Ancestral Medicine ZOOM

Ancestral Medicine ZOOM

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April 19, 2022 6:00-7:30pm EDT

Join 4 different herbalists who will talk about what ancestral medicine means to them. They will each present and with at least 20 min for audience Q&A at the end.

Brooke Bridges (Grafton, NY)

Brooke Bridges is a homesteading Mama of 1 with herbalism, food justice, and mental/emotional healing at the core. Brooke is originally from Los Angeles California where she grew up as a child actress, forming unhealthy bonds with food, fitness, and wellness. Brooke moved to the Berkshires in 2017 and now works to push food sovereignty forward as the Food Justice Assistant Manager at Soul Fire Farm, she is learning to heal through food and medicine, and has founded companies like Building Bridges SEL which focuses on mental health groups and programs for youth, and Brooke's Botanicals that uses mother nature's medicines for beauty and healing.

Hope Aguilera (Pownal, VT)

Hope Milagro Aguilera is an artist, herbalist and teacher. They are currently an art teacher in the public school system. Originally from Los Ángeles CA, Hope has found peace in the woods and wildflowers of New England residing on Abenaki territory. They own a small business creating plant and nature-inspired artwork, prints, and clothing as well as an apothecary. In their work, they explore their heritage and wisdom of both the indigenous Mexica and the Celtic. They are particularly interested in decolonial herbalism, raising awareness of indigenous names, practices and ways, and mystical animist practices of indigenous people.

They are mixed Mexican and Irish, reconnecting to their indigenous language of Nahuatl and traditional medicinal practices of the Mexica.

Misty Cook (Mohican Nation, Northeastern Wisconsin) 

Author of: “Medicine Generations, Natural Native American Medicines Traditional to the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans Indian Tribe,” Misty Cook studied the medicines in-depth for over seven years to complete her book, enjoying every minute of it. This includes searching for them, identification, gathering, drying, preservation for use throughout the year, preparation, and having them available for those who need them. She is also a cultural consultant with a Master's degree in management, providing diversity training on many topics including Native American students in education, Native American history, Native American games, and of course, Medicines.

Rebecca Guanzon (Williamstown, MA) 

Rebecca is a trained herbalist and a practitioner of multiple energetic healing modalities. Originally from Meadville, PA, she has been working with survivors of trauma and using trauma-informed care practices for over 20 years. She has received certificates of completion for The Chestnut School Of Herbal Medicine’s Medicine Making, Foraging, and Herbal Immersion Herbalism programs. She continues to serve as a neighborhood herbalist, promoting mutual aid.

To make it more accessible, this circle is offered at three different price levels. Please consider what you are able to give at this time and choose the one that is right for you. (All money from this event is split between our 3 main presenters)