Gather your squad be it family (of origin, chosen), your collective house, domestic partners, etc. - and participate in a down home, approachable way to take care of each other with herbs. We’ll cultivate tools to promote our agency and self-determination on how we choose to take care. We’ll unpack first aid assessment and make medicine that relates to everyday situations. We’ll break down emotional labor, holding space for ourselves and the team, and practice tools for creating healthy boundaries. We’ll decipher ways we can carve out time for care, and how to engage in this intimacy so that our squad goals are on point!
Instructors from Wild Gather Herb School
Lauren Giambrone came to utilize, study and practice Herbalism by way of “burn-out”, and her needs for better health and self-care strategies. Through her initial studies apprenticing at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and clinical internship at the Ithaca Free Clinic, Lauren found passion and purpose: to hold space for those seeking to heal, needing support and wanting to be heard; to be a medicine maker; to connect people with plants and the power within themselves to transform and feel better; to do so with social justice values and integrity. After studying from various teachers, in 2010, Lauren founded her business, Good Fight Herb Co. Ever since, she’s been working to find more ways to support her self and her community, plant more medicine, continue her education and facilitate conversations on Health Justice issues so that Herbalism always stays accessible to all.
Mandana Boushee is an Herbalist, educator, forager, gardener, activist, and parent. Growing up in a traditional Persian household is where her love of plants was first cultivated. She first learned about herbs and wild food for self-care, ritual, and food as a young girl, using the same herbs her grandmothers used before her. At 18, she began hitch-hiking around the country and found through experience how essential plants were in supporting her everyday needs, whether for first-aid, shelter, fire, or food. This sparked a desire in her to forge a path in herbalism and for over a decade she has gleaned experience from immersing herself in building relationships with the plant world. Today, Mandana lives in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains; in the same valley she was raised. Her work is centered on facilitating learning around herbalism, wild food, and earth based skills and crafts. As a woman of color, she is passionate about maintaining the many voices, stories, rituals, and histories of POC, particularly around health, healing and food.