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Welcome to the Hive!
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sweet herbal honey apothecary

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Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary is us.

 

   The community.                                           The elders.

           The youth.                                     Our ancestors.

                   The adults.                       Mama Earth. 

 

the spirit beyond and within. 

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Empower with truth | Community care | Intergenerational Bridging | Education as liberation.

 

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 "Creativity can change lives for the better.

It heals and solves problems."

Jaee, founder

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Rooted Values

Get to Know Us

We are rooted in learning, teaching, healing, dreaming, creating and inspiring. We believe that we are all connected and that by joining forces, we can make a real difference in the world regardless of our identities.

We channel the wisdom of our elders, the resilience of our ancestors and the imagination of our youth in building collective practice of intergenerational care that leads us towards our purpose in carrying the collective torch of innovation for all generations to reimagine and build further.

We use the framework of a honey hive and apothecary of souls--- a hive of bees understanding the collective mission to honor ourselves as individuals and community members. As we continue to learn and build together, our honey pours itself over for all to experience as one. As an apothecary of people, we are the healing herbs that heals ourselves and supports each other in healing. With that combination of bees, honey and herbs, we create a powerful and integrated blend from Mama Earth that acts as our guide towards personal and collective freedom.

Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary is each and every one of us -- giving back to ourselves, our communities and the earth we live on.

About Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary LLC

 Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary LLC is a one person traveling multidisciplinary creative agency that produces and directly partners with community through community art educational programs, creative projects, donation distributions, products, fundraisers, creative events, and wellness-based services that empower and support underserved communities of color, locally and internationally.​ Our founder, Jaee Sumter believes in the power of creativity and collaboration; our mission is to help bring communities together to bridge intergenerational gaps, develop meaningful connections, inspire positive change and solve problems.

 

Through our creative programming, initiatives and community partnerships, our goal is to build environments where social equity is can thrive through creativity, education, archiving legacy, storytelling, skill development, abundant thinking, social-emotional understanding, agricultural practices, and activism that elevates us as a collective towards solutions that end global poverty, colonized frameworks, cultural and ancestral mystification and community separation. Our community creative agency acts as a community-governing water well. Partnerships, services, and products financially supports organizing producers, makers, collaborating community focused artists, movement healers and educating creators. Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary also donates a substantial portion of our proceeds to under-resourced communities through our Sweet Cause Donation Fund.

 

At the He(art) of Us:

The importance of educating ourselves, adults and youth in BIPOC communities that center collective equity that highlights sustainability, global sovereignty, generational wealth, legacy and skill building, intergenerational bridging, ancestral and multicultural awareness, community care, safety and education. This that welcomes to liberation (each one, teach one) in bridging the puzzle of emancipation for all.​ 

Our Initiatives/ Pathways to Liberation

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Archived Past Creative Project Collaborations & Projects

Learn about powerful creators of color around the world and their story through story sharing, self-exploration, healing and learning based creative projects. Connect with them and learn their story through their creative expressions. Check out our short-term projects, many have supportive takeaways, recipes, clips and useful insight. Projects began in 2020, the beginning of Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary. 

 

Gratitude to all the amazing collaborators over the years! Empowering moment and powerful message of liberation.

We produce events and community programming through Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary and support our clients and partners with planning and executing their community events. You can email us if you need support with building out your event vision! 

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Digital Honeycomb Archive & Sweet Programming

Collage Made by hive, welder & urban farmer Karina Roca

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Sweet Herbs Online Shop

Sweet Herbs is our herbal shop! Our handmade products conjure spiritual alignment, empowerment, protection, ancestral connection, purpose, community care, and self/universal love. We believe in holistic health, good nutrition, accessibility, and healthy minds that empower and liberate the spirit. Our root medicine, kitchenware, home and travel altars, home decor, naturally dyed work, and eco-artistic spiritual products support the mind, body, and spirit. All products sold under Sweet Herbs are handcrafted by our founder, Janae' "Jaee Honey" Sumter.

PRODUCTS:

Homemade peanut, Indigo Bottles, Oat milk, Salsa, Handmade paper, Incense Holders, Herbal Infused Honey's, Cooking Seasonings, Stress & Root Anxiety Relief Mojo Bags (conjuring universal love, protection, relaxation), Pickled Preserves, Fruit Infused Syrups, Spiritual Brooms and More

Check out our new collection, Sweet Elders Homegrown Indigo Collection

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Bees of the Indigo Sacred House

Artist Residency & BIPOC centered creative community projects

Bees of the Indigo is a traveling sacred space rooted in ancestral connection with the land migrated to. It fosters exchange and learning practice of sacred medicine of the land, culture, humanity, creativity, community care, and agricultural global sovereignty. This is an inclusive space centers and connects Black and Indigenous Creatives of Color, locally and internationally to give back with ancestral purpose.

Currently located in Oaxaca, Mexico 

Our opening gathering is in May 2024

Projects & Gatherings

- BIPOC centered retreats

- Classes & Workshops 

- Spiritual & Energy Services 

- Short Term Guest Room Rental

-Artist Residency

- Creative Service Solution Based Projects
-Food Nutrition and Land based Arts Projects & Classes

- Ancestral Crop Growing // Eco Justice

1:1: Support and Coaching

- Creativity & Arts Instructional Coaching

- Ancestor Connection: Altar & Relationship Demystification

- Root work & Bibliomancy prayer. Conjure: self-love, purpose, protection, healing, abundance, self-acceptance and self-empowerment 

Residency and Garden Opens Early Summer 2024

Workshops and Classes begin in April 2024

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Gratitude to the ancestors of past, present and future- collective legacy.

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Ase' O: Descendants of Roots & Legacy Arts & Wellness Education Program

The Asé O Descendants of Roots & Legacy is Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary’s education program that grounds itself in intergenerational bridging, inquiry-based learning, arts activism and the whole-person approach to learning. Our mission is to promote alternative & accessible routes to learning, our program centers on health & wellness, arts integration, skill development, trauma recovery through the arts, and social-emotional awareness through the lens of life, storytelling and creativity. Our program partners with schools, community organizations, alternative spaces, collectives, creatives, families, and individuals through teaching, coaching, curating and building integrative curriculums that expand our awareness about ourselves and the world(s) we experience.

Projects: The Ubuntu Cohort Project: Apply TODAY!

Principles: Collaboration, Creativity, Unity & Power, Healing & Activism, Education as liberation ​

Jaee Sumter Interdisciplinary Portfolio

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Janae’ “Jaee/Honey” Sumter (they/them) is a migrating folk artist, curator, life coach, event organizer, hoodoo practitioner, and educator from New Orleans, LA, and based in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jaee is a descendant of deep roots Gullah, Native, and Creole roots and has migrated to Houston, Atlanta, New York, China, and California.

 

As the founder, their wholistic sacred work manifests through integrating extensive creative-based healing modalities that initiate socio-political awareness and uproots colonized frameworks and systems. These modalities support self and collective awareness through replanting and uplifting roots towards empowerment, wellness, indigenous sovereignty, arts activism, social integration, and the accessibility of creative education as a key to liberation and social-emotional understanding.

 

Digital Designer, Arts & Arts and Literacy Curriculum Developer, Instructional Coaching for arts educators, Creativity Coaching, Travel & Nature Photography, Cultural Documentaries, Curator, Dancer, Movement/Dance Instructor, Intuitive Arts Technique, Painter, Public Altars, Interactive Installations, Material Assemblages, and more...

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Jaee Honey Sumter 

Check out Jaee Sumter's artist & practitioner offerings

 

Here you will find Jaee's interdisciplinary community practice and portfolio.

For collaborating and contracting, email them at jaee.sweetherbalhoney@gmail.com 

 

educator, instructional coach, creativity coach, independent arts and art literacy  currculum developer

energy healing practioner, visual artist, dancer, creative writer and more!

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The Ubuntu Project

SPRING 2024 Cohort begins

May -June 2024

APPLICATION NOW OPEN!

Click to learn more

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Bees of the Indigo Garden

The Bees of Indigo Garden is a community garden that centers earth learning, healing, and alterative sacred practice that reconnects us with the land, our ancestors, each other and ultimately empowers us towards personal & collective sovereignty. Many ingredients in our products are grown from the love of our garden and care for the land; it's homegrown. We believe in food security, equitable global sovereignty, ancestral connection, and creative healing practice that liberates the mind, body, and spirit.

We believe in fostering learning environments that provide our clients, customers, partners, and the communities we work in with space to build together to unpack history, decolonize frameworks, encourage healthier practices, bridge generational understanding, celebrate our collective cultural differences and diversities, and embrace community empowerment perspectives through the practice of our sacred ancestral methods. 
We believe every child and adult should have access to good living conditions, balanced health, food nutrition, financial stability, survival skills, self-healing arts, education, and nutrition.

Through wholistic (whole person) education, we believe that knowledge brings greater awareness to economically equitable development that tangibly dismantles barriers and expands opportunities that reduce disparities and foster healthier lifestyles. We believe in working as a team with organizations, creators, business owners, and traditional or alternative schools to build upon sustainable short-term or long-term project opportunities that meet the needs of the communities we work side-by-side with.

We believe in the process of building, planning, fundraising, and sustaining programs that prioritize community-based needs, such as employment, food security, creative entrepreneurship, mental health, spiritual alignment, and more.
 We strive to empower the communities we work with by working together to build innovative solutions to the challenges faced in our society. 

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