Thursday, January 7, 2010

Living Medicine Project - Winter 2010 Update

Greetings Plant Lovers!

After a long stretch incommunicado, the Living Medicine Project (LMP) is back! And wow is this email full. Lots has been going on with much, much more to come.

Many of you have never before received an email from the LMP. Please allow me to welcome to this rather infrequent outreach list. My name is garliq and it's quite likely that we've met at some community event over the past several months.

There are 3 very exciting things coming up in the next year. I can hardly put into words the joy and enthusiasm bubbling up within me! I'm delighted to say that the Community Supported Herbalism (CSH) and the Urban Herb School will both be staring this Spring.

In this Update -
1. What is the Living Medicine Project?
2. the website is finally up!!
3. Community Consultation Jan for CSH program
4. Urban Herb School - starting spring '10
5. Herbal Street Medic Training - Jan 16


1. What is the Living Medicine Project (LMP)?

The LMP is a non-profit, community healing project that strives to improve
the lives of individuals, their families and their communities using
plant-based medicine.

This happens is three ways:
a) personal one-on-one consultations & treatment
b) education about health and herbs
c) community clinics supporting social/environmental justice movements

The LMP weaves the abundance and accessibility of plant medicines into the
daily lives of those living in the City of Vancouver.


While it's not entirely complete, it is up! Thanks so much to Keith for volunteering his time to get this moving after so long.

Please check out the site. We're still working out some glitches, but I didn't want to wait any longer to spread the word. Shortly we'll have all the CSH and Urban Herb School details up there also.

3. the CSH Program - Community Supported Herbalism

Community Supported Herbalism, in a nutshell, is about providing herbal treatment (clinical consultations & herbs) to people in a way that is affordable, local, participatory and in many other ways community enriching.

In late November the LMP did a Community Consultation to help put together the structure and details for the CSH. This meeting was a Needs Assessment and brainstorm session to generate ideas about how to make Plant Healing practical, useful, accessible and financially sustainable.

A huge "Thank You!" to all who helped make that night a success. Your help and participation were enormously valuable as this project moves forward and grows.

In January (likely Wed. Jan 27), there will be a 2nd Community Consult in order to follow up and further these ideas ensuring that it will meet people's needs.

The date and location will be announced. If you're interested in participating, please send an email with "CSH" in the subject line to

4. the Urban Herb School

"What class or school do you recommend?" is probably the most common question I get over email these days. Since there are no local schools or programs that I can excitedly encourage others toward, I have decided to offer a 6 month course beginning in the Spring 2010.

This hands-on course is designed to be well-rounded . It combines the skills of plant identification, gathering (wild & cultivated), and medicine making in ways that can easily fit into 'regular life'.

By the end of the course, participants will have a deep knowledge of 6-12 plants that grow locally and can be used to treat a variety of ailments. This could be the backbone of a new, blossoming apothecary or deepen current relationships with plant allies. The course will be approximately 100 hours in total.

While some of the details are still being worked out, I will say that this course is for beginners and intermediate level herb students/enthusiasts/care givers.

5. Herbal Street Medic Training - Sat. Jan 16th - 10:30am - 5ish

The Olympics are coming! The Olympics are coming! And whatever your view on the "games", we all know that there will be protest. And what happens when there's protest? People get hurt. Regardless of rational, i have little doubt that the police will use chemical and physical weapons in an effort to restore "order". This very often creates spaces that paramedics refuse to enter or are simply too overwhelmed by the large numbers of wounded people needing support.

And so we're training people to be Herbal Street Medics. 3-5 different herbalists, TCMers and homeopaths will be offering training for a variety scenarios and conditions likely to
come up in protest scenarios.

Location: 1284 E. 12th (at Clark)



  • Herbs before actions to support - adaptogens (Janette)
  • acupressure for pain, calming and sedating, and unconsciousness (Janette)
  • Specific health concerns that may come up at actions: wounds and wound care (Phillippa); eye washes/eye care (Maryann), Anxiety and Panic (Garliq), Breathing and Asthma (Garliq), Coughs/fevers/chills (Maryann/?maggie), Seizures and shock (?Megan?), Hypothermia (needs a bottomliner), Nausea and vomiting (needs a bottomliner)
  • Review sample first aid kit

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