The Whole Garden

Caucus and Connection Space

The In Living Color (ILC) BIPOC space is a grassroots safe space organized by health and social justice activists Amanda David and Mandana Boushee.

Mandana Boushee and Amanda David
Mandana Boushee and Amanda David

The ILC space is designed to center the needs & voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) by creating a vibrant, meaningful space to go deep in our work, to celebrate lineages and experiences, and to find mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical support tailored to the unique needs of BIPOC participants in spaces that have historically excluded us. No space, no matter how progressive is without its challenges and unnamed biases, because of this we have devised the ILC as a space of safe transformation, community care, education, and grassroots organizing.

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Virtual In Living Color Space Schedule

Each session is held over Zoom and lasts 1 hour.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 1:30pm EST

Opening Ceremony: Seeds As Resistance

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 1:30pm EST

ILC Second Session: Soil As Prayer

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 1:30pm EST

Closing Ceremony: Community As Medicine

About the IN LIVING COLOR BIPOC Caucus and Connection Space

Over the years, BotanicWise has provided herbalists a vibrant container to connect, learn, and grow as a community. While the work being done within in Western Herbalism is vital, there has simultaneously been a lack of diversity of the communities represented within the greater culture.

In recent years, there has been a desire within the herbal community to broaden the reach of the greater network in an effort to create a more diverse and healthy learning environment for all seeking to learn about herbalism. The BIPOC space is a way to welcome BIPOC educators and participants into the BotanicWise community, by providing a safe entry point and intentional container throughout the course.

This BIPOC space is open to all BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) participating in the course.

The BIPOC space is a place for all folks of color, which definitely includes and celebrates all of our community, whether you're white passing or not. With that said, it’s important for us to be aware of our privileges while in space together, and to keep in mind to take space and make space when appropriate.

The In Living Color space is a container for BIPOC course participants only. We ask that this boundary be respected by non-BIPOC students.


If you have any questions regarding the In Living Color BIPOC space please reach out using the form below the FAQ.

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