VCIH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing our community with healthcare resources grounded in Nature. We offer free and sliding-scale herbal consultations through our community clinic, as well as affordable classes that empower individuals to take care of themselves and their families using local plants and local wisdom. We also provide comprehensive herbalist training programs, which include clinical experience gained through collaborative practice in the community clinic.
Our ability to provide affordable services is supported by the tuition from our training programs and by contributions of time and resources from local practitioners, herb growers and product makers. To foster a self-sustaining model of community service, we also invite those we serve to help us continue our workand gain new skillsby participating in the ongoing maintenance of the clinic, through such activities as making remedies and growing herbs for donation.
While everyone in the community can take advantage of our services, we are also a membership organization, providing our members with discounts on our community education programs, discounted local herbal products, and herbal medicine kits.
Our mission is to:
educate and empower individuals to use traditional remedies as viable options in caring for themselves and their families; emphasize partnership with a clinical herbalist or other practitioner as an important adjunct to self-care; provide high-quality education for aspiring family and clinical herbalists; offer financially accessible health consultations to the community, creating an opportunity for collaborative practice among experienced herbalists, as well as a forum for education of clinical students; integrate and collaborate with other modalities and advance the role of the herbalist as an integral part of an effective healthcare model; renew deep connection with nature, encouraging a culture of ecological awareness, respect and interrelationship.
We help to connect folks with local plants, giving them tools to take better care of themselves and their families.
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