The Permaculture Podcast

    1829 – People & Permaculture: Trauma Informed and Radical Self Care with Jessi Bloom

    Nearly every episode of the podcast, including this one, ends with the final statement, “Until the next time, spend each day creating the world you want to live in by taking care of Earth, yourself, and each other.” What does it mean, however, to take care of ourselves, or one another, in a meaningful way?


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    That question forms the central point of this interview with ecological landscape designer, speaker, and author Jessi Bloom. She shares her personal story of becoming Trauma Informed, ways we can work on healing ourselves through mental and physical health routines, how we can help others by taking a Mental Health First Aid training, and what we can do to create sacred spaces and use plants, plant-based medicine, and daily acts for our overall happiness and wellbeing.

    This work isn’t about a day at a spa or a simple vacation to recuperate, but how you can heal yourself and create a life that supports and nurtures you.

    Find out more about Jessi and work at and her books, including Creating Sanctuary, at You’ll find those and links to trauma awareness training and mental health first aid in the resource section below.

    What do you think of this conversation with Jessi?
    What do you do to take care of yourself?
    Have you attended a course in Mental Health First Aid or to become Trauma Informed?

    Let me know. Leave a comment below or get in touch:

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    From here the next episode is out on September 10th, which is also my 39th birthday, and is a conversation with Jereme Zimmerman about his new book Brew Beer Like a Yeti: Traditional Techniques and Recipes for Unconventional Ales, Gruits, and Other Ferments Using Minimal Hops.

    Until the next time, spend each day creating the world you want to live in by taking care of Earth, yourself, and each other.

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    Jessi Bloom
    NW Bloom Ecological Services
    Timber Press
    Trauma Informed Care Project (Offers Trainings)
    Mental Health First Aid

    Dave Boehnlein
    Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead
    Tilth Alliance


    1. KarenKaren
      September 10, 2018    

      Dear Scott, I just went on PayPal to make a donation to you. I hope you get well. I’m with your brother, I just discovered that I have an auto immune disease. I’m looking at the ways that perhaps mentally and emotionally I attack myself or I am unloving to myself? I’m looking because I already live such a good clean healthy life. But it doesn’t mean that our sicknesses can’t be our teachers. Wishes for Health Scott, Love Karen

    2. September 18, 2018    

      HI Scott,

      I have participated in mental first aid training here in NYC ( There is an initiative, spearheaded by NYC’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray to try to educate various ethnic communities about mental health issues in order to remove associated stigma, so that members of those communities will feel more comfortable to seek help, if they need it. I participated in a training targeting members of historically African American sororities (#SistersThrive) because we already have contact with and engage in community service activities with and for those communities.

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