Racism and Healing

with Karen Henderson, Tiffany Robbins, Denise Cusack, and Richard Mandelbaum

Join us for a frank and open hearted dialogue about race, racism, and our roles as practitioners and students of holistic and herbal medicine.  This will be a panel discussion, with time for Q&A, among four holistic health practitioners sharing their distinct but complementary perspectives on the moment we find ourselves in, and where we go from here.

All proceeds from this event will go towards ArborVitae’s James Still Scholarships for students of color and other marginalized or oppressed communities.


Karen Henderson is a Holistic Health practitioner who integrates sound science, traditional wisdom and intuition to address issues of personal, community and ancestral trauma.  Her training and personal experience with PTSD brings a unique combination that supports those experiencing the dis-ease of trauma.

Tiffany Robbins is a clinical herbalist in Pennsylvania and teaches at Wisdom of the Plants Seminary, and is a Penn State Master Gardener and Tree Tender.

Denise Cusack (she/her) is a clinical herbalist, medicinal herb grower & conservationist, writer, and artist. Denise volunteers as Executive Director of Herbalists Without Borders and serves on the American Herbalists Guild Governing Council as Secretary, and as a Facilitator on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Denise works to use her privilege to support and empower health justice, food justice, and social justice programs and community actions around the world.

Richard Mandelbaum (he/him) has been a practicing herbalist for over twenty years, and is a founder and director of the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in Brooklyn, NY.  Richard has also worked for many years in the areas of workers’ rights, food justice, and fair trade, and served on the AHG Council from 2012 to 2018, serving as Secretary and chair of the Committee for Equity and Inclusion.

Recorded on July 1, 2020