Atabey Medicine Apprenticeship
Seed and Thistle will be running another year of the apprenticeship program, as well as a year two for current apprentices. The 2018 Apprenticeship is currently full. The 2019 Apprenticeship will focus more on supporting community through healing and part of that includes decolonizing and unlearning the ways we've been taught to interact with our bodies, mind, land and eachother. The program will include a few monthly formal classes such as 'Traditional Western Energetics' at the beginning of the year onto more hands on like basic medicinal plant cultivation, medicine making and more during the warmer seasons. Folks are encouraged to tap into their own ancestral lineage and co create ceremony around the Spring and Fall Equinox and Summer solstice. Included are some wildcrafting trips and field trips. Anti racism class for white participants is mandatory as well as a gender sensitive language workshop to make the space safe and inclusive for everyone.
Other components are medicinal mushroom cultivation and flower essences. Included will be a guide to limpias for the BIPOC folks that will be offered separately while there will be a Eurocentric approach offered to white apprentices. This is part of the healing for this time we inhabit. There will be medicine making for the pop up mobile clinic, The Seasonal Wellness Clinic, which launched the summer 2017 and informal education around herbalism and access. Fees for the full program are undertermined for 2019 and there is financial accommodations for QTBIPOC folks that especially long to connect to traditional healing modalities that have been colonized and undermined in their ancestry. For 2019 we are working to secure a scholarship spot. The Seed and Thistle apprenticeship program requires self motivation and initiative to spend a lot of personal time and study, while there is guided direction on books and references and materials.