Plants + Spirits of the Caribbean with Herbalist Karen M. Rose
In this class, we will explore the Myth, Mystery + Folklore of the Caribbean (and South), particularly the French Creole heritage, as connected with spiritual and physical healing.
We will retell the stories of our ancestors throughout the Caribbean. These stories traveled with our ancestors from Central and West Africa and melded into the landscape of our new home. Though our ancestors had to adapt outwardly conform to their slave owner’s way of life, they continued to practice what they remembered throughout their captivity and verbally passed these stories on to new generations.
The stories that I will retell and analyze were told to me by my grandmother. The remedies she offered for appeasing the spirits will be shared. The herbs that I use within my practices will also be shared as discovered through my spiritual maturity. All plants will be native to the West Indies.
Trained in Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine, Master Herbalist, Karen Rose created an outlet for her teachings and healing modalities with the opening of Brooklyn-based Sacred Vibes Healing and Sacred Vibes Apothecary in 2009. Her inspiration for this work began as a child in her native home of Guyana, where she was exposed to how African, Caribbean and Latin American traditions profoundly influenced plant medicine and community healing. The legacy of these lands is the foundation of Karen’s spiritual and healing practice. She has developed authentic and enlightening materials as well as an extensive line of herbal products, all of which are available through the apothecary, apprenticeship classes and mentoring programs.
A strong advocate of community partnerships in healing, she believes that all spiritual traditions offer guidance on the path to finding the truth, and she has authored articles on the power and simplicity of herbs used to heal and nourish mind, body, and spirit.
Karen and her work have been featured in a variety of media outlets, including on The FEED, featuring culinary celebrity Marcus Samuelsson, the New York Times, Black Enterprise Magazine, Organic Life, and the New York Daily News. Aside from her dedication to healing, she is dedicated to empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their wholeness.
Karen is also a devoted mother of three, who she proudly believes are her best apprentices.