Dori Midnight is a community healer, herbalist, and educator, weaving traditional healing practices and social justice in her work. Drawing on her training as a clinical herbalist and interfaith minister, as well as her heritage of Roma, Ashkenazi, and First Nations (Cherokee and Shawnee) ancestry, Dori's work is grounded in self-determinism, collective liberation, and the belief that healing ourselves is inseparable from healing our communities and the planet. Dori lives in Western Massachusetts, where she maintains a local and distance healing practice and teaches magic and community healing.
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About My Practice
My work is firmly grounded in self-determinism and collective liberation and illuminated by ancestral folk healing practices and magic. I believe that healing work should not be a luxury reserved for the few, but that healing ourselves is inseparable from healing our communities and the planet. With an approach to healing that is accessible, practical, loving, and down to earth, I am committed to mindfully attending to the impact that oppression has on our spiritual, emotional, and physical well being. My intention is to make social justice and anti-oppression work an integral part of our individual and collective healing process. My commitment to using local resources reflects my ancestral heritage, the folk practice of using what is on hand, and my strong desire to be mindful of consumption. In a session, I draw upon the many modalities I have studied, including intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, reiki, flower essences, plant spirit healing, western herbalism, and magic.
I was ordained as an interfaith minister in 2005 at The New Seminary in New York City, where I was also trained as a spiritual counselor. I am a clinical Western Herbalist, a Reiki Master and I have studied intuitive healing with Suzette Rochat (aka Cybele) for ten years and with Jackie India Dennis; I am a flower essence practitioner (I studied with Jane Bell of Alaskan Essences and at the Flower Essence Society with Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz; clinical western herbalism at the Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies and the California School of Herbal Studies, and Plant Spirit Healing with Pam Montgomery. My heritage is a mix of Sephardic, Ashkenazi, Roma Gypsy, and First Nations (Cherokee/Shawnee) and with gratitude and respect I draw upon all my ancestors healing traditions in my work.
I created and ran the Magical Arts program for many years at an after school arts program in an alternative public school for kids K- 6th grade and Witch and Fairy Camp in the summertime. I have taught magic, art, and healing arts to adults and kids at Free Activist Witchcamp, Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies, St. James Infirmary (free clinic for sex workers), Trans:THRIVE (drop-in center for transgender folks), LYRIC, Youth Guidance Center, The Institute for Urban Homesteading, and Bay Area public schools."
For more about Dori, please visit her blog: midnightapothecary.blogspot.com