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Peregrine Bermas

Teaching Artist & Community Herbalist
2022 3Arts Awards
Teaching Arts

Peregrine Bermas (they/siya/she) is a queer pinxy artist, energy worker, and capricornucopia living in so-called chicago; descended from mountains, oceans and raspberries, and humans whose creative inclinations led them to be teachers, entrepreneurs, caregivers, earthkeepers, excellent cooks, and medicine makers.

Peregrine is a graduate of Moksha Yoga Center, Street Yoga, Sacred Vibes Apothecary, Heart-Stone Center for Earth Essentials, and Violet Heart Wellness (Reiki), and has participated in various workshops for herbalists, facilitators, and youth workers. They have more than a decade of experience as a yoga practitioner and continue self-study and co-learning in liberatory somatics and plant medicine.

Peregrine’s artistic practice takes many forms; all stimulating the intersections of land-based relationships and collective care. In 2022-2023 they are illustrating the second in a series of educational coloring zines about so-called “weeds.”

As a community herbalist, Peregrine is passionate about sharing kitchen-accessible and bioregional medicine and uplifting QT2S (Queer, Trans, Two Spirit) BIPOC soil stewards and wisdom teachers. Freedom Fighter Herbs, an autonomous herbal mutual aid effort, is one way these passions move through her as love.

Peregrine can be found flocking with their *small is all* co-facilitators at the Chicago Park District. Coming up, they are beginning an In-Session Fellowship at Threewalls that will culminate in a public salon in May/June 2023. They also steward the #LetUsBreatheCollective community apothecary and loves to guide sensory walks through the #BreathingRoom Gardens and Farm: A People's Liberation Oasis.

Profile caption: Persephone Van Ort

Featured Artworks

  •  Collage of images forming a grassy background with three figures seated together picking flowers Freedom Fighter Herbs Digital collage
  •  Collage image featuring people assembling colorful care packages of candles and herbal remedies Freedom Fighter Herbs Digital collage
  •  Peregrine Bermas artwork “A Weed Among Weeds” coloring zine.
  •  Image of woven strands of lemongrass and dried orange slices set upon a white table Rings of lemongrass and oranges.
  •  An overhead image of a curious black kitten sniffing at pink zines that read "Wild Satisfaction" set upon a table with small aloe plants nearby “Wild Satisfaction” zines for Freedom Fighter Herbs, Spring 2022 care packages.
  •  Two figures wearing face masks and gloves, seen sanitizing tools for a post-lesson clean up Teaching artists Peregrine Bermas and Veronica Casado Hernandez. Photo by Irina Zadov.
  •  A closeup of four mason jars filled with varying colorful substances, softly backlit by the outdoor sun. Jars filled with plant materials for extracting natural dyes.