The Ethics of Wildcrafting

There really isn’t much more beautiful and touching to me than a wild plant — what a special treasure to interact with plants around their native plant families, geology, ecology. That this plant could help us with our imbalances and possibly cure an ailment is just incredible. Plants are so much smarter than us as they’ve been around a lot longer. We are so lucky to receive their teachings.
Our duty as herbalists, plant lovers, plant eaters, earth protectors, activists, and really all that walk the earth is to treat the plants, animals, rocks, all beings with respect.
In the recent movements to get in connection with the earth and particularly plant medicine it’s important to consider how an herbalist (in the field of service &a medicine) or hobby forager can be a threat to the balance of an ecosystem. Reciprocity is often overlooked in our dominant culture and it is important as herbalists in particular, which are in a radical field of work, not to overlook the colonized practices and relationships to the land.

In this class we will discuss wildcrafting, colonization and the entitlement & the effects of late capitalism on herbalism. We will also learn how to explore connection with plants without ingesting, flower essences, and plant meditations.

The Ethics of Wildcrafting will be shared by Rachel Burgos