By Andi

Homostead Seeks Summer WOOFer and Landmate

Are you looking for a sweet escape this summer? Where you can eat wild berries and swim every afternoon in a turquoise river?

Hoping to learn some rural living skills like gardening, wildcrafting, barn building or animal care – in a queer and trans friendly environment?

Maybe you just want to make friends with some goats and pigs and dance the night away?

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Then we might have the opportunity for you!

The Homostead is queer and trans land project located on un-ceded Sinixt territory. We are seeking one renter and one WOOFer. We’d also potentially be open to two renters.

We just had our summer rental fall through due to a family emergency so we are looking for a renter and WOOFer as early as May 1st. These arrangements could last until the end of September. It is possible that the rental arrangement could continue into fall and winter and even beyond, if it feels good for everyone.

Click here to read the detailed guidelines we’ve set out for renters and WOOFers.


The long and short of it is:

Renters pay $300 rent + $75 for bills. They are also expected to contribute 10 hours a month of labour. Ideally renters would be available during the first week of August during Shambhala to help with animal care while we are away working harm reduction.

WOOFers commit to 25 hours per week in exchange for room and board. Tasks include helping Andi prep herbal medicine, attending weekly markets, taking care of animals, building infrastructure, child care and working in the garden. WOOFer’s must the available during the first week of August when we go away to work harm reduction at Shambhala.

The spaces we have available are a trailer and a school bus. Both have been renovated into super quaint living spaces. Both spaces have power, cook stoves, storage, beds and wood stoves. There is running water, a phone with unlimited long distance, a guest room, laundry, 2 deep freezes, an art room and internet in the main house. Arrangements to access the main house will be made on an individual basis with renters/WOOFers.


What we are looking for:

We want to live with people who have a clear understanding of consent and boundaries. It is a requirement that people we share space with be queer and/or trans identified, or at least allies who are committing to ongoing work unpacking these issues. We would be most excited about folks who have some understanding of anti-oppression politics – especially with regards to anti-racism and settler colonization, but really this matters less to us than folks who we vibe well with. We would like to live with people who come with some skills, but we feel an attitude of being open to learning is more important than anything else. Also we are expecting a baby in November and we do hang out with littles sometimes, so being ok with kids is pretty important to us.  We are planning on raising a barn this summer, so we’d love folks who are into helping out with that project. The barn raising will be a huge part of the work the WOOFer contributes to.

For renters we are looking for someone who has financially stability and an ability to mindfully maintain their living space. For WOOFers we are looking for people who are hard working, excited about learning rural skills and who work well in teams and independently.

The two people currently living here are andi and Kori. You can click on our names to be directed to our websites and get a sense of who we are.


If you are interested in coming to live at the Homostead for the summer..

send us at email at andi[@] with the following info:

– are you interested in WOOFing or renting?
– how long would you like to stay?
– why are you interested in coming to stay at the homostead?
– what do you offer as a renter/WOOFer?
– what do you need as a renter/WOOFer to feel good in a living/working arrangement?

This is one of our goats. Her name is bell hooks. Photo from

Images for this post come from Rebecca


Recipe: Nettle Dandelion Pesto

What I love most about spring is the  slowly returning green, bursting forth from beneath the snow. Here the season is wet, surprisingly warm during the day and full of wild flowers, edible shoots and leaves. The season signals the return of abundant wild food harvesting time.

Two of my favourite spring time wild crafted medicinal plants are dandelion and stinging nettle.

Both are very rich with nutrients and vitamins. These powerhouse healers cleanse blood and support the liver as well as the respiratory, urinary and digestive systems. They are also very supportive for early pregnancy.

Dandelion especially is very easy to find and harvest, they grow prolifically and are often feared by gardeners. This is really a shame because dandelions are great food and very supportive of bees. Nettles tend to be found near bodies of water, streams or oceans. Its easy to notice them if you trespass into their space because they’ll sting you. With patience nettles can be harvested and processed by hand. They tend to sting when we are paying the least attention. But the stings not all bad, the acid is quite useful for treatment of arthritis. Some people even sting themselves with nettles on purpose.

One of my favouite ways to prepare both of these greens is making pesto. I’ve been making spring green pesto for years with many different recipes. Last night I made a batch that is so far one of my favorites so i am passing on the recipe to you.

From High Garden on Facebook.
From High Garden on Facebook. you could use any of these greens in a pesto.



1 1/2 cup dandelion greens

1 1/2 cups nettle leaves (you could use three cups of either solo, or any ratio really)

1/2 cup cashews

4 cloves garlic (can be adjusted based on how strong your garlic is and how garlic heavy you like your pesto)

3/4 cups of oil (i used sunflower, you can use what you prefer) + 1 tbsp oil

1/2 cup nutritional yeast (could substitute cheese if you prefer)

salt + pepper

these are nettles I harvested. They were frozen before I added them to the pesto.



put 1 tbsp oil into medium pan. bring pan up to medium heat. add cashews and garlic. heat until both are a warm golden brown. when finished remove mixture from heat and place into separate bowl or food processor.

keeping the remaining oil in the pan and turning the heat off, add greens. keep greens in heat until they wilt and sweat mildly. in the end they will look like this:


remove the greens from heat and add them to a food processor. add nutritional yeast, cashews, garlic, salt and pepper as well as a small amount of the oil.

turn on the food processor and slowly add oil as mixture blends. you don’t need to add all the oil if it feels like too much. if you are using a blender you will want to add all the oil first, otherwise the mixture may not blend.

pesto can be frozen or kept in the fridge. some folks i know like to put it into ice cube trays to have single serving portions. i love eating it on toast with an egg.


ps: if you live in the slocan valley or nelson area, i have a few jars of this pesto for sale or trade. let me know if you’d like some <3


Raffi Kojian /

Workshop: Courting Pennyroyal – herbal allies for contraceptive care

this workshop has come and gone, but you can purchase a recording of it here.

For thousands of years fertile and menstruating people have worked with herbs to affect our moon cycles. Many of our ancestors experienced dire persecution for holding this sacred knowledge, simply because it is and was so powerful. For generations these skills were forced deep underground, nestled safely in the dark-dampness of forest tree roots, leaving the present day generations of witches, healers and bleeders without the knowledge so many of us crave.

It is time to dig this knowledge back up from the roots.

Today it is often challenging to find accurate information about herbal contraception. Often the available information is decontextualized or fear mongering, so as to turn people away from the power that lies dormant in our blood, bones and dream life.

my moontime blend

This workshop is designed to give people the skills to become more deeply in touch with our moon cycles. Much will be covered in this workshop including cycle charting, myth-busting, safer sex practices, herbal allies and medicine making, ethical wildcrafting, harm reduction, and the spiritual/energetic aspects of herbal contraception.

People of all genders are welcome at this workshop.

This workshop is taking place in person at the Nelson Women’s Center (un-ceded Sinixt Territory) on April 16th from 10 am to 4 pm.

It is also taking place online April 24th from 1 pm to 4pm PST.

Both workshops will utilize 8 community agreements, which will be looked at, amended and/or adopted during the workshop.

The sliding scale for the in person workshop is $30 to $100. Sliding scale for the online workshop is $20 to $50. Payment plans are available. Trades for medicine making supplies, or home grown food are also available. You must arrange the trade with me over email through the registration process. Trades that have not been consensually agreed upon by both of us before the workshop will not be honoured.

All participants will receive an online list of resources as well as a paper copy of my herbal abortion poster, which will be mailed to you upon registration, if you are taking the online webinar. Participants will also receive 10% off everything in my witches’ cabinet for up to 1 month after the workshop.

Courting PennyRoyal

The online workshop will take place on google chat + prezi. An email will be sent out prior to the workshop with a link to the meeting room. A follow up email will be sent after the workshop with resources mentioned in the workshop.

The in-person workshop will allow for taste testing herbs as well as interacting with different cycle tracking tools. The online workshop will include references to these tools and where to find them, as well as some tools being sent out online. The three hour online workshop will be a bit more lecture based, but there will be space for discussion and for all participants to interact with eachother as well as ask questions and crowdsource answers.

Your registration email will give you more information about my background in this work and my teachers.

I look forward to connecting with you all. <3



How I made and how I use my Herpes Heal Kit

Recently I was sent an email asking how I made and how I use my Herpes Heal Kit. The email I wrote went into quite a bit of detail, so I have reproduced it here, with some amendments, for you all to learn more about this medicine.

My herpes remedy is hand made with wild crafted herbs from Sinixt territory.

The tincture is made with lemonbalm, usnea, glycerine, water and brandy.

The tincture is sweet,yummy and gentle. Lemonbalm is anti-viral and calming. It supports the nervous system, lessens the effect of the virus and reduces stress. Usnea supports the immune system and helps clear infections like herpes, utis and kidney infections.

For the internal medicine I chose to use more lemonbalm than usnea to help calm the nervous system, reduce the body’s stress response and fight the virus internally. The usnea helps with cleansing and immune support as well.

Usnea - photo taken by my lovely friend Moe
Usnea – photo taken by my lovely friend Moe

The salve is made with usnea, lemonbalm, oil and beeswax. It has more usnea than lemonbalm. I did this because i wanted the medicine to focus more on healing the blister by drawing heat away from the skin and fighting the viral outbreak. That said the lemon balm also helps calm the pain and itchiness and fight the virus.

I use both these medicines myself. I have been working on crafting herbal remedies for years and this combo has proven the most effective for me of all the methods I’ve tried. I’ve gotten similar feedback from friends about it.

I use the medicine primarily as a preventative tool. If I notice myself feeling worn down, over-tired, depressed, anxious or sniffly I would take the tincture. If my skin feels irritated I will use the salve topically. I find the medicine very often fights off break outs before they get full blown. I dose based on how I’m feeling. The closer I feel to a break out, the more of the medicine I take. I try to trust my body and work with the plants based on feeling.

I wouldn’t advise taking the tincture more than 1 vial or 30 drops 4 x day.

When I have a break out I use the salve on the break out until it goes away. I take one squeeze/vial of the tincture about 4 x per day until the break out stops. I also try to drink lots of water and rest.

usnea - again photo taken by my lovely friend Moe
usnea – again photo taken by my lovely friend Moe

I think it would be possible to use this medicine daily if someone was having very frequent break outs, but that is not something I have done so I can’t speak to its efficacy as daily medicine. If it were a daily medicine for someone I would also recommend diet and lifestyle changes to support the body’s ability to keep the virus at bay.

I’m available to work as a consultant if someone wants to make a personal plan to lessen their break outs. You can email me at andi(@) to set up a consultation.

The medicine ranges in price depending on how much you need. The more you buy the cheaper it is considering how much you get. There are three sizes:

Mini – which is sample pack really. It’s enough to treat one break out.
Medium – would be enough for someone with infrequent break-outs to use as a preventative medicine regularly (this is the size I use) or break out treatment a few times a year.
Large –  this size is the most medicine for your money. I would reccomend this size for anyone who wants to use this medicine as a daily treatment.

This medicine should not be used a daily treatment for pregnant people for more than three weeks at a time.

If you found this post helpful please consider supporting my work by becoming a monthly donor, purchasing medicine, poetry or a tarot card reading from my witches cabinet, or sharing the work on social media. My work is 100% community supported so every little bit counts <3 thank you thank you thank yoU!!

artwork by @jona_shoe


the children sit by the shore line
swallowing shards of broken glass.
broken bottles tossed from boats
by old men remembering each other.
they wish for touch and life jackets.
they wish for adult arms to catch them
as they tumble off broken swing sets.

most of the glass is broken bottles
tossed through storms, whirlpools and drownings
but some are left with messages in tact:
“the way i love you terrifies me”
“you are my compass”
“i need you like breathing”
“i think they saw us”
“one day we’ll be together”

the letters are spotted by ocean blood and tears
aged and faded by sunbeams
begging for the waking breath of sunrise
the tender steady holding of a sea shore.

the children clutch their shredded bellies
their burning cheeks rest against pillows of sand
in their dreams they touch each other
and silently pass tide-smoothed sea glass hand to hand.
they sing the songs of letters sung by mermaids,
soak in ink resting peaceful amongst the bones
of whales left to rest in shallow sunny water
ribcages empty and welcoming of heartbeats.

the children pass each other dandelion roots
rose petals, nettles leaves and fiddleheads
and fresh hand-cupped creek water.
they nurse each other patiently
tend to wounds and salt-water crumbling
lay the dead to rest with elder flowers
and pray the songs sung by mermaids
tucked amongst the haunted whale bones
finally resting peacefully, at the bottom of the sea.

this poem is from my poetry chapbook 13 months feral. i’ve shared it here today in anticipation of our upcoming workshop tour glitter rebellion. in these workshops we will explore using creative process to get in touch with and learn from our ancestors. this poem came to me through a dream and is an exploration of how plant allies and queer ancestry support healing from trauma.

the wonderful art for this poem comes from @jona_shoe. you can check out their work on instagram and on their website.


Radio Interview: Boundaries

Last week I was interviewed on Gender Trouble CFUV.

I talked about boundaries: why they are important, how to set them, who my teachers have been, as well as plant and magical allies I work with.

You can listen to the interview here.

If you want to connect with the teachers I mention you can connect with Pavini here and Safeteen here.

If you’re interested in learning more about plant allies you can book an herbal consultation with me by emailing me at andi(@)andigracewrites(.)com.

If you’re interested in booking a tarot reading, a tool I have found immensely helpful to work with in setting boundaries. You can book a tarot card reading with me here.

The gorgeous image for this interview comes from Auberon Wolf. You can see more of their work on their site here.

If you would like to share your art work as feature images on my site, check out this artists call out.


artist call out

are you a visual artist? do you want to share your work with a new online audience?

i’m thinking of how i want to source images for my website. especially for my blogs and social media presence. it would be rad to be able to source and share images from my community.

do you have images you want to share? work you want me to help uplift?

here’s the details: if you share some images with me (through a google drive folder), then i will link the images to your website, or wherever you want it linked to. i will also include a credit/gratitude note at the end of the piece about your work. and if i use your images frequently i will gift you an herbal medicine package. if i was in a position to pay you for your images i would. i’m working to be in a position to do that, in future.

lemme know if you’re interested and lets talk about how to make image sharing work for both of us.

totally open to feedback about how this process would feel most awesome for folks.

here is what i’m looking for/working on:
anything magical or plant based. animals are also good. and super queer images also. i write a lot about abortion, ancestry work, boundaries, magic, self care, anti-racism, herbal medicine. and in summer i’ll be focusing more on barn building and harm reduction. i’m also into wisom giving images. things that are femmey and ethereal and gorgeous. also love vintage plants.

feel free to send me an email if you’re interested to andi[@]


glitter rebellion workshop tour

workshop details:

Glitter Rebellion is a workshop where participants are invited to connect to the resilience that lives in their bones, blood and spirits. Those of us who fight the patriarchy, glitterbomb homophobia and work tirelessly to free our genders from binaries all carry timeless rebellion in our hearts, whether from our blood ancestors, or from our ancestors of struggle. In this learning space we invite folks of all genders and sexual orientations to gather together, create, play, explore, connect, be consensually vulnerable and tell stories. The work seeks to vision both our histories of rebellion and the gifts we wish to cultivate in offering to those who will call us their ancestors.

This workshop space will prioritize imagination, intuition, visions, dream world escapades, magic, creativity and play as primary learning modalities.

your hosts:

Your hosts will be andi grace and Kori Doty as well as the local space organizers they are partnering with. Neither Kori nor andi consider themselves experts on this topic, but rather see themselves as willing space holders. Both andi and Kori have european ancestral ties and access to white privilege. They also both identify as queer witches and medicinal story tellers. They both use they pronouns and live on a rural queer and trans homesteading project called the homostead, that sits on un-ceded sinixit territory. Like everyone, their identities are more complex than brief social location markers can offer. If you have questions about their identities or approaches feel free to peruse their websites or send them messages through facebook or email.


to help cover our travel costs and make this work our livelihood we are asking $20 to $60 sliding scale from each participant. We are also open to trades for things like food, medicine making supplies and promotion of our work to as-of-yet un-tapped networks. We are committed to access in such a way that we will not turn people away for lack of funds. However we request that other options be pursued before a request for free participation is made, such as asking for support from allies and other workshop participants, looking into local grants (which we are happy to help write), offering trades etc. We don’t want to turn anyone away from the work because of a lack of financial resources, but we also need to be realistic about those expenses coming from our livelihood, when we consider the larger sustainability of our work. Also we believe that our communities are rich with abundance and generosity, even if that abundance is not necessarily cash driven. We want to encourage de-stigmatized and supportive conversations about class, money, access and the value of labour as an aspect of the learning offered here.

dates and locations:


Winlaw Sinixt territory on March 5th.
Bindus 1 – 4 pm.
Details available on Facebook.

East Van Coast Salish territory on March 10th.
Hammock Residency 6 – 9 pm.
and March 20th at The Toast Collective from 1 – 4 pm
Details available on Facebook.
*space at these workshops is limited. please send an email to koridoty[@] to confirm attendance.

Quest University sḵwx̱wú7mesh territory on March 13th.
Details available on Facebook.

Victoria Coast Salish territory on March 17th.
SPARC 6 – 9 pm.Details available on Facebook.
*space at this workshop is limited. please send an email to to confirm attendance.

We are open to bringing this workshop to more places. If you have questions about the existing workshops, or want to book us for another location please send email to andi[@] and to koridoty[@]



Making a Mandrake Flying Ointment

This past winter solstice I made a mandrake flying ointment.

The magic I weaved with this ointment was to call in abundance.

Financial abundance.
Accepting loving touch.
Bravery to speak hard truths.

This was my solstice magic.

The magic and medicine seemed to resonate with folks. The ointments sold out in about one week. I’ve decided that this time around I will show you how I make a mandrake ointment. That way you can make one yourself, or know exactly what you’re getting when you order one from my witch’s cabinet.


The first step is to find mandrake root. I bought the mandrake root for these salves from Self Heal an apothecary in Victoria. Mandrake grows in Southern Europe (though it made it’s way through trade all through-out europe). This means that the climate where I live (an inland canadian mountain valley on unceded sinixt territory) isn’t ideal for growing mandrake. Maybe once our greenhouse is constructed it’ll be a different story, but for now, this source feels good to me. Self Heal can deliver to you through the mail, if you want to source from them.

If you can’t harvest or grow mandrake yourself, look out for wild crafted, sustainably harvested sources. You can smell when a plant is healthy, it’s medicine strong. The colours will be more vibrant. Feel the plant in your hands and notice how it feels in your body.

Trust your intuition as you get to know the plant.

The other ingredient in this salve is cottonwood buds. I harvest cottonwood from a healthy patch near my house. Cottonwood helps soothe the skin and is used in many european witch craft practices to aid in astral travel. It’s a beautiful partner for this salve and can be harvested in many places.

I made the oil for this salve in a 1 liter widemouth mason jar. I added 1/2 cup of lightly dried cottonwood buds and 1 cup of thinly grated mandrake root. Then I covered the root and buds with olive oil (you can also use grapeseed, sunflower etc), put on the lid, labeled it with the date and ingredients and left it to sit for a month, in a cool dark shelf in my apothecary.

I prefer to let the medicines I make to sit for 3 to 6 months, if possible. This means the medicine is strong and well infused. You can also play with astrological influences in your medicine. I try to bottle and make medicine on significant days. New and full moons. Solstices and equinoxes. I also prefer passive or lunar infusion over heat infusion because I feel it is more gentle and maintains more healing properties in the medicine. That being said, the best infusion method depends on what kind of medicine you’re making and how soon you need it.

Lately I’ve been playing with gentle heat infusion in my medicine making, because it helps me make medicine more quickly. For this mandrake salve I added half the jar’s contents into a double boiler (I left the rest to infuse in the jar) and gently heated the medicine til it became fragrant and the herbs looked spent. You want to avoid heating the oil til it bubbles, because that generally means the oil is too hot and that can kill off the nutrients needed for a strong medicine. Gentle heat is better, thats why double boilers are awesome for medicine making.


Once the oil feels ready I strain the herbs out. You can see the cottonwood buds and mandrake root pretty clearly in this picture. For many medicines, especially those that are passively infused, you may want to strain the medicine with cheesecloth or even a press. There is much medicinal content that can come from pressing the last medicine out of the plant matter. I tent to avoid pressing with cottonwood buds because of how sticky they are. Heat infusion can work well for decocting roots, that’s another reason why I use gentle heat for mandrake root oil. Pressing, I have found, works best for petal, leaves and flowers. Or roots that soften a great deal upon being processed.


Then I added the oil back to the double boiler and added beeswax to the mix. I used to make salves with a 1:5 beeswax to oil ratio, but this time I used a ratio of 1:4 because I want to make a slightly harder salve. I like using less beeswax so there is more plant matter in the medicine, but the downside is the salves are not as solid. More thick salves travel better, spread a bit more thick on the skin, and are less likely to melt in someone’s bag or back pocket. I definitely prefer beeswax of emulsifying wax because it is harder so you can use less of it. I also find beeswax feels better on my skin and I love the medicinal properties it carries.

Some other things I have used to thickeners are coconut oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and carnuba wax. I have also found that when I make salves using pig fat (which my ancestors would have done) they stand alone without thickener. I’m lucky cause I can source pig fat from my buddies who lived in the front yard, but you can also source it from a trusted local butcher and it is usually pretty inexpensive. It does take love and time to render fat though.

While I prefer to not make my medicine with vegan ingredients I can do it as a special order. If you’re interested in a vegan (no beeswax) version of this salve feel free to email me with your order at andi(@)andigracewrites(.)com


Once the wax has melted I pour the salves into jars and leave them outside to cool. You can see from these two pictures how much the colour changes as the salve hardens.


And there you have it. That’s how I make a mandrake salve.

Some folks have also asked how I use this salve. I use it on sore muscles primarily and have found it to create great pain relief. I also use it as a massage oil for me and my partner if we’re intending to have sexy times together. We find it makes us giddy, relaxed and more connected to each other. I also use the medicine almost like a solid perfume, particularly when I’m wanting to call something in like loving touch or money. The salve has an earthy smell that I really appreciate and I have found it be an amazing luck charm for abundance of all kinds. It has literally delivered what I’m looking for and often more, every time I use it.

You can order a mandrake salve here and learn more about the magic in this medicine here. The article about the magic of the salve will also direct you to resources to learn more about mandrake as a plant. Mandrake has a rich history and I highly recommend learning more about it.

Check out the product listing for contraindications. As a rule of thumb folks who are pregnant, nursing or allergic to aspirin will want to stay away from this medicine. That being said if you want to get pregnant, but you aren’t yet, this medicine may appeal to you.

If you have additional questions about this medicine, feel free to send me an email (andi(@) or connect with me on facebook.

Best of luck in your medicine making <3


Women and Femmes Assertiveness Workshop: Nelson

do you want to learn skills to speak your truth and be heard?

do you ever feel confused about the difference between being “needy” or “a bitch” and having necessary boundaries?

then i invite you to join us for the assertiveness workshop at the Nelson’s Women’s Center on Feb 6th from 12 – 3.

no pre-registration is required though you’re welcome to send me an email to andi[@] if you have questions or want to let me know that you’re coming. you can list yourself as attending on the facebook event as well. <3

setting boundaries is a challenging, life saving and drama-reducing skill set, especially for women and femme identified people of any gender – many of whom often struggle to simply and clearly say “no”. this workshop will take you through a series of exercises to help you better understand and articulate your boundaries, both with your loved ones and those who seek to violate you.

i’ve chosen the wild rose as the images for this workshop because i believe this plant carries a valuable medicine when it comes to boundaries and protection. roses can only be as soft, loving and gentle as they are because they have thorns to protect them. boundaries allow for vulnerability and can help facilitate connection and well being. in this learning space we will work with this medicine, as well as with yarrow flowers, as we move through the tenuous and powerful skill of gracefully, lovingly and fiercely setting boundaries. 

this workshop is open to all folks who identify as women or femmes.

the cost is $10 to $20 sliding scale with no-one turned away for lack of funds. folks with greater financial access are encouraged to donate generously, to facilitate the participation of those without financial access. i’m also very open to trades for food and medicine making supplies. ultimately it’s more important to me that folks take part in the work, than i get paid by each participant. that being said, i do need some cash to flow towards this work, in order to keep it sustainable. ♥

i come to this work after years of learning how to set boundaries. boundaries are a skillset i am always learning, adjusting and growing. i’m not an expert, but i have taught assertiveness workshop in hundreds of school across the lower mainland with Anita Robert’s Safeteen program. i also recently took part in Pavini Moray’s boundary class for queer and lesbian couples. this workshop is inspired by both of these teachers, various plant allies, as well as a unique mix of my own learnings and facilitation offerings.