See what's cooking this year!

Below you will see some of the projects we are funding this year. Stay tuned for updates on how the Healing Kitchens Institute funds have helped their programs.


  Anna O'Malley , Director, Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine

Anna O'Malley, Director, Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine

Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine, will be the home of programs that cultivate an  appreciation of the healing found in relationship with the Earth and that which comes therefrom, expecially edible plants (food!).
The healing programs in the garden each prominently feature the healing power of delicious food:

Our Community Medicine circles will convene quarterly and will bring people experiencing health challenges together around planting, harvesting and preparing therapeutic foods, with each session including a chef demonstration highlighting a healing food grown in the garden.

The Art of Vitality program, which convenes in the Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer, has a strong focus on Food as Medicine and also features chef demonstrations sourced both from the cultivated and wild parts of the Garden.
Anna will be working with medical students, residents, and physicians around an ecological, integrative approach to healing and will have many opportunities to share food as medicine with them.

Anna will be working with medical students, residents, and physicians around an ecological, integrative approach to healing and will have many opportunities to share food as medicine with them.

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Communitas Health is a non-profit organization that provides integrative medicine education and experiences, peer support, and empowerment with mind-body skills for young people living with chronic illness and their caregivers. Since 2014, we have served over 60 families with our mind-body resilience groups, which have been held at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Patient diagnoses have ranged from cancer to autoimmune illness to cerebral palsy, with the majority of patients being Medicaid recipients.

This year, they will partner with Commonweal, Power of Hope Camp, HKI and a new caregiver support organization to host an immersive, residential retreat for underserved youth living with chronic illness and their caregivers. The Communitas retreat will provide an immersive, lived experience of practicing mind-body skills, healthy lifestyle modalities, and creative/reflective practices in a community of similar peers — all with the goals of improving life quality/health outcomes, creating a sense of meaning/purpose, and reducing suffering. We envision this retreat as a transformative experience that will allow youth and their caregivers to harness the power of illness to be an opportunity for health-enhancement, human connection, and resilience-building in a natural, healing setting.