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My name is Berenice Dimas and I am a queer xicana, community based sanadora, y yerbera. This summer, I am teaching a 7 week medicine making class called Hood Herbalism and I need your support!!!

Hi Everyone, my name is Berenice Dimas and I am queer xicana, community based sanadora, yerbera, birth supporter, health y wellness educator. I was born in Mexico and grew up in El Monte, CA. My family comes from both Morelia, Michoacan and Mexico City. I believe in the reclamation of ancestral and indigenous healing practices as a form of decolonizing body, mind, spirit. My passion and life path is to create spaces in the community for people to connect with each other and collectively deepen their relationship to the land, plant life, cosmic energies, ancestors, and to the overall magic of the universe.

I have been facilitating trangenerational workshops and learning spaces for the last 11 years. I did workshops both in the university and community as an undergraduate and graduate student. I also taught at the high school levle for 3 years in East Oakland and supported learning spaces at the Middle School level as a Restorative Justice Coordinator for a year in Puttsburg and Berkeley. In the last 5 years, I have also taken and taught herbal medicine classes with Ancestral Apothecary. This summer, I am excited to teach my first long-term herbal madicine making class called Hood Herbalism. 

While teaching out of Ancestral Apothecary School of Herbal, Folk, and Indigenous Medicine, I was lucky enough to have access to all the supplies to make medicine. Since I am now offering classes away from all those resources, I am outreaching for support to help get essential tools to be able to teach. I want to offer all the students with high quality products to learn how to make medicine. 

Below is a list of the biggest cost to teach the class.

$1,245 for an amazing Herbal Press from Strictly Medicinals

$100 for a gallon of organic vegetable glyceryn from Star West Botanicals

$200 for 2 gallons of 100% proof organic alcohol for tincture making from Alchemical Solutions

$100 for other supplies like knives, cutting boards, measuring cups, herbal press bags/cheese cloth, and mason jars. 

This is just my most essential list. I have other things that I need to get like bulk herbs, fresh herbs, bottles for the medicine, and more. I really need support covering the major cost of these supplies. Everyone that donates will receive a care basket with medicine from Hood Herbalism students at the end of the summer. You will also receive an invitation to our community herbal medicine fair later in the summer. The fair will be a space for all Hood Herbalism students to showcase their skills, teach the community how to make medicine, and offer free herbal education! People that know my work know that I always invest back into the community! I have been dreaming of community herbal medicine fairs for a long time and I am so excited to manifest my first one with the Hood Herbalism students this year!

Everything goes back into the community including all of your support! Please help me make this happen! $5, $10, $11, $13, $50, $100... everything helps me reach the goal!!! Please donate anything that you can and share the campaign link with your friends. 

To learn more about the work that I do in the community please visit my website

Thank you so much for making time to read my story and for your contributions to Hood Herbalism!


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