Each part of our programming is a vital piece of the puzzle that makes up our organizational structure and allows us to work efficiently to accomplish our goals. Our teams are made up of talented volunteers from the communities we serve.
The foundation of our work though, comes from our connection to the land and its people. At the center of that connection is our work with the plants.
This team consists of front desk administrators, clinicians (herbalists, bodyworkers, allopathic, etc), apothecarists, and translators. Members of this team receive training in cultural awareness and sensitivity, and our clinicians are regularly taking CE classes in topics such as functional body systems, botany and botanical pharmacology, wilderness first aid, austere medicine, botanical medicine making, and more. With a botanically integrative approach, Yanawana’s Clinic team provides free Healthcare for the San Antonio community, as well as botanically integrative first aid care in post-disaster environments as part of our Post-Disaster Team.
The Apothecary Team works diligently to create all of the botanical medicines and other products used during clinics and sold in the Yanawana Herbolarios store. Members of this team include wildcrafters and apothecarists and receive training in ethical wildcrafting, botany, land stewardship, GMP protocls, advanced medicine-making (to include constituents and solubility, and custom formula design), and more. Members of the apothecary team work in the apothecary, the clinics, and on the Post-Disaster Response Team.
The Provider Team is comprised of gardening and permaculture specialists, botany and wildcrafting aficionados, and food preservation enthusiasts. They work directly with the land, taking scientific and ethnobotanical knowledge into the field to grow, harvest, and process the plants Yanawana Herbolarios works with. Providers study soil, plant seed back to improve the ecosystem, and get excited about foraged food dishes. Natural caregivers, the Provider Team also serves as the first-aiders to the Response Team and ensures that everyone eats something tasty and nutritious. The Providers also develop and present instruction on botany and plant identification, canning, dehydrating, ethical wildcrafting, and permaculture basics as part of our workshop series for children and adults.
The Scout Team interfaces with the community, making friends and building relationships, everywhere they go. Scouts develop community programs, immerse themselves into the communities we serve and discern how Yanawana Herbolarios can best make an impact. As part of the Response Team, the scout ensures the safety of the group, serves as the first point of contact with our partners and other stakeholders, and uses their keen skills of observation and congenial manner to source needed supplies, determine where to make camp, and establish the communications needed to be successful.
The OGE Team employs a varied skill set that ensures the self-sustainability of Yanawana Herbolarios. Off-Grid Engineers have experience with primitive building methods, rainwater catchment, water purification, welding, permaculture design, natural heating and cooling methods, renewable energy, and far more. In relief and response situations, the Off-Grid Engineer is invaluable to the team, and while at home the OGE Team are the resident problem solvers, out of the box thinkers, and demonstration masters. They readily share their skills during workshops and are most satisfied by a job well done.
Would you like to use your skills to benefit the community? Join Our Team!