Hello & Welcome to Sassafras Healing Arts!
My name is cheré (rere) suzette bergeron. I am a healing arts practitioner located in Occupied Dakhóta + Anishinaabe Territory, otherwise known as Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I create medicine + magic for healing justice + collective liberation.
I am an Herbalist, Bodyworker, Doula / Companion, Traiteux (traditional Cajun healer) + aspiring Völva. My pronouns are they / them.
Co-Founder, SPIRAL Collective
Co-Founder, Herbalists for Racial Justice
sliding scale herbalism & flower essence consultations
My practice is based out of my home office. My approach is rooted in emergent strategy, disability justice, + healing justice. As someone with white settler ancestry & who identifies as a non-binary, queer, chronically ill witch, this means uplifting femme folks, queer & trans folks, sick, disabled, chronically ill folks, black folks, indigenous folks, & people of color as healers, as well as to center these communities in my practice.
I strive to bring my whole self to my clients & meet them where they are at, respecting their decisions, honoring their intuition, & working to co-create a container for them to see themselves as the powerful healers & magic-makers they are. I strive to bring an ethic of communal care to my practice, recognizing that we cannot "self care" our traumas away, & that we do not survive alone.
I started Sassafras Healing Arts in 2012 after many years of supporting myself with herbal medicine through a variety of health crisises. When a sweet friend of my told me that they loved the winter solstice salve I made for them so much that they wanted to get more from me for some of their beloveds, I decided to begin offering herbal medicine to folks in my community. In 2017 I began studying craniosacral bodywork + cupping therapy. I have been studying tarot, astrology, and ancestral healing since 2015. I work these divination practices into my work with clients as well as my medicine-making practice. I completed my training intensive + initiation into the practice of Death Midwifery in May of 2018.
MORE ABOUT ME:
From what I know, I come from a line of Cajun, Norse, Prussian, Belgian, German, Polish, + Roma working-class farmers, caretakers, healers, herbalists, nurses, blacksmiths, jewelers, clockmakers, + merchants. I am a disabled, trans, non-binary, queer, femme, southern transplant.
I spent my childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana (Chickasaw, Chitimacha, + Choctaw Territory) & my adolescence in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (Anishinaabe, Dakhóta + Ho-Chunk Territories).
I am a Co-Founder of SPIRAL Collective (Supporting People in Reproduction, Abortion, & Loss), a sick, chronically ill, & disabled, queer, trans, BIPOC-centered full spectrum reproductive justice collective aiming to provide radical, compassionate care in all pregnancy outcomes and experiences with the intention of empowering bodily autonomy. I was a Co-Director from 2012 - 2020.
I provided hormone injection assistant & HIV testing at The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition from 2012 - 2017.
EDUCATION + TRAINING
In 2009 I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Gender / Women’s Studies & International Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
In 2017 I graduated from the Master Herbalist Program at the Green Wisdom School of Natural & Botanical Medicine in August 2017 after completing over 3,000 hours of herbal studies, including 700 hours of clinical herbal practice.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota's Masters of Nursing Program in December 2018 and I worked as a Bilingual Registered Public Health Nurse at a local community-based primary care clinic in West St. Paul from January - October 2020. Sassafras Healing Arts is currently my primary + sole source of income.
Learn more about my background, training, and teachers here.
I am a member of the Minnesota Holistic Medicine Group. Find my listing my clicking here.
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