A Message From The Founder
The idea for the Red Willow Center was first conceived in 1999. It came from the observation that it sometimes, “takes a village” to get us from a state of ill health to a place of optimal health. It seemed important to me to find a way to acknowledge the interconnectedness of our mind, body, and spirit in the way that we practice healthcare, so the conversations began!
The group of Health Care Providers that make up The Healing Center at Red Willow, began to come together in the Fall of 2009. We have had many hours of conversation and sharing of ideas about what a truly integrated health care system might look like. We certainly do not have all of the answers to this question. We are committed to continuing to find ways to collaborate in the spirit of offering the best possible care to each individual we serve.
The idea for The Learning Center at Red Willow, (the 501.C3 Non-Profit part of the center), began at roughly the same time. Recognizing the importance of Mind/Body Medicine in Health Care, the Learning Center is dedicated to offering programs and classes from these (many times) ancient traditions to support self-awareness, renewal and the ability to cultivate resilience. Programs and Classes are available on a sliding fee scale or Full Scholarship basis. We are all honored to offer diverse options for the health and well-being of our community.
The Red Willow Center name is inspired by the value of the native plant also known as Red Osier Dogwood, American Dogwood or Redstem Dogwood. Native Peoples had many uses for Red Willow including making dream catchers and baskets. Red Willow bark is an important herb used during times of ceremony. It signifies respect, kinship, and connection when used as a part of the mixture for the Sacred Pipe.