we ARE TEMPORARILY closed due to covid-19 WE ARE STILL SHIPPING ORDERS FROM THE APOTHECARY AND MANY OF OUR PRACTITIONERS AND TEACHERS ARE STILL OFFERING SERVICES ONLINE
Please be sure to check out our private sessions and class pages for a list of facilitators with virtual offerings
Now is a time for us to come together by putting the wellbeing of our collective above the individual. To help slow the spread of covid-19, I have made the difficult decision to close my private practice through the end of April.
Like you, we’re concerned about our communities as ordinary life is disrupted, jobs are put on hold, paid gigs and events are canceled, and service industries close as we collectively reorganize our lives, integrating our entire world into our homes.
The outcome of this crisis depends on our actions. We’re being asked to reevaluate the way we connect and relate to each other and the world, to prioritize the well being of the collective before the individual. There is much hope and inspiration to be found as we come together, collectively sharing activism, resources, civic funding, and mutual aid. While it’s tough, we are so honored to be a part of these communities helping one another. We've shared some of these resources with you, below.
While sheltering in place has not been mandated in Seattle yet, it seems likely we are moving in that direction. In an effort to help flatten the curve, we feel it is our ethical responsibility to put the health and welfare of our community foremost, therefore we have made the very difficult decision to close the Madrona House through the end of March.
We live within a system that, by design, capitalizes on our being overworked and undervalued. Many of us struggle on the daily to make ends meet and the idea of self-care as a luxury packaged to those privileged enough to purchase it can feel like insult added to injury. Especially for our marginalized communities. We’d like to take this moment to prioritize self-care and community care as radical acts of kindness and care, both for ourselves and our community.
Here are a few tips to help you navigate during these difficult times:
1. TEND TO YOUR BODY
For many of us, this state of uncertainty has us doubting and stressing over our ability to personally and collectively survive the inevitable financial fall out of this crisis. Our nervous systems are spooling up causing and/or increasing anxiety/depression and heightened threat assessment. This not only takes a toll on our body's natural defenses but also puts us into fight/flight response, activating the part of our nervous system which shuts down our rational mind and critical thinking, making it even harder to cope. These are biological responses we don’t have control over so don’t be hard on yourself if you’re feeling the feels right now! Take comfort in knowing that while we have no control over this automatic response, we still have tools to modulate this response. Doing things like using your 5 senses to ground into the present moment, spending time outside, movement practices and things that activate the vagus nerve like stretching, yawning, laughing, crying, and breathing techniques will help override the stress response in the brain. You can also take herbs and supplements to bolster your immune system like reishi, chaga, turkey tail, elderberry, zinc, turmeric, and ginger. Avoid taking echinacea as a preventative as it activates your immune system and if you are not sick, leaves you depleted and vulnerable. I’ve also be seeing some suggestions that elderberry and echinacea should be avoided altogether at onset of covid 19 symptoms as it increases cytokine activity in the lungs.
2. TEND TO YOUR SPACE
Our surroundings can have a huge impact on our state of mind. If you are stuck at home, take some time to lovingly tend to the cleanliness of your home. This also includes energetic cleansing like smoldering aromatic herbs to clear stagnant energy or using sound like bells, chimes, or singing.
3. PRAYER + ALTAR TENDING
Prayer is not inherently religious. Prayer is the communication between you and what is beyond this physical realm. Do you have ancestors, guides, plant or mineral allies that you have relationships with? How do you communicate with them? Altars can be sacred spaces created for many different purposes including prayer and intention setting. They are the liminal spaces we interact with that allow us to connect with deeper ways of knowing.
4. TEND YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO NATURE
We are not separate from nature, we are part of it and our wellness depends greatly on our connection to the earth. Now is an excellent time for spending time outdoors such as tending to your garden if you have one, walks, or even eating your meals outside...who knows, you might even see some neighbors doing the same.
We are a collaborative of independent practitioners and teachers coming together to create intentional spaces for healing and learning. Our intention is to create an accessible and inclusive space which prioritizes the need for both self-care and community-care as tools for resilience and liberation. We endeavor to create right relationships and reciprocity with the land and its ancestors and are working to re-center marginalized voices and experiences to create space for all races, genders, abilities, class, and education levels within the healing arts community.
OUR APOTHECARY is open to clients and students, otherwise by appointment only. We offer bulk herbs and natural remedies for self-care and energetic hygiene.
OUR PRACTITIONERS offer private sessions including bodywork, shadow work, ritual, tarot, astrology, energy healing, herbal consults, acupuncture, and trauma informed care.
OUR CLASSES include ancestral reconnection, practitioner trainings, ayurveda, tarot, herbalism, breathwork, self-care rituals, ceremony, sound baths, astrology, liberation + anti- oppression work, and more.