Together in spirit
In a recent keynote Silvia Federici urged her listners to think seriously about herbal healing methods as a way to reconnect to the subtleties of our bodies, so that we can perform the (collaborative) preventative medical care that contemporary western medicine tends to neglect. In the light of a global pandemic as well as with ever increasing disease related to neoliberal production practices that toxify our planet, it is becoming more urgent to both preserve knowledges of herbal healing and re-activate them. Our performative work revolves around herbal healing and (re)turning to the knowledges that were violently taken away from womxn.
In the midst of a global pandemic in the garden of what used to be an orphanage we (re-)recited (our contemporary version of) the ‘nine herbs charm’, an old English poem recorded in the tenth-century CE, that describes preparations of 9 plants that still live/grow in our vicinities today. The poem has received multiple revisions over the centuries -the first part is talking about Woden and a later verse speaks about Christ-, so we think it’s only apt to continue this process.
In addition to performing the poem we serve a healing cocktail -prepared with the freshly picked rosemary from the garden- in a performative food-ritual.