Afro Botany Immersion Conference 2020 BIPOC Scholarship Application
Date: August 25th -September 2nd, 2020
Office Address: 226 Downer Drive Clarksville TN 37042
Contact Us: 615.499.6849
Sponsored By: NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health
email: afrobotanyimmersion@gmail.com
www.naturalchoicesbotanica.com

Lodging: Host Site Lodging: www.thegoddessgarden.com
other available places NOT INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE: http://laticaylagata.com/the-houses/

Cost: $2500.00
Scholarship Recipients Pay: $2350.00

Price Includes:

Round-Trip Shuttle Transportation from San Jose Airport to retreat site
Shared Lodging Accommodations
(7) breakfast meals
(2) Lunches
(7) Dinners
All workshops & Ceremonies
Cahuita National Park Tour
Plant Walk Garden Tour
Indigenous Reserve Excursion
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.
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Our Sacred Community Agreements: 1) Respect and care for every individual in our community—including respecting individuals’ identities & backgrounds. 2) Respect and care for the living plant communities. 3) Respect and care for the land-including all beings that live on the land. Respect physical & emotional boundaries. 4) Use language that is respectful. 5) Avoid language that may be potentially racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, or transphobic. Commit to nonviolence, anti-oppression, and compassion with all communication that takes place within our classroom and events. 6) Be willing to actively listen, share, participate, and make space for silence. 7) Engage in cultural & community exchanges that come from a place of respect, reciprocity & right relationship. 8) Avoid the appropriation of culture, traditions, and practices. 9) Center decision making in ways that honor our ancestors & traditions and also respect the needs of the next generations and the Earth. *
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I understand that I will pay a non-refundable $350.00 to secure my space if this application is accepted. Remaining balance (s) must be paid on or before August 15th, 2020 or you will forfeit your space without a refund. Please send deposit payment to: NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health via paypal: info@naturalchoicesbotanica.com or Cash App: $ofasobande . Monthly installments will be made through our online registration portal if your application is approved. *
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We have (2) mandatory virtual meet & greet sessions for all participants to answer questions. January 12th, 2020 @ 6pm central time & May 3rd, 2020 @ 3pm central standard time. Please use this link to log in: Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/850145132?pwd=WUZYZVA0QzBwYUdlQ2h6b1RyM3RxUT09Meeting ID: 850 145 132 Password: AfroSoul *
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