Herbal Workshop:Connecting with Self, Other, and Earth

This workshop is part of our series of herbal workshops that will be offered over the summer of 2019 at The People's Apothecary Herbal Medicine Community Garden.

Jumana Riqesh will be hosting this workshop in deepening connection to Self, Other, and Earth.

All are welcome, free to attend! No registration necessary. Community members are encouraged to harvest from the garden.

Contact quadravillage.gardens@gmail.com for more information or visit our Quadra Village Community Gardens Facebook page


Join us under the warm late summer sun as we gather to explore and re-imagine the mythos of what it means to be human in the world from an ecological perspective. In this workshop facilitated by herbalist, writer and movement therapist Jumana Risheq, we will be diving into the waters of identity from the lenses of the self, the other selves, both human and non-human encompassing plants, animals and ecologies, and the earth as a breathing and feeling meta-organism of which we are a part. We will be exploring the history of life from the perspective of a plant and then engaging in journeys of sensation and meditation with three plants to explore the three aspects of self, other and earth. Throughout the workshop we will be exploring the mystical, emotional and practical branches of each plant and it’s relationship to our process of belonging, as well as the 5 fundamental elements of Ayurveda, their patterns and the practical application in medicine and personal constitution. We will be concluding our time together with a movement practice fusing internal martial arts and yoga, breathing exercises and a meditation. You will be given samples of each of the herbs presented to work with individually at the end of our time together. We look forward to holding and exploring this journey of story-telling, plant tasting, movement and practical tool sharing with you this August. May all beings be free and in connection.

Jumana has been dancing through a journey on the path of the healing arts for eight years, taking her to the Himalayas, deserts of Jordan, jungles of Costa Rica and rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. This journey has included the modalities of elemental alchemy, movement therapy, yoga, barre, martial arts, medical herbalism, shamanistic journeying, vipassana meditation and ayurvedic nutrition. This ongoing path has brought her to an E-RYT 200 hour yoga certification from the Pranava yogadhama Mysore trust, an advanced medical herbalism diploma from Pacific Rim College, Barre certification with Alive-mind body, mentorship and knowledge preservation with the Ammarin Bedouin tribe and clinical practice in movement therapy and herbal medicine since 2013.

The various lenses through which she has learned the arts of medicine and movement have taught her that the mystical, and physical are two sides of the same coin and that there are as many paths to cultivating wholeness as there are souls on earth. She is now offering all that has been invested in her through a clinical herbal medicine practice with a focus on chronic and complex conditions, somatic healing, reconnection to ancestry and self-actualizations. She is facilitating workshops and embodied medicine ceremonies, private and group movement therapy and informative poetry on eros-ecology, transformation, element and pattern recognition in the application of constitution and health, and the forgotten mythos. The foundation which weaves each modality is presence and connection which is non-judgmental but discerning, trauma-informed, inclusive and with its roots in the understanding that as a physician her role is to be a medium between the natural world, your innate healing capacity and you.