Bad Ass Visionary Healers

radical healer babes for liberation connecting radical healers in the Bay Area and beyond


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JUNE 2: HUHA for Healing Justice!

hey friends, please come, get some healing, and help us get to detroit! details below. please spread the word if you can.

 
HUHA for Healing Justice Day long Healing Space Fundraiser
Sunday, June 2, 12-5 PM
Oakland SOL, 1236 23rd Avenue between International Blvd. and East 12th Street, Oakland CA

The Healing Babes Of Justice (aka BadAss Visionary Healers, aka The Babes) are hosting a day of community-oriented healing sessions with our beautiful network of Bay Area radical healers! This day will be a chance to offer a space to heal for our communities, through affordable, accessible and holistic medicine practices, as well as a way for us to raise funds for our work this summer at the Allied Media Conference.

This summer The Babes are headed to the Allied Media Conference [http://amc.alliedmedia.org/] & The Healing Together Network Gathering [https://talk.alliedmedia.org/amc2013/tpsngs/healing-together]. We have set up the Healers United For Holistic Action Fund (The HUHA Fund) in order to make it possible for us to get out there!

Most of the Core Babes will be offering healing sessions with all of the proceeds going to the HUHA Fund. There will also be other healers offering sessions that day with a portion of their proceeds being donated to the HUHA Fund (percentages dependent on individual healers).

The Babes have been building relationships among radical healers in the Bay Area over the past 2 years; primarily through convening dinners, and educational forums. We strongly believe that attending the AMC & The Healing Together Network Gathering strengthens us as a collective & keeps our shit hella tight when it comes to carrying out our work.

The Healing Together Network Gathering takes place the day before the Allied Media Conference. The mission of the HTNG is to explore and strengthen the work that happens at the intersections of health, healing, media and organizing.

The Healers offering sessions that day are:

Marcelo Garzo: Limpias (Cleansing Ceremony), Sobadas (Body/energy work)
Tieraney Carter: Bodywork/Massage
Leah Lakshmi Piepnza-Samarahinsa: Tarot readings
M’kali-Hashiki: Group Erotic Breathwork Session
Micah Hobbes: Somatic Bodywork

Other Healers TBA (Watch This Space!)

We prefer to have folx pre-schedule a session with their healer, but there will be some day-of slots available.

Please RSVP and schedule a session with your preferred healer by emailing healingbabes@gmail.com. There will also be day of scheduling.

Access info: SOL’s main space is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is not. So that beloved community members and healers can be present, please come fragrance free. SOL is approx .8 miles from Fruitvale BART.

For more about the babes: https://badassvisionaryhealers.wordpress.com/

the short version:

The BadAss Visionary Healers (aka the Healing Babes for Justice) are a 6-person Bay Area-based collective of radical healers who build connections between radical healers in the Bay Area & beyond. In the thick of healing justice movements building and growing, we want to help weave a web of badass healers for liberation so we can support and learn from each other.

We believe in an anti-colonial framework of healing that centers people of color & Indigenous knowledge, the brilliance of disabled bodies, and is all about the queers; sex positive & critical of professionalism & the fee for service model. We work to build a world beyond the medical industrial complex where healing is not for profit or the control of oppressed bodies, but where we transform the impact of generations of abuse, trauma, violence & oppression into/towards justice & healing.

Can’t make it? Paypal us any level of donation to brownstargirl@gmail.com, marked as “personal!” Cute fundraising video featuring sock puppets to come!


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“Let’s be like the Wu Tang Clan of Healing Justice!”: Notes from the Second Seasonal Healing Babes Dinner: Money!

Hi intergalactic healing babes!

Here are the notes Marcelo studiously took over our magically delicious 3 hour conversation! There is no way anyone but a team of inspired people could’ve captured everything we got out and chewed over- but here are some high talking points.

Please feel free to comment with resources and tools around class, economic justice, money and healing!

In maximum babehood,

Leah
babes money dinner
march 18 2013

some folks are willing to invest in wellness, which is something different
class and talking about money, many different and problematic relationships to it, be mindful with how we talk about it
launching our own practices
bartering
sliding scale
5 dollars a week, whatever
the body is not an apology
“sustaining” ourselves
we can support ourselves in this work, for real
promoting “consumption” of wellness
organizing, transformative justice, disability justice
when our practices become our income
retirement plan?
savings?
folks come when theyre desperate, so how do we charge in this space?
we are creating other economies

CSA of healintg

fears and doubts around money –
feeling drained, and thinking about how to say stop, more compkicated when we’re charging
“deserving” money- what does that mean when we unpack it? how do our class and other identities affect what we think we can expect? entitlement to money?
what about when we cant do this anymore?
coming from privilege, and how to want to give things away and still pay the bills and survive
unfortunately with capitalism: people respect you more if u charge more, then when its free
collectively, how can we own our own spaces?
personal ethics and money, ie doing sex work while sick, cuz rent is due, etc.
having two different lives, one website for white marin people and another for us
feeling elitist, fuck ya, pay me hella money, ill change ur life.
we should be making as much money as the surgeouns, wtf

doesn’t everyone deserve a basic amount of enough?
how much we ASK for
white cis ablebodied men are used to asking, and they get it
the work we do, is important, should be paid well, but also free!
move beyond anti-money, anti-religion
ask stanford for 4000, community center for much less
asserting what we deserve while being affordable, how to hold this contradiction
if we want to get paid, would WE pay for it
when i meet somebody from scarcity, i perpetuate scarcity
abundance is differerent

poor/working class ideas of abundence
if folks dont pay for us, they pay for other shit that is not good for them sometimes. what do we do with this?
why not ask folks to invest in themselves?
healing is “self care” and therefore “luxury”, we need to move towards healing as a right
who are our clients? who do we outreach to?
being ok w being in debt, how to fuck w creditors
yogadork.org
how to learn from folks like yoga to the people, bikram, but transforming their extractive, exploitative practices into ones that are anti classist
$18 for a yoga class? wtf!
models like third root
how to write, play, make art, heal, etc all at once, supporting each others practices to support them all happening
therapist let somebody come for two years and waited to be paid back, how do we do this? learn from this? challenge this?
how is our work perpetuating? challenging? capitalism
target market? we can charge rich folks hella money AND change them, change the system
it is not devoid of my integrity to be myself and charge rich white clients hella money and politicize all of it, our clients
trusting your intuition, with this too
sex work: how much is it “worth”? how as radical sex workers do we think about pricing?
charging more isnt always against our politics
worker owned healing collective
if ur a poet, support other poets, SUPPOrT eAcH oThEr!
how much will what we charge effect the “industry”, other healers rates?
models??
cultural valuing of our work, how does our community perceive us? self-care and economic justice
transcending fee for service: seeing healing as a right
MODELS-
casa de salud in albuquerque, not a free clinic
ebmc – dana principle, of generous giving
many strategies at once
dana on certain days
time banks
trade
accounting and business folks, where they at?
oakland accupuncture project
book – “accupuncture is like noodles”
sliding scale – can be an aversion
let’s be the wu tang of healing justice! they could’ve released 22 solo albums, but instead they released one classic.

making albums together, beyond referrals
chicago womens health center
suggested donation: “whatever you can leave”, anonymously, an envelope at the end of the visit
“from menstrual flow to cash flow” – tamara slayton
book-keeping
a new language around sliding scale – working group?
my fee is X, sliding scale upon request
fixed number, example: sliding scale is 1% of your monthly income
anti-capitalism: is negating what we can learn and leverage from capitalist culture?
“i take big tips”

sliding scale goes up or down

ways to talk about sliding scale from a poor/working class perspective that understands broke people often feel like crap asking for the low end.
economic justice as framework for sliding scale
lolo health care-membership model for healthcare
grassroots fundraising
“order of malta” as clinic
community based healing groups – workshop, class style
pay it forward
gift economy

curanderas healing anyone for what they can afford, in their living rooms.

money magic?
ritual and money
abundance checks on new moons
light attracts light, but also let go of that which does not serve
tithing, a percentage back to your teachers
i.e. random money to random addresses
rituals to practice abundance

we can’t control capitalism, but we can do some fckn magic anyway!

please email with resources and tips


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BadAss Visionary Healers Second Seasonal Dinner Monday, March 18 2013. Topic: MONEY!!!

Hey Ya’ll Radical Healers!♥

We want to invite you to the 2nd Bad Ass Visionary Healers pot luck and conversation Gathering. The topic this time is money. What the hell are we supposed to do with this stuff?! Like, how do we ask our clients, friends, lovers, family for payment that allows us to thrive as healers and still be accessible to our broke Queer and Trans POC Disabled communities? How do we deal with the pressure or feelings of spiritual/ethical obligation to provide our services for free? How do we create sustainable alternatives to the fee-for-service system? How do we honor and assert our payment/exchange/money boundaries? Come share skills that have helped you get paid in ways that feel good. Let’s eat delicious food and do some important visioning together around this super challenging subject.

Date: Monday, March 18th
Time: 6:30 to eat, 7:30 to talk!
Location: Casa Ma(i)ze, 873 Aileen St, Oakland CA

Please let us know if you have any access needs in order to attend this event. Our usual meeting space is up a flight of 12 stairs, but if this is a barrier, we can move it to the ground floor, which has one step and can be ramped. Please come fragrance-free so that folks with chemical illness/injury can attend without getting sick. (http://www.brownstargirl.org/1/post/2012/03/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.html is a good resource to learn more, but at the very least, coming without wearing perfume/cologne/essential oils and using unscented detergent is great.) If you’re unable to join our meeting in person, you can get in on the conversation via google plus- message us for info.

This is a potluck- we’re going to cook (menu forthcoming) but please bring a dish to share!

PLEASE RSVP so we can know how many to cook for and what dietary needs folks have. healingbabes@gmail.com


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Submit a session to the Healing Justice Network Gathering at the 2013 Allied Media Conference! Deadline March 23.

We got our act together and created a convenient google form where you can submit your proposal. Here it is! Link below.

Hello Friends and Fam,

The rumors are true. The Allied Media Conference is just around the corner.
Just as exciting, the day-long Healing Together Network Gathering will take
place on Thursday, June 20, the first day of AMC2013. We will come gather to
strategize and develop a network structure that explores the barriers,
challenges and dreams we have for a Healing Justice network throughout the
continent. This will be a space for all genders and all bodies where
participants can build upon last year’s conversation and work. Our mission is
to explore and strengthen the work that happens at the intersections health,
healing, media and organizing.

SO, join us, participate, stretch, howl, lead, and listen! Submit a proposal
for the Network Gathering. Just remember it’s due Friday, March 22 at
midnight. Submit here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L8Ncsr9lqSu6KSW7HtF4YtpH0fm7p0YzfKn2_mVGDOU/viewform
and pass it on.

Examples of potential content:

– Creating a take-home collaboratively compiled Healing Together zine,
including handwritten herbal remedies, relaxation exercises, healing tips or
other resources
– Small group discussions focused on dealing with the challenges we face in
healing work that come back together in a larger group to creatively display
our responses
– An activity that uses our bodies to physically map in the room the places
where we do healing work, followed by breaking into smaller groups by region
to discuss strategies and possible collaborations.
– Mini-sessions that build capacity within health organizations/collectives or
individual practice (i.e. successfully using alternative payment systems, how
to find or use best-practices, community outreach strategies, etc.)
– Activities that center around a shared meal: engaging in meaningful,
intentional community together and creating traditions as a group

Things to consider when proposing a mini-session:

– Does the content in your proposed mini-session build in safety and
sensitivity towards specific participants (i.e. people of color, disability
community, activists, sexual assault survivors, LGBTQI)?
– How can you support participants as they process the content of your
session?
– Can you imagine any juicy collaborations for your mini-session?

Please contact us with any ideas that might make our process more accessible
in terms of proposal support, outreach, or the development and structure of
the network gathering.

A registration form for the gathering will be sent out in the beginning of
April. Due to space limitations, we have a cap of 50-75 participants.

Questions? Email us at amchealingtogether@gmail.com. You may also post
comments or questions for the organizers on the Healing Together Network
Gathering discussion page on AMPtalk.

In community,

The Just Healing Network


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hey babes hey

The BadAss Visionary Healers (aka the Healing Babes for Justice) are a 6-person Bay Area-based collective of radical healers who build connections between radical healers in the Bay Area & beyond. In the thick of healing justice movements building and growing, we want to help weave a web of badass healers for liberation so we can support and learn from each other.

We do this by

  • hosting regular gatherings
  • dinners & educational forums for radical healers
  • nurturing a medicinal herbal & food forest garden in the North Oakland flatlands
  • & creating practice & exchange spaces where radical healers share healing to community members & each other.
  • A lot of this is a work in progress, but we’re excited to keep building and making it happen!

What we believe:

We believe in an anti-colonial framework of healing that centers people of color & Indigenous knowledge, the brilliance of disabled bodies, and is all about the queers; sex positive & critical of professionalism & the fee for service model. We work to build a world beyond the medical industrial complex where healing is not for profit or the control of oppressed bodies, but where we transform the impact of generations of abuse, trauma, violence & oppression into/towards justice & healing.

We also believe in twerking, good food, good sex, disability justice, that fat is flava and that all bodies deserve some radiantly luscious anti-colonial healing.