Writing sucks, mostly.
I mostly haven’t been up to very much that’s public-facing because of a major problem with my work–i’ve drifted away from my values.
A few weeks ago I posted this instagram story:
I am currently in the process of developing a manifesto and rewriting my website copy in order to align better with these ideals.
And it is exhausting. I don’t like theory. I don’t like writing it, I don’t like reading it–I build my worldview primarily off conversations with the people around me and that’s a-ok with me. However, as the piece I’ve started from scratch five times now states, I’ve gotten to a point where it’s very important to me to actually communicate what I’m about and where I’m coming from.
Teasing new projects
The MOST frustrating part of trying to write a manifesto is that there’s an offering I’ve been developing in secret (with the help of a dear comrade) that I am SO thrilled about; but I feel like I need to keep the project on hold until I have my own issues worked out 🙁 Hopefully, I’ll be able to announce it in the next few weeks.
AAFH waitlist, I guess?
Interest in hardcopies of An Anarchist Free Herbal is ticking up again, aaaand I’m actually out, so I’ve made an appointment at the printer’s and am currently running a waitlist.
…not to mention the current itch.io analytics which make my heart flutter in my ears.
If you want to join the waitlist, just shoot me an email with your address! I should get copies out mid april.
Aaaand since this post seems to be all about projects that feel like they’re in a perpetual state of unfinishedness, I’ve logged a good handful of hours this month working on the practitioner version of the herbal emotional support and regulation workshop.
The pilot session is still well over a year away–not only am I taking my sweet sweet time with it, but I want to open registration at least six months before the first session due to both the time commitment and prerequisites.
While subject to change, my current plans are for a six-week class, with 2hr sessions and 1-2 hours of homework every week. I strongly believe that any radical practice of herbalism HAS to be deeply rooted in personal experience, so some form of prior experience with self-regulated, autonomous herbal/chemical emotional support is required–which is why I want to offer a few sessions of the individual workshop out ahead of time, to help people fulfill that requirement.
The practitioner class will focus a lot more on research and communication skills instead of offering an out-of-the-box framework–I’ll guide participants through building their own materia medica and practicing non-hierarchical consultation.
And I think that’s about it that I’ve been up to. The sun is coming back, things are looking up… and I just have to finish writing this damn essay.