Upcoming Community Events

Care Oregon OUD-Pregnancy Conference: April 5th, 2018

Meaningful Care Conference: March 29, 2018

Portland Plant Medicine Gathering: 2017

Coastal Opioid Summit: April 2017

and lots more.... I'm really bad at keeping this updated.


For the first time since its inception, I will not be speaking at the Portland Plant Medicine Gathering (November 14th-16th). I'm too busy being a mom right now to the little fellow below...but I highly suggest that you go!

For more info on the Plant Medicine Gathering click here.


2014 Integrative Medicine for the Underserved

Portland is so lucky to be hosting this year!

I'll be speaking on the integrative treatment of trauma and addictions.

September 4-6th.

More info here.


2014 OHSU Health Equity Week

Super excited to be included in the line-up this year! Health care students from all over Portland gather for a week of intensive education about serving the underserved in preparation for the FREE! Student Health Fair in Downtown Portland. More info here.


2014 Meaningful Care Conference

I will be joining Jaxon Mitchell in late March to discuss trauma and addiction in the LGBTQ popultion. More about the conference can be found here.


Breitenbush Herbal Conference

I am so deeply honored to have been invited to teach at the Breitenbush Herbal Conference this September 5th-8th. This is a task I have always felt was reserved for my herbal Elders.

Maybe I'm an herbal elder now? Probably not...but click here for more info.

9th Annual Harm Reduction Conference

November 15-18th, PDX.

Portland is so lucky to be hosting the Annual Harm Reduction Confernce this year. I've been working with the local organizing committee and I'll be speaking on the Physiology of Trauma and Trauma Stewardship Sunday the 18th..

Check it out here.


Portland Plant Medicine Gathering

As usual, I'll be teachng two classes at the Plant Medicine Gathering this year.

Please join us!

Nov. 16, 17 and 18, 2012,  in Portland, Oregon at NCNM!

Take Care: Staying Strong for the Movement
Wednesday, October 19 · 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Room 294

As activists and community members working toward transformative change, there are times when we overlook the importance of self-care and our own well-being. This one day mini conference will address barriers to empowerment such as activist burn-out, the martyr complex, and institutional violence. Please join us as we create and practice alternatives to taking care of ourselves and healing our communities.

Plant Medicine Workshop Series including Disaster Herbalism

Friday, September 9 at 10:00am - September 11 at 5:00pm

Come join us on the land at Tryon Farm (tryonfarm.org) for a weekend of learning about plant medicine, community building, and emergency preparedness! There will be a day of Plant Medicine Workshops on Friday, Sept. 9th, followed by a two-day intensive on Disaster Herbalism on Saturday and Sunday (the 10th and 11th).

The plant medicine workshops will be hosted by local herbalists, with topics ranging from hands-on medicine making and plant meditation, to facilitated conversations about herbalism, dynamics of privilege and efforts for healing both people and place! The Disaster Herbalism intensive, brought to the farm by our local Rosehip Medic Collective (rosehipmedics.org), will focus on the importance of plants and further education in preparing for ecological/social emergency.

Our intention is to gather together to share skills and ideas - regardless of prior experience. If you're brand new to herbalism, a seasoned medicine-maker, or anywhere in between: know that you're welcome! You can register for both events, or come to just one. Registration for both events is separate, more details below...

Workshop Descriptions:

Friday, 10AM - 6PM

--- interactive plant walk through the farm and Tryon Creek Forest

--- The Body Remembers: The Physiology of Stress, Health Disparities and Botanical Interventions with Lydia Bartholow

While the title sounds daunting, this fun workshop will cover the basic physiology of stress in the body, discuss why it so darn important to understand it, how stress effects health on a community/population based level and wrap up by talking about some herbal interventions (and support) for the over-stressed body and mind. This workshop is geared towards a radical understanding of political-economics, oppression and health.

Lydia is a registered nurse, a writer, an organizer and a practitioner of both allopathic and botanical medicine. She has been studying botany and botanical medicine since 2001 and teaching since 2007. Currently a doctoral student at Oregon Health and Science University, Lydia focuses her practice on mental wellness and radical public health. Past and current roles in care providing include heavy emphasis on harm reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma based care. She is deeply interested in the political and social implications of care work, mental health and the body. Lydia lives in North Portland with too many animals and often obsesses about the prison industrial complex.

--- Put the Craft Back in Wildcrafting: How to Tend Plants in the Wild and Make New Medicinal Stands with Sam Spikenard

We will discuss how to take care of and grow plants outside of the garden setting and why that is becoming more and more important.

--- Revolutionary Healers - a facilitated discussion with Dir'k & Rosemary

what are the connections between herbalism and liberation struggle? how does a healer's responsibility to those whom they support relate to addressing the root causes of the sickness? does ethical wildcrafting demand participation in defense of the earth? what are critical contributions that herbalists are situated to offer to revolutionary struggles? join us for an exploration of these and other questions, in an environment of critical engagement and mutual support.

--- and more TBA soon!

If you want to attend this series, you must register by e-mailing tinderaceae@riseup.net by September 1st. You will then receive information about schedule, shuttles/transportation, food, and camping. The Friday series is available for a sliding scale of $15 - a million dollars...all of which directly supports keeping this educational center open and active! Some work trade positions are available.