An intentional space devoted to calling in energies to hold space for the healing of our community. Our community altar is always open to bring any sacred items you want to charge during your visit to the Madrona House. It's also open to send prayers and intentions through for the general well-being and health of our vibrant community. When we invite energies to help and hold us, it's good practice to also offer something in return. We feed our altar with biodegradable offerings like fresh flowers, fruit, chocolate, herbs, etc. If you are coming for private sessions, group classes, or just stopping in to visit the Apothecary, you are invited to also help feed the altar and join our collective effort in sending prayers and intentions of healing to our shared community.
value aligning at Madrona House
As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, "no one is free until we are all free."
As a mostly white led community healing space, we are working to become more inclusive. While we understand that no spaces are completely safe spaces for BIPOC, it is our founder's hope to offer safer spaces as we work to find more practitioners and teachers of color and implement more inclusive and accessible practices.
We are currently working towards building spaces, both for ourselves as practitioners/teachers and our community, for compassion based examination and shifting of internalized oppression and how we continue to benefit from systemic injustices still embedded in the infrastructure of our society today. We're also working to include our own discussion groups to explore decolonization of the healing arts, unraveling patriarchal views, trans/non-binary awareness, re-centering marginalized voices, how we hold cultural traumas in our bodies, intersectionality, capitalism, and other topics around liberation and resiliency. While acknowledging the importance of these conversations in white spaces we also aim to prioritize and support POC led trainings by hiring guest facilitator(s) quarterly for anti-oppression trainings for all our practitioners, teachers, clients, and students.
We are continually looking to include a broader spectrum of offerings at the Madrona House and will sponsor 1 event a month around liberation work by and for BIPOC.
We realize this is a short list of actions we are taking to de-center our privilege and that there is much more to do. We are grateful for your support and patience as we navigate this work. While we expect to make mistakes, we are committed to building our resiliency through continual self-examination and effecting change.
In 1493 Spain issued a decree stating they were entitled to any newly discovered lands not already dominated by Christians. This "Doctrine of Discovery" became the basis of all European claims in the Americas as well as the foundation for the United States’ western expansion. In the US Supreme Court in the 1823 case Johnson v. McIntosh, Chief Justice John Marshall’s opinion in the unanimous decision held "that the principle of discovery gave European nations an absolute right to New World lands." In essence, American Indians had only a right of occupancy, which could be abolished.
In 1855, the Treaty of Point Elliott was signed banning the Duwamish tribe and it's ancestors from the city to which their leader gave his name, Si’ahl’s.
Still today, the Duwamish are under seige. On July 2, 2015, The U.S. Department of Interior ruled that the Duwamish Tribe doesn’t exist – specifically, that the Duwamish Tribe doesn’t meet all of the criteria required for the U.S. to recognize it as an indigenous nation.
We recognize our benefit from practicing on Coast Salish land and we are grateful to the Duwamish that we have this opportunity to be a good residents in these territories. May our work together here be a blessing to all, in support of the return of the land to its rightful people.
We recognize that land acknowledgements have become performative institutional acts, and therefore believe in the ongoing learning and education of actual histories, in support of unsettling settler colonialism, and strive to support this land acknowledgement with action and activism towards liberation and sovereignty of Indigenous communities and people. We also support and contribute monthly to Real Rent Duwamishand encourage you to do the same!
We have a small collection of books available to "check out" from our library. Most are books donated by other healers and teachers and cover a range of topics from Ayurveda, Herbalism, Crystals, Anatomy and Physiology, Aromatherapy, Bioenergetics, Sound Healing, Metaphysics, Spirituality, Nutrition and more.
community medicine making
The art of making medicine from the land grew from indigenous knowledge systems all over the world. Now, deprived of accessible and holistic healthcare, we’re continually told our performance is our worth. This ideology has led to the problem of "prescription" to enhance our “performance”. Because this method of treatment is to better serve capitalist interests, it only continues to further deplete our mind, body and spirit. In resistance to this, a movement has been growing to reclaim ancestral wisdom and reconnect with the parts of ourselves that long to be recognized as a whole.
Many of us here are settlers. Our ancestors aren’t from this land and it isn’t easy to learn, remember, or reclaim our wisdom ways. We have multiplicitous, converging, and sometimes conflicting ancestries; most of whom left their traditions behind to “become” American. Because so few of us have ancestors who carried forward the traditions and medicines of our heritage, we’re eager for a tangible connection to self, community, and spirituality. Mistakenly, we often turn to those cultures we believe have an evident connection to Spirit and Land and take from them, instead.
We believe returning to the land and our ancestors for healing is an act of anticapitalist political resistance. We thwart capitalism in our refusal to engage in exploitation and appropriation. Instead, we embrace relearning our traditions, and nurturing our community.
To that end, we host a monthly drop in class, at sliding scale, to encourage reconnecting to traditional land based practices while in right relationship with the land and ancestors. This class was born out of a sincere desire to combine self care and community care, and good practices of rebuilding a relationship to the land, and each other.
Each month you can join Vanessa Ainslie and Sharon Arnold to deepen your relationship to the land while cultivating good practices and right relationships through a decolonized viewpoint of plant medicine. 10% of all proceeds are donated to School of Liberation Healing and Medicine, a BIPOC and queer run healing arts school
Each 2hr class will follow the season and focus on one plant. Class format:
Lecture on the physiological actions, energetic qualities, vibrational/spiritual healing aspects, and planetary associations. Vanessa, an Ayurvedic herbalist, and Sharon, will include side by side comparisons of traditional Western, Eastern, Indigenous, and Pagan wisdom
Hands-on time to experience the plant and make a take-home remedy. You'll learn techniques for making flower essences, extracts, teas, tinctures, infused oils and more
Plant Spirit Guided Journey Sound Healing
Access to an online learning platform containing class notes and a free booklet on Western and Ayurvedic terminology of actions and energetics.
Cost: Sliding Scale $20-$40 We believe this work is important and should be accessible to all. Sliding scale is available with priority given, in order, to BIPOC, those who have limited ability/disabilities, those who are chronically ill and/or those who are living at or below the poverty line.
One sponsored spot is open each month for individuals who identify as BIPOC.
Pay it forward option: sponsor or co-sponsor someone otherwise unable to attend. Please reach out if you'd like to apply for sponsorship.
sliding scale options
The sliding scale can be a tool for social justice and makes room for the difficult conversations of class and economics. This section is a work in progress and will have more information in the future. In the meantime, please enjoy this helpful image of how to best make use of sliding scales