25 September 2015
Honoring the Grandmothers
Next weekend at the 11th Annual Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference
Welcome, wonderful women! What a joy it is to be coming together again to celebrate our strength, beauty, and diversity and connect with the Earth in such a meaningful way.
This year, as always, we are honoring women of all ages and stages, but we’re particularly turning our grateful gaze to our elders—to the grandmothers—and to the traditions and insights they bring to us. The 2015 classes include themes honoring the traditional earth-based and herbal wisdom of women from Latin America and Africa, to the Appalachians; from the slavery era to the women’s movements.
We are delighted to have Rosemary Gladstar, a grandmother of American Herbalism, joining us--including a presentation for all on Saturday evening, sharing stories and pictures of the foremothers of herbalism that have inspired her!
As we turn attention to honoring the grandmothers, we acknowledge the rich heritage of women of many colors and ethnicities that are represented among us. In these times, our staff group has been studying impacts of racism and white privilege, a process which we’ve found deeply enriching and moving. We invite you to join us in this exploration as we turn our attention to addressing racial equity within our natural health communities, with singer and social activist Amikaeyla Gaston of the World Trust Organization.
Come, join us for an exciting and inspiring weekend, filled with many opportunities to learn, grow and explore with our extraordinary faculty and with each other.
~ Southeast Wise Women Staff, Corinna, Ema, Renee, and Kifu