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Decolonizing Natural Medicine; Increasing Access to Holistic Health for All

Zaniyan Wellness
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Dec 02 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Conference Information


We believe health care is a right, not a privilege. Access to holistic health providers as well as healthy food is often limited to those who can afford it.Poverty and trauma, including historical trauma, create toxic stress in our bodies that research has shown promotes problematic health conditions. Herbal medicine, acupuncture, energy healing, mindfulness, movement, massage and other body work, should be accessible to everyone, including the poor and traumatized who cannot afford such beneficial pathways to health.

The objectives of this conference are to learn mind-body-heart-spirit tools that professionals can integrate into our practices to further the healing of those we serve.

Sharing Learning Lessons

The original date of conference, Oct 14, 2017, had to be postponed due to an unexpected event. While on a food foraging and mushrooming trip for the conference, one of our organizing team memberswas separated from the group in cold, wet conditions in remote wooded terrain. After an intensive search she was found after 27 hours, safe. After this experience, we added a workshop onWoods Wise: Safety for Wildcrafters, on Sunday, Dec 2, which fit in well with the series theme "Preparedness Equals Resilience". Check out Sunday post conference offerings.

Target Audience

While open to all, Saturday's conference is geared for healers and health professionals in the integrative health fields. This includes MD, DO, ND, DC, RN, LAc, PA, NP, Herbalists, Midwives, Energy Healers, Counselors, Community Health Workers, LMT and body workers, as well as students entering the healing professions. Sunday post conference workshops is designed for everyone especially those who spend time outdoors.


Saturday Conference: $75.00 or $40.00 student/low income After 11/27 $90/55
Includes lunch.

Sunday Post Conference: $65.00 or $35 student/low income After 11/27 $80/50
Includes lunch.

Both days $125.00 or $60/student/low income after 11/27 $150 & $75

Work trades and scholarships available.

Saturday Only for those only wanting to attend the lunch and the panel discussion, cost is $15.00


We have have arranged no lodging. However, some in our group have Airbnb, or we may be able to help find people willing to host overnight guests. If you are able to host out of town guests, or are looking for place please contact us.


Saturday Conference:Campbell Community Center 155 High St, Eugene, OR 97401
Sunday Post Conference:Trauma Healing Project Classroom 2222 Coburg Rd # 300, Eugene, OR 97401

CEU - 8 hours or 8 units of Continuing Education is offered for Health Professions (RN, LPN, LMT, PT, RT, CD, CPM, LM, LDEM, etc) by Lane Community College at no extra fee. Certificate given at the end of conference.

Conference Schedule

7:30 - 8:00 amRegistration

8:00 - 9:00 am

Movement Therapeutics; The Diagnostic Skills of Tai Chi Michael Vasquez Practice and discussion around the framework for returning to Natural Intelligence, how traumas are released, and the ways to recognize and work with imbalances. Movement Therapeutics is a primary tool in Mind/Body centering, behavioral changes, cognitive repatterning, and the overall release of cellular constriction. QiGong/Internal Practices give us a foundation to develop and evolve our nature, a self-learning tool that develops our diagnostic sensory intelligence; the ability to feel and interact with an imbalanced area/problem. This naturally develops a deep foundation for working with others. As we choose to face the traumas and imbalances within ourselves, we develop the capacity to work well with others and respect all forms of life. When we consider working with decolonization, we know that we will need to work with others, play well with others, and find and share our common connections. Learning to appreciate different perspectives, being generally flexible and open, harmonizing and shifting in timely manners, and looking for workable solutions is what one might refer to as primary evolutionary skills.

Michael VasquezAfter over 30 years as an executive chef, Michael currently works full time teaching in the arts of Tai Chi, QiGong, Yoga, herbs, diet, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is the Director of Transformation Arts which provides educational presentations, online instruction, and instructor training programs to schools, corporate wellness programs, non-profit organizations, and Native programs, as well as community, senior, and child wellness programs. He is the Co-Founder of Red Earth Descendants and is currently the lead in the Golden Garden Elder Lunch Project.

9:00 - 10:30 am

Healing Community with Plants Shelagh Brown
What does it mean to decolonize? Recognizing provider privilege, unpacking and providing real tools to provide the most effective and just holistic care should be the cornerstone of our practice. We all live at various intersections of both privilege and marginalization, so learning how to best navigate that will allow us to truly practice in a way where we do no harm. We will also discuss being culturally humble, understanding the population you serve and understanding non-compliance in your clients and how to address it. Using group visit models many integrative practices are using, Shelagh will discuss how she has found giving herb walks is a phenomenal way to and bring patients together in community to meet one another and spark and interested in nature and have a more vested interest in their healing.

Shelagh Brown, MS Shelagh holds a BS in Herbal Sciences and a MS in Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine from Bastyr University. She also has completed a yoga teacher training at the Samayra Center for (Human) kindness as well as additional training in Integrated Movement therapy (a yoga based therapy), medical qigong, craniosacral, and aromatherapy. Shelagh approaches all aspects of care through an anti-oppression lens and is deeply dedicated to carrying forward conversations about race, privilege, and institutionalized oppression and how these things affect health as well as access to care.

10:30 - 10:45 am


10:45 am 12:00 pm

Creating New Healthy TraditionsJakob Sletteland

Evolving from foraging in the wild to foraging in grocery stores, we have lost knowledge of indigenous foods, understanding heredity diets, food traditions, and lost food security. Diet and lifestyle related 'diseases of civilization' such as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease have reached epidemic proportions globally.. This disproportionately affects people of color and the poor, and can only be described as a public health disaster.Informed by traditional medicine and modern research, this session will introduce participants to the etiology and politics of insulin resistance, and provide a no-nonsense natural therapeutic approach.

Jakob Sletteland MSc RH(AHG)In addition to a background in ecological defense and social justiceactivism,Jakob Sletteland is a practicing registered herbalist and clinical nutritionist with ten years of experience in the field. Jakob regularlyvolunteers his time as a practitioner with Occupy Medical in Eugene, a freeintegrative medicine clinic, and has organized and run back-country bushclinics at annual indigenous ceremonies in the Pacific Northwest over the last eight years. His private practice,Vital Force Natural Health, is located in Eugene/Springfield.


Lunch Plant Based Buffet Lunch focusing on Indigenous and Locally Grown Organic Foods

Tickets for lunch only are available on the registration page for guests who do not want to attend the conference.

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Growing Food as Medicine PanelFacilitated by Clare Strawn
Modern research indicates what Indigenous peoples have always known: That growing and harvesting food has incredible health benefits, such as soil microbiomes that have antidepressant and antioxidant properties; access to fresh organic non-GMO foods; valuable exercise; and a connection with the earth that is healing to the spirit. This panel will discuss several innovative community garden programs.

Clare Strawn, PhDputs herPhD in Urban Studies and Masters in Education to work using collaborative action that empowers communities. Her perspective is that health and resilience reside with individuals in community. She is the vice chair at Zaniyan Center.

Golden Garden Elder Lunch Project - Michael Vasquez - Reality Kitchen is a nonprofit caf and bakery in the River Road area which hosts a weekly free lunch for Elders. The Golden Garden project uses a donated plot and volunteers grow food to support the Elder lunch as well as the local food banks. Volunteers from across the community gather and contribute time and talents to harvest and help prepare food. The convergence of organic food grown within a few miles, together with enthusiastic volunteers and young adults in conversation with elders, has created a lively and growing community worlds away from institutionalized free lunchprograms.

Eagletree Herbs Daphne Singingtree - Located in a North Eugene suburban neighborhood on less than acre, this permaculture urban homestead focuses on growing medicinal herbs, but it also has over 15 different varieties of fruit trees and berries, vegetable gardens, mushrooms, bees, and chickens. Eagletree offers a program for interns to learn to grow and harvest herbs as well as make herbal products. To date Eagletree has trained more than 100 student interns at no cost.

Food Gathering Traditions from the Northwest Tribes -- Stephanie Craig
The knowledge of gathering and harvesting of plants for food, medicine, baskets, and items for everyday life was in danger of being lost completely with the cultural genocide of the native tribes of the Northwest. Stephanie will share knowledge of plants from her tribal heritage the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Kalapuya,Umpqua, TakelmaRogue River,Clackamas Chinook and Iroquois.

Stephanie Craig, MA is a traditional basket weaver and owner ofKalapuya Weaving.She has a Bachelor of Arts inculturalanthropology with an emphasis on Northwest Native Americancultures, aninterdisciplinaryMasters of Arts degreecomprised of coursework inculturalanthropology, culturalmuseumstudies andfolklorestudies. She ispassionate about giving back to the communityas part of the next generationof Tradition Bearers, teaching foraging for native foods and medicines.

Eugene Avant Gardeners, -Plaedo Wellman - A Eugene organization focused on using artistic and innovative approaches towards creating a resilient local food network, that uses permaculture techniques to encourageandinspire people to grow food together. The Avant Gardeners have given away over 10,000 plant starts, hosted over a dozen workshops and over a hundred work parties, given away hundreds of pounds of food, assistednumerous other organizations and have published a series of popular zines.

Plaedo Wellman is a philosopher, artist, activist gardener. Check out his TEDx talk "Find your Farmily with Community Gardening" linked from his

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Herbal Pain Relief; Effective Alternatives to Opiates Daphne Singingtree

A look into the physiology of pain and the herbs and categories of herbs that can be used to treat pain. How herbs can be used for chronic pain management as alternatives to opiates. Making herbal formulas for pain, some specific herbs, we will very briefly discuss cannabis, review kratom, and examine the connection between chronic pain and depression/mood disorders, and learn some specific tools using holistic methods that are simple and easy to use.

Daphne Singingtree,is a Medicine Maker and owner ofEagletree Herbs, a retired midwife, the author of The Birthsong Midwifery Workbook and numerous other midwifery publications. She helped write the Oregon Midwifery Law for Direct Entry Midwives and is a co-founder of the Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council. She is the founder and president of Zaniyan Center. Her heritage includes Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and she is active in the Water is Life movement. She has a Masters in Education with a specialization in learning technologies. She is currently in the process of developing an Holistic Community Health Worker Program..

3:00 - 3:15 pm


3:15 - 4:15 pm

Moving Toward Trauma-Sensitive Healing Arts Practices -- Elaine Walters

Individual and collective experiences of violence, abuse and other trauma are at the root of many of our most challenging health and social problems.These problems have existed throughout human history, as have efforts to survive and heal from them. Many modern approaches to treating or healing trauma have roots in traditional healing systems that have been in use for thousands of years.At the same time, many practitioners have not been adequately trained on how best to organize their work in ways that are sensitive to the needs of survivors in their care.This presentation will introduce participants to new research on the connections between early life adversity and later life health problems (the ACE Study), and provide an overview on trauma-sensitive practice, including information on preventing and managing vicarious trauma and promoting workplace safety.

Elaine Waltersis the founding Executive Director and lead trainer at the Trauma Healing Project, an organization that provides professional and community training and direct healing support for survivors. Prior to this position she coordinated the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program for the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force in Oregon and the Domestic Violence Intervention Project in Lane County working within two large healthcare organizations. For the last 20 years she has been a consultant, trainer and community organizer working to address and eliminate intimate violence. She has designed and facilitated workshops and trainings on many related topics and has provided direct services and support to youth and adults impacted by violence, abuse and other forms of trauma and oppression. She is involved in the effort to expand accessible trauma healing resources and to implement trauma-informed care practices regionally and statewide.

4:15 - 5:15 pm

Occupy Medical; Bringing Herbs to the People --Sue Sierralup

Healthcare is a human right but our capitalist system stands in the way of basic healthcare for the majority of Americans. Herbs have traditionally been an form of equal access medicine until recently. How do we put natural medicine back in the hands of those that need it the most?

Sue Sierralup runs afree clinic which evolved from the Occupy street protests, recognizes the role that stress, poverty and lack of access has on health. This clinic provides integrative care to all using conventional medical care, herbs, energy and body work, behavioral health as well as social services. Their goal is to show, by example, that healthcare should be patient driven and available to all.

Sue Sierralup, RH,is a Certified Master Herbalist, Master Gardener, professional writer and Sustainable Landscape Specialist. Sue also volunteers as the clinic manager and herb team leader atOccupy Medical clinic. She is the co-author of The Practical Herbalist Herbal Folio series and author ofThe Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World. Follow her blog atHerbalistManifesto.comfor commentary on herbs, parenting, nutrition, and a whole lot more or find her on Facebook atSue Sierralup.

Sunday Dec 3, Post Conference

Sunday Dec 3, 2017
10 am to 4 pm
Held at:Trauma Healing Project Classroom2222 Coburg Rd # 300, Eugene, OR 97401

10am to 1pmWoods Wise: Safety for Wildcrafters -- Heron Brae

Have you ever been scared to venture off-trail because you worried you might get lost in the woods? Maybe you actually have gotten turned around but managed to get back to a known area by guesswork or chance. Maybe youhavehad a serious scare with getting lost, or know someone who has.

Being woods wise means knowing your landscape and using your awareness to get around and take care of yourself in an unknown situation in the woods. The skills of staying alive in the field are sometimes assumed to be common sense, but most of us dont know the basic steps to keep ourselves safe in dire situations. In this workshop we will discuss the practical applications of orienting to your location, navigation without map and compass, gear and tools to be prepared, and how to seek shelter if you do have to face spending a night in the woods.

Heron Brae is an Oregon-born botanist, folk herbalist, and rewilder. She has studied the magic, art, and science of wild plants and landscapes since 1997,and holds a BS in botany and ecology from the Evergreen State College. She teaches programs in botany, herbalism, wildcrafting, and wild food tending at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene. Early on, she studied awareness and navigation at the Wilderness Awareness School, and has since traveled and lived for five years as a wild tender on undeveloped land.As a teacher of field classes at the Columbines School, she has trained many students in forest awareness and navigation.

12pm to 1pm Lunch- To keep cost low a simple lunch of vegetarian soup,salad, and cornbread is offered. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring your own lunch.

1 - 2:30 pmGarden Medicine: Top Herbs for Community Resilience and Emergency Preparedness

When a natural or political disaster hits, how will you take care of your own? In such situations, herbalists can expect to be on the front lines of health care. And just as people grew food-based victory gardens during wartime, herbalists can prepare with medicinal gardens to bolster self sufficiency and community resilience. The first half of this class puts forward criteria for prioritizing plantings on the home and community level. Well consider Permaculture principles, abundance and growth needs of different medicinal plants, common regional and emergency health needs, mapping and community organizing to avoid redundancy, and how to plug in if you dont havegarden space of your own. In the second half well discuss specific medicinal plants for these purposes, including how to grow them and how to use them. While most examples will be based on what grows well in the Pacific Northwest, the concepts and many herbs will be applicable to other bioregions.

Orna Izakson NDis a writer, gardener, herbalist and naturopathic physician in Portland, Oregon. She runs Celilo Natural Health Center in Northeast Portland, is Lead Physician of the Traditional Roots Institute at National University of Natural Medicine, and is on the board of advisors of the Herbal Anthropology Project. Orna is an awardwinning environmental journalist who worked as both a staff reporter and freelance correspondent for newspapers, magazines and online media. Her love for wild places brought her to the plants, for whom she now endeavors to speak.

2:30 pm to 2:45pm break

Making Your Integrative Medicine GoBag A well stocked first aid kit is important to be prepared for natural disasters, unexpected travel, or everyday emergencies. We will discuss what herbs, or homeopathics, flower essences, or other natural remedies you may also want to include. This workshop will focus on how to build and store your own practical first kit based on the integrated medicine approach. Facilitated by Daphne Singingtree, a lifelong prepper who sees a paradigm shift approaching, while disaster big or small can strike any time, if the shift hits the fan, she has band aids not bullets, prepares to not just to survive but to serve. Daphne shares her wealth of knowledge, as well as examples of her gear that was used to set up the Zaniyan Wellness station at the Rosebud (Sicangu) camp which served thousands during the Standing Rock Protests.Please feel free to bring your own go bags to share.

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