We are working to include offerings by and for a broader community to create more inclusive and intersectional spaces to de-center privilege in our healing arts community.
An intentional space devoted to calling in energies to hold space for the healing of our community. Our community altar is always open to bring any sacred items you want to charge on it to soak up all those good vibes during your visit to the Madrona House. It's also open to send prayers and intentions through for the general well-being and health of our vibrant community. When we invite energies to help and hold us, it's good practice to also offer something in return. We feed our altar with biodegradable offerings like fresh flowers, fruit, chocolate, herbs, etc. If you are coming for private sessions, group classes, or just stopping in to visit the Apothecary, you are invited to also help feed the altar and join our collective effort in sending prayers and intentions of healing to our shared community.
De-Centering Our Privilege
This year will invite some exciting changes to the Madrona House as we work towards including a social justice approach to the healing arts community. Many of our practitioners and teachers come from a place of privilege and it is founder Vanessa Ainslie's hope to offer a safe space for the unraveling of oppression and examination of how biases show up in our bodies, hearts, and minds in compassionate and relational spaces.
As a collective we meet monthly for discussion groups to explore decolonization of the healing arts, unraveling patriarchal views, trans/non-binary awareness, re-centering marginalized voices, how we hold cultural traumas in our bodies, intersectionality, capitalism, and other topics around cultural competency. While acknowledging the importance of these conversations in white spaces we also aim to prioritize and support POC led trainings by hiring guest facilitator(s) quarterly for anti-oppression trainings for all our practitioners and teachers.
We are continually looking to include a broader spectrum of offerings at the Madrona House and will sponsor up to 2 events a month by and for our POC and BIPOC community.
Our relationship to the land, it's indigenous people and ancestors relies not on what we can take or what it has to offer but what we can instead give to the reparation needed in order to experience liberation for all. We hereby acknowledge our occupation of unceded Duwamish lands. In an effort to stand in solidarity with the Duwamish tribe and begin working towards compensation for the use of their land and resources we are donating funds monthly to Real Rent Duwamish.
We realize this is a short list of actions we are taking to de-center our privilege and that there is much more to do. We are grateful for your support and patience as we navigate this work. While we expect to make mistakes, we are committed to continual self-examination and effecting change.
Our Seattle based Apothecary
Offers bulk Ayurvedic and Western Herbs, Tinctures, Teas, Flower + Gemstone
Essences, Essential oils, DIY supplies, hand-crafted personal care items, Gemstones + Crystals, Metaphysical tools,
Art, and more.
Our private healing sessions
include Massage, Energy
Acupuncture, and Psychotherapy.
Our classes and events include
Yoga, Breathwork, Sound Baths,
Astrology, Herbalism, Ayurveda,
and Healing Arts practitioner training programs.