Emilee Amara is committed to bringing more beauty and vitality into your life. She practices the Wise Woman Tradition, focusing on wholeness and nutrition. Emilee earned her Esthetic’s license in 2001 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a focus in Entertainment and Tourism, fulfilling a series of herbal apprenticeships beginning in 2016 with mentors such as Susun Weed, Julie James and Shana Lipner Grover. Her goal is to educate people on skin immunity and organic plant-based skincare and nutrition, and is available for facial services, consultations, events and education. Emilee is the Training Specialist for an organic skincare company in Los Angeles and resides there with her wild child rescue, Colibri. You can find more information about her at www.WildNRooted.com and on Instagram @WildnRooted
Phoenix Aurelius is an Educator, Formulator, Research Scientist and a Paracelsian Spagyrist who Researches the Past to Find Solutions for the Future. Being exceptionally well read and having engaged in diverse education his entire life, he has been described by many as a Modern Renaissance Man who possesses encyclopedic knowledge of a wide range of topics. His Interdisciplinary approach to education causes him to stand out from his peers. Phoenix is especially passionate about Health and Wellness as well as the disciplines of Spagyria and Spagyric Medicine, Sustainable Astrodynamic Agriculture, Ecology, and Vibrational Medicine. This led to him founding the principles of Alchemi-Culture and Alchem-Ecology which are hyper sustainable, toxin-free methodologies of approaching Organic, Astro-Dynamic Agriculture and Ecological Stewardship. He is also the founder and Executive Research Director of the Phoenix Aurelius Research Academy where he professionally devotes his time to Alternative Medical, Agricultural, and Ecological research, development, and experimentation. For more information, visit the Phoenix Aurelius Research Academy’s website at PhoenixAurelius.org.
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. turtlelakerefuge.org
Carol S. Batey-Prunty 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 AfricanAmerican. “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 theywere never sick. So when I became very ill in my late twenties, I finally sought the herbal traditionsthat she knew about, healing without modern medicine.We all part of the human race, and really are a single family.Once I started investigatingthe 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 PatriciaKyritsi 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: www.carolsvibration.net. I enjoy teaching – it is my utmost passion to allow the plants to come through me.”
Valerie Blankenship (RH, AHG) has over 30 years experience as an herbal clinician, formulator, medicine maker and educator and is the owner of Sage Consulting & Apothecary. a retail and mail order herbal pharmacy. She runs an herbal clinic, and is the developer and one of 5 instructors for the popular Sage Herbal Foundations program, an intensive, 7-month program for the home herbalist. Valerie is a regular guest teacher at the Bethel School of Nursing and has guest taught at several herb schools including Elderberry’s in Paonia, CO and the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder. Valerie loves sharing her knowledge, and her teaching approach is generous. Her rich experiences from the clinic provide a deeper understanding of the use of both local and planetary herbs. She holds certifications from David Hoffmann’s Therapeutic Herbalism program and Wild Rose College. Her mentors include Nutritionist Vivian Rice, Herbalists David Hoffmann and David Winston, among many. She attends topical herbal intensives yearly through The American Herbalists Guild and Naturopathic Colleges and is a professional member of the AHG. Time away from her clinic often finds her happily winding her way through the red rocks of a local mountain trail, traveling to the Mexico to discover traditional healing methods, chatting with Latinx friends in Spanish, or practicing her flamenco guitar. www.sagewomanherbs.com
Amy Branum, AHP, RH(AHG) is a passionate herbalist who has been working with the plants for over 20 years. She began with her focus on botany at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and has since become an Ayurvedic Practitioner (NAMA), and a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. Amy currently has a wellness consultation practice in Grass Valley, CA, and also is the director and teacher at her herbal school The Northern California School of Botanical Studies. Please see: www.schoolofbotanicalstudies.com
Elliott Brinkley is the owner of an herbal apothecary in Durango, CO called Dancing Willow Herbs. She has diligently pursued herbal medicine from a young age. She began her professional herbal journey working at Dancing Willow Herbs in 2015. As the head medicine maker, Elliott developed a catalog of knowledge and personal relationships with the herbs that she worked with daily.In addition to her hand’s on experience, Elliott is a Certified Herbalist with over 600 hours of training from the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism and Herbalist Paul Bergner. She is passionate about bridging plants and people through writing, herbal cooking, teaching and providing herbal support for others. As a vitalist herbal practitioner, Elliott focuses on therapeutics that work with the body’s natural processes and support its innate gravitation toward healing. Elliott loves to convey the emotional and spiritual wisdom of plants through leading plant meditations, and classes that allow others to develop their own relationships with the botanical beings. Follow her plant journey atwww.dancingwillowherbs.com, @dancingwillowherbsco on Instagram.
Theresa (Reese) Clark is the Principal of the Ecwiti Group and CEO of Empress Herbal Products, LLC, providing consultative and direct services in public health that are culturally competent and evidence based. It was founded upon Ms. Clark's love of diversity, dedication to public health and personal passion for creating opportunities of equality and fairness for minority populations. She believes that creating opportunities of equality and fairness for minority populations cannot be adequately done without assuring that these opportunities realistically address the socioeconomic barriers that routinely prevent minority populations from being healthy. Internationally, the Ecwiti Group has performed health system assessments to bring awareness to disparities among marginalized communities in South America. Domestically, the Ecwiti Group has partnered with our state and local governments to design, coordinate and implement cultural sensitivity training for medical and mental health providers to improve the health outcomes of minority populations.
Empress Herbal Products uses ancient Guyanese herbal remedies and Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) to create holistic teas, skincare and pain management products for alleviating your ailments, with Ms. Clark creating holistic herbal products for over 35 years. As a thought leader in the Cannabis Industry, she has taught the holistic uses of Cannabis Topicals at Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia School of Massage & Bodyworks, Lutheran Theological Seminary, CrossFit, Ellementa (Washington D.C.) and the Cedars House. She taught governmental administration at Long Island University, and 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 and implement programs to address health disparities among minority populations. Prior to 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. Please see: EmpressHerbalProducts.com
Courtney Cosgriff was born and raised 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. HoneybeeHerbals.co
Kathryn Delaney’s interest in herbal therapeutics and healing modalities began in 1992 with a focus on essential oils and Aromatherapy, and later developed into the studies of herbalism and nutrition. She has studied the healing art, science and safety of essential oils, medicine making and herbalism, with various teachers through her years of cultivated study. In 2011, she became Certified as a Clinical Aromatherapist through the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy. Moved by an influx of information, and an increasing observation of unsafe practices of using essential oils, Kathryn developed “Esenta, The Aromaticum App” in 2015. This was created as a means to provide information on safe uses and dilutions of essential oils. Kathryn continued her studies in the healing arts at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, where she earned her Certifications in Clinical Herbalism and Nutrition in 2019. Kathryn currently teaches at the CSCH on topics including Essential Oil Safety and Toxicology, Essential Oil Distillation and medicine making, and also offers a range of classes to the public, including natural perfuming, subtle aromatherapy and product making. In addition to her focus on teaching, she offers all-natural body care, custom natural perfumes, and holistic health support through her business, Roots of Alchemy, if you would like to contact her, write to email@example.com.
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. NewMoonBody.com
Ashley Elenbaas began her journey with plants as a young girl growing up between the suburbs and the forests. Her love of the natural world led her to study Environmental Restoration in the Appalachian mountains of UNC-Asheville where she also began her deep appreciation for yoga and spirituality. Ashley blended these interests and directed a yoga studio while studying herbs. She graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2008 with a Masters of Science in Clinical Herbal Medicine. Since this time, Ashley has studied plant energetics intensively with Matthew Wood and Margi Flint and opened a yoga studio and herbal apothecary where she taught classes and led retreats for over 10 years. Ashley loves to blend herbalism and spirituality and believes in the power of laughter while learning. She lives in Minnesota with her two young daughters, two mischievous dogs, and her mostly well-behaved astrologer husband.SkyHouseHerbs.com
Amanda Furbee’sinterest in herbalism began at an early age but it wouldn’t be until 2010, when she moved to the Pacific Northwest, that her relationship with medicinal plants blossomed. The move from the east coast to the west coast would be more than a change of scenery, it brought her closer towards the wonderful world of herbalism. Ambitious to start learning she found a golden opportunity working at Portland’s first all organic herbal supplier, enrolling in Rosemary Gladstars’ herbal certification course under Dr. JJ Pursell, the founder of The Herb Shoppe, and learning from the shops informed herbalists and customer interactions as well. The Herb Shoppe Pharmacy and Learning Center opened its doors on Feb 15th, 2014, with Amanda soon becoming sole proprietor. She continues to broaden her understanding of herbalism while making improvements to just about every aspect of The Herb Shoppe. Do you have specific health or herbal questions for Amanda? She would love to meet you and is available for one-on-one consultations as well. The Herb Shoppe’s finest years have yet to come. http://www.theherbshoppepdx.com/
Lisa Ganora began studying herbal medicine in the early ‘80s. After practicing as a Wise Woman tradition community herbalist, wildcrafter, and medicine-maker for a decade, Lisa returned to school at UNCA and graduated summa cum laude with multiple awards in biology and chemistry. After graduation she focused on exploring herbal constituents (pharmacognosy and phytochemistry) in the context of Western clinical herbalism and Vitalist therapeutics. In addition to founding and directing the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism from 2012-2020 and managing Elderberry’s Farm (a Rocky Mountain Herbal Education Center in Paonia, CO), Lisa has also served as Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and has lectured and taught classes at numerous schools and conferences around the world. She is the author of Herbal Constituents, 2nd Ed., a popular textbook on herbal phytochemistry for natural health practitioners, which is used by schools and universities worldwide. Lisa also teaches a comprehensive distance learning course on herbal constituents and formulates botanical and CBD products.
Amy Glasser, DOM,is a botanical artist, herbalist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Her affinity to beauty and plants, along with her extensive studies, allows her to express ethnobotanical knowledge and intuition in a way that is a call out to all of those who have a deep passion to coexist with the plant world. She predominantly works in watercolor but is efficient in acrylic/oil paint, textiles, found objects, and murals. Amy designs herart on clothing, and createseducational and visual aidsto learn about medicinal plants. Amy is a practicing herbalist with a deep knowledge of western plants, thanking her teachersJane Bothwell,Rosemary Gladstar, andChrista Sinadinos. She isa graduate of theSouthwest Acupuncture College of Chinese Medicine,and is currently practicing Acupuncture and integratingChinese and Western Herbal Medicine in her mobile clinic in New Mexico.www.herbalflashcards.com
Shana Lipner Grover is a clinical herbalist, health and nutrition educator, field botanist, ethical wildcrafter, medicine maker, and forever student of life and wonder is the director and primary educator of Sage Country Herbs School of Botanical Studies in north county San Diego.Sage Country Herbs School of Botanical Studies, a two-year program, is a hybrid online and field-based ecology, botany and plant medicine school that guides students through weaving the study of plants and ecology of diverse environments into the practice of making and using herbal medicine. Through mountain hikes, plant walks, farm activities, and a bit of adventure we learn our roles within our local ecologies. Shana runs a clinical practice in north county San Diego focusing on empowering people to take responsibility for their health. Beyond her field school, she teaches at a variety of outdoor education including Art & Wilderness Institute and Solidarity Farm School as well as Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, covering 350 hours of herbal medicine and nutrition programs. With bylines in Plant Healer Magazine and Herbaria Monthly (PlantHealer.org), you can also find her teaching at a variety of herbal symposiums such as the annual Plant Healer’s Good Medicine Confluence,, the TerraVita Herbal Symposium and Oshala Farms Herb Camp. Please see Shana’s new website at SageCountryHerbs.com.
Jesse Wolf Hardinis an impactful author, ecosopher, ecological and societal activist, personal counsel, graphic 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 international Good Medicine Confluence gathering 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. He has appeared in The Encyclopedia of Nature & Religion (Continuum 2005) and many other compilations. His published works include early titles Full Circle , Kindred Spirit and Gaia Eros, along with The Practice of Herbalism and The Plant Healer’s Path covering the core whys and hows of an herbal practice, The Healing Terrain on sense of place, cultivation, and the healing power of nature... as well as an inspiring historical novel 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 inspiring book The Enchanted Healer also comes in a version for an audience beyond herbalists titled Wonderments, with both being focused on heightened awareness, the senses, plant spirit and the spiritual heart of healing. His most recent creation is the Hedge Guild Oracle deck and book, iconic art and text bringing clarity to our self exploration and daily options and choices. The Oracle and a number of his books are sold through PlantHealerBookstore.com , with the remainder found on Amazon. Wolf’s work is also featured in the lauded Plant Healer Quarterly as well as the free Herbaria Monthly which you can subscribe to on the Plant Healer website. As Terry Tempest Williams opined, “Wolf’s voice inspires our passion to take us further —seeing the world whole — even holy.” For more information and opportunities, go to: PlantHealer.org
Kiva Rose Hardin is an herbalist, mythologist, author, and poet whose work is rooted in her relationship with plants, fungi, and the more than human world. She lectures and writes on the subjects of mythopoetic plant medicine, folk magic, folklore, animism, and psychology with an emphasis on fairy tale motifs, embodied enchantment, and the forest as archetype. 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 son, Ælfyn. Kiva’s first book, The Weedwife’s Remedy: Folk Herbalism For The Hedgewise was published in December of 2019, her next book, Thorn & Thicket: Woodland Herbalism For The Hedgewise is forthcoming from Plant Healer Press in Fall/Winter of 2022, and more of her writing can be found at The Enchanter’s Green http://enchantersgreen.com She also co-directs the annual Plant Healer’s Herbal Confluence in Durango, Colorado, each May and is co-editor of Plant Healer Quarterly with Jesse which you can find at PlantHealer.org
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.
Dana Hutchinson is an energy-based clinical herbalist, Chinese medicine practitioner and flower essence therapist fascinated with the healing power of herbal medicine. Dana is a registered herbalist (RH) with the AHG. Over 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 Golden, Colorado in 2016, a traditional Chinese medicine and western clinical herbalism integrative health center offering health consultations, customized herbal protocols, flower essence emotional therapy and Qi energetic treatments. 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 East West School of Planetary Herbology, the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism Heart of Herbs Herbalism School, 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 has been a speaker at the AHG Symposium, the Good Medicine Confluence, and the International Herbal Symposium amongst many others. She regularly teaches workshops at Apothecary Tinctura in Denver, CO, teaches a range of herbalism courses for the Colorado Mountain College, and is a guest faculty member at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. She is also a freelance herbal writer for Mother Earth Living Magazine. Dana is dedicated to the ongoing research of herbal medicine and advocates for the availability of natural health care alternatives for all individuals, please see: Wildflower Clinic
Dr. Orna Izakson is a writer, gardener, registered herbalist, and licensed naturopathic doctor practicing in Alaska and Oregon. Her love of wild places brought her to plants, for whom she endeavors to speak. Before starting her medical career, Dr. Orna was an award-winning science and environmental journalist whose work appeared in newspapers, magazines, online publications and books. This work covering systems — from ecology to climate change — informs her medical practice, understanding patients as complex entities within themselves and their communities. In 2013 she launched the Traditional Roots Institute at National University of Natural Medicine, working to bring the people’s medicine back to the people. Over more than six years as its Lead Physician, her work trained hundreds of providers and prospective patients in the practical and profound uses of herbal medicine. She teaches widely about plant medicine at conferences, for webinars and online courses atDrOrna.net. She sees patients one on one through her telemedicine practices,Alta Natural Medicine(Alaska) andCelilo Natural Health Center(Oregon). Dr. Orna recently joined Gaia Herbs’ scientific advisory board, is a current functional psychiatry fellow with Psychiatry Redefined, and is at work on three books about natural health.
Julie James is the director and principal instructor for the Green Wisdom School of Herbal Studies in Southern California, providing training in traditional western herbalism and related modalities, with over 30 years of training and practice in herbalism and nutrition. She also teaches at conferences and festivals all over the country, and particularly delights in introducing people to hands-on growing of herbs and medicine-making, strengthening the connection between plants and people and, in so doing, weaving the web of interdependency between all beings. If you find yourself in Southern California, stop in at the Green Wisdom Apothecary & Herb School in Long Beach, where she dispenses herbs and advice, teaches, gardens, and happily embodies the Old Crone At The Edge Of Town in her odd little building filled with plants and mysterious potions. If you are far away from California, you can visit online at www.greenwisdomherbalstudies.com
Warren Kistenbroker has been pioneering methods of herbal extraction, fermentation, preparation and applications in increasing bioavailability of herbal medicine for over 6 years after starting his company Evolved Alchemy in 2015. His primary focus is education in regards to extraction methods, extraction equipment and product design/development. With a background in alchemy, organic chemistry, biotechnology and electrical engineering, he aims to bridge the gap between spiritual philosophy and science. Warren brings wizard-like methods to all things herbal. See www.evolvedalchemy.com, and Instagram: @evolved_alchemy
Bob Linde, AP, RH (AHG) took a circuitous route to becoming an herbalist and acupuncture physician. Hiscareer changed many times: commercial lobster and conch diver, treasure hunter, sail and canoe instructor, wilderness youth counselor, long-line fisherman, infantryman in Desert Storm and GreenPeace worker. Bob isthe owner of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies, a multi-practitioner/multimodality practice, in St. Petersburg Florida and the co-director of Traditions School of Herbal Studies. He also consults as a product developer for herbal product companies for humans and animalsand enjoys growing many medicinal herbs in his yard. Bob has presented at the FSOMA, Florida Herbal Conference, International Herb Symposium and American Herbalist Guild conferences. He lectures regularly at colleges and organizations around the U.S. He is both a traveler and travel writer, living in Europe and touring the Amazon, Galapagos, Yukon Territory and Caribbean. Bob recently completed 12 episodes for INTI TV “Sanaciones con Bob Linde”, an exploration of indigenous people’s herbal practices in Ecuador, and has appeared on Animal Planet and other tv shows. See: www.acuherbals.com and www.traditionsherbschool.com
Rachel Lord has been a practicing herbal clinician in the Denver Metro area for thirty-five years. During that time, she founded and taught in her state approved herb school using Chinese and Western traditions and herbs, cross-cultural energetics being a primary focus. Now with the school sold and semi-retired, she was inspired to write a textbook, Clinical Herbalism: Plant Wisdom from East & West from Elsevier based on personal experience and specific curriculum needs encountered when running the school. The text is designed to cover all aspects of clinical herbal medicine for small private programs, universities, and self-taught herbalists. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach at this Good Medicine Confluence because, as we all know, herbal medicine is, indeed, very good medicine. Read more about her much respected work by clicking on: Health On All Levels.
Juanita Nelson has been a practicing midwife for 39 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. FourCornersHomeBirth.com
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. https://otherworldwell.com/
Lauren Peterson, herbalist and founder ofWhiteDeerApothecary, 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. www.whitedeerapothecary.com 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.
Laurie Quesinberry, a generational digger and mountain woman, is steeped in the traditions of Appalachia wildcrafting. Her walk with the plants began at the skirt strings of great-granny as she gathered medicinals for the local doctor and ended up in the mountains of SW Virginia where she found solace among the forest and the plants that live there. Laurie’s unique perspective towards commercial wild harvesting started as a poacher, and evolved into the role of plant- and land-steward. Today, she’s working to breathe new life into old traditions, while preserving a path for the future by promoting sustainable harvesting methods for “At Risk” plant medicine. As an entrepreneur, Laurie is working to create a value added line of products featuring sustainably harvested Ginseng. More than a business, Laurie’s special connection with the plants, especially Ginseng – which she lovingly calls Ginny Seng – guides her work. Laurie understands the delicate balance that exists on her mountain, and dedicates her time to saving plants while motivating others to plant at-risk habitats. With a deep passion, Laurie is a voice for the mountain, and shining light into a once hidden world. bearsmountain.com
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 (vitalrootsherbs.etsy.com), which is still going strong today. Lori sees clients from all over the world remotely, info at LoriRoop.com. 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. www.LoriRoop.com
Dara Saville is an herbalist, author, mother, and native plant advocate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the founder and primary instructor of Albuquerque Herbalism and the Executive Director of the Yerba Mansa Project, a nonprofit organization. Dara is the author of The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest (University of New Mexico Press) and has been a long-standing 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 a bioregional herbal studies program, organizing the community to undertake native medicinal plant restoration on public lands, and writing articles and essays on medicinal plants and landscapes of the American West. AlbuquerqueHerbalism.com, YerbaMansaProject.org , and DaraSaville.com
Jess Starwood is a forager, plant-based chef, and herbalist with a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine (American College of Healthcare Sciences). She teaches wild food and herbalism classes in the greater Los Angeles area for adults as well as children in public school and homeschool groups. She is also the founder of an immersive 6 month wild food program called The Wild Path in Southern California. She has worked with and consulted for several Michelin starred restaurants in Los Angeles regarding foraged foods. Her first book, Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager’s Guide to Finding, Identifying, and Using 25 Wild Fungi, was released in 2021 and is available from all major booksellers. In December 2019, Jess was recognized as one of the most creative chefs in Ventura County by Edible Ojai and Ventura County Magazine.
LisaValantine is the lovely creator of Serene Cuisine and True Food Beauty and a truly treasured Plant Healer Quarterly columnist, currently residing in the quiet woods of southern Oregon. She brings to the table a wealth of information and her classes on local, sustainable food culture and community building are both empowering and life-changing. 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. She 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 atThe Good Medicine Confluence each Summer in Durango Colorado where she curates new classes each spring on subjects ranging from tonic herbalism to natural non-toxic beauty and skincare. When she is not out wandering in the forest, foraging, or on the yoga mat, you will find her cooking up something good for her upcoming cookbook "Midsummer Celebrations."
Kate Viers is a community supported herbalist and artisan natural perfumer, who is passionate about plants, people, bees, aromatics, nature, gardening, art, community, and social justice. Kate has been immersing herself in herbal and aromatic 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 and teaches a range of subjects in the field of herbalism, aromatherapy, perfumery and natural healing. As a clinician, she utilizes a mixed modality that includes western herbalism, folk medicine, Ayurveda, aromatherapy, flower essence therapy and above all else, helping people find their intrinsic connection to the land and the healing force within. She is a co-founder at the Cottonwood Medicine Collective; an organization which works to bring accessible herbal education and healthcare to the people, by operating a sliding scale clinic and hosting herbalism and natural healing classes in Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Following her passion for aromatherapy, Kate started a natural perfumery business called Feral Lore Perfumes, which blends aromatics, nature, art and storytelling. www.FeralLorePerfumes.com