This years’ Radical Herbalism Gathering will take place on Friday afternoon of the 9th, Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th June, 2017, at Crabapple Community in Shrewsbury, the same location as the three previous years.
This year’s gathering will be over two and a half days with varying workshop lengths. We will be posting more details and a booking form by the end of March so hang on in there!
The 2017 gathering will begin with an opening space, explaining why we are holding a Radical Herbal Gathering and why we believe it is so important to put herbal medicine and health in the context of social change.
This year we will carry on weaving four strands of ideas together:
The first strand focuses on workshops that offer radical approaches to health in general, specifically looking again at psycho-emotional health around anger and overwhelm, a herbalist’s approach to trauma, trans health competency, radical bodywork, men’s health, and living with a chronic illness.
The second strand focuses on workshops that discuss ideas around ecological justice and the sustainability of conventional medicine and herbal medicine. This year there will be a focus on the resistance happening around fracking in Lancashire, a herbalist’s experience at Standing Rock, Dakota and a specific herb growing slot.
The third strand focuses on workshops that talk about health and social justice issues, for example, herbalists organising around the migrant crisis, global corporate violence to indigenous land and medicine, community organising, ‘finding the power within’ to carry on resistance, prison politics and reformative justice and more showcasing of community health projects.
- We will have a strand that focuses specifically on herbal medicine in practise including advanced medicine making skills including deep decoctions, percolations and glycerites, forgotten native herbs, herbal foot and wound care and veterinary medicine.
Alongside all of these, there will be herb walks and foraging walks in the surrounding countryside.
There is also going to be a kids timetable of herbal workshops, some catering for all ages, and sometimes the slot will be split with 2 workshops running concurrently, one specifically for younger kids and one for older kids. We are really interested in hearing from children who think they could, with an adult, run a workshop themselves.