Reflections on healing, cultural safety & community care w/ CJHP
March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
The greater community of South Puget Sound is invited to join the continuing search for appropriate expressions of right relationships with the original people of the Salish Sea.
For our March Gathering, Rhonda Lee Grantham and Sophie Geist of the Canoe Journey Herbalists will be joining us for a workshop on Forming Relationships to Healing: Questions and reflections on Cultural Safety and Community Care.
Every year, Indigenous families travel their ancestral waters- through all varieties of weather and sacrifice and unspoken challenge- as part of the largest gathering in Coastal Salish territories known as the Intertribal Canoe Journey. The mission of the Canoe Journey Herbalists project is to offer free herbal healing support; ranging from first aid to foot baths, herbal medicines to hands-on healing. Our larger vision is that this project continue to serve Canoe Journey participants, year after year, by also providing opportunities for harvesting, learning, and sharing, all throughout the seasons.
At its core, this project is Indigenous-led, inspired, and works to continue to prioritize the wants and needs of the Coastal Salish community. By increasing access to indigenous knowledge, by and for indigenous people, we are working to heal the wounds of colonization within all of our communities.
But as a project that provides a pathway for Indigenous Healers and allies to offer their hands in service, side by side, how do we create a community care space that also maintains a sense of cultural safety? How do we appreciate the gifts of all, while also acknowledging that we inevitably provide care through our unique cultural lens?
This workshop will share stories of our strengths and our struggles, as well as questions and reflections for non native folks working as to be allies, accomplices and come into right relationship.
Rhonda Lee Grantham is a member of the Cowlitz Nation of SW WA, which translates to “Seeker of the Medicine Spirit”. She is a direct-entry midwife, herbalist and founder of the Center for Indigenous Midwifery. For over two decades, she has been actively catching babies and supporting culturally-centered programming within Indigenous communities. She is honored to share her experiences in midwifery and plant wisdom; as well as wilderness emergency medicine, cultural anthropology and global health; both at home and globally. She has served alongside Indigenous midwives and healers on tribal lands ranging from disaster relief zones to refugee camps, from reservations to rural birth centers. And everywhere she goes… she is thankful for her plant relatives, growing and offering their medicines, always traveling beside her.
Sophie Geist is a community herbalist, landscaper and somatic educator living and working on ste-chass, squaxin and medicine creek treaty land. She comes to this work as a settler, as descendent of Polish, French Canadian, Jewish and Roma people, and as a queer person. She seeks to fiercely and dearly honor how the intricate dynamics that life experience, systemic oppression and place based learning shape our experience of power and healing with our bodies and plants. She works with the Canoe Journey Herbalists Project and in thriving gardens throughout coast Salish territory.
Each LRR gathering includes a break to share food prepared by those attending, including salmon from one of the local tribes. Please bring a healthy snack to share, and $5 suggested donation for speakers.