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 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
As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said "no one is free until we are all free".
As a community healing space, we are working to become more inclusive. While we understand that no white spaces are completely safe spaces to POC, it's our founders hope to offer safer spaces for POC as we work to find more practitioners and teachers of color.
For our white practitioners, teachers, and students, we are working towards creating compassionate and relational spaces for the unraveling of our own internalized oppression through examining how we continue to benefit from systemic injustices still embedded in the infrastructure of our society today.
As a collective we meet online 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 liberation and resiliency. 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 around liberation work.
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.
In 1493 Spain issued a decree stating they were entitled to any newly discovered lands not already dominated by Christians. This "Doctrine of Discovery" became the basis of all European claims in the Americas as well as the foundation for the United States’ western expansion. In the US Supreme Court in the 1823 case Johnson v. McIntosh, Chief Justice John Marshall’s opinion in the unanimous decision held "that the principle of discovery gave European nations an absolute right to New World lands." In essence, American Indians had only a right of occupancy, which could be abolished.
In 1855, the Treaty of Point Elliott was signed banning the Duwamish tribe and it's ancestors from the city to which their leader gave his name, Si’ahl’s.
Still today, the Duwamish are under seige. On July 2, 2015, The U.S. Department of Interior ruled that the Duwamish Tribe doesn’t exist – specifically, that the Duwamish Tribe doesn’t meet all of the criteria required for the U.S. to recognize it as an indigenous nation.
As a way to show our support in acknowledging this land and it's indigenous ancestors and begin reconciling the relationship we have to the Duwamish Tribe, the Madrona House donates monthly to Real Rent Duwamish. It is only the beginnings of a small gesture to make reparations for the gains we have access to by using this stolen land.
We have a small collection of books available to "check out" from our library. Most are books donated by other healers and teachers and cover a range of topics from Ayurveda, Herbalism, Crystals, Anatomy and Physiology, Aromatherapy, Bioenergetics, Sound Healing, Nutrition and more.
Stop by anytime the Apothecary is open (Wednesdays 3-6pm and every 2nd and 4th Saturday) to check out our titles!
Community Medicine Making
Making medicine from the land is an ancient art with origins in indigenous cultures all over the world. In America, where capitalism is king, the needs of a population vastly deprived of accessible healthcare replaced by a rhetoric of worth = performance has led to a breeding ground for all kinds of "medicines" to treat our inability to "perform" which serves only to deplete us further in mind, body and spirit. In resistance to this a subculture has been born to reclaim indigenous wisdom and reconnect with the parts of ourselves that long to be recognized as whole.
The trouble with this is that almost all people inhabiting this land are not from this land. There is no inherent wisdom way to remember or reclaim. Most of us have many different lineages converging and unless we have an ancestor who passed down the medicines of our own lineages, we often to turn to those cultures who seem to have an apparent way of connecting to Spirit and Land. We are a culture starving for real connection to ourselves, our community, to spirituality. This is where things get tricky...our colonial capitalistic nature demands that if a need arises for any population that can be exploited for monetary gain, you will find enumerable emerging trends that co-opt and appropriate anything it needs in order to drive sales.
I want to offer an alternative. One day a month I will be hosting a community medicine making gathering. Similar to a casual apprenticeship in a group dynamic, this will take the shape of processing, blessing, and packaging the medicines and self-care items we make at the Apothecary with lecture and hands-on experience of rotating topics such as tincture/syrup/oxymel making, infusing oils, essential oil blending and applications, soap making, and more. This is a chance to support your community in helping to bless and charge medicines and self-care items while learning about the process so you can make your own and share with others.
Our vision sees the Madrona House as a community hub for inclusive and intersectional healing and education. We strive to offer a clear and sacred space to hold classes, workshops, gatherings, even social events.
Our space is unique and charming, well suited for smaller classes. In our large private room, you can easily fit 12-15 students on a combination of cushions and chairs.
For movement based classes, we utilize two rooms separated by french doors. The instructor usually teaches from the center, each room able to hold 6-7 yoga mats. We've found 13 students for movement based classes to be the sweet spot!
You are welcome to use our yoga mats, blankets, bolsters, cushions, and folding chairs.
Available times: Mondays - 7pm-10pm Tuesdays - 7pm-10pm Thursdays - 7pm-10pm Saturdays - All day Sundays- All day
Sliding scale available for individuals who identify as POC or Indigenous. Selected classes taught around liberation work will be considered for sponsorship (rental fee waved).
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.