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Washington State Department of Health

Holistic health coach, yoga teacher, and author Donell Barlow, Yurok/Ottawa Tribe, will lead a pair of virtual Zoom workshops at the end of March for Native adults and youth on mindfulness, creativity, and food sovereignty as cultural alternatives to prevent marijuana use among Native youth in Washington. These workshops are presented by the My Culture. My Choice. Respect. campaign from the Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH).

About the workshops

The first workshop, presented to youth ages 13 to 20, will focus on the creative arts through a cultural lens. Participants will learn how to use the creative arts as a means to self-expression and personal transformation, as well as connect to the body, mind, spirit, and nature through culturally specific practices.

The second workshop, presented to adults ages 21 and older, will give participants ideas and strategies on how to support young people in their communities along the road to self-discovery, creative expression, and lifelong wellbeing, as well as ideas on funding for community support groups.

About Donell Barlow

Barlow has a deep passion for working with Native youth, and using traditional foods as medicine has been at the forefront of her work. She is the author of three books in three genres. In 2018, she released Medicine Tracks—A Memoir. In 2019, she illustrated and wrote her first children’s book, Bigfoot and Lightning Bug. And in 2020, Barlow released Words Have No Meaning—a book of poetry and illustrations. She is the recent recipient of the Spokane Arts Grant Award, which will fund her upcoming children’s book, Creature Teacher Yoga. This book combines cultural teachings of animals and the Salish language. Barlow uses these creative resources with a wide variety of skill sets in her seminars, webinars, and workshops.

Join the workshops

Youth Zoom Workshop – March 23, 3:30 pm Pacific
Register in advance for the Youth workshop

Adult Zoom Workshop – March 25, 11 am Pacific
Register in advance for the Adult workshop

These workshops are free and open to all tribal communities across Washington state.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop.

My Culture. My Choice. Respect. is a campaign based on Native youth input. Its goal is to educate Native teens and young adults about the risks of using marijuana. The Marijuana Prevention and Education Program within the Division of Prevention and Community Health at the WA DOH funds this campaign using marijuana revenues.

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