Modern Mental Health/ The Problem with Evidence Based Treatment

Leah Wolfe:

“When we couch respectability in terms of evidence based science, we can actually cause damage to the potential for healing that can happen within a variety of settings. Further, calling these various forms of healing superstitious or unscientific reenacts the wound of a dominant culture requiring that the rest of the world fits into their way of seeing reality. By requiring “treatment” to be “evidence based” we do a vast disservice to those from other cultures and peoples who find healing through a variety of non-sanctioned paths.”

Originally posted on Beyond Meds:

By Jon Keyes

Often when I work with someone who comes to see me I am at a loss of where to begin.  Emotional distress such as depression, insomnia and anxiety often have so many tangled roots that it is hard to know where to begin.   Distress often has its roots in multiple origins such as trauma, ongoing stress as well as poor lifestyle and dietary habits.  On a deeper level, distress can be thought of as a singular expression of a larger pattern of disharmony that spans the globe due to underlying systemic problems of racism, poverty, colonialism and ecological devastation.  If we think of the planet as one living organism, then emotional distress is a signal of systemic suffering.

homelessHow can we can work with depression in the context of people having to work at low wage jobs, eat cheap processed food and live in cramped dangerous…

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Winter Newsletter

herbs for the heart

The Trillium Center is working on it’s 2015 calendar and the Lake Erie chapter of Herbalists Without Borders would like to have you as a member. Click on the link to read more:

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Also, in the news: the first class of the year is Saturday, February 7. Join Leah Wolfe for a night of heart-centered herbal remedies including tonics to strengthen the circulatory system and heart healthy treats.

We are still receiving ideas for classes next year. If you want to teach a class, fill out the form here:

herbs for the heart

herbs for the heartAfter huddling around heaters and fires to keep warm here in NE Ohio, it’s refreshing to have an excuse for reversing the effects of shivering and curling up in warm cozy chairs. When the weather is cold and the nights are long, many of us might find ourselves slumping while feeling ready to explode with cabin fever. So the excuse is Valentine’s Day. A day of hearts sugar and flowers. I would offer an alternative that focuses on opening the heart using herbs. On February 7, join me at “Herbs for the Heart.” I will share recipes (some of my own and some from other herbalists) and demonstrate how to make heart-centered herbal remedies. When remedies are prepared with compassion and empathy, it just might be possible that the healing runs deeper.

~Leah Wolfe

Herbs for the Heart
Saturday, February 7
4-6 PM

Whole Foods Cooperative
1341 West 26th St.
Erie, PA 16508

Write to or call 440-812-9921 to sign up for this class. Class size is limited.
$10 includes recipe booklets and samples

Call for Proposals

The Trillium Center is putting together an amazing schedule for 2015. We are expecting to host classes and workshops on all kinds of topics. The Trillium Center is looking for proposals for workshops, demonstrations, and classes. If you have a skill you’d like to share, please fill out this form. Workshops etc. should focus on self-reliance, community resilience, or more sustainable living. Contact us at if you have questions or if you want to let us know what kinds of classes you’d like to attend. Some of the topics we have so far are:

  • introduction to permaculture farming and building practices
  • monthly plant walks to help you identify wild plants and medicines
  • beer and wine making
  • soap making
  • the apothecary series: learning to make wild medicines
  • wilderness survival skills
  • alternative building technologies

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Please let us know what you like about our blog and what you’d like to see more of in 2015!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Community Herbal Intensive

Community Herbal IntensiveThe last reason to attend the Community Herbal Intensive is that those who complete the intensive are eligible for the apprenticeship program. There are 2 seats left in the CHI, so if you are thinking about it, you still have time. Final deadline is Jan 1.

This picture is me (kneeling in the foreground) with some of the people who attended the CHI in 2014. Here we are digging up poke root!

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The Twisted Serpent

The Twisted Serpent is back. NCM_0208


The Twisted Serpent is a fundraiser for the Trillium Center’s Seed Fund. Leah Wolfe, the Trillium Center’s herbalist, makes jewelry and other items to raise funds for seeds. Primarily, the Seed Fund is used to Fresh Pearl Necklace 4purchase seeds, plants, and rootstock for native medicinal plants. All arts and crafts are handmade and often contain found items, natural stones from Lake Erie, and recycled pieces.

Part of the work that is done at the Trillium Center (TC) is the NCM_0015development and management of a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary. BLD farm where the TC lives includes a forested area with a creek that is populated with plants that are at-risk of becoming endangered species. Some of the species we have planted here are Bloodroot, Red Trillium, and Blue Cohosh. Go to the Twisted Serpent’s easy page to see more:

Community Herbal Intensive 2015


What better way to cure the winter doldrums by going out to learn how to gather and make medicine from winter buds and twigs. We’ll go out and find Wild Cherry, White Oak, Dogwood, Willow, and more. Tree medicines are used around the world. In the northern areas, there are times when everything else is covered in snow and tree medicines are all you’ll find.

Click here for more info:

Intensely Herbal

MD0095-2-620x264The Ashtabula Wave, a newsletter for friends and residents of Ashtabula county, posted this story about the Trillium Center and the Community Herbal Intensive:

The woodlands and meadows were the pioneer’s pharmacy, supplying colts foot for coughs, willow bark for pain relief and goldenseal root for infections. Most of us no longer turn to the natural landscape for our medicine, but nature continues to offer alternatives for those who care to explore the option. Click here for more:


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