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Community Medicine Circles: Integrative, Ecological Medicine

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Join Dr. Anna O'Malley in an exploration of the health and resilience that comes from nourishing attunement to what our bodies need to be well, and the ecological link between caring for ourselves and by extension, the Earth.

On each call we will explore a different aspect of our human health and wellbeing, with a focus on how our body works, what it needs to be in balance, and how our choices and relationships (including with plants and the natural world) can optimize our health and bring us into a reciprocal relationship with the Earth. Building skills and understanding empowers us to be healthier, and less likely to be dependent on medications that may cause harm. It lowers risk of developing chronic illnesses like diabetes, and helps us be strong in the face of acute illnesses like COVID-19. Growing culinary and medicinal plants is a path toward a healing relationship with yourself and the Earth. Connecting with others who care deeply about the planet and our wellbeing is important right now.

These "circles" will be held on Zoom, and we will allow time for questions following the presentation. 

This series is a collaboration between the Coastal Health Alliance and Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine, and is held by donation. Your support, particularly at this time of uncertainty, is deeply appreciated and allows us to make this content accessible to all. Thank you!

Please register for each session individually with the links provided.

Fall, 2021

September 8, 6:30-7:30 pm

This COVID Moment 

A presentation on what we know, what we are finding out, and holding space for the complexity and challenge of it all. In addition to a presentation of the science of where we are, currently, there will be a safe space held for sharing how we are doing with it all. All voices are welcome.

September 29, 6:30-7:30 pm

The Ecological Impact of Being Well

The latest IPCC report on climate change is a strong invitation to humans to make change on all levels to avert the most disastrous future reality. We will look at the link between how our choices (individual, community, policymakers) in health and healing can have a positive impact--on our health and that of the planet. hint--minimizing chronic disease and need for intensive use of hospital-based medicine is important. Equitable ways to bring this into reach is essential. Watch Recording

October 20, 6:30-7:30 pm

The Medicine of Connection

We humans are social creatures-without connection with others we do not thrive. We will explore that science on how interconnectedness nourishes us, both in the human and the more than human world, including the cycles of nature. We'll conclude with an invitation to share, together while separate, the beauty of the full moon happening this evening. Watch Recording

November 10, 6:30-7:30 pm

Peering Into the Dark

Under the best of circumstances, the holiday season can bring up emotional challenges. These days, with so many different sources of existential stress, the challenges can feel overwhelming. We will discuss ways to care for ourselves, strategies for getting the help we need when we need it, and open a space for sharing. Watch Recording

December 1, 6:30-7:30 pm

Consumed: Addiction, Consumerism and our Collective Healing

So many of us grapple with behaviors that create harm-to ourselves, our loved ones, and the Earth. How can the latest science on addiction, brain chemistry and understanding of our drive to get needs met shed light on behaviors that really need to change? How can we support each other in doing so? Register Here

Thank you for all you are doing to care for yourself, your community, and the Earth.

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