Mazal/Maz (they/them/theirs) is a trans/non-binary artist, arab/mizrahi/amazigh jew, child of immigrants, spoonie/chronically ill person, herbalist, Drama Therapist, clown, cultural organizer and poet. Maz utilizes imagination, play, and ritual as tools for liberation, healing and connection. They honor, study and practice the plant medicines, liturgy, piyutim (sacred songs) and healing rituals of their mizrahi and arab jewish lineages, and of the sacred texts of Judaism.
They have studied and taught herbalism for the past nine years. Through their journey with chronic pain and illness, they met a wise Naturopathic Doctor (Dr. Sir Abdullah Smith-Ford) and herbalist who offered one-on-one mentorship for several years. This doctor told Maz that they would one day have a practice of their own, offering the medicines of their people. Mazal went onto self-study, Ayurvedic schooling, mentorship with herbalists at Eden Village Camp, serving as a Pharmacy Technician at Five Flavors Herbs and now are studying with Wild Gather. Their herbal practices and study merges SWANA ancestral herbal medicine, Jewish mysticism and Torah, intuitive herbalism, and psychology. Mazal is trained as a trauma-centered and body-centered Drama Therapist, and brings those frameworks of healing to their herbal work (M.A. Counseling Psychology + Drama Therapy, California Institute of Integral Studies).