About Our Community Care

We are committed to providing monthly workshops and skill shares, healing practices and techniques based in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Traditional Chinese Medicine is historically a medicine created and practiced by and for the people. From Mao’s barefoot doctors to the more contemporary advent of community acupuncture, TCM is rooted in a political framework that is patient centered and holistic. One of TCM’ s main claims is that it facilitates the body’s ability to heal itself. Therefore, as four practitioners of TCM, we believe that these techniques should be accessible to everybody so that folks can manifest their own health and healing destiny.

If you would like to bring us to your organization for any of the following workshops, please contact us at sagecommunityhealth [at] gmail [dot] com.

Nahua Lessons: (Self) Healing Course: Learning from Our Native Ancestors

In this course, the young master Akaxe Yotzin will be sharing the knowledge, science and disciplines of the indigenous Nahua Nations of the Americas that were applied both for individual and societal holistic health. We will learn how to harmoniously direct our egos, be in sisterhood and brotherhood with our bodies, live life consciously and how to begin to understand the messages from our bodies and subconscious. Through experiential activities, guided meditations, breathing exercises, self-analysis and more, we will learn how to begin applying what we learn to better our every day lives on both emotional and physical levels. For more information email NahuaLessons@gmail.com

Moxibustion Workshops 

Learn how to apply Moxibustion to yourself, and if you are a healer to your clients, for various common ailments. Moxibustion is an ancient tool that is great for warming channels and points, keeping up your natural defenses, and moving Qi and Blood.

The 12 Channels of Chinese Medicine Part 1 and 2

Learn the basics of Lung, Large Intestine, Spleen, Stomach, Heart, and Small Intestine channels. Including: tracing each external channel, acupressure tips, how to stretch the channel, and Food is Medicine tips for each channel.

TCM strategies for Abdominal Health 

We will cover the channels that enter the abdomen, which is known as your hara.  The hara is your center and contains your entire history.  We will discuss what foods and herbs to use to prevent and treat common disorders, plus self massage/acupressure and stretching for the channels that enter the abdomen.

Guasha workshop

Guasha is a common tool used in Chinese medicine to help relieve muscle pain, treat respiratory issues like colds/allergies, and prevent migraine headaches.  It is an accessible technique that people can use on themselves, their friends and families.

Self and Community Care Workshop for Activists and Organizers

In the activist community it is so easy to blame ourselves for the inability to transform through our social justice work and activism. However, so much of our burnout tends to be caused not only by the individual’s own personal journey but also the cultural systems that allow us to burn-out in the first place. This pop-ed style workshop will lead participants in a discussion exploring questions such as: How do we critique our own  communities and organizations and tackle challenges without creating additional harm? How do we feel safe enough to fall apart, and trust we will have collective space available when we bounce back again?

Community Care Nights at Sage

Chicago Action Medical and the Chicago Healing Justice Network offer an evening of health and wellness resources for activists, protesters, communities in resistance and anyone needing care, once a month. The space was originally created to be provide  temporary “after care” services for activists, organizers and people who protested NATO Summit 2012. The event was so successful we decided to keep them going as long as there was  a need. It is a drop-in space to receive sensitive, trauma- informed, solidarity wellness care.

No appointment is needed. Donations are gladly accepted. We offer NADA ear acupuncture treatments, herbal consults, massage, reiki,  drop-in, short term consultations with a nurse or meeting with a counselor. These services are based on participation of practitioners/volunteers and all may not be available each month.

Community Care nights happen the first friday of every month. See the Sage calendar for more information. Please email sagecommunityhealth@gmail.com to find out how you can get more involved.

NADA Circles and Healing Retreats

Sage has been honored to receive requests to hold space for retreats and group gatherings. We have the capacity to come to your space or host an event at our beautiful space with up to 20 people. We have a variety of healing tools to offer, such as NADA circles, 12 channel stretching, gua sha workshops, moxibustion workshops, and more! We love creating workshops tailored to meet the needs of you and your group, so contact us for more information or to begin creating your group healing retreat.

See our events page for more information and upcoming workshops and events.