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Background Story On The New Plant Healer Journal

Posted Nov 19 2010 8:58pm

Our family certainly has a lot that we’re trying to accomplish, with each day taken up in part by the numerous tasks involved with being guardians of the wild botanical sanctuary we live on, answering the many dozens of emails that come in everyday with no staff or helpers to handle their response, administering our Anima correspondence courses and tending to our students as quickly as we possibly can, plus writing for an assortment of publications as well as our own TWHC Newsletter, Anima and Medicine Woman’s Roots blogs.  For several reasons, we never hire anyone to do our projects’ descriptive text or representative logos, posters or brochures.  When we need to create or revise a website, it is I who create graphics and Kiva who adds weeks of struggling with difficult software in order to make it happen.  And as much as anything else, the annual TWH Conference itself requires tons of our attention, every day, a full 12 months of every year.  We work not only to maintain the event, but to continuously make it more effective and powerful, functioning not just as a gathering and classes but as what our friend Paul Bergner described as a “new nexus” for a growing community and proactive movement.

Given all that we have going, producing a new online Journal of Traditional Western Herbalism might seem excessive… until we consider the need a movement and community have for a publication that represents it and gives all a voice, as well as that informs and empowers.  There are other publications that focus on wonderful herbal recipes, cater to beginners or children, are written primarily for advanced herbalists, or whose content is created by and for the academics in the field.  The new Plant Healer Magazine seeks to fill a different niche, being geared for herbalists and plant lovers at every level of study, understanding and experience, and featuring diverse content rooted in folk traditions – specifically on the traditions of the larger “Western world.“  Our mission is to meld the look of a contemporary arts/culture magazine with deep inquiry and the latest researched information, personal story and clinical experience, hands-on tips and diagnostic tools, traditional foodways and personal rewilding, plant monographs and medicine making, herb gardening and wildcrafting, constitutional approaches and profiles of existing herbal traditions, sense-stirring energetics and essential botany, conservation and activism, ancient traditions and radical new approaches.

Each lengthy quarterly issue will contain articles falling under a number of the 16 or more magazine departments, written for us by the most renowned and valued teachers and writers of today,  but also by a growing number of lesser known herbalists whose wisdom and words deserve to be championed and shared.

-JWH

Subscriptions Will Open On Monday!

Full magazine and subscription details will follow in the next post.  Stay tuned!

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