Unity Manifesto: Celebrating Differences, Healing Schisms

Unity Manifesto: Celebrating Differences, Healing Schisms

UNITY MANIFESTO: Celebrating Differences, Healing Schisms by Jesse Wolf Hardin Factionalism & Diversity Plant Healer is dedicated to encouraging and celebrating diversity in herbalism.  This means including, welcoming, and empowering students, enthusiasts and practitioners of every kind, from hobbyists and plant-fans to folk herbalists, clinicians and academics, no matter what their level of expertise or what practices and approaches they might take.  We’ve fostered new kinds of conferences, helped others create bioregional events representing the widely varying flavors of the healing arts,   Our own events – like the Herbal Resurgence Rendezvous and this year’s HerbFolk Gathering – are home to even those people who feel like the oddballs and outliers, who...

A Holistic View of Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, & ADHD

A Holistic View of Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, & ADHD

Asperger’s and Autism are much misunderstood conditions, featuring brain and behavioral patterns that are abnormal but in some ways more interesting and advantageous.  The problem for anyone dealing with this condition, is finding the healthiest ways of functioning in this society without dissing one’s true nature, gifts and needs.  Asperger’s has made things difficult for my partner Kiva Rose when it comes to social interaction, but has also helped to make her the unique and admirable person she is.  The following is an eye-opening look at this topic from our friend and ally Katja Swift, excerpted from a longer version found in the Winter issue of Plant Healer Magazine.  You can learn about the herbal courses being offered in the Boston area by...

Interviewing Jesse Wolf Hardin of Plant Healer

Interviewing Jesse Wolf Hardin of Plant Healer

Interview with Plant Healer CoCreator JESSE WOLF HARDIN by Melanie Pulla My dear life and work partner Wolf Hardin has interviewed over 30 different herbalists and wildcrafters for Plant Healer Magazine (www.PlantHealerMagazine.com) and books over the past 5 years, sharing the in-depth stories of the best known herbalists but also up and coming new voices of the community and craft.  A few months ago one of our gifted writers, Melanie Pulla, asked to interview him for her excellent HerbGeek blog.  We’ve decided to welcome questions for this longtime teacher-healer-activist-artist from others including Paul Bergner, Phyllis Light and Chuck Garcia, and to combine them for the next volume in the 21st Century Herbalists books series (available from the...

Whether To Be a Professional or Not, Choosing Our Path – Part II

Whether To Be a Professional or Not, Choosing Our Path – Part II

Whether To Be a Professional or Not Choosing Our Path – Part II  ————- Professionalism At Its Best, A Defense of Amateurism, Adepts, & Standards We Can Share In Common by Jesse Wolf Hardin  Reclaiming Amateurism  am•a•teur: noun: 1. a person who engages in a pursuit (esp. a sport) on an unpaid basis; 2. a person considered contemptibly inept at a particular activity. adjective: inept or unskillful. Hey dictionary, thanks for nothin’!  I personally happen to like thinking of myself as an overqualified amateur, from whom nothing can be expected but anything is possible… though I concede the word is considered nothing but a put down by most people these days.  “Amateurish” is used to mean “unskilled”, though I have never heard the...

Becoming An Herbalist “Professional” or Not – Part 1

Becoming An Herbalist “Professional” or Not – Part 1

Whether To Become a Professional Herbalist or Not Choosing Our Path – Part I by Jesse Wolf Hardin excerpted from a longer article in the upcoming Winter issue of Plant Healer Magazine pro•fes•sion: 1. a paid occupation, esp. one that involves formal training and qualification. We each have an ultimate personal role to fulfill, one that by its very nature maximizes our abilities and imparts maximum meaning to our daily acts.  While it may look something like the roles we see others assuming, it will in certain ways be significantly different from what everyone else does, a position, purpose and way for which we alone are ideally suited.  We’ll need to choose again and again between options and paths as we progress in that fulfillment, basing each choice on our...

Plant Totems: Identifying Our Most Personal Herbal Ally by Jesse Wolf Hardin

Plant Totems: Identifying Our Most Personal Herbal Ally by Jesse Wolf Hardin

The following is excerpted from a much longer piece featured in the current issue of Plant Healer Magazine, and that will be included in Wolf’s next book, “Finding Our Medicine”.  As far as I know it is the most extensive and inspirational work ever done on the seldom explored subject of personal, practical plant totems.  Thank you for reposting and sharing this! -Kiva Rose PLANT TOTEMS Identifying & Learning From Our Most Personal Plant Ally By Jesse Wolf Hardin The Ojibway word “totem” originally refers to a plant or animal symbol for a specific family or clan, not unlike the creature emblems on ancient European Coat of Arms.  Thus we talk about “totem poles” when referring to trees carved into vertically stacked animals, each signifying a different clan of...