Ricky Bratz.:. Herbalist .:. Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner .:.
Ricky Bratz is a queer femme herbalist healer of Sicilian, Arab and Eastern European/Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Ricky was born in New Jersey, grew up in Florida and made her way to New England before coming back down south to North Carolina 14 years ago. Ricky’s call to herbal medicine resulted in over a decade of experience working on small-scale organic farms throughout the East coast and cultivating her love of plants along the way. She has personally successfully used tools such as herbs, energy work, breathwork, meditation, and nutrition to manage her own depression and anxiety, in association with licensed healthcare providers. When she’s not seeing clients, she spends time in her garden, takes walks in the woods with her two dogs and partner, and works for The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities program as a Healthy Eating Active Living Coordinator.
Ricky’s clinical approach is a combination of Intuition, Folk Traditions from her ancestral lands as well as Western Clinical Herbalism, Southern Appalachian folk medicine and Greco-Arabic Unani. She continues to research her ancestral medicinal roots in the hope that her background will further inform her personal ritual and professional healing work. Ricky is deeply interested in the intersection of self-work and collective healing, the social and historical trauma of racism, and the construction of life-giving habits & resiliency.
Education and Training
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts // Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner Program // ongoing
BA Health Arts & Sciences // Thesis on Identity, Trauma, Race & Herbal Medicine // Goddard College // 2015
Racial Equity Training // Racial Equity Institute // 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Piedmont Medicinal Herb Production // Dr. Jeanine Davis // 2013
Assistant Instructor & Mentor // One World Healing Community (Online) // 2012-2013
The Nervous System // Weekend Intensive Training // 7Song // 2011
Began private Herbal Medicine Practice // Vital Bloom Botanicals // 2010
Clinical Herbalism // Weekend Intensive Training // 7Song // 2010
Southern Appalachian Folk Medicine & Clinical Assessment // Phyllis Light // 2010
One World Healing Arts Institute // Mimi Hernandez // 2010
Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference // 2009, 2012, 2015
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine // Juliet Blankespoor // 2009
Apprenticeship at Mountain Gardens // Joe Hollis // 2009
Usui Tibetan Reiki Level 1 & 2 // Seed of Light Healing Center // 2009
Herb Classes with Suki Roth // 2008, 2010
Herbal Apprenticeship // Handance Farm // 2007
Racial Equity Training // People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond // 2004
Work on Small-scale organic farms // 2000-2014
In addition to her work as a healer, Ricky has been a community organizer, farmer, and food & health justice educator in North Carolina since 2003. Throughout the Triad and the Triangle, she has initiated and been involved in projects such as: healing justice, community gardening, food access/justice, labor organizing, homelessness, community centers, collective living, racial equity, consensus decision-making, and queer liberation. Because of this work and her own personal experiences, Ricky is aware of the detrimental impact of oppression on our spiritual, emotional and physical Selves. She believes that knowing, connecting to, and healing our inner Selves is vital for the health of our communities and our society as a whole.
Ricky is committed to offering quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare for all, especially queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people, people of color and low income people.
Connect with Ricky at ricky(at)cazimihealing(dot)com