Jennifer Patterson is a grief worker who uses plants, breath, and words to explore survivorhood, body(ies), and healing. As a queer and trans affirming herbalist and breathwork facilitator, Jennifer has built an inclusive, sliding scale one-on-one practice called Corpus Ritual, and she also holds group workshops at healing spaces, LGBTQ centers, a needle exchange and harm reduction clinic, veterans hospitals, on college campuses, and online. She is the editor of “Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti- Violence Movement” (2016) and the creative nonfiction editor of Hematopoiesis Press.
In this beautifully transparent conversation, Jennifer discusses her surrender to the psychedelic healing process after years of destructive patterns rooted in past trauma. She talks about her experience with iboga, mother of all entheogens, the somatic imprint of trauma, the dark magic of alcohol, the predation of the “healing industrial complex,” the legacy of free and sliding scale work, and how to grow the parts of ourselves that are ok despite all our wounds. “For those of us who have lost faith in the world, in a god, these are ways that we can gain some faith back, and they’re body-based. It’s in ourselves. We get to connect to our own spirit. And spirit at large, too.” Find Jennifer’s beautiful writing and her herb shop at www.corpusritual.com and hematopoiesispress.com and on instagram @corpusritual. More podcasts available where podcasts are found and at www.maurajames.com.
[“Healing Song 1” – Verdell Primeaux]