Date: August 25th -September 3rd, 2022
Office Address: 226 Downer Drive Clarksville TN 37042
Contact Us: 615.499.6849
Sponsored By: NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health
Anyone receiving a BIPOC Scholarship Will Pay: $2750.00
Price Includes: (this schedule is tentative and can change without notice)
Round-Trip Shuttle Transportation from San Jose Airport to retreat site
Shared Lodging Accommodations
(7) breakfast meals
All workshops, Ceremonies & Rituals
Cahuita National Park Tour
Plant Walk Garden Tour
Indigenous Reserve Excursion
Afro Caribbean Cooking Class
Afro Costa Rican Day Celebration in Limon
Afro-Botany: The interdisciplinary study and implementation of traditional botanical strategies used by Africans and their descendants throughout the African Diaspora. Afro-botany includes ethnomedicine, history, environmental science, spirituality, trauma recovery, educational repatriation and health policy decolonization.
Mission: To provide a safe, academic yet traditional community space to explore, experience and document the botanical and wellness knowledge of the African Diaspora, and to create relationships which empower us to contribute to the survival of Afro-botany and Traditional African Medicine.
The work team of the Afro-Botany Conference has created a format in which academic, technical and policy presentations take place concurrently with traditional and Afro-centric models. These include elder hierarchy, creating community, respectful relationships, meal sharing, song, dance, honoring elements of nature and story-telling.
Instead of the conventional strategy of one-way knowledge harvesting, our model includes returning information to its rightful owners or their kin. This is achieved through inviting community members to activities, posting information digitally, offering free online classes, and encouraging ethnobotanists to turn over copies of interviews with Afro-Costa Rican & other elders if they contain ancestral wisdom.
In addition, the conference serves as a space for policy creators to educate themselves and each other, with the goal of sensitizing the health and education systems with respect to traditional Afro-based wellness strategies. We have invited a number of community members who represent politics, health care, law, traditional medicine and advocacy.