[short] Health Autonomy


Our inability to care for ourselves is an impediment to revolution. We are tied to a Healthcare system that extracts our bodies from the larger physical reality. We no longer know how to ask nature for help. Most of us cannot perform basic first aid. We think that mental health requires formal therapy. Disease is individualized while wellness is commodified. Contemporary systems of ‘care’ require us to struggle alone to perpetuate capitalist economies. Since early 2016, The Woodbine Health Autonomy group has hosted skill shares on basic first aid, disaster response, traditional Chinese medicines, and urban herbal medicines. They’ve also started a podcast, helped curate an international health festival, and greatly expanded their network to develop models for fostering a new way of life.