Linda Black Elk Speaks at StH

LindaLinda Black Elk (Catawba Nation) is an ethnobotanist specializing in teaching about culturally important plants and their uses as food and medicine. Linda works to protect food sovereignty, traditional plant knowledge, and environmental quality as an extension of the fight against the fossil fuels industry.

She has written for numerous publications, and is the author of “Watoto Unyutapi”, a field guide to edible wild plants of the Dakota people. Linda is the mother to three Lakota boys and is a lecturer at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

She is also currently working as co-director of the new “Mni Wiconi Clinic,” an integrative medicine clinic focusing on decolonized healthcare for the people of the Standing Rock Nation.

Linda will be attending “Spreading the Health” to discuss some of the successes and concerns that arose from the integrative care provided by the Medic and Healer Council in the Standing Rock Camps. She will also discuss next steps and ways to be good allies within Indigenous communities.


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We want your ideas!

This link will take you to a survey so that we can include your ideas in our planning for Spreading the Health Montana! Tell us what you think!

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Community Street Medic Training

 Our first step in Spreading the Health this June is a…

Community Street Medic Training!

June 23-25

The DIRT Center
518 Lookout Trail, Stevensville, MT 59870


Friday, June, 23 5-9 pm
Saturday, June 24th 10 am-6 pm
Sunday, 10 am-6 pm


$70-140 sliding scale (This goes to cover the costs of training supplies and materials. Those able to pay on the high end or even above help to support the availability of scholarships for those with limited funds.) Some scholarships and work-trade opportunities available so no one is turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us with your needs for more details.

Early Bird Discount! If you register by June 1,
registration will be $50-120 sliding scale


Registration is limited due to training capacity! A minimum $20 deposit upon registration is required in order to save your spot. We have learned from past trainings that this is a logistic necessity and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

register here!


The Community Street Medic Training is a weekend training teaching basic community medical skills including triage, assessment, basic treatment, wound care, basic herbs, organization, clinic set-up, and more. Each day builds on the previous day so attendance for the full training is highly encouraged and necessary to gain the full set of knowledge offered.

This training is being hosted at the DIRT Center near Stevensville and on-site camping is available to all participants. The DIRT Center is on 7.44 acres of mostly forested land so tent spots are plentiful and car camping is also available. The DIRT Center is also 15 minutes from the town of Stevensville which has hotel/motel and AIR BnB options available as well.

Lunches will be provided on Saturday and Sunday for all participants. If you are camping please note that other meals are not provided as part of the course so you are responsible for your own food needs, however an outdoor stove and access to drinking water and a place to wash your dishes will be available on-site for campers. There is also a 24-hour grocery store (Super 1 Foods) with an ever expanding organics section 15 minutes away as well as some lovely local restaurants including an organic Mexican restaurant with great food at reasonable prices.

Be sure to wear comfortable clothes that you can move in during the training as well as warmer layers as the evenings often get chilly. It is June in Montana so always be prepared for both heat and rain. You will also want to bring a notebook and writing materials and if you already have a med kit that you use bring that as well.

On-site childcare is available during the training!

Contact Us

If you have any questions contact or 406-544-2767.

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What will help you spread the health?

Dear street medics and other radical health workers,

What is it that would help you be more resilient and effective? What are your strengths and where do you need some extra support or education? What are the health issues where you live? The curriculum committee for Spreading the Health is interested in learning more! What can we offer at the conference that would engage the radical health community in joint efforts to create healing spaces and support those that stand on the front lines.

Fill out survey here!

From the curriculum committee for…
The Spreading the Health Conference 2017:
Building Personal, Collective, and Community Resilience

Registration is open!

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What are we up to?

Spreading the Health is back!

In a time of increasing unrest and political strife this a call for street medics and radical healthcare workers to join us for a five-day conference focused on exploring how street medics can expand personal, collective, and community medical resilience.

Our goal is to help spread the health in a society where those in power refuse to share the wealth.

Find out how to nurture  your own personal skills (including wielding “the force”), nourish your friends and family, and cultivate resilient communities.

The five day conference will include building personal medic skills, trainings and discussions for building resilient medic response and how we can contribute to building greater community resilience.

Register Now:

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Montana, Everyone!

Spreading the Health is coming back!

Register Now!

This summer, June 28th-July 2nd

Stevensville, Montana


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Spreading the Health Schedule

The most current schedule is available now on our schedule page, so please take a look. Print outs of the schedule will be available at the info desk. Note that every morning there is an informal gathering for morning movement at parks near the workshop venues. You are invited to join Brian and others to practice whatever movement practice interests you whether it is yoga, tai chi, chi gong, or whatever moves you. Come warm up with us before the workshops!


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Welcome to Spreading the Health!

The Spreading the Health Conference begins tomorrow. If you are planning on coming to a workshop or two or the whole thing, here are some helpful bits of information.

when and where is it?
To figure out where each workshop is you will need to view the schedule here. Each workshop is listed with it’s location. This map was created so that you could look up directions to all of the locations at one time:,-87.335815&spn=2.324145,4.916382&t=m&z=8&vpsrc=6&msa=0&msid=204340266194969556790.0004beec702851a53bff6

when you get there, please check in at the info desk and get a name tag. we’d like to know you’re there so that we know how many people are attending and how many are in the building in case of emergency.

how much does it cost?
To make our work sustainable and maintain our availability in times of need, we need help covering our expenses. Expenses include travel for organizers, food, photocopies, print-outs, and general supplies. We request a sliding-scale donation from $50 to $500 for the entire conference and $6-$12 per hour for those who are taking fewer workshops. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds, so if you have the ability to donate higher amounts to help cover the costs for those who can’t, it is much appreciated by everyone. Donations can be made onsite or via PayPal:

will there be food?
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Food is available by donation. So if you are able, please make a donation per meal at the food table. Food is being provided by Seeds of Peace, so please support their work.

is there anything I can do to help?
Yes, we have a volunteer coordination team. If you want to help us out, please ask for about being a volunteer at the info desk.

if you have questions?
Send an email to with your phone number so that we can get back to you quickly.





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Call Out for Volunteers

We’d appreciate your help in making this conference run smoothly. All of the organizers, facilitators, and trainers are volunteering their time to make this conference happen, but we recognize that the efforts that make the overall experience come down to comfort, a cheery clean environment, and artistic endeavor.

Our volunteer coordinators, Tracy and Emily, will be monitoring the email account for people who volunteer to help out. Please put “I’d LOVE to help” in the subject line.


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Registration is still open!

Priority registration ended last week, but registration is now open to anyone who wants to attend one or two or all of the conference. You can find the registration form here:

We are looking forward to learning new ways to spread the health, so come learn with us!

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