Herbalism, PTSD & Traumatic Stress Course

In a world full of injustice and oppression that can be deeply traumatising, we need plant medicines more than ever. In this self-paced online course, you will be supported to build relationships with plants to help take care of your nervous system, your health and your loved ones for the long-haul.

This course will help you gain an understanding of how trauma shapes the body, and how we can reclaim and reshape it. You will also develop an in-depth knowledge of plants and nervous system physiology, grounded in an anti-oppressive analysis. This course will not only help you learn the theory, but most importantly it will aid you in embodying the practice. The course is structured and has resources to enable you to gain the practical herbalism skills you need to transform your life and find some respite from the relentless rollercoaster of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and traumatic stress.

Making Herbal Medicine with Glycerine Course

Do glycerites confuse you? Would you like to know how to make alcohol-free herbal medicines that can serve your community and clients?

Glycerites are mixtures of medicinal substances with glycerine. They are a fantastic way of making herbal medicine accessible for the many members of our communities who avoid alcohol; people in recovery, pregnant people, children, people of Muslim & other faiths, and people unable to tolerate tinctures due to health reasons.

Despite huge demand, glycerite making can still be a mystery.

This online workshop explores how to make herbal glycerites in simple and effective ways.

Practical Medicine Making Intensive

Become a skilled medicine maker! This in-person course introduces many of the incredible ways we can make medicine with plants. Learn how to harvest herbs and make potent medicine for yourself and your community safely, effectively and sustainably.

This is a practical hands-on course. You will get stuck in and learn how to make tinctures, glycerites, infused oils, ointments, vinegars, cough syrups and lozenges.  Put the theory into practice. Equipping ourselves with the skills to take care of ourselves and each other is essential.

Taking place Friday 13th September, 10am - Sunday 15th September, 5pm 2024.

Free Workshops

Herbalism & State Violence Workshop

State violence is a brutal reality for many; an experience which is racialised, classed and gendered in its design and application. What mutual aid can herbalists offer to help people survive these experiences? This workshop aims to explore herbalism’s role in revolutionary movements working for the abolition of the state and the prison industrial complex, while sharing tangible, practical medicine making recipes and tools to take care of each other for the long haul.

This is a recording of the Solidarity Apothecary’s online workshop at New York Anarchist Bookfair 2020.

State Repression, Trauma and the Body Webinar

This is a replay of a webinar that took place Sunday 7th May. It was kindly hosted by the Civil Liberties Defense Center and organised by anarchist Cindy Milstein in solidarity with the movement to Stop Cop City.

This webinar will introduce the traumatic dynamics of state repression and the important role of solidarity and care in mitigating the violence of the state. We will explore how trauma can affect the body, and common ways we express distress from nightmares to panic attacks. We will look at what we can do to reduce the risks of PTSD and build collective strength when resisting repression.

Herbalism, Incarceration and Abolition Workshop

This workshop explores the role of herbalism in supporting prisoners, families and communities affected by incarceration, and herbalist roles in the abolition of these systems of oppression. There are more than 11.5 million people incarcerated worldwide, including a massive 2.2 million in the so-called United States. Most are completely excluded from herbalism yet many can find plants cracking through the concrete. These plants can bring hope, connection and health support to people experiencing the worst of state violence.

In this workshop we will explore the health impacts of incarceration, and look at herbal strategies to support people experiencing traumatic stress and PTSD. We will look at some practical uses of plants commonly found in prison yards and what practicing herbalism in prison can look like. The workshop explores ‘abolition’ as a framework and the role of herbalists within these movements.

This workshop was originally an offering with the Railyard Apothecary in November 2023.