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Plant Medicine Community

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Pike Nov 11, 2010. 4 Replies

I would like to open up discussion calling on herbalists, medicinal plant farmers, distillers, medicine makers, wildcrafters, and anyone who has any genuine interest in medicinal plants. As a new…Continue


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How are you currently involved in the Transition?
I am relatively new the Transition movement as an entity, but feel I have been practicing transition- like ways for years. Mainly in the form of practicing natural medicine, learning and integrating traditional indigenous technology and spirituality, and really focusing on the study of plant medicine. I am very conscious of my waste production, and have limited my garbage to one paper bag a month, my main waste being compost. I feel that I contribute to transitioning to a healthier, more sustainable culture by offering deep healing that brings our true essential nature into form, which is in harmony with nature, conscious, and loving. I also teach many classes on plant medicine, natural healing, spirituality, and harmony with nature.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I was first introduced to the Transition movement by a friend who was working with me on a permaculture farm in Tonasket. Just hearing about what it was all about made me really excited, because I've really been wanting to find some sort of community that revolves around all the issues Transition is about. I feel like there is SO much to learn, and I know that there is a great amount of collective wisdom within communities, but finding it is usually the hard part. I feel like I have so much to share with others, and so much to learn myself that this community would be a great place to share and receive.
I'm also interested in Transition because I can really, really feel the shifts going on on the planet at this time and honestly it really makes me nervous at times. I really wish to find communities of people that are really figuring out how to go with the flow of these changes in a good way. I'm trying to not rely on outside sources for what I use in my life- especially in terms of food....
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
As stated above, I am an herbalist, alchemist, shamanic practitioner, and teacher. I own a small spagyric herbal tincture business called Organic Unity. I teach many classes on herbalism, wildcrafting, natural healing, medicine making, alchemy, astrology, shamanism, and other topics basically about living in harmony with nature, and being a conscious loving human being.
In what neighborhood or part of the county do you reside?
Your Personal Website (if you have one)
Where did you hear about Transition Whatcom and how did you find our community network website?
I heard about Transition Whatcom from my friend Chris Wolf who told me about it.
Please note that you do not have to answer all of the above questions in order to join, and you can always come back later to edit your profile. If it's all too many questions for now, please provide a short answer below on why you'd like to join this site (or a summary of the above, if answered).
I'm new to the area and am wishing to meet like minded people, build community, and networking.

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At 6:35pm on December 1, 2010, Heather K said…
Hi Sajah! Glad class went well at the coop & Chris W came! I plan to walk in the woods with her on Fri! Next week my schedule has openings...Call anytime and let me know what works for you in matching scheules. Keep sharing your knowledge and learning!
At 11:26pm on October 26, 2010, Laura J Sellens said…
OK, sweet. I thought you lived in Skagit.
At 12:16pm on October 24, 2010, Heather K said…
Hi Sajah, Can you share about the plant communication class in Vancouver?
One of my favorite books for this year has been Stephen Harrod Buhner's ' The Lost Language of Plants'. I'm guessing you've already read it.
Yesterday I was blessed to find a few turkey tails, that I hope to learn how to turn into medicine. Also harvested some wild chantrelles & oyster fungi. See you on the path!
At 10:21am on October 23, 2010, Laura J Sellens said…
Hi Sajah, I see you live in Sedro-Wolley--I'm wondering if you know there's a Transition Skagit group in startup phase, a great group! The contact I have is Sarai Stevens, This is what they're doing today:
Sat. 23rd
Bow Little Market will be having a special
Harvest Market
from 10 am to 4 pm
It will be held in conjunction with the
Belfast Feed Store's Harvest Festival
There will be:
Pumpkin Pitching
Roger the Rooster
Live Music
Face Painting
Free Pumpkins and Goodies for children 12 and under
4-H Presentations
Fiber Arts Tent With Demonstrations On Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting
Local Food and Gardening Experts (Bring your Questions)
Neighbors Vending Crafts, Art, Vegetables, Honey,
Hot, Delicious Food Ready to Eat
See You There!

Please forward on.

Cheers, Laura
At 4:24pm on October 22, 2010, Heather K said…
Hi Sajah! Great to see you starting the Plant Community discussion and connecting in with your whatcom neighbors. Sorry to hear many of us missed your event at Bloom.
You'll find support from many of us in coaching you in posting the event & spreading the word. Next time try posting as an event on this TW site, and also requesting Shannon to post in her Garden E-news. I'll reply to your discussion later when I'm caught up.
When you meet Linda at Wonderland Teas, tell her hello from me and that we welcome another class! She is not yet on this TW network site.
Plant Seeds, Sing Songs, Share the Medicine!
At 11:23pm on October 19, 2010, Heather K said…
Your Welcome Sajah. Here is the link I have to the seed-swap barter exchange event:
And here is the link to our TW Earth Gardens group:
I hope you'll take the time to RSVP to the event, volunteer to co-create with set-up or take down as you're able, and join us in networking on the Earth Gardens group.
You may also want to request on Shannon M's page to receive her Garden E-News mailing that she sends out that many of us share events & info with.
I'm guessing you may have walked the land of Sunray & Bonnie down in Skagit, who do natural building. I sent you a TW friend request. Once we connect that way it is easier for me to pass on info when its relavant.
Cheers! Plant Seeds! Sing Songs! Walk in the Woods!
At 7:11pm on October 19, 2010, Heather K said…
Welcome Sajah! Great to learn of another person who cares about reducing waste and is learning from the earth about medicinals! I am guessing we know some of the same folks as I have also networked with permaculture folks since the early 80's and completed my PDC course at the Bullocks.
You might be interested in heading north for our autumn seed-swap & barter fair at Inspiration Farm, where Chris W worked for a while. The info is under the Events tab or leave me a comment or send friend request if you have a question.
The owner of Wonderland Tea in B'ham has given some medicinal herbal classes, and I'm sure there are many who would welcome any wisdom you have to share or offerings of medicinal plant walks. (sometimes I can host travelors or ask our garden-permi geek network). Plant Seeds! Sing Songs!

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