(Sunday) Place-based Healing: Connecting Human and Ecosystem Health

Care for people and care for the environment are not be separate endeavors. To the contrary, by taking care of the place we live, both inside and outside ourselves, we are taking care of the whole biome. Because the health of the ecosystem is intrinsically linked to the health of people, we have much to gain from learning how to care for soil, plants, and creatures (including ourselves). In this discussion, Didi Pershouse will invite participants to engage in their communities, learn about native plant medicines, learn about soil health, and much more, in order to increase their ability to find equilibrium, agency, and systemic renewal.

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Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities as well as Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function: A Teacher's Manual. As the founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, she developed a practice and theoretical framework for systems-based ecological medicine—restoring health people as well as the social and ecological systems around them. After 22 years of clinical work with patients, Pershouse is now working with the Soil Carbon Coalition, the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, NRCS and other groups on a large-scale citizen science program to engage schools, conservation districts, farmers, and the public in positively impacting public health and climate resilience through changes in land and watershed management. She does individual and group consulting, and facilitates retreats and support groups for leaders in social and environmental change.