30 October 2017
Herbal Conference Reflections
Women of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life gathered this October, to learn, teach, and grow together . . .
We gather each fall to nurture ourselves with a shared sense of reality, to remember our own strength, beauty, and power, and to lift one another up.
At the doors to Opening Ceremony, those entering each infused a pinch of wool with her hopes for women and the Earth. As the ceremony and the weekend progressed, spinners among us actually spun that wool into yarn, and then wove it into a powerful creation (below) for the closing circle.
At home and during the weekend, we all are experiencing, practicing, and carrying on the Wise Woman Tradition. This work is not always easy. We must begin by getting un-confused, seeing and naming clearly what we know, who we are, what we see, and how we heal. And we continue the work of untangling ourselves from the web of messaging that is internalized day after day--messages of sexism, racism, ageism, heterosexism, all the -isms.
As Director Corinna Wood shared, “We are here this weekend as strong women, standing on the shoulders of generations of brilliant women, surrounding our circle! If it were not for the devotion of the women of my mother’s generation, to civil rights and to feminism, we would not be here like this today.”
Among other highlights, Unity Fire expanded this year, as a place where all women are invited to dialogue about steps we can take in our own lives and work around racial equity. Because we know there is a lot up this year, both around misogyny and racism! And it can be hard sometimes as white women, to recognize our own privilege, and to figure out what we can do.
Each one of us is taking the radical step of taking back her health, both emotionally and physically. We are sharing tools with one another of how to regain our birthright and full potential as women. Powerful women. Healthy, strong women. Women full of life, energy, and vitality. To renew our passion and co-create the worlds we want to live in.
For some beautiful and moving videos from the herbal conference, visit our youtube channel.