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Animism, Ancestors, and Herbalism

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with Sophia Buggs, Medina Trevathan, and Jillian Twisla

Tuesday, June 18
90 min each | 12:00 LA | 3pm New York | 21:00 Berlin
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Our Invitation

This second gathering in our five-part series, “Animism, Ancestors, and…” will focus on our relationships with our plant relations as sources of food, medicine, beauty, and companionship. Presenters will share from their experiences of co-weaving culture and of finding meaning, healing, and community with our green-blood kin. Connections will be made between matters of social justice and historical honesty while rooting the teaching in heart-centered community and renewal.

Amidst the catastrophe of our times, the Earth still sings through and around us with ancient wisdom and magic. This innate belonging and joy is fundamentally good and also our nature as human beings. In this series, we’ll ask how animist ethics—respect and love for our greater web of kinship—can help us to navigate accelerated Earth changes and bring fresh perspective and energy to the traditions that already nourish our path.

This event will be hosted by Jillian Twisla with the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network and two esteemed guests Medina Trevathan and Sophia Buggs. Jillian is a plant mystic, queer mom, educator, and heart-centered ritualist. Medina is a keeper and researcher of the Henna tradition, offering teachings and retreats on plant wisdom. Sophia is the founder of Lady Buggs Farm and working to reclaim the sacred roots of farming through spiritual homesteading, wildcrafting, and regional work for just, healthy food systems. See below for more on their work in the world.

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Our time will be held in a kind and culturally inclusive spirit for participants of all backgrounds. Those new to the material as well as seasoned herbalists are likely to find something of benefit.

This event is part of a larger series that includes four other teachings on Animism, Ancestors and…Astrology, Activism, Psychedelics, and Yoga. This series also serves to highlight two of our foundational courses, Ancestral Lineage Healing and Practical Animism. Thousands have taken these courses since 2017 and have gone on to take the teachings into their practices, professions, families, and activism.


Accessibility is a core value at Ancestral Medicine. We offer several pricing tiers, and we leave it to you to select the most appropriate tier. The ranges in pricing aim to take into consideration global economic disparities, historical injustices, and personal circumstances. The system is designed for those with more to register in ways that support those with less.


  • This is the standard cost that allows us to sustain our work. We encourage most participants to register at this level.


  • This rate is for those with relative financial abundance and/or those who wish to help us to offer economic hardship rates.​

Reduced Cost

  • This rate is for low income folks in the Global North, most in the Global South, and others in economic hardship.

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  • Animism, Ancestors, and…Astrology, Herbalism, Activism, Psychedelics, and Yoga. Each session will be a lively 90 minutes of teachings with three guest panelists, a guided practice, and time for some questions and live interaction

Others in the Series

In what ways is your life already nourished and deeply influenced by the brilliant, generous, and wildly diverse plants speaking through and around us?

About the Presenters

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Sophia Buggs

Sophia L. Buggs, known as Lady Buggs, is the owner and land steward of Lady Buggs Pharm, a 1.3-acre urban farm located on the South Side of Youngstown, Ohio. She is reclaiming the sacred roots of farming through spiritual homesteading. Her areas of expertise are wildcrafting, plant medicine and fermenting traditional foods. Her mission is to regenerate her community by offering wellbeing from seed to table. Sophia serves as the Executive Director of Plant It You (“Planet You”), serves as The Mahoning Food Access Initiative Director with Heathy Community Partnerships Healthy Food Retail Action Team and as the Co Chair to Central Appalachia Network (CAN) Beginning Farmer Working Group. Learn More

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Medina Trevathan

Medina Trevathan is an interdisciplinary artist based in the United Kingdom and Southern Spain. She grew up in an international Sufi Muslim community in Andalusia, Spain. She is a keeper and researcher of the henna tradition, offering the plants wisdom in ceremonies, talks and workshops. Her art is inspired by the Islamic tradition, Celtic thought, womanhood and the natural world. Learn More

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Jillian Twisla

Jillian Twisla (they/she) is a plant mystic, queer mom, educator, and heart-centered ritualist living rurally on Wabanaki lands in northeastern United States. She embodies a grounded approach to plant spirit medicine, herbalism, and ritual practice guided by the traditions and knowledge of her Irish, Southern Italian, German, Bulgarian, Latvian and Jewish ancestors. Jillian enacts their role as an ancestral lineage healing practitioner in service of lasting cultural change from a deep understanding that this remedial family tending is critical to social movement. She facilitates spaces that challenge internalized supremacist and oppressive thinking through deep and slowly unfolding animist courses in human anatomy as microcosm of earth anatomy, in spiritual ecology, and herbalism. Learn More