People’s Health Clinic of Portland, a multi-modality free clinic serving folks experiencing homelessness, turns 3 this April! In celebration of 3 years of community care nights, and with the goal of raising some funds to keep this project going for another several years, PHCP is throwing a party! A benefit party. Sunday, April 22nd from 4-7pm at the Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway St.
There will be music, merriment, food, drinks and a RAFFLE featuring lots of amazing local artists, makers, tarot readers and more. Please join us, and help make respectful, empowering and holistic health care more accessible!
Purchase tickets in advance or at the door.
The Healing Well Presents:
An Afternoon of Health & Wellness Education
October 23rd, 1-3:30pm
at Yoga Shala, 3808 N Williams
The Healing Well Collaborative is hosting a free public event to offer some tools and strategies for boosting and maintaining your health. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet local holistic health providers and learn new, practical skills.
* bite-size presentations with takeaways to practice at home!
* talk one-on-one with holistic health practitioners!
* free product giveaways!
* enjoy tea and snacks!
1:30-1:45 – Approachable Fermentation
2:00-2:15 – First Aid Salve-Making
2:30-2:45 – Seasonal Energetics and Herbs to Support the Heart
3:00-3:15 – Creating Energetic Protection for Your Home
The Healing Well is a collaborative effort between Portland-based holistic health practitioners Kristen Hart (Acupucturist), Abigail Singer (Herbalist), Lauryn Moore (Nutritionist), and Bryce Sussman-Gaedke (Herbalist).
On Sunday, April 24th Abigail will offer a class on spring tonics, blood cleansers and detoxification. We’ll explore the process of detoxification through the lens of vitalism and holistic herbalism, and introduce some local medicinal herbs and home remedies that can help smooth your transition through the energies of Spring.
In this class, Abigail will draw from her experience living and working with herbs in Southern Appalachia, where there are still vibrant folk traditions in practice to celebrate and work with plants to move out of the slow energy of Winter and into the flow of Spring.
Folks will leave this class with a deeper understanding of the body’s detoxification processes and seasonal changes in health and metabolism. You’ll also get some simple recipes for seasonal tonics that you can prepare at home with some fabulous herbs that are locally abundant right now.
We’ll also do lots of tasting and sampling! Hope you can join us.
Sunday, April 24th
Yoga Shala, 3808 N. Williams
$10-20 sliding scale
I’m excited to announce that I now offer individual health consultations on Mondays at Yoga Shala Wellness in North Portland. Through one-on-one consultations, I work collaboratively with clients to uncover the patterns that give rise to illness and address the root causes of imbalance.
Following an in-depth intake and interview process, I make recommendations for dietary and lifestyle shifts, and craft an individualized herbal formula to support the healing process and bring the body into a state of greater health and vitality.
Check out the “consultations” tab for more info, and get in touch if you’d like to set something up!
Since April of 2015, the People’s Health Clinic of Portland has been offering a monthly free clinic at Sisters Of The Road. These Community Care Nights are held every third Friday of the month from 6-9pm at the Sisters Of The Road Cafe, 133 NW 6th Ave. Care nights feature 30 minute consultations and treatments including:
- Naturopathic Medicine
- Community Acupuncture
- Cranio-sacral Therapy
The clinic also offers vitals checks, snacks and an assortment of medicinal teas. There are no appointments — just drop in and sign up for a consult.The walk-in clinic is free and open to all!
The People’s Health Clinic of Portland is a free health clinic serving those of us living at the crossroads of economic injustice and other systemic oppressions. Read more about it here.
WildCity lives! Our now-collective of 3 (Kari Koch, Ivy Seaburg and myself) are gathering and processing medicinal plants and delectable fruits during this busy busy summer, getting ready for our *3rd* seasonal share, to be distributed this fall.
More info on our WildCity Community Supported Herbalism project — and how you can order a share — can be found on our:
During our 2014 Spring Share (distributed on May Day) we were delighted to collaborate with local community herbalism maven Missy Rohs of the Arctos School and herbal recipe virtuoso Sharin Cooper. Behold our creations:
And, some photos from our winter share, distributed on the winter solstice, 2013:
The theme for our Harvest Shares, to be distributed in Fall of 2014, will feature a special medicinal product from another herbalist in our community; more details coming soon…
To follow up on the last post, I participated in the herbal medicine delegation to Nicaragua and it was amazing! Our delegation met with some really inspirational organizations in and around Esteli with roots in the Sandinista revolution, community organizing, community health work and herbal medicine. We learned that the early literacy brigades of the Sandinistas actually played a huge role in enabling the sharing of knowledge from traditional healers in the countryside. Health promoters learned from these folk herbalists and were later dispatched to communities across the country, utilizing local medicinal plants to meet the huge need for medical care that had built up under the Somoza dictatorship and continued under the US embargo, which severely limited the supply of medicine and medical equipment coming into the country.
We met with an organization called Cecalli that came out of this process and continues to do inspiring work today, developing community health workers and bringing natural medicine into the Nicaraguan health system. We also met with a community midwife, an herbal medicine foundation, and a campesino federation that has developed their own local water system, a strong women’s organization, a backyard garden program and other inspiring projects in the realms of sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty.
Working at the Natural Doctors International (NDI) clinic on Ometepe (an island of 42,000 people) was a truly inspiring experience that is hard to sum up concisely, but I learned a ton and feel really fortunate to have worked with some amazing doctors and herbalists there. Delegation participants broke into small groups and rotated between different consultation tables, making formulas in the pharmacy and doing UAs (yay urinalysis!), and sitting in with the psychology room. We treated folks with a broad range of health conditions, some quite serious, from different communities around the island. The clinic works in coordination with the Nicaraguan health care system (there is one hospital on the island), and patients are at times referred back and forth for tests, medications and holistic treatment. There’s a clear need for NDI’s work, and we were able to see dramatic positive results even in our short time there. All in all, NDI’s model of a permanent, holistic, community-based health clinic was pretty impressive, and I’m inspired to do more…
Huge thanks to everyone who contributed to my fundraising efforts to participate this amazing project! To find out more about NDI and ways to support them, visit http://www.ndimed.org.
Announcement! I am currently raising funds to participate in a holistic medicine delegation to the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua, a medically under-served area where the need for health care is great. As a delegation participant, I will be observing and working in a clinic alongside locally-based naturopathic physicians with Natural Doctors International who have long-term relationships in the community. This clinic embodies an amazing model for community-based health care that is culturally fluent, in it for the long haul, and inclusive of local knowledge and native medicinal herbs.
Natural Doctors International (NDI) runs this primary care natural medicine clinic, working collaboratively with Nicaraguan doctors, nurses and other staff of the island’s public hospital and other health clinics. Every day the clinic sees a broad range of acute and chronic health issues. The island has a huge need for additional medical care, and this international delegation will help to address this need by supporting the clinic’s programs and increasing its capacity.
I’m also excited to participate in the delegation because being a part of this amazing team of herbalists will be a learning experience unlike any other. I’ll work with some of my favorite herbal teachers and will see a broad range of conditions during my time in Nicaragua; this experience will undoubtedly inform my own clinical practice for years to come. While the NDI clinic is focused on the community, conditions and medicinal plants of Ometepe, their approach to health care is one that is quite inspiring and instructional for our own community health work here in Portland. I’m excited to learn what I can from their model, and help facilitate some discussions when I get back about how we might apply these models at home.
More info on the delegation can be found on the indiegogo fundraising page. Please support it if you can! Tell your friends! Spread the word! I’m offering some herbal treats to those who donate; more details of the perks for giving are here. Giving even a small amount makes a huge difference.
And stay tuned for info on our community report-back! I will be collaborating with some other delegation participants and the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee on a free public event following the delegation, likely sometime in early April.
Thanks so much for your support!
I’m excited to announce the creation of a a new Community Supported Herbalism project called WildCity! This project is a collaboration I’m doing with my friend Kari Koch of Forage; we’re offering a seasonal basket of vital, tasty and health-promoting products to keep you healthy and happy through the seasons. Our tinctures, elixirs, oils and other herbal sundries are lovingly hand-made with herbs that are organically grown or wild harvested in the Pacific Northwest.
Our intention is to offer a delectable introduction into the wild, weedy world of healing. This project is a demonstration of folk craft, peoples’ medicine and simple solutions. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share our love of the wild, and we’d like this to be a mutually beneficial endeavor! In exchange for supporting WildCity, we are offering high-quality, handcrafted products to folks who are interested in plant medicine, local food, community-based economies, and a little bit of healing decadence.
It’s a similar model to Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), in which people support small farmers directly and in exchange receive a box of produce every week. Members of the Community Supported Herbalism (CSH) project will receive a basket (or share) of herbal remedies, healing elixirs, soothing salves, and other foraged goods that are specially crafted to work with the energies and transitions of each season. Our goal is to make delicious, useful items for your body, soul and heart. We aim to stimulate the senses as well as the body’s innate ability to heal and regenerate. Each seasonal share will include 7-10 items curated for general use, a booklet to accompany your new treasures, and perhaps a special surprise or two.
There will be a limited number of shares as we get this project up and running, so if you’re interested you should reserve yours now! Orders for winter shares are due by December 6, and shares will be ready for pick-up on December 13, when we’re hosting a launch party! (More details on that coming soon…)
Welcome! Spring Creek Herbs offers locally and sustainably made herbal medicine products. Here in the Pacific Northwest we are fortunate to be surrounded by a vibrant, thriving ecological community that is home to numerous medicinal plants, trees and mushrooms. Spring Creek Herbs is a labor of love and a vehicle for bringing the healing power of these herbs into our communities in an accessible way. Check out the “about” and “offerings” tabs above to learn more, and thanks for visiting!