07-02-2022 - Body as Sanctuary: The Radical Pleasure of Sleep
Due to the practicality of living under the oppressive rule of capitalism, it is not surprising that many of us subconsciously understand our worth as tied to our productivity. The more we do, the more value we have. Sleep, then, becomes a potential for radical change. Sleep as resistance. Sleep as resilience. Sleep as spellwork. Seasonally, we understand sleep as belonging to the winter realm. Winter is the time for introspection, for awake dreaming and deep visioning. Yet regardless of the season, we spend roughly a third of our lives asleep. What does it mean to intentionally rest during the extroverted nature of summer? How does the quality of our sleep impact the expression of our intentions? Which plants can ease our unique challenges with sleep and enrich our imagination?
During this class we will explore the pleasure of sleep. Sleep as rejuvenation. Sleep as fantasy. Sleep as anti-oppression. From a harm reduction perspective, we will discuss plants and practices that may ease difficulties with sleep. Special attention will be made for the discerning between different herbs that support sleep, to better understand why to reach for one herb over another. Embedded within this study about the power of rest is an invitation to reorient sleep as pleasure medicine. How does individual sleep impact collective liberation? What potential does rest have on our desires and fantasies?
Please bring the following items to class:
- Your journal and something to write with
- Pillows, blankets, and whatever else you need to get cozy
- A drink and a yummy snack
This is a live workshop, with a recording available for 1 week sent out to all registered participants.
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About the Instructor:
Renée (she/ella) Camila is a bilingual (English/Spanish) yerbera and traditional birthworker. Born and raised in San Francisco on Muwekma, Ohlone, and Ramaytush territory as the child of Nicaraguan immigrants, her practice La Yerba Buena Herbs draws from her Spanish and Indigenous (Chorotega) ancestry. Trained in Indigenous energetic herbalism by Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes of the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine, Renée has been in clinical practice since 2016. Following in the footsteps of her ancestors, she is also a student of Mesoamerican Traditional Medicine (MTM) and Curanderismo. She is dedicated to the empowerment and healing offered by plant spirit medicine through a social justice lens. She offers energetic herbal consultations, traditional birth care, folk medicine for ritual use, and classes. She is also one of the hosts of the Herbal Highway and co-founder of the Now and Then Herb School.