Abundance is meant to be shared.
Made possible by your tuition in Intuitive Plant Medicine we are so deeply excited to support the following organizations in 2019
United Plant Savers
United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.
These Are Exciting Times for Herbalists. We are witnessing the art of herbalism rapidly regaining its rightful place in the American tradition of health and healing. However, as herbalism flourishes and winds its way into the “main stream” of America, it is eliciting a unique set of problems and concerns.
Where once herbal enterprises were few and far between, it is now a competitive marketplace which has increased the demand on wild medicinal plant resources. Furthermore, other countries with an uninterrupted tradition of herbalism are experiencing a severe shortage of medicinal plants and look to the North American continent for supplying these herbs. This increased usage along with habitat destruction is causing an ever-increasing shortage of wild plant resources, including some of our most treasured medicinal species.
The work of United Plant Savers involves research, education and conservation of native medicinal plants and their habitats.
We at One Willow feel blessed to be able to support UPS in this worthwhile and important mission.
Indigenous Environmental Network
IEN is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose Shared Mission is to Protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination & exploitation by Respecting and Adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law.
Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities. IEN accomplishes this by maintaining an informational clearinghouse, organizing campaigns, direct actions and public awareness, building the capacity of community and tribes to address EJ issues, development of initiatives to impact policy, and building alliances among Indigenous communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic organizations, faith-based and women groups, youth, labor, environmental organizations and others. IEN convenes local, regional and national meetings on environmental and economic justice issues, and provides support, resources and referral to Indigenous communities and youth throughout primarily North America – and in recent years – globally.
One Willow is honored to be supporting the sacred work of this land’s Indigenous visionaries, leaders and activists.
Lead 2 Life
Lead to Life is transforming weapons into shovels for tree planting ceremonies at sites that have been impacted by violence or carry spiritual significance across Atlanta (occupied lands of the Cherokee and Creek people) and Oakland (occupied lands of the Ohlone people.) The initiative collects used weapons and, in partnership with local artist and metalsmiths, transforms them into shovels which are then used in ceremonial plantings of culturally significant sacred tree species to offer a physical regenerative space for communities to memorialize loved ones, and lands, lost to violence.
We are delighted to be supporting this deeply creative and regenerative mission.
Flora y Tierra
Flora y Tierra an autonomous community space honoring earth and ancestors. Prioritizing QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous folks and People of Color) Flora Y Tierra, based in Long Beach, CA (occupied Tongva land), is a space to gather, heal, organize and empower one another. Flora y Tierra honors our ancestors trauma and resilience as we move forward to deconstruct the many systems of oppression. Run by Blanca Diaz (Mama Maiz), Flora y Tierra operates also as a venue for community skills classes on topics including self-defense and medicinal herbs and mushrooms. Flora y Tierra honors earth and sky. They protect, restore and respect all that gives us life.
This year we are honored to be able to support this important QTBIPOC healing space.
Miriam Rose Foundation
The Miriam Rose Foundation is a not-for-profit organization working to empower Indigenous youth through education, art, culture and opportunity. Dr. Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr (AO) is an Aboriginal elder from Nauiyu (Daly River), who is a renowned artist, activist, writer, teacher and public speaker. In 1988, Miriam presented a paper at a conference entitled Dadirri – Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness at conference. This beautifully concise explanation of the spiritual dimension of Aboriginal culture has since been utilized by people working in diverse settings and in private meditations all over the globe. In 2013, Miriam established the Miriam Rose Foundation to continue her work advocating for experiences that allow Indigenous youth to learn to ‘walk in two worlds’ – Aboriginal culture and mainstream Western culture. The Foundation produces resources to help spread the message of dadirri and creating opportunities for people to learn about it from Miriam and her mob in their Country (Nauiyu, Daly River, Northen Territory, Australia).
We are One Willow have been deeply moved by learning of Miriam’s work and are so delighted to give back.
Cherokee Preservation Foundation
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation’s mission is to preserve their native culture, protect and enhance their natural environment, and create appropriate and diverse economic opportunities in order to improve the quality of life for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and their neighbors in western North Carolina.
Examples of work where they are involved in include Cherokee language revitalization, perpetuation of Cherokee artistic traditions, leadership development programs for EBCI tribal members, support of entrepreneurship to diversify the regional economy, connecting rural schools with broadband and helping teachers learn and embrace technology-based learning tools, and renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
A community staple and bastion of education in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Cherokee county, The Museum of the Cherokee Indian’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee people. The museum funds a variety of ongoing Cherokee cultural, artistic and educational endeavors, including the Cherokee Voices Festival and The Cherokee Heritage trails, where certified members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians provide tours of their ancestral Cherokee homeland helping to reclaim a landscape full of original stories, meaning and legends.
With the help of our students, we are honored to be supporting these two initiatives of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the First Peoples of these beautiful mountains we call home.