Community Medicine Circles:
Integrative, Ecological Medicine
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 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) 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.
Each month we will also share videos filmed in the Commonweal Garden highlighting some of the plants relevant to each topic, ranging from tips on how to grow or consciously forage for them, sharing seasonal recipes and demonstrating how to make delicious, potent healing foods and medicine, from teas and tinctures to chutneys and sauces and beyond.
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.
Late Summer-Fall Series
August 12, 6:30-7:30 pm
So much of our modern society fans the flames of inflammation. Understanding what this means and dampening it allows us to prevent and even reverse chronic disease.
August 26, 6:30-7:30 pm
Breath and Health: Respiratory and Immune Function
Prepare for the viral cold, flu, and any other respiratory illness season.
September 9, 6:30-7:30 pm
Gastrointestinal Health and Wellbeing
Optimal digestion, nutrient assimilation and waste elimination is central to well-being. Learn key practices to support these essential functions.
September 23, 6:30-7:30 pm
Bitter/Sweet: Healthy Blood Sugar Balance
Elevated blood sugar accelerates aging, causes inflammation and degeneration of our bodily functions. Learn how to optimize yours!
October 14, 6:30-7:30 pm
Garden to Gut: Healthy Soil, Healthy Microbiome and You
Our microbial community in and on and around our bodies effect so much of our wellbeing. Learn how to support this inner community and how their health supports yours.
October 28, 6:30-7:30 pm
To the Root: Mind-Body Wellbeing
Exploring the inextricable connection between the health of the body and our mental wellbeing, and vice versa.
November 18, 6:30-7:30 pm
A Healthy Heart
Exploring the neuroimmunology of how love, connection, gratitude and nourishing food supports a healthy heart (and vascular system and beyond).
Thank you for all you are doing to care for yourself, your community, and the Earth.