Join other queer disabled folks in learning from and supporting each other, building community, expanding our skillsets for grounding and nervous system support, and sharing hot tips on managing pain, stress, and living with chronic conditions. Regardless of what kind of disability we live with, bringing support to our nervous systems can help ease pain and symptoms and help us manage the stress of living with chronic conditions in ableism. The general format will be 45 minutes of personal sharing around a particular topic, followed by a hands-on activity or brief informational session. We will learn about a few plants for building resilience and nourishing our bodies, bring in somatic tools, and learn about our nervous systems together. No prior knowledge of herbal medicine or somatic practice needed.
This group is facilitated by Jean Madrone Lynch-Thomason (RH, SEP). Jean is a white, queer, nonbinary and trans, disabled and neurodivergent herbalist, somatic practitioner, and parent.
This space is for anyone who is queer and/or trans and living with chronic illness, chronic pain, or who identifies as disabled.
Accessibility: Space is on the 4th floor of an office building with an elevator. There is a gender-neutral bathroom on the 2nd floor. Please refrain from wearing scented products to the group.
Covid 19: *Masks are required. Please wear an N95, KN95, KF94 or similar mask. There will be a HEPA germ guardian air filter running in the room. It is a small space without room for physical distancing. Group is limited to 8 people.
Sliding Scale $175-300. Payment plans available. Please see below for a graphic that can help you place yourself on the sliding scale.
April 21: Introductions, tools for grounding, and nervous system basics
April 28: Sharing around movement and fatigue. Orientation and somatic tools for grounding. Tips and tricks for living with fatigue.
May 6th: Sharing around identity and community. Polyvagal theory introduction. Navigating conversations around needs and identity.
May 13: Sharing around giving and receiving Care. Learning about and processing fresh hawthorn.
May 20: Sharing around medication, medical care, and navigating medical
systems. Sensory Supports. Tips and tricks for sensory needs and navigating care.
May 27: Sharing around work/ labor. Milky oats.
June 3rd: Sharing around pain. Skullcap. Tips and tricks for pain management.
June 10: Sharing around food. Nettles and Nutritives. Tips and tricks for food and eating. Closing.