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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


Theresa (Reese) Clark BS, MPH is the CEO and owner of Empress Herbal Products, LLC. Empress Herbal Products uses ancient Guyanese remedies and Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) to create holistic skincare and pain management products. Ms. Clark has been manufacturing skincare and pain management products for over 30 years. As a though leader in the Cannabis Industry, she has taught the holistic uses of Cannabis Topicals to improve your Health and Wellness at Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia School of Massage & Bodyworks, Lutheran Theological Seminary, CrossFit and the Cedars House. Reese is also the owner of the Ecwiti Group, LLC. The Ecwiti Group provides public health consultation. Before The Ecwiti Group, she taught governmental administration at Long Island University. Previous to teaching, Reese served as a public health program administrator with the Office of Minority Health and Refugee Health Program in the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Office of Health Equity (OHE) bringing awareness to a health disparities among Pennsylvanian minority populations. She also worked to secure quality health assessments for newly arriving Pennsylvanian refugees. Prior to Reese joining the OHE, she was the senior program analyst and lead evaluator for the Division of Cancer Control and Prevention in the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Previous to this, she coordinated pharmaceutical clinical research in oncology, infectious disease, dermatology and women’s health. Reese received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from Drexel University and a Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus in Health Planning from A.T. Still University.


Natasha Clarke says “I'm an artist, I'm a drum maker, I'm a herbalist, I'm a teacher, I'm a healer.  I've lived in many places and many worlds and most of the time I've been lost. I can only give thanks to my friends and family, teachers, guides and angels, all who have loved me and supported me and stood by me while I've found my way through.Home is a little earth house on Camano Island with my teenage son, dog and cat and my partner in crime, Jimmy.  Deeply concerned about how humans stand in relationship with this earth, each other and ultimately ourselves I strive to help myself and others know the beauty, abundance and love when in connection with our mother Earth.”


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.


Holly Dunbar is a licensed massage therapist, professional herbalist (AHG) and certified aromatherapist. With over 28 years of experience in holistic health, Dunbar is a practitioner at and owner of New Moon Bodywork & Botanicals, a holistic health practice in La Plata, MD which has specialized in therapeutic massage, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and natural skin care since 1996. She is the creator of the New Moon aromatherapy product line, which retails at the practice and online. A passionate gardener nearly her whole life, Dunbar grows an abundance of plants for food, medicine and wildlife at her 45-acre farm in Southern MD, along with her husband, her daughters Sage and Ivy, and four cats.


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!


Maria Noël Groves is the bestselling author of Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care (now a core textbook in herb schools across the country) and Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies. She runs Wintergreen Botanicals Herbal Clinic & Education Center in the pine forests of New Hampshire, offering both on-site and distance herbal study programs and health consultations. She’s a certified clinical herbalist with the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine and lectures nationally about herbal medicine. Her articles can be found in Herb Quarterly, Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Taste for Life, Remedies, Aromaculture, LearningHerbs, HerbMentor, and the Herbal Academy Herbarium. She’s a guest instructor for Herbal Academy, Maryland University of Integrative Health, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Her fundamental belief is that Good Health Grows in Nature. More information bout Maria and her offerings as well as a host of articles, podcasts, and information about herbs can be found on her website


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. 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 Plant Healer 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 2021, 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


Dana Hutchinson is an energy-based clinical herbalist and flower essence therapist fascinated with the healing power of herbal medicine. Dana is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. A decade ago she was diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosus, a rare autoimmune condition, shortly after her mother started battling terminal brain cancer. These consecutive events served as the catalyst for her inspiration to study and research links between emotional trauma and the development of physical disease. With over 8 years of combined herbal education and an immense desire to improve the vitality of others, Dana opened the Wildflower Clinic in Denver, Colorado in 2016. The Wildflower Clinic is a traditional Chinese medicine and western clinical herbalism clinic offering health consultations, customized herbal protocols, and flower essence emotional therapy. Her specialties include autoimmune conditions, fertility, endocrine/hormonal imbalances, and emotional trauma. She has extensive experience in TCM diagnostic assessment where she interprets the pulse, tongue, skin, and nails of her clients in order to uncover their root causes of imbalance. She has studied at the Institute of Chinese Herbology, the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, Heart of Herbs Herbalism School, East West School of Planetary Herbology, the Anne Wigmore Natural Health Institute, E-Cornell, the Body Mind Energy Center, and the University of Sydney (B.A. & M.A.). Dana regularly teaches herbal seminars and runs herbal health retreats across the USA. She is dedicated to the ongoing research of herbal medicine and advocates for the availability of natural health care alternatives for all individuals.


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.


Dr. Orna Izakson - Dr. Orna Izakson is a writer, gardener, registered herbalist, and naturopathic doctor licensed in Alaska and Oregon. She sees patients virtually from Portland, Oregon, teaches classes on plant medicine, and is working on several books about natural health. Her love of wild places brought her to the plants, for whom she endeavors to speak.


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


Phyllis D. Light is a practicing herbalist and health educator with over 30 years of herbal experience. She is traditionally trained in Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine and began her studies with her Creek/Cherokee grandmother in the deep woods of North Alabama. Phyllis continued her studies with her father and other Appalachian elders, such as Tommie Bass, as well as studies in conventional Western bio-medicine. She holds a Master's of Health Studies degree from the University of Alabama.  Phyllis is Director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health, offering herbal and natural health classes in north Alabama as well as an online program. Phyllis travels and teaches classes in integrative medicine and herbalism at universities, hospitals, and symposia across the country. She is currently secretary of the AHG, president of the American Naturopathic Certification Board, and board member of Old Spirits, New Lives, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Indigenous knowledge. Above all, Phyllis devotes herself to building a bridge between traditional knowledge and modern-day science; to help hold sacred the traditional herbal and healing knowledge that has been handed down from generation to generation while embracing the relevant scientific knowledge of today. Please see:


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.



Mike Masek is a long time member of the American Herbalist Guild and the director of The Forager’s Path School of Botanical Studies in Flagstaff, Arizona. He has devoted 25+ years to studying, using and teaching the healing properties and wild edibles of the plant world. Mike has formal training in both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine and finds the topic of energetic herbalism and its various cultural interpretations to be endlessly useful in supporting health. His current focus is applying these viewpoints to the plants of the Southwest landscape and training the people who inhabit this area to be grassroots, community-based herbalists. While the emphasis in classes is empowering students with a working knowledge of regional plants, the larger issues of connecting with nature, building community and living in balance are integrated on many levels. The extended field study programs at the Foragers Path include outdoor safety skills so wildcrafters can leave behind the well worn trails with confidence.


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:




Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue is an herbalist, writer, and teacher, and an initiated Priest in two traditions. He lives in the mountains of western Maine. Seán’s approach to healing weaves together the insights of traditional western herbalism, animism, and contemporary science. He regards physical, spiritual, and emotional healing as deeply intertwined.   He is the author of two soon to be published books:  The Forest Reminds Us Who We Are and Kissing the Wild Queen.


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 an herbalist, geographer, author, mother, and native plant advocate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the founder and an instructor at Albuquerque Herbalism and the executive director of the Yerba Mansa Project, a non-profit organization. Dara is the author of the University of New Mexico Press book, The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest and is a longtime columnist for Plant Healer Quarterly. She has an MS in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of New Mexico and is also a graduate of Tieraona Low Dog's Foundations of Herbal Medicine program. Her work involves providing an educational program in bioregional herbal studies, organizing the community to undertake native medicinal plant restoration on public lands, and writing on medicinal plants and landscapes of the American West., , and




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. (


Dr. Jillian Stansbury is a naturopathic physician who has practiced in SW Washington for over 30 years specializing in women’s health, mental health, and chronic disease. She holds undergraduate degrees in Medical Illustration and Medical Assisting and graduated with honors in both programs. Dr Stansbury is the former Chair of the Botanical Medicine Program at the National University of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR and remains on the faculty teaching natural products chemistry, botanical influences on cell biology, ethnobotany field course, and other miscellaneous topics in herbal medicine. She is the medical director of Battle Ground Healing Arts and operates the affiliated Healing Arts Apothecary in Battle Ground, located in SW Washington state of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She also writes for numerous professional journals and lay publications such as Plant Healer Quarterly, and teaches around the country at a variety of medical and herbal conferences including the Good Medicine Confluence. She frequently travels to Cusco – “the navel of the world” - and the Peruvian Amazon, studying South American plants and working with various tribes in the jungles of Manu and Iquitos. Dr Stansbury is the author of Herbs for Health and Healing, PCOS: the Health and Nutrition Guide, and most recently the 5 volume series Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals. She is the mother of 2 adult children, enjoys hiking, cooking, music and plays the guitar, banjo, churango and sings, she loves drawing, painting, sewing and crafts, and maintains large gardens.


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:


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 &


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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