Nearly a decade ago I left a conventional lifestyle to pursue the study and practice of holistic plant medicine. This has taken me outdoors, working full time on organic farms, growing and crafting whole food for communities. It has led me to the fields and woods, wild harvesting medicinal plants and learning from the plants themselves through the seasons. It has led me to connecting with amazing people, incredible teachers both near and far, and starting and operating my own apothecary where I help those in my local community through the power and beauty of wildcrafted medicine. It's been an amazing few years and I am ready for the next transition which will take me to a higher purpose in my holistic education.
Two years ago I created an idea that I kept quiet for several months while I turned it around in my head and looked at if from every angle, adding and reorganizing the details. I then began to share it with family and friends and know that now is the time to act on it. The money for this fundraiser will go towards the purchase of the schoolbus featured in the video and it's conversion to a bio fueled, solar powered house and apothecary on wheels. This bus will be my very first home that I own and it will serve as a place to continue my apothecary and to embark on a two year, pre-mapped journey across the country to continue my herbal education by traveling to specific healers and teachers to work one on one with them for scheduled stints of time. If you follow my instagram you will know I enjoy writing down my medicine stories and this journey will be no exception. I hope to write my experiences to publish a travelogue and herbal medicine book in the future.
This bus will not ony serve as my only home but it will enable me to create this two year herbal intensive that I feel is vital to give me the experience and knowledge neccessary for my future as an educator and a healer.
Areas of study I will be further pursuing: Wild plant identification + cultivated plants and ways they heal the body Holistic medicine support for women Midwifery and/or Doula support Ancient wisdom for land protection/stewardship Sacred and holistic beekeeping practices
The breakdown: The bus has a diesel engine I wish to convert to biofuel meaning it will run primarily on recycled vegetable oil. The interior will be treated as seriously as anyone would when renovating a home, adding wooden floors, a small wood burning stove, kitchen, sleeping space, and compostable toliet. It is important to me that this home is as energy efficient as possible therefore it will be off grid with my water source obtained through a filtered raincatch system and electricity will be entirely solar powered. I will be looking to obtain my materials used or recycled as much as possible. Additions I would love to build on are a top deck with a small rooftop garden. I will be a part of the whole renovation process, learning a lot along the way and receiving help from talented and skilled people I know.
One of the largest challenges of this project is asking for help but it is impossible without it. If I am fortunate enough to be funded, my donars will have the option to be added onto a newsletter to receive regular updates on the bus renovation as it takes place. If I am blessed enough to receive more than my asked amount, it will all go into a fund to support me while I am on the road helping with food provisions and emergency repairs if needed.
This journey will be life altering, I am sure of it, but it is with great sincerity that I am one more person working towards the health of this planet and its people.
Please help my cause by posting this video on your social media and asking others to do the same.
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