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Nancy was certified as an herbalist in 2005 by Misty Meadows Herbal Center in Lee, NH, after studying herbs and other holistic modalities on her own for many years. Going into her training, she knew that her focus was in treating dogs, and worked to translate health conditions and herbal applications from human to canine. She has worked at the New Hampshire-based Herbal Path shops, where she worked with natural pharmacists and gained a better understanding of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and other nutritional building blocks. Based in Somerville, Nancy offers consults for pets, as well as trail hikes for dogs and herb walks along the bike path.
Michael recently came to finding his path in life as an herbalist and healer. He loves learning what it is to truly be an herbalist and healer, and exploring how to listen to the wisdom that nature shares with us when we pause and connect to her. Mad Crow Herbalism approaches herbalism from a different perspective, where you always step back and channel the fun, quirky willingness to just experiment and play!
Juliet Blankespoor is the director and primary instructor at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, which she founded in 2007. She has been sharing her passion for plants through teaching herbal medicine and botany for over twenty years. She also teaches human anatomy and physiology, plant propagation, wild foods, tree identification, and bioregional roots herbalism. Juliet shares her plant obsession through her herbal articles and botanical photography in her Blog Castanea. In addition, she writes quarterly columns for the Plant Healer Magazine and the Journal of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.
Juliet lives with her family outside of Asheville, NC, where they nurture a diverse medicinal garden. She also maintains a varied herbal apothecary, primarily from homegrown and wildcrafted herbs. She believes that growing and gathering food and medicine is empowering, revolutionary, and highly entertaining. Juliet is currently developing and writing a distance-learning herbal program, which will be available in late 2014.
Debra Bluth is a flower essence practitioner and herbalist practicing in Brighton, Massachusetts and Yarmouth, Maine. Certified to work with flower essences by David Dalton, she also completed his advanced practitioners’ clinic, and now apprentices more closely with him at Delta Gardens. Her eyes first opened to the plants 18 years ago while in a shiatsu certification program, and years later she continued training through The Boston School for Herbal Studies, Bevin Clare, Katja Swift, Mischa Schuler, and Kate Gilday, among others. Debra holds a B.S. in psychology from Tufts University, an MFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts, is certified as a yoga therapist and currently teaches classes in yoga, movement, and experiential anatomy, as well as a nine-month online chakra apprenticeship.
Larken Bunce is a clinical herbalist, educator, writer, gardener and photographer. She is founding co-director of Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in Montpelier, Vermont, a non-profit which offers 1-year Family Herbalist and 3-year Clinical Herbalist training programs, integrative community health worker education, and a full time sliding-scale community clinic. She serves as faculty in Goddard College’s Health Arts and Sciences program and holds a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine from the Tai Sophia Institute. Larken believes that the heart of healing work lies in reminding us all that we belong to each other and to the land. www.larkenbunce.com
Herbalist Aidan Clowes first studied herbalism under the mentorship of Rosemary Gladstar and then further with Sage Mauer. She continued her clinical study with Margi Flint in her practice in Marblehead, MA. Over the years Aidan has worked in various clinics and regularly teaches classes in the Brattelboro, VT area with a passion to enhance the health and overall well being of her clients. She recieved her undergraduate degree from Prescott College in Prescott, AZ where she focused on a dual degree in cultural studies and photography. Aidan firmly believes in empowering people to take charge of their health through learning about the medicines that grow in their surroundings. Currently, Aidan practices herbalism in southern Vermont while living off the grid in an oak grove.
Su Cousineau, ABT, is a local shiatsu practitioner of 14 years and a community herbalist of 5 years. She has studied at Heart Song Farm, completed Rosemary Gladstar’s home study course and has finished the Apprenticeship and Advanced Level Programs at the Boston School of Herbal Studies. Su is also a long time Jamaica Plain resident, educator, gardener, forager, and medicine maker. She’s thrilled to be part of HERBSTALK 2013!
Sheilagh Cruickshank is an herbalist, teacher, gardener and mom. Sheilagh has been learning from and working with plant medicine for more than 10 years. She has spent the last 5 years as a teacher at The Green Witch School of Herbal Studies in Salem, MA and holds workshops at the New England Women’s Herbal Conference and the International Herb Symposium. Her formal herbal education was with Rosemary Gladstar, completing both the Apprenticeship and Advanced Herbal Training Programs at the Sage Mountain Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary in Vermont. A lover of history and folklore, Sheilagh enjoys weaving the perennial tales of our herbal allies with their significance in our present day lives.
Jenn Falk & Pepper Monroe
Krystina Friedlander is a certified HypnoBirthing instructor, ToLabor trained professional childbirth doula, Fertility Awareness Method counselor and community herbalist. After being inspired to become a doula while living abroad in Doha, Qatar, she plunged into the world of women’s health and supports women and families around birth, fertility, cycles, contraception, diet, and more. She has an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a deep interest in childbirth practices around the world. Her guiding intention is to support women as they make the empowered decisions necessary for their health and well-being, with a belief that women’s empowerment radiates outward into all areas of our wider shared community.
Cindy Hebbard, Certified Herbalist and Wellness Educator, has practiced herbalism, flower essence therapy, shiatsu, and used food as medicine for her family for almost four decades. She studied with Rosemary Gladstar, Stephen Harrod Buhner, and Paul and Barbi Schulick, among others. Cindy provides comprehensive Herbal Wellness Consultations, herb walks, cooking workshops and an Herbal ‘Kids’ Camp, for children, families and people of all ages. Having healed herself from decades of chronic pain from arthritis, eczema, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivity, Cindy has put her deep exploration of the healing arts to work teaching people with chronic pain and auto-immune issues to heal themselves. She teaches in Brattleboro, VT and the Boston area.
Madelon Hope is a Clinical Herbalist and Licensed Psychotherapist who directs the Boston School of Herbal Studies. She teaches Herbal Apprenticeship programs, Advanced Training, and offers herbal classes throughout the year, including monthly Medicinal Plant Walks during the spring and summer. She integrates herbs, nutrition, flower essences, and psychotherapy into her work with clients. Her practice is informed by diagnostic approaches of Chinese medicine.
Jade Alicandro Mace
Jade Alicandro Mace is a Community Herbalist grounded in the Wise Woman Tradition of Herbalism and greatly influenced by the ancient herbal traditions of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She believes that herbal medicine is the people’s medicine, and that this knowledge belongs to everyone. Her focus is on self and community empowerment through the sharing and spreading of herbal knowledge. Jade is a practicing herbalist, educator, medicine-maker, and grower, and runs a medicinal plant nursery in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. She is also a staff herbalist at Blue Dragon Community Herbal Clinic in Amherst, MA, a low-cost walk-in clinic
Sage L. Maurer is an independent practitioner and teacher of herbal healing, plant spirit medicine, shamanism, deep ecology, and ethnobotany. In 2001 she founded The Gaia School of Healing, where she has trained hundreds of apprentices in sacred plant medicine around New England over the past 12 years. Sage holds a degree in anthropology and ethnobotany, and has studied many folk traditions of healing around the world. Sage is devoted to reawakening the earth-honoring traditions of the past and sacred ways of working with plants in healing practice.
Heath McAllister, ND
Dr. Heath McAllister is a Naturopathic Physician and herbalist practicing in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. McAllister graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine after which he completed a 1-year residency in general medicine. He became interested in herbal medicines while growing up in the woodlands of Maine. Dr. McAllister also has extensive botanical knowledge after having worked as a botanist for both the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Bureau of Land Management. He currently teaches at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and maintains an active private practice.
Ryn is one of those herbalists who didn’t spend enough time in the forest as a child and is making up for lost time. He co-founded the CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine with his partner Katja Swift. His favorite herbs are sage, solomon’s seal, ginger, and kava.
Jes is the creator behind good4you herbals on Etsy and Blogger. The plants have been guiding her to share their gifts for almost a decade. She is also the musical artist behind the Orangepeelproject. Jes will be performing live music in the Children’s Area at 3pm on Saturday, June 8th.
Brittany Wood Nickerson
Brittany Wood Nickerson is a practicing community herbalist, health educator and cook. She combines knowledge of nutrition and a passion for using food as medicine with her training in Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine. Her treatment and teaching approach emphasize personal empowerment, preventative home healthcare and whole body wellness. She believes health and healing is a process that connects mind, body and spirit with the cycles of life and the patterns of the earth. Brittany runs Thyme Herbal Healing Center in Amherst Massachusetts where she teaches The Art of Home Herbalism as well as courses in herbal cooking and homesteading. She teaches women’s health at the University of Massachusetts and is the organizer of the Northampton/Amherst Herbal Meet-up group.
Linda Patterson, founder and director of the Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies has taught in France and throughout the Northeast for over 20 years. Her love for the plants has inspired her to become a Master Gardener and a flower essence practitioner.
Tommy Priester, a practicing herbalist since 1998, combines extensive knowledge of Western herbalism, nutrition, flower essences, homeopathy, shamanism, energy healing forms with ancient wisdom traditions from Native American and other cultures. Tommy has studied with renowned herbalists Gail Ulrich, Margi Flint, Matthew Wood, William LeSassier, Phillis Light, Donald Yance, and Stephen Harrod Buhner, and with master flower essence practitioner David Dalton of Delta Gardens. Tommy has been privileged to learn from Abanaki, Cherokee, Ojibwa, Cree and Lakota Elders. In October 2009 Tommy was initiated into the Braveheart lineage of the Lakota tradition. Tommy studied core shamanism with Michael Harner, and other shamanic schools of thought with John Ford, and Dana Robins, and Tibetan shamanism with Larry Peters. Tommy is a practitioner of Pan Gu Shen Gong healing form and also an instructor of the basic technique. Along with this Tommy is also certified as a Tong Ren and Reiki practitioner.
Mischa Schuler is a Community Herbalist soon to be living in Portland, Maine who empowers community members to trust their own ability to nurture and support themselves and their families. She specializes in women’s and children’s health and building community gardens.
Rockwood Natural Medicine Clinic, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Katie Stage is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Registered Herbalist who practices general family medicine, with a particular interest in women’s health and pediatrics. Dr. Stage has a passion for treating gastrointestinal disorders, pelvic pain, hormone imbalances, infertility, menstrual disorders, menopause-related symptoms, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome. While treatments are tailored to her patient’s needs, she primarily uses homeopathy, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and CranioSacral as treatment modalities. Dr. Stage graduated with high honors from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. She then completed a one-year residency in general family practice medicine at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center. She continues to teach hydrotherapy, botanical medicine, GYN lab, and clinical skills at SCNM, and maintains a private practice at Rockwood Natural Medicine Clinic.
Katja is an herbalist and teacher working to help adults, children, and families rebuild their relationships with their bodies and with their own ability to heal. By teaching people how to eat real food and use plants as medicine, she helps them to reestablish their connectivity to the earth, to themselves, and to one another. Katja is the Director of the CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine and teaches public and private classes in and around Boston, as well as for Mass College of Pharmacy and Northeastern University.
Stephen Rye is an herbalist and massage therapist practicing in Brooklyn. He helps to facilitate the Third Root herbal program and teaches classes and workshops throughout New York. Stephen’s herbal practice focuses on helping folks come out of deep, dark places to find the light within. www.stephenswitzer.com
Shamanic Herbalist Iris Weaver works with people and plants, practicing sustainable, heart-centered herbalism and working with affordable, locally available plants for healing and wellness. She works with individuals and groups and teaches classes in the Greater Boston and North Shore areas.