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Our Sacred Plant Teachers and Allies: A Journey into the Spirit-Wisdom of Plants and the Earth – Part of a Mini-Retreat Series for BIPOC: Embracing Our Inner Achillea (Yarrow) for Healing and Resiliency in These Times

Yarrow grows in North America, Asia, and Europe.  The Latin name Achillea for Yarrow comes from the mythical Greek warrior Achilles, who was said to have used this plant to heal soldiers wounded in war.  Yarrow leaves and flowers support with blood moving, finding balance in the body, is antimicrobial, alleviates digestion, symptoms of cold/flu, reduces inflammation and more.  Yarrow’s roots are deep and support the cleansing of soil.  Yarrow is drought resistant and attracts beneficial insects for gardens and pollination. Yarrow is a plancestor that embodies healing and resilience for our spirits, hearts, bodies, minds, and soil. 


How do find our teachers in our midst and learn to embody their teachings with our lives?  Following in the example of Yarrow, we invite you to join members of Healing by Choice! for mini-retreats to restore balance within ourselves; deepen our roots; tap into the teachers and waters within ourselves; and reflect and heal in community.  We will use interactive practices that engage the whole person (spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual), to tap into what we already know, and invite our collective wisdom as our teachers.  Each mini-retreat can be joined as an individual session, or join us for the full series to grow your own and your communities’ tools for healing and resiliency. 


Healing by Choice! Is a women and gender non conforming community of health and healing practitioners based in Michigan and centered on Detroit.  We strive to support ourselves and our communities to remember our own healing capabilities and to grow our communities resilience through shared resources and practice.  We learn and source our work from the healing justice framework. As named by Cara Page and Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective,  “healing justice…identifies how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence, and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.


March: Our Sacred Plant Teachers and Allies: A Journey into the Spirit-Wisdom of Plants and the Earth

These times are inviting us to re-imagine and remember our roots and our community.  Join us for a live, interactive mini-retreat to listen to and deepen in our relationship with the spiritual essence and wisdom of plants and the earth and how they inform our relationships with other humans.

*This is part of a monthly series of BIPOC workshops led by Healing By Choice. Join us for one, two or all of these workshops. The whole series includes:


February:  Earth Body: Somatic & Meditative Practices to Root & Nourish Our Spirit

March: Our Sacred Plant Teachers and Allies: A Journey into the Spirit-Wisdom of Plants and the Earth






Carmen Malis King and Rhiannon Chester-Bey

Length and Type:


2 hours per session


Connect as an individual



Wednesday, March 10th

From 1-3pm PST/ 3-5pm CST/ 4-6pm EST

This Offering is ideal for:


People who identify as Indigenous, Black, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latinx.



Participants will leave feeling more grounded, centered, and connected.

What do you do to prepare?


Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to share and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, with video and headphones.



Access requests can be made during registration or by emailing Dustin Gibson at, including interpreters and captioners.



Choose what to pay, starting at $20. The true cost of this workshop is $50/person, which allows us to continue offering programs like this one and pay trainers a fair wage for their time and expertise. Like you, our trainers work hard for change in their communities and have often developed the knowledge, skill and gifts that they are offering through many unpaid hours — let’s support them to be sustainable in their work and craft!

Ready to sign up?


Carmen Malis King

Carmen Malis King is a Southwest Detroit-rooted herbalist, writer, and birthworker. Additionally, Carmen’s work within her home community over the past 20 years has ranged from working in youth advocacy and leadership to increasing access to nourishing foods. Within her practices, she considers how environment and healing traditions relate to community health, individual well-being, and cultural identity. Carmen is a certified Wellness Coach with a Master of Arts in Integrative Health Studies and a certification in Guided Imagery.

Rhiannon Chester-Bey

Rhiannon Chester-Bey, MA, is a social justice Advocate & Educator and Healing Arts Practitioner. She is a certified Reiki Practitioner in the Usui System of Natural Healing.  Rhiannon is a first generation, Detroit native and has been an engaged member of various grassroots social justice movements for over a decade. She holds a deep belief that the people closest to any issue are able to solve the issue and should be directly involved in solution making; beyond solution making, people closest to issues also experience intersectional trauma and are deserving of personal care and healing resources. She supports people on their healing journeys by offering emotional support, empathic listening, Reiki, Crystal Reiki and other less traditional forms of healing practice such as financial trauma healing & intersectional wisdom workshops and representative portrait photography.