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Self-Care as a Political Act

In the East Bay, women of color and queer people are making alternative health-care practices accessible and culturally relevant to their communities — as well as a key part of their activism.

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After her first experience with Tsehai, Bryant turned her career path toward mental health as a therapist working with youth, and later to higher education, teaching and working to diversify the student body at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She thinks academia is the last frontier of how to make a systematic shift.

"How do we use it to move upstream and create a whole new generation of providers that have a different consciousness and understand complementary and indigenous healing, or at the very least honor the cultural practices of the people that they are serving?" said Bryant. "That's where my career has taken me — to try and influence the next generation of healers."

Resources:

Super Juiced

OaklandIsJuiced.com

Healing Clinic Collective

HealingClinicCollective.net (practitioner directory available for download)

Paolo Flores Chico

PaoloAcupuncture.com

Elemental Alchemy

Elemental-Alchemy.com

La Botanica Azul

Instagram.com/la_botanica_azul/

Asara Tsehai

atouchoflife@sbcglobal.net

Ancestral Apothecary

AncestralApothecarySchool.com

Shooting Star Botanicals

ShootingStarBotanicals.org

Resilient Wellness

ResilientWellness.org

East Bay Meditation Center

EastBayMeditation.org

Spenta Kandawalla, Jaadu Acupuncture

JaaduAcupuncture.com

Editor's note: Esra's last name has been omitted in the story to protect their privacy for safety reasons. This version has been updated.

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