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Yeye Luisah Teish
Yeye Luisah Teish is an elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora. She is a storyteller-writer, an artist-activist, and spiritual guidance counselor.
She is the author of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals, and she co-authored On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Land with Kahuna Leilani Birely. Her latest work is Spirit Revealing, Color Healing: A Creative and Soulful Journey.
Luisah is internationally known as a conference weaver, workshop facilitator, performance artist, and ritual theater director. She designs spiritual self-health guidance programs for individuals, families, and groups.
She also offers editorial assistance to writers and performers.
Karen M. Rose
Trained in Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine, Master Herbalist, Karen M. Rose created an outlet for her teachings and healing modalities with the opening of Brooklyn-based Sacred Vibes Healing and Sacred Vibes Apothecary in 2002. 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.
Karen is dedicated to empowering individuals to make informed decisions not only about their health, but their total lifestyle. 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, such as her Get Off Your Knees platform, in which she weaves myth, fairytale, folklore and her own experiences to uniquely coach clients on how to become their spiritual, physical, and emotional best selves based on their innate talents and gifts.
A strong advocate of community partnerships in healing, she believes that all spiritual traditions offer guidance on the path to finding 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, Karen is also a devoted mother of three, who she proudly believes are her best apprentices.
2019 ConfereNce LineUp
9:00 - 9:50am: Welcome, Check-in, and Light Breakfast
10:00am: Opening Ritual & Intention Setting, Baba Ojubona Awo Ifasanmi Obaniyi
10:15am: Opening Address, Karen Rose
11am-12pm: Session 1 Workshops
12:25-1:30pm: Keynote Elder, Yeye Luisah Teish
1:40pm-2:40pm: Session 2 Workshops
2:50 - 3:00pm: Offering & Prayer
3:00 - 3:45pm: Community Meal
3:45- 4:30pm: Vendor Apothecary Market & Art Auction
4:30 - 4:50pm: Final Remarks
5:00pm: End of Conference
The NYC Spiritual Herbalism Conference is an intersectional meeting place of the different practices and practitioners of herbalism. While uniquely addressing the challenges, knowledges, and collaborations experienced and cultivated in an urban environment, we, with reverence, centralize the intelligences of Indigenous, LGBTQI, POC, and immigrant communities from which we are rooted.
This year's Theme
Joy as Medicine!
This year’s Sacred Vibes' 2nd Annual Spiritual Herbalism Conference uplifts Joy as Medicine! We embrace the truth that Joy is our Medicine and birthright. It is our ancestral gift seeded in dark, soft and wounded spaces, resilient and waiting to be remembered, nurtured, nourished and raised up.
Sacred Vibes Apothecary
Sacred Vibes Apothecary is a place of connection in our community, where the important work of Spiritual and Physical health is explored through the lenses of Social and Racial Justice. We use plants to connect you deeply to your roots and to expand your vision towards what wholeness can mean for you.
The Art and Practice of Spiritual Herbalism program offers you a deeper way of thinking, encouraging radical theories of self-healing and ultimately community healing to take shape in your mind, resulting in a transformation of mind, body and spirit.
Sacred Vibes collaborates with several community gardens in Brooklyn. At each location, our herbal apprentices have created thriving medicinal herb gardens and work closely with members of the local community to support initiatives of healing in the surrounding neighborhoods. Every year we also offer free herbal workshops in our community gardens!