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Growing Strong in 2014

Published on December 29, 2014 under Home
Growing Strong in 2014

2014 was a beautiful year of growth for the Florida School of Holistic Living. Through the support of our diverse and beautiful community, we’ve had the blessing to continue to grow our mission this year, both in Central Florida and far beyond.

We wish to take this opportunity to reflect on the milestones that our staff, volunteers, and community have allowed to blossom forth from this heart-centered work,
as we prepare to continue growing forth in service to the plants in 2015.

Highlights of 2014

The third annual Florida Herbal Conference sold out in record attendance

Florida School of Holistic Living helps sister organization preserve 4000 acres in Peru

Our largest Community Herbalist class to date shares their gifts with the community

Florida School of Holistic Living expands outreach to several national conferences

Herbalist Emily Ruff leads volunteer efforts to bring empowering education into the prison system

Florida School of Holistic Living receives approval to offer Continuing Education Units to various professions

Our New and Full Moon Circles enter their eighth year to notable media coverage, instrument donation, and matching grant

Florida School of Holistic Living launches a new branch program in South Florida

Our Community Herbal Clinic saw a 57% increase in the number of clients we served in 2014

Our Seed Library distributed 24% more seeds to individuals and community gardens than previous years.

As a 501c3, your support has carried our organization this far, and will continue to help us grow in serving our mission to bring empowerment through education to our community, helping connect people and plants in intimate, meaningful, and transformative ways.

We are so grateful for the continued opportunity to do this good work in service to the plants and our community, and we take this moment of celebration to invite you to make a year-end tax-deductible contribution to support these efforts into 2015.

More 2014 Reflections

Our core herbalism education program continues to empower students towards greater health in harmony with nature, and more students are finding their way to our programs from outside of Orlando.  We’ve diversified some of our local workshops, and now offer Continuing Education Units for many classes to professional Massage Therapists, Dietitians, and Acupuncturists.  We’ve added Skype platform to some of our classes, to offer distance learning for programs while still engaging these students in live-time discussions.

We were grateful to host special guests Margi Flint and Betzy Bancroft this year for workshops, and in 2015 will bring more national speakers to Central Florida, hosting renowned herbalists 7Song, Phyllis Light, and Leslie Alexander for special herbal programs next year.

We hosted a sold-out Florida Herbal Conference in its third year, with over 500 participants. We can’t wait for the upcoming fourth annual event, featuring keynote speakers Steven Foster and Juliet Blankespoor, this February. We feel especially gratified by the feedback of community engagement and relationship building that is fostered by this annual weekend, and look forward to the many reflections of how our broader regional herbal community can continue to be nourished through connections made at this event.

Our Seed Library continued for its third year, distributing over 14,000 seeds to 340 individuals and community gardens. This represents a 24% increase in participation and distribution from last year. Seeds continue to be replenished in the library from generous organic seed companies, our own gardens, and more and more, the contributions of community members whose gardens began from our collection.

Our Community Clinic has grown in its fourth year, and we saw 143 clients to date. This represents a 57% increase from the previous year. We are now seeing many repeat clients as well as new clients, and continue to receive positive feedback from those who are helped through this program.

Entering our eighth year, our Moon Circles received growing support from the community as well as the press, including a matching grant, radio feature, and donation of new instruments.

We’re delighted to see what 2015 brings, and can only do it with your support. We invite you to contribute a year-end tax-deductible donation today to help us continuing growing strong into 2015.