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 a mystic, care worker, ancestral animism seeker, re-memberer, tender, + weaver, land steward, herbalist, nurse, astrologer, witch, traiteux, aspiring völva, writer, researcher, radical folk/ community historian, + memory keeper. I situate myself as a lifelong student, lover, + questioner of these crafts, practices, traditions, + lineages, which are deeply interconnected. My pronouns are they / them.
I value authenticity, care work, interdependence / sacred reciprocity, non-linear time + healing, solidarity, autonomy, boundaries, + pleasure.
I seek to weave my strand in the web of wyrd as a race traitor in service of dispelling + dismantling myths + structures of white supremacy + capitalism. I believe in the power + magic of care webs, mutual aid, + crip, femme, survivor wisdom. As a crip, femme, survivor myself who lives with complex PTSD + chronic pain, I am particularly interested in the intersections of nervous system co-regulation + healing attachment traumas through building relationships + communities grounded in care + interdependence.
MY CURRENT OFFERINGS
My practice is currently based out of my home office + apothecary in South Minneapolis. I was a practitioner at the People’s Movement Center from 2017 up until it closed in 2020.
My approach is informed by my values listed above, which are rooted in healing justice, emergent strategy, disability justice, abolition, anti-fascism, + anti-authoritarianism.
SASSAFRAS HEALING ARTS ORIGIN STORY
I started Sassafras Healing Arts in 2012 after many years of supporting myself with herbal medicine through a variety of health crises. 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.
MORE ABOUT ME
From what I know, I come from Cajun / French, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Prussian, Belgian, Austrian, Polish, + Roma working-class farmers, caretakers, healers, herbalists, midwives, nurses, blacksmiths, jewelers, clockmakers, merchants, and more.
I am a disabled, trans, non-binary, queer, femme, southern transplant who spent my childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana — Chickasaw, Chitimacha, + Choctaw Land, my adolescence in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin — Anishinaabe, Dakhóta + Ho-Chunk Land, + my early to mid 20’s in Duluth, Minnesota — Anishinaabe Territory.
I spent my 20’s working as an advocate to survivors of intimate partner violence + sexual assault, a sexual health + pleasure educator, and co-founding SPIRAL Collective. I maintained community-organizing and advocacy practices while also expanding + deepening my care work to include queer + trans-centered herbalism, bodywork/somatics, astrology, ancestral healing, and their varying intersections. In 2017 I began formally studying craniosacral bodywork + cupping therapy. I have been studying tarot, astrology, and ancestral healing since 2015. Runes began to speak to me in my dreams in 2018 and I have been deeply listening ever since. I work these divination practices into my work with clients as well as my medicine-making practice.
I provided HRT injections & HIV testing at The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition from From 2012 - 2017.
I Co-Founded + Co-Directed SPIRAL Collective from 2012 - 2020 + I also Co-Founded + Co-Directed Herbalists for Racial Justice from 2016 - 2020.
Learn more about my background, training, and teachers here.
For more information please see my Frequently Asked Questions page.
I'm a member of the Minnesota Holistic Medicine Group, see listing here.
The New York Times
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January 10th, 2021
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