Two organizations, one mission: to improve the physical, mental and emotional health of the greater LGBTQI2S community. Separate from Sacred Vessel Natural Medicine, The Equi Institute offers social justice and advocacy programming to support the mental and emotional components to LGBTQI2S health.

Big Others

Big Others, a developing mentorship program, pairs seasoned trans or gender nonconforming individuals with trans or gender nonconforming individuals who are just starting their journey. Mentors will be available to provide emotional support, accompany mentees to doctor visits and answer questions as they come up.

We are currently accepting both mentor and mentee applications! Apply below!

racial justice & civic engagement

Developed by our Racial Justice Intern, our pilot Racial Justice & Civic Engagement program started in June of 2017. This program aims to survey and conduct focus groups to determine the specific health needs of the QTPOC/BIPOC community that are not currently being met by our existing health care institution. The Racial Justice program is conducting a QTPOC Health survey to evaluate the health status of those communities.

queer Professional development

This program focuses on providing trans/non-binary/intersex/queer individuals with on-the-job training and experience in the form of an internship with either Equi or Sacred Vessel. Valuable skills are learned or honed by creating a customized internship. Supervisors will provide assistance with training, resumes and letters of recommendation. 

Internships are available, but limited at this time. Please inquire for details.


The Equi Institute Board


Alexxis woods | she/her
Board chair


Adem cardona | he/him/they/them
interim Board vice chair


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Tess Raunig | they/them
Interim board secretary


ShawnMichael Orange | they/them/he/him
Interim board treasurer





Are You Interested in Volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering with either The Equi Institute or Sacred Vessel Natural Medicine, please click below to fill out a volunteer application and someone will be in touch with you within one business day.

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