showers. They stand up for our rights. They aren’t afraid to speak truth to power. They are willing to be arrested in defense the most vulnerable. They walk a path of loving devotion and I have been so blessed by their guidance and companionship all these years.

Now after 40 years of service, the community has made the difficult decision to close the Open Door. Please follow this link to read the letter they published in their most recent edition of Hospitality.

http://opendoorcommunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/May-June2016-web.pdf

 

IMG_2612The Open Door hosted all three of Herbalista’s free clinics (the Herb Cart, the Herb Bus, and the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic) and so this is a great loss to not only Atlanta, but to the Herbalista Health Network.

While the Herb Bus and the Herb Cart will continue to service our other stations around town, the Foot Clinic will need to find a new home beginning in 2017. We will keep you posted as we adjust to these changes and rest assured, that as they say at the Open Door, “We gonna do the best we can ’til we can’t.”

Herbally yours,
~Lorna

Herbalista Expedition 2016

IMG_7391This summer I will spend several weeks traveling through Ireland, England, and France.  Each year I try to take extended tours so I can expand my understanding of the world and of the different trends in healthcare. This might be what you could call my version of continuing education.

27-29 May, HerbFeast (Cork, Ireland)
30 May, Herbalista Workshop (Cork, Ireland)
1 June, Herb Patch installation (Dublin, Ireland)
1 June, St. Anne’s Physic Garden (Dublin, Ireland)
2-5 June, Radical Herbalism Gathering (Shrewsbury, England)
6-10 June, Refugee Support Foot Care Clinic (Calais, France)
17-19 June, Body & Soul Festival (Ballinlough Castle, Ireland)
2-7 July, Refugee Support First Aid and Foot Care Clinic (Calais, France)

Update June 7th: Just finished my 2nd day working at First Aid Station in the refugee camp in Calais, France. There is much need, and I am glad to be able to offer foot care and comfort here. I will try and prepare information to share with those who are interested in making this journey.

Update July 7th: Today was my last day working at the refugee camp in Calais. My feelings are jumping all over the place and I imagine that my relatively easy bus ride back across the channel to England will only compound it. Many of the men whom I treated were from Afghanistan and knowing how much US policy has impacted their lives and the lives of their families weighs heavily on me. For what little difference it makes in the larger picture, I am glad to have had the chance to offer them at least some comfort and care.

Update July 11th: I’m back in Dublin and preparing for tomorrow’s journey home to the ATL. It’s hard to describe the growing pains this journey has triggered and I imagine the lessons from this trip will continue to reveal themselves over time. I am so grateful for the many compassionate, thoughtful, and straight up incredible folks that I met along the way. When I feel disoriented by the events that crash upon us each day, by the violence and the injustices that can feel so senseless, it is a blessing to encounter these bright lights to walk alongside. Thank you. x

And for those with more visual inclinations, here is a link to photos from my trip.

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Grow a Row Groundbreaking

IMG_1320 In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we launched our Grow a Row program.  What better way to share your love for community than to become involved in its health and wellbeing.  The idea for the Grow a Row Program was born just a few months ago, over cups of tea at Herbalista Headquarters.  Duane Marcus of the Funny Farm has always been an avid supporter of our work at the clinic AND the organic growing scene here in Atlanta.  We realized that we could start a program that not only helped to provide more herbs to our free clinic, but gave farmers the resources they need to expand into medicinal herb growing.  Atlanta region herbalists would have a source for local materials, the public would see more herbs at farmers markets, and our clinic will have more support in its mission of providing earth-based care to underserved communities.  If we can grow a local market for medicinal herbs everybody wins!

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On Saturday, February 14th, we gathered together local farmers and herb enthusiasts at the Funny Farm in St. Mountain (just east of Atlanta) for our first info session.  We toured the Funny Farm, let folks meet the Bus, and review 9 herbs in depth that we use large quantities of and would appreciate folks growing for us.  Here is a link to the info packet we handed out.  We had a great turn-out of almost 30 participants!  It is so inspiring to see this enthusiasm for herbs and service! While we are currently reaching out to local farmers with room to grow, we also need help from volunteers who want to be involved in the harvesting and processing of these herbs.  If you are interested in getting involved, please write us at growanherbrow@gmail.com.


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Thank you Duane and Robin for your heartfelt support, for sharing your wisdom, and for your constant dedication to the earth and her inhabitants.

~Lorna

Herbalista Health Fair ~ February 25th!

Herbalista Health Fair

 

Please join us this February at the Big House 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, please take part in the classes we will have running throughout the day or network with other friends.   All services are free and open to the public, but donations are most welcomed and appreciated!

 

All Services from 11:00 am  – 4:00 pm:

Herbal Aide

Reflexology

Hot Tea

Referral and Resource Services

Bonfire!!!

 

Open Class Schedule:

12:00 – 12:45 – Herbs with Gretchen

1:00 – 1:45 – Mental Health with Orion

3:– – 3:30 – Yoga with Lynn Brandli (no mats required)

 

Brought to you by Herbalista ~ Building Community through Herbalism!

Free and Low Cost Atlanta Healthcare List

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 7.45.25 PMIt’s all about Atlanta today.  So earlier I posted a link to our foraging database, for medicinal plants around the atlanta area.   And now here is the link to a listing of Free and Low Cost Clinics in Atlanta.

This list is by no means all-inclusive and is quite literally a work in progress.  The information provided on this list has been culled from the internet, by word of mouth, and through personal contact. If I have personally interacted with a resource, it has been underlined, so I can better vouch for the information provided. Over time, we hope this list will grow and descriptions improve as we get better acquainted with the different providers and services.

If you have had any experience with these services and would like to suggest modifications to descriptions, or if you can recommend additions to the list, please notify us at Lorna@Herbalista.org.

Atlanta’s Herban Apotheke

Herban Apotheke AtlantaYou don’t have to live on a pristine mountainside or disappear into the wilderness to be an herbalist and have a meaningful relationship with your local plant medicine.  In our megapolis, we are surrounded by plantain and dandelion growing through cracks in the sidewalk, mimosa trees sprouting in abandoned lots, and honeysuckle and kudzu clambering up telephone poles!  Take a look around.  Discover what’s growing in your yard ?  Who are your green neighbors?

Check out our Forage page at the Herbalista website and see our month-by-month photo gallery and guide to the medicinals growing all around us in Atlanta.  You’ll be surprised by our medicinal abundance.

Never ingest anything you have not positively identified.  For practice with proper plant identification join us on guided plant walks throughout the season or use a reliable field guide such as, Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants by “Wildman” Steve Brill. Please harvest responsibly and review Wildcrafting for Beginners by Howie Brounstein who reminds us, “Wildcrafting is stewardship.”