School of Liberatory Medicine

         Herbal Freedom School           


If you have been hungering for a liberatory, decolonial, intersectional perspective on modern western herbalism plant medicine that re-centers the voices of indigenous, black, brown, queer, trans and gender non-conforming folks, then this is the space for you. We will draw on themes from the resource guides Partnering with Plants and Queering Herbalism volumes to paint a more inclusive (and more accurate) portrait of our herbal legacy. 

During this 5 week knowledge share we will discuss:

  • the affects of colonization and colonialism on our healing legacies and within "modern western herbalism".
  • colonial views on healing and the separation of spirituality from our healing practices. 

We will also:

  • define health, healing and medicine for ourself.  
  • define liberatory medicine and liberation for ourself.
  • discuss legacies of black and brown healing and health justice. 
  • Look at our definition of "healer" and the long legacy of queer, trans, two-spirit and gender non-conforming healers in our traditions.  
  • Look at different black and brown ancestral healing traditions and the roles of plants in ceremony and ritual like baños espirituales/spiritual baths and temazcal.
  • Practice basic medicine making.
  • Talk about historical and collective trauma 
  • Learn strategies to heal from trauma, depression, anxiety and stress.

And all with an intersectional focus. Throughout we will discuss race and ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and how all intersect with access to food, environmental and economic justice, and health and healing justice.

The lessons have pre-recorded videos (closed captioned, transcripts and .mp3 files) and there are PDFs of additional weekly readings that will be released every week. This is a self-paced knowledge share and not a formal class. There will be two live online gatherings for folks to connect during the course.

Please see the "Welcome to the Herbal Freedom School" page for more information about the lessons.

**Important note:  This program has an anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework. Since it centers the healing legacies of people of color and queer, non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming folks, we will talk about subjects like racism and white supremacy, the effects of colonization and colonialism on black and brown healing legacies, decolonization, and other challenging topics that are, at times, rarely touched upon in herb classes and predominantly white healing spaces. 
Safer Space Policy: This is a safe space centering these suppressed histories and narratives and there will be zero tolerance for the centering of eurocentric narratives or histories, any kinds of hate speech or prejudice in the online comments, derailing of talk about race or racism and its affects on healing history and black and brown healing legacies in comment sections or any of the shared spaces of the School of Liberatory Medicine.

While there is space to disagree, it's important to know that this is not the space to try to disprove, argue if racism exists or debate about if it does or does not affect all of our healing practices and healing. Once registered, you will see the School of Liberatory Medicine's Framework which are the assumptions or lens with which the school operates with.