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Carol S. Batey is a plant loving Southern herbalist, mother of 6 children, and the producer of Carol’s Vibrational Skin Care products. She is part Cherokee, Blackfoot, Apache, and African American. “My full-blooded grandma who would go outside every morning and dig up Dandelion roots and boil them with honey and give it to her family and they were never sick.  So when I became very ill in my late twenties, I finally sought the herbal traditions that she knew about, healing without modern medicine. We all part of the human race, and really are a family of one. Once I started investigating the herbal kingdom, my senses were opened and I listen to the plants speak to my inner guidance. In my early 40s, I took workshops on how to make salves from Patricia Kyritsi Howell in Atlanta, studied with Native American teacher Lisa Bender in the hills of East Tennessee, and completed skin care and massage school. I now live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with my husband, growing over 50 medicine herbs, cooking herbs and spices. roses and berry bushes in our magical backyard. I have taught classes, mostly at my home where the energy of my plants come through, and I sell my Skin Care products at farmers markets and retail stores, as well as online through Amazon, Etsy, and my website:  I enjoy teaching – it is my utmost passion to allow the plants to come through me.”


Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to focus on eating wild foods. She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College. In 1997 she completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. Turtle Lake Refuge is a wild harvested, locally grown and living foods café and sustainable education center for the community. Katrina teaches sustainable living practices and wild edible and medicinal classes locally and globally. She is author of a book titled “Local Wild Life- Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep” and “ The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival” published by Chelsea Green 2014. See:


Amy Branum, AHP, RH (AHG) is an herbalist, Ayurvedic practitioner, flower essence practitioner, and mother with a deep passion for plants, their medicine, and the profound transformations they can inspire in us. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology, completed her Ayurvedic training in 2015, is a registered Herbalist with the AHG and has been working intimately with herbal medicine since 2000. Amy teaches the herbal programs at The Wild Temple School of Yoga + Herbal Wisdom and maintains a clinical practice, Lasya Wellness & Vitality, in Grass Valley, CA, to help clients of all ages to achieve their fullest potential of happiness and well being with herbs, flower essences, diet, and lifestyle. Her many articles and E-books are available through


Natasha Clarke, uprooted from nibbling on the hedgerows of England, finds herself at home facilitating and exciting people about Pacific Northwest medicinal herbs. An avid wildcrafter and medicine maker, Natasha loves nothing more than introducing us to the healing power and wisdom of the wild one’s with her informative and entertaining hands on classes. It was through the study and implementation of permaculture based food gardens that she became entranced with medicinal herbs. While doling out herbal brews and tinctures to family and friends she decided to take her passion seriously and started going to extensive herbal conferences, attending classes and fortunately studying for a year with the formidable herbalist Matthew Wood and culminating in Scott Kloos’ forest intensive. Natasha is a Traditional Western Herbalist with an emphasis on using the myriad of fantastic local plants and trees in her herbal practice on Camano Island WA. The many dimensions of plant medicine ring true as Natasha facilitates a monthly “Herb Meditation” at the Cunning Crow Apothecary in Seattle where the group focus on plant communication deepens and enriches the bond between us and our plant allies. Ever reaching out with this enthusiasm Natasha is heard weekly on KSER with her radio show “the Herb Hunter”, a five-minute window into the wonders of wildcrafting as well as being a founder and organizer of the annual Green Gathering. This 2-day grassroots event celebrates our local herbal elders, numerous wonderful herbal teachers and plants while camping in the woods and attending workshops on Camano Island State Park. In all Natasha loves nothing more than bringing the medicine of the earth to the people. To find out more visit and


Courtney Cosgriff was born and raised here in Colorado and has spent most of her life exploring and living in this beautiful state. She is a certified clinical herbalist, nutritionist, gardener, activist, & sacred beekeeper. In 2011 she experienced two near death experiences which led her to become a beekeeper. Since than Courtney has dedicated much of her life to honeybee and pollinator conservation from growing her own pollinator garden to actively teaching in many communities around Denver alongside spearheading multiple projects geared towards raising awareness about pollinator decline and ways to support them. In addition to her work with pollinators, Courtney is a community herbalist who is actively working to bring herbal medicine to communities in need. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Healthcare and is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, Nutritionist, and Flower Essence Practitioner with over 1,900 hours in clinical training and education in these fields. In 2017, Courtney launched her business Honeybee Herbals as an outlet to combine her work in beekeeping, pollinator conservation, and herbal medicine. Honeybee Herbals is a business dedicated to providing Earth-centered healing and education in the hopes of restoring our connection to the natural world through rekindling an appreciation of the beauty and medicine it provides. She believes strongly in working to restore the balance between humans and the earth through helping individuals find healing and balance within themselves.


Sean Croke is a wildcrafter, gardener, practitioner, medicine maker, and teacher. He lives on a 25 acre plot of land with his family and a bunch of other humans, animals, and plants on occupied Chehalis tribal territory, but he works and moves extensively within Skokomish, Squaxin, Nisqually, and Lummi lands in the area often called “Washington State”. He is a father and loves to take care of living things of all sorts. He is the head teacher and founder of The Hawthorn School of Plant Medicine, a nine month program that connects plants to people by visiting the many different landscapes that exist within the Pacific Northwest and the plants that live upon them, while also learning cultivation, medicine making, and clinical skills. Sean runs a small herbal medicine company called Understory Apothecary that produces small batches of extracts and fresh plant material from either the farm or the wilds. He also works with Cascadia Terrroir, a small essential oil company that he picks and distills for. He does his best to provide medicines to the Canoe Journey Herbalists every year. Sean graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2012 with a BA/BS in Ethnobotany and Organic Chemistry and maintains a deep love of phytochemistry. He was a practitioner and the main medicine maker for the now defunct Olympia Free Herbal Clinic for five years, and continues to see clients on a sliding scale down to zero in the name of keeping herbs accesible to everyone. Sean is currently really excited about planting alders and camas, and hopes that the salmon will run thicker than ever in the centuries to come. See: Hawthorn School of Plant Medicine. and Understory Apothecary.


Val Elkhorn is an herbalist and founder of a small backwoods herbal business called Woodspell Apothecary. She lives in Michigan's northwoods among the birch and white pine. Her main source of purpose and inspirations comes from her passion to share the magic, medicine and food that the forest provides. Cultivating endangered woodland medicinals, experimenting with regenerative permaculture practices, and exploring the myths and folk tales that surround the mystery of the woods are just a few things she practices daily to heal earth and people.




Shana Lipner Grover is a clinical herbalist, health educator, field botanist, ethical wildcrafter, medicine maker and forever student of life and wonder. Shana is the director of Sage Country Herbs Botanical Apprenticeship in north county San Diego, a field based ecology, botany and native plant medicine school specializing in making our nature our classroom. She has also taught 350 hours of herbal medicine and nutrition programs at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health over the last 10 years. After completing numerous botanical medicine schools, like Columbines School in Eugene Oregon and the SWSBM with Michael Moore in Arizona, Shana found she loves to teach! You can find her at a variety of herbal symposiums and conferences like Plant Healer’s Enchantment HerbalCon ( as well as higher learning institutions such as Bastyr University and CSULA. She has a clinical practice in southern California with a focus on educating and empowering clients to be personally responsible for their health. Sage Country Herbs also has a high quality product line by the same name specializing in effective internal formulas and topical herbal preparations like liniments, deodorants, lip balms and salves. Come out on a plant walk with Shana and experience how the world can open up when you can see the interconnectedness of physiology and nature!


Inga Hardin hails from the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, and has been in love with worlds of story since she could talk. She draws inspiration from all facets of the world, and especially from within the domains of mythology and folklore. She is now working on an ever-growing collection of short stories, and has several series in progress. Various forms of creative expression are likely the greatest joys in her life, along with her family and her books. You can support her here at her Patreon: …or be regaled with all the latest updates on her Facebook::


Jesse Wolf Hardin is a long acclaimed author, ecosopher, ecological and societal activist, artist, musician, and historian – a champion of both human and bio diversity, as well as of nature’s medicines. Wolf has been a featured presenter at hundreds of conferences and universities, and was the creator of cross cultural ecospiritual collaborations appropriately called “Medicine Shows,” melding his powerful spoken word with live music, indigenous presenters, and focused activism. With his wife Kiva Rose, he founded Plant Healer’s national events in 2008, most recently the Lands of Enchantment HerbalCon ( He is the author of over 800 published articles in over 200 different publications, as well as of over 25 books, his work earning the praises of luminaries such as Gary Snyder, Joanna Macy, Ralph Metzner, Starhawk, and Rosemary Gladstar. His published books include The Practice of Herbalism and The Plant Healer’s Path covering the core whys and hows of an herbal practice, The Enchanted Healer focused on heightened awareness, the senses, plant spirit and the spiritual heart of healing, The Healing Terrain on sense of place, cultivation, and the healing power of nature... as well as an inspiring historical novel for herbalists The Medicine Bear, a book of herbs and empowerment for kids I’m a Medicine Woman Too! (Hops Press 2009), and The Traveling Medicine Show: Pitchmen & Plant Healers of Early America. His work is featured in The Encyclopedia of Nature & Religion (Continuum 2005) and many other compilations. A number of his books are available on the Enchantments Bookstore page of the website, while his most recent writings can be found both in the lauded Plant Healer Quarterly they created, and in the free Herbaria Monthly that you can subscribe to on their site. As Terry Tempest Williams tells us, “Wolf’s voice inspires our passion to take us further —seeing the world whole — even holy.”


Kiva Rose Hardin is a botanist, editor, botanical perfumer, and author whose work is rooted in her relationship with plants, fungi, and the more than human world. She lectures and writes on the subjects of plant medicine, mythology, animism, ecology, and depth psychology with an emphasis on fairy tale motifs, embodied enchantment, and the forest as archetype  With sixteen years experience as a clinical herbalist and counselor, Kiva now focuses on the formulation of aromatic potions, exploring the delights of woodland terroir, forging a deeper understanding of forest ecology, and writing both fiction and non-fiction. She lives off grid in a remote riparian canyon deep in the Gila Forest of southwest New Mexico with her beloved husband, Jesse Wolf Hardin, and their two children, Inga and Thorn. She spends her days chasing her feral toddler son, gathering wild plants, cooking up woodland foods made with forest-harvested ingredients in her cottage kitchen, and writing whenever she can. Kiva’s first book, The Weedwife’s Remedy: Folk Herbalism For The Hedgewise was published in December of 2019 and her next book, The Folkloric Forest: Healing Trees For The Hedgewise is forthcoming from Plant Healer Press in Autumn of 2020, and more of her writing, as well as her handcrafted Hedgefumes can be found at The Enchanter’s Green


Anna Marija Helt is an herbalist in Durango, CO. Before falling in love with herbalism (and mushroomism), she earned her doctorate at the University of Washington School of Medicine and focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Burnout hit, she dropped out of research and ran a motorcycle cafe while studying Western Herbalism, aromatherapy and a small dose of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She eventually sold the cafe and moved to Durango to be a full time plant geek. Marija has a small clinical practice and teaches locally, as well as every year at the Good Medicine Confluence. She prefers weeds, mushrooms and only the most abundant native plants as her allies. Her goals are to introduce herbs to folks who aren’t already on the bandwagon and to empower clients with herbal traditions augmented by a critical evaluation of herbal research science. You can read her quarterly “Fungi & Friends” column in issues of Plant Healer Magazine.


Kate Husted is a clinical herbalist working in and around Durango, Colorado. She founded The Herb Hut Free Clinic, a non-profit that provides free and mobile herbal medicine to underserved communities in La Plata County. In her private practice she makes house calls, driving her clinic on wheels (a truck with a little wooden house on the back) around the rural hills and valleys of Southwest Colorado. She also offers online and phone consults, and teaches locally. Her writing was regularly featured in Edible Southwest Colorado magazine. She lives off-the-grid in a straw bale home that runs on solar power and rainwater catchment, on a ridgetop in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains, with her partner, young son, and an ever-evolving passel of animals, plants, and spirits of the place. You can find her at


Heather Irvine is a former foraging frolicker, who aims at answering some of often asked but tougher questions in herbalism, such as: how herbs work, and what are the real versus theoretical safety issues.  Heather was not long ago collecting and growing hundreds of medicinal plant species for her small herbal product line, Giving Tree Botanical.  Now in the heart of Boston, she is offering herbal health consultations, classes and informal one on one herbal mentorship for interested persons who have immersed themselves in one or more aspects of herbalism and want to continue with guidance and encouragement. She teaches Actions and Chemistry for the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, and teaches two for-credit herbal courses, for Johnson State College/Northern Vermont University. Her Boston area practice is based out of The Armory, a center for the Arts, in Somerville and she strives to bring herbalism to adventurous souls in the city, and the herbally inclined of the suburbs, leading classes about popular herbs and supplements, including seminars for continuing the education of licensed health professionals, and for the general public, as well as helping individuals learn which herbal remedies best suit their own use, and mentoring her small but growing clan of budding herbalists. Heather’s educational background includes; Cornell University, BS Natural Resources, the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. She is a contributor for The Herbal Academy, and a presenter at the Boston area events Herbstalk and affiliated Wintergreen event, AHG Symposiums, and the Good Medicine Confluence. She identifies with helping herbalists step up their game with respect to using and better understanding scientific language about herbal medicines and helping the general public and medical professionals consider the validity and merits of herbalism.


Julie James is an herbalist, and director of Green Wisdom Herbal Studies, an herb school based in Long Beach, CA. With over 30 years of experience and training, she focuses on expanding understanding of traditional Western herbalism, deep plant love, medicine-making, wellness and holistic nutrition. She has taught for numerous organizations and events throughout the United States, and has created a large body of herbal education curricula for adults and children. Teaching about plant medicines is her passion and her joy. Check out the calendar of upcoming classes and events at


Mika Leone is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Metaphysicial Practitioner, Teacher and Student with a Bachelors in Natural Health Studies from Clayton College of Natural Health and Bachelors in Metaphysical Science from University of Metaphysics/University of Sedona. Currently in the Master's of Metaphysical Science program with a license in Esthetics and certifications in Massage, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Flower Essences and Meditation. She has over 20 years experience in the field of wellness and alternative methods of healing and now combines her years of experience in a counseling practice, classes, courses and a product line that contains the knowledge and techniques she has used and help others with over the years.  Mika has also created a first of it's kind Baltic Amber Wellness line called Amber Queen.  You can visit the site and down load your free Beauty Guide @ or  Instagram: AmberQueen


Jenny Solidago Mansell is a heritage wildcrafter and community herbalist with nearly twenty-five years of experience working with herbs. She holds certificates from Rosemary Gladstar's Science and Art of Herbalism, Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, and The Herbal Academy, as well as the investment of many years of personal study, research, and experimentation. She has also benefitted from the mentorship of Jackie Dill of Oklahoma Wildcrafting. She teaches local classes and leads wildcrafting walks, as well as speaking at national herb conferences including Plant Healer’s Good Medicine Confluences & HerbalCon. Her feet are rooted in the rich, red dirt of Oklahoma and her heart is green with love of the plants. From childhood, Jenny has enjoyed spending time with healing plants and making herbal preparations and now she shares her charismatic enthusiasm and knowledge of healing herbs with others.


Molly McCormick is a plant ecologist, permaculture designer, and herbalist currently living in Flagstaff, AZ. Her journey is about crawling towards reciprocal relationship with the Earth through deep listening. This includes understanding of the body, the mind, the spirit, and the land. She is originally from the farmlands of western Kansas, where she learned to love open sky and grass-cover plains. She fell in love with the smell of the Sonoran desert when she was no taller than a barrel cactus, and returned as an adult. For the past 20 years, she has been learning about Southwestern vegetation and landscapes, and working with groups of people to heal ourselves by healing the land. The journey has included obtaining a permaculture certificate from the Sonoran Permaculture Guild, studying under Kate Tirion at Deep Dirt Farm Institute, learning herbal medicine with Charles Kane and Phyllis Hogan, and obtaining a B.A.S. in Southwest Studies from The Colorado College and an M.S. in restoration ecology from Northern Arizona University. The words that are her driving force right now are: We are the Earth healing itself. Through all her teachings and work, she strives to help people solve wicked challenges in the process of healing. As part of this practice, she and her husband, Jeff, are growing native and medicinal plants to increase access to stewards wanting to increase diversity on the lands they call home. You can find out more at or on Instagram @botanical.divination




Raquel Natalicchio is a born dreamer and intuitive with a lifetime of experience and knowledge in both dreaming and intuitive guidance. Her gift of dreaming led her to explore and channel her intuition through multiple modalities such as Social Dreaming, Tarot, Numerology, Crystal Healing, Women’s Circle facilitating and Ritual Crafting. She has been invited to offer readings for HBO, VIP events and several festivals throughout the West Coast. Raquel is also the Co-Founder of Modern Witch Movement, which organizes and facilitates Women's circles and a weekend long gathering called Witch Camp. Witch Camp brings together exceptional women to share workshops that are empowering and educational on a wide range of magical subjects. Her goal is to create a platform to learn, be inspired and energize conversations that matter, while gathering tools of self empowerment to inspire others to connect and create their own magic. “My passion is to offer a down to earth approach to helping you connect with your spirit. We will work together to look at new ways of redirecting your thoughts and intentions into more positive and empowering frequencies, while developing a relationship with your spirit through ritual, readings and dreams. I believe that achieving one's greatest potential is often a matter of creating a ritual around checking in with ones spirit. We can learn and grow through blockages by bringing awareness to the images reflected to us through oracle and dream . Whether mental, emotional, physical or spiritual, through my readings and dream guidance, I help to empower you to identify and shift out of those blocks, so that you can create a future full of happiness, health, abundance, magic, and love.”


Juanita Nelson has been a practicing midwife for 38 years in the Four Corners region of the Southwest, as well as a mother and a grandmother, artist, gardener, and a being of spirit. Included in her practice is ongoing clinical herbal care for moms, babies, and families. She has a particular passion for working with this population, and has always been interested in the ways that herbs can be used safely and effectively to support and assist them. Juanita is licensed as a midwife in both New Mexico and Colorado, and nationally certified as a Certified Professional Midwife, requiring ongoing educational and clinical development on a yearly basis. She works with women and their families in all stages of their lives providing preconception, prenatal, birth, postpartum, newborn, and well-women care, as well as providing breastfeeding and herbal consultations. She worked as the Director of the National College of Midwifery’s Mexico Midwifery Immersion Program for many years, giving her the opportunity to work with traditional midwives and herbalists, and to train midwifery students with a goal of providing the cultural sensitivity lacking in so many other programs. Juanita is dedicated to teaching and sharing information with women and families that empowers them to birth naturally and fully present, trusting themselves and their bodies. For more information, check out her website at:




Josefine Parker (Voyager): As a transition doula, I tend fringes of Western medicine to liberate realms of the trans sacred. I'm an organizer in T4T Caregiving, a group of trans caregivers who travel and support trans people during surgery. I'm working on the book manuscript, Wild Transition: The Trans Wisdom of Hormone-Rich Herbs and Foods. I'm naming a new framework for gender transition that centers nourishment and self-love. I've also compiled different herbs and techniques that trans people can explore to transition. A white Slav from Baltimore, I spend my time writing and keeping kitchen within a queer, rural neighborhood centered in Cannon County, Tennessee. This mountainous area is temperate rainforest and traditional shared hunting territory of Southeastern nations and tribes, including the Mvskoke, Uchi, and Tsalagi. In my herbal and cooking practice, I use a mixture of the wise woman way, Ayurvedic principles, wild fermentation techniques, and natural transition resources. Check out:


Lauren Peterson, herbalist and founder of White Deer Apothecary, was trained at the Sacred Journey School of Herbalism under Ginger Webb in Austin, TX. Lauren’s passion for plants grew from her desire to deepen her connection with the natural world and nurture relationships that allow healing to take place. Lauren now works as an admin and teaches medicine making at Sacred Journey School of Herbalism and throughout Central Texas. Her favorite places to be are outdoors, in the kitchen, and on the dance floor. Instagram: @whitedeerapothecary


Dr. Kenneth Proefrock graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1996. He and his family live deep in the desert of Arizona with numerous reptiles, amphibians, ducks, chickens, horses and goats. Prior to naturopathic medical school, he received degrees in Chemistry and Zoology from Northern Arizona University and worked as a Research and Development/Quality Assurance Chemist for Procter & Gamble. For the past 20 years, he has conducted a very busy Naturopathic medical practice in Surprise, Arizona. He is also sole owner and formulator for Vital Force Naturopathic Compounding, which provides consulting services and a wide variety of unique and effective compounds for other Naturopathic Physicians and their patients. He speaks at conferences across the country sharing his perspective on the modern practice of Naturopathic Medicine. Kenneth is also the Vice-President for the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners, the chairperson for the biochemistry portion of the Naturopathic Physician's Licensing Exam, and co-founder and current President of the Naturopathic Oncology Research Institute (NORI). In his spare time, when such a thing really exists, he can be found in the desert with his kids, honing his skills in primitive archery, gardening, home-brewing, wildcrafting, reading and writing poetry and studying obscure and old texts on spiritual matters, healing, and philosophy. For more information please see the Vital Force Naturopathic Compounding & Total Wellness Medical Center website.




Lori Roop is a clinical herbalist, a nutritionist, a craftsperson of artisan body products, a chronic illness survivor, and a wife and mom to two incredible kiddos. Lori is a self-described “foodie” and nature lover who is passionate about igniting the vitality that resides in all of us. She knows that creating a baseline of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle is the best foundation anyone can build. Lori graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology in 1998, after which she moved to Denver, where she attended a three-year, herbal studies program at The Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder, CO. After graduation in 2003, Lori saw clients for a couple of years before starting her own family. She also started her own business—a line of all-natural, herbal bath and body products called Vital Roots Herbal Care (, which is still going strong today. Lori sees clients from all over the world remotely, info at She has taught classes all around Denver for the past 15 years, enjoys writing herbal and nutrition centric articles, and loves sharing vital information with people that can inspire health and joy in their lives.

Diet and lifestyle changes are the pillars of vibrant health. The modern lifestyle is rife with nutritional deficiencies. Rectifying those deficiencies and reducing inflammation often changes lives on the spot. Lori recommends “real food” and traditional food preparation, and she knows lots of tricks to make sure these changes can easily fit into your busy, 21st-century lifestyle. Herbs are nature’s cure for so many common afflictions. Lori practices Vitalism, which is a sacred belief that all things are connected and affect each other. She also believes the body has the ancient wisdom and ability to heal itself, if given the right tools. Lori’s goal is to help you find the root cause of your issues, create resilience, figure out what is most important in your life, and use the best possible tools to help you live a wonderful life.


Dara Saville is the founder and primary instructor of Albuquerque Herbalism and the Director of The Yerba Mansa Project. The Albuquerque Herbalism program takes an interdisciplinary and bioregional approach to herbal studies and combines classroom instruction with hands-on medicine making and field experiences in wild places and cultivated gardens to connect people to plant-based healing and general well-being. As Director of the Yerba Mansa Project, she coordinates an all-volunteer endeavor to restore native medicinal plants in the Rio Grande Bosque and provide educational outreach regarding the importance of native plant communities. Dara is also a regular columnist for Plant Healer Quarterly and the author of the forthcoming book Ecological Herbalism to be published by University of New Mexico Press in spring of 2021. Dara has a Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master’s degree specializing in Geography of the Southwest from the University of New Mexico. She is also a graduate of Dr. Tierona Low Dog’s Foundations of Herbal Medicine Program and has apprenticed with several New Mexico herbalists. Albuquerque Herbalism and Yerba Mansa Project,




Spice Rack (Irma Preikschat) is a community herbalist, intuitive healer, yoga instructor, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant, and Reiki master, Spice Rack identifies as a gender non-binary queer person (them/they pronouns). Their practice addresses everyday ailments, psycho/spiritual need fulfillment, harm reduction, and identifying and healing ancestral patterns. They live in Tennessee in a rural queer neighborhood within the traditionally shared hunting territory of Southeastern nations and tribes including the Mvskoke, Uchi, and Tsalagi. They work in bridgework medicine with radical rural queer practitioners & community members and southern christian male veterans & their caregiver wives. Raised by German-Lithuanian, Polish, Romani family, Spice comes from a lineage of community healing women. Their family practiced community herbalism in Nazi Germany and Polish/Slavic working-class Chicago. Spice grew up in a church that ate whole foods, renounced doctors, and practiced hands-on healing and foot washing. They've since spent a life healing from spiritual & ancestral trauma, studied visual anthropology, worked in social work for several LGBTQ organizations, and used ragtag queer theatre as a healing modality. Spice Rack apprenticed with Cathy Hope of Iris Herbal outside of Taos, NM and has studied with Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Herb School and with David Frawley of the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Their Reiki masters are Nikira Toshiko Hernandez Evans and Dami Boo. They studied Ashtanga Vinyasa with Dhyana and John Vitarelli of Dhyana Yoga Philadelphia. They have a host of other teachers from workshops, herbal conferences, ceremonial and ritual work, and non-formalized education spaces. Spice Rack works for Mountain Path Healing Arts Studio in rural Tennessee. (


Brooke Shannon Sullivan, Tantric Herbalist, c-IAYT, e-RYT500, is an educator and practitioner of Sri Vidya Tantra and devotee to Mother Nature. She runs The Wild Temple School Of Yoga + Herbal Wisdom in Grass Valley, CA, which is dedicated to empowering individuals to awaken to their innate power, clarity of mind, soul purpose and re-connection to nature and community. Her path has been a unique spectrum of experience-from anarchist gutter punk to midwife, to dancer and vocalist in her family’s (current) grammy winning band, to retreat leader and senior teacher in a powerful living tradition of Tantric masters. In her spare time she loves to connect to and be inspired by others, write, dance Samba Reggae, sing to the waters and immerse in nature. See:


Lisa Valantine, creator of Serene Cuisine and True Food Beauty has worked in the yoga community and as a private holistic chef, cooking, teaching, consulting, for nearly two decades.  She has a wealth of information to share and her classes, which focus on local, sustainable food culture and community building, are life-changing and empowering.  Drawing upon her knowledge of whole foods, ancestral wisdom, ancient healing traditions, and Taoist tonic herbalism, Lisa creates multi-dimensional and highly individualized healing systems to promote wellness and longevity.  Lisa believes that health should be fun, that it should become a way of life, an art form that we practice every day.  When living life well is our art, our craft, our passion and we have the right mindset, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish.  Look for Lisa at The Lands of Enchantment Herbalcon Confluence each May in Durango Colorado where she curates new classes each spring on subjects ranging from tonic herbalism to natural non-toxic beauty and skincare.


Kate Viers is a community supported clinical herbalist who is passionate about plants, people, beekeeping, nature, gardening, sustainable living, community, and social justice. Kate has been immersing herself in herbal medicine for over 10 years and has been integrating plants into her life and the lives of those around her since she was a child. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with budding herbalists and the broader community and teaches a range of herbal subjects for both the lay person and the practicing herbalist, and specializes in community healthcare, plant/people connection and reproductive health. As a clinician, she utilizes a mixed modality that includes; western herbalism, folk medicine, Ayurveda, mindfullness, aromatherapy and flower essence therapy. She is a co-founder and herbalist at the Cottonwood Medicine Collective; an organization which works to bring affordable herbal healthcare to the people, by operating a sliding scale clinic (which starts at zero dollars), in Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Following her passion for aromatics, she created Indie Aromatics; a small scale distillery and perfumery, where she crafts high quality and ecologically friendly essential oils, hydrosols and natural perfumes. Explore more at &


Briana Wiles is author of "Mountain States Foraging" and owner of Rooted Apothecary in Crested Butte, Colorado, where she offers her skills as town herbalist, and practitioner of a form of bodywork called Structural Integration. A Michigan native, she has studied with herbal teachers from across the country with a focus on plants that enrich our lives. After 10 years in the Colorado Rockies she has found a love to talk about plants, while collaborating and learning with others. As an educator she encourages others to listen to the path that is calling to them with excitement for the plant allies that surround us. She is deeply concerned with passing on plant knowledge to the next generation and takes her young son foraging often. She can be found spending her days creating herbal remedies, foraging, writing, teaching, seeing clients, and finding excuses to escape to the woods.


Jereme “Yeti” Zimmerman is a writer and traditional brewing revivalist who lives in Kentucky. He travels globally to speak on topics such as fermentation, natural and holistic homebrewing, modern homesteading, and sustainable living. He is an avid fermenter and researches extensively into traditional fermentation practices in order to revive lost food arts and to educate people on how to preserve food using traditional, natural, and healing ingredients and techniques. His first book, Make Mead Like a Viking, was published in 2015, and was translated into German as Met Brauen wie ein Wikinger in 2016. His second book, Brew Beer Like a Yeti was published in 2018, and was recognized in the category of Best Book in the 2019 North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) competition. He writes for various magazines, including Mother Earth News, Grit, Hobby Farms, Backwoods Home, American Frontiersman, and New Pioneer. He is a columnist for Plant Healer magazine and is a member of Fermentation magazine’s editorial advisory board. Read more on his website:



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