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Community Medicine Circles:
Integrative, Ecological Medicine *Stay tuned for upcoming dates

View all past recordings here:



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 link between caring for ourselves and  ecological consciousness that arises from being in a tending relationship with the natural world. 

Every two weeks 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 relationship with plants (growing, eating, making medicine therefrom) and the natural world optimizes our health and brings 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.

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.

Winter-Early Summer, 2021

This cycle we'll organize our series into "mini blocks"; two part series building on each other. These topics were determined with community input--thank you!

January: Food As Medicine and COVID

January 13, 6:30-7:30 pm: Food As Medicine: Optimal nourishment, optimal relationship, and true food security. Watch Recording

January 27, 6:30-7:30 pm: COVID immunizations: the science, the concerns, and the strategy for community immunity. Watch Recording

February: Aging and Memory 

February 17, 6:30-7:30 pm: Aging: what is normal, what is not, and how to optimize the process. Watch Recording

March 3, 6:30-7:30 pm: Optimal Cognitive Function, Memory Loss, and Dementia, and Strategies at each Stage Watch Recording

March: Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents; Intergenerational Sharing Circle

March 17, 6:30-7:30 pm: Parenting in Pandemic, and Beyond: Supporting Healthy Growth and Development in times of Challenge Watch Recording

March 31, 6:30-7:30 pm: Intergenerational Sharing Circle: "council" style sharing of what is on our hearts during this pandemic--as parents, as elders, as youth. This circle will have a different structure--less information, more sharing from our personal experiences.

April: Women's Health

April 14, 6:30-7:30 pm: Menopause: finding potency in transition and strength in our bones. Watch Recording

April 28, 6:30-7:30 pm: Sexuality and Sensuality and Our Incredible Bodies (we are limiting enrollment to those who identify as female gendered). 

May: Habits of Mind, Mood and Sleep

May 12, 6:30-7:30 pm: Emotional Resilience and Mental Wellbeing. Watch Recording

May 26, 6:30-7:30 pm: Sleep. Watch Recording

June: The Ecology of Personal and Planetary Wellness, and the links between the two

June 9, 6:30-7:30 pm: Our Chronic Disease Epidemic and its Upstream Causes. Watch Recording

June 23, 6:30-7:30 pm: Reconnecting our Lives, Families, and Behaviors with Healing Forces of Nature. Watch Recording

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

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