Earthlodge and Black Southern Indigenous Nature-Based Healing

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EcoJustice RadioEarth Medicine, healing trauma and anger by literally going into the Earth, is called by Queen Hollins, our guest on EcoJustice Radio, as Earthlodging.

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Queen Hollins, EarthLodge Center Earth Medicine: The Ecology of Transforming Trauma & Building Community

Earth Medicine, healing trauma and anger by literally going into the Earth, is called by our guest, Queen Hollins, as Earthlodging. Black Southern Indigenous communities have integrated this Earth medicine for generations, with a mix of ritual, ceremony, and herbal healing traditions.

These traditional nature-based spiritual practices have been the foundation of the Earthlodge Center for Transformation in Long Beach, California. They provide space for people to connect and build together, and tend the earth and herbs. The work aims to heal trauma, both collective and personal, as a means toward restoration, re-connection, and rejuvenation.

The trials and tribulations of the last few years have highlighted the need for justice and human transformation. Healing is of paramount importance for perhaps every human being at this moment of crescendo of our world environmentally, politically, economically, socially and spiritually. Throughout time, Black Indigenous communities have practiced lifeways founded upon Earth medicine, communal connection and natural healing.

Growing up in Mississippi during the tail end of Jim Crow, Queen Hollins discusses her life’s work helping others heal trauma, advocate for the Earth, and forge the journey beyond racism and prejudice. Hear her share the broad vision and purpose behind Earthlodge.

STORY: Intersection of Black and Indigenous Resistance & Justice in the United States

Queen Hollins is Founder of Earthlodge Center for Transformation. Over the last 30 years, Queen and the Earthlodge community have provided spiritual sanctuary (both physically and virtually) to a community of over 10,000 people. She is author of the book titled “Earth Doula.” She has an online course, “Finding Your Soul’s Journey Using Earth Medicine” and an instructional DVD “Afrikan Dance as Medicine.”

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Hosted by Carry Kim
Intro by Jessica Aldridge
Engineer and Original Music: Blake Quake Beats
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Episode 130
Photo credit: Queen Hollins

Updated 18 May 2022

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Novelist, urban theorist and designer, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Partners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt