2014 Herbstalk Teaching Team
(Teachers are listed alphabetically by last name.)
Class: Using Medicinal Herbs for Dogs
Focusing on canine health, Nancy utilizes herbs as one part of a more comprehensive model in fostering the whole dog in its potential as vibrant and healthy and happy. She considers each dog an individual with his or her own unique needs and enjoys empowering others to see beyond the allopathic view of canine wellness. She works primarily with herbs native to New England, and feels that they work best as an adjunct to proper nutrition as the foundation of health. Following an internship at Misty Meadows Herbal Center, Nancy was a staff herbalist at The Natural Dog, as well as The Herbal Path, in both their Dover and Portsmouth, NH stores before returning to Somerville, MA, to continue the journey.
Class: Learning to Work with Tree Medicine
Mad Crow Herbalism
Michael is an Herbal Educator who spends both too much/not enough time writing and teaching about our green friends. 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!
Classes: Medicinal Mushrooms (Intensive) AND a Plant Walk
Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
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.
Class: Introduction to Flower Essences
Seed and Legend Herbs
Debra Bluth is a flower essence practitioner and herbalist living and practicing in New England. She had the good fortune to apprentice at Delta gardens and is an associate practitioner there. She also maintains a private practice in Brighton, Massachusetts and in Yarmouth, Maine, and is out in the meadows and woods making essences whenever she can. Debra studied botanical medicine through the Boston School of Herbal Studies, as well as with numerous wonderful individual teachers. Also certified as a shiatsu therapist and an integrative yoga therapist, Debra facilitates a nine-month online chakra apprenticeship for women and is a longtime yoga and movement teacher. In her former life as a dancer/choreographer, Debra taught at The Boston Conservatory and Emerson College, and received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts as well as a BS in psychology from Tufts University. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class: Living Medicine: 5 Phases for the Western Herbalist (Intensive)
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
Larken Bunce is a clinical herbalist, educator, writer, gardener and photographer. She is a founding co-director of Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and served for seven years as faculty in Goddard College’s Health Arts and Sciences program. She holds a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine from the Tai Sophia Institute. Her practice and teaching draw equally from science and spirit, novel practice and tradition, clinic and garden. Larken believes that the heart of healing work lies in reminding us all that we belong to each other and to the land.
Class: Opening to Nature
Herbalist Aidan Clowes first studied herbalism under the mentorship of Rosemary Gladstar and then further with Sage Maurer. 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 Brattleboro, VT area. With a passion to enhance the health and overall well being of her clients, Aidan approaches each learning and clinical opportunity with clear eyes and an open heart. She received her undergraduate degree from Prescott College in Prescott, AZ where she earned 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.
Class: Skin Deep: Topical Herbs
Su Cousineau of Taproot Healing is a local shiatsu practitioner, herbalist and educator. She’s a long time Jamaica Plain-er, community gardener and medicine maker. Su loves working collaboratively with her clients and teaching people how to care for themselves and their families/communities. She is thrilled to be part of Herbstalk 2014!
Class: How Sweet It Is! Making Herbal Syrups, Sugars, Extracts & Honeys
Green Witch School of Herbal Studies
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 6 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 the stories, the healing and the joy the plants inspire!
Class: The Weaving of Spirit & Wellness Through Our Connection to Plants:
A Special Yoga Practice
Yoga teacher Jenn Falk has been guinea pig and friend to herbalist and Herbstalk founder, Steph Zabel, for 20+ years. She credits her friendship with Steph to all she knows about herbal wisdom and her respect for it. She’s also married to an organic garden professional and artist, and they are raising their family to love the use of herbs, grow vegetables, and take care of the Earth. Learn more at: www.yoginijennfalk.com
Pepper Monroe lives and teaches in NYC, and also works at and supports Farm to Yoga and Ananda Ashram in NY. She has traveled the world and learned from/lived with many herbal/plant experts from Costa Rica, to Australia & New Zealand, to Big Sur. You can learn more at her website: www.kindredyoga.com
Class: Chakra Healing with Herbs
Rose Bear Medicinals
Melanie is a holistic health practitioner located in Rockport, Maine who works primarily with herbs, nutrition, healing movement, flower essences, cutting edge natural supplements, guided meditation, breathing, and spiritual chanting. Her methods are based on Chinese, Western, Ayurvedic, and Native American healing traditions. Melanie now serves as core faculty for the Boston School of Herbal Studies and leads 7 month apprenticeship courses and conducts periodic workshops and plant walks in the Boston area and in midcoast Maine. Her main passion is teaching others to cultivate their innate wisdom and fine tune their own intuitive abilities.
Class: Reading the Body (Intensive)
Margi Flint owns and operates EarthSong Herbals, a busy family practice and herb school in Marblehead Ma. Her filters of wisdom include over thirty-five years of labor coaching, polarity therapy, and herbal practice. Margi regularly speaks at nationally known herbal seminars in the States and in Canada. She is Adjunct Professor at Bastyr University, NSCC, Mass. College of Pharmacology, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Pacific Rim College in BC. Her most revered teachers are the plants and her clients. Flint sees clients for consultations, continues to teach Beginning to Intermediate Studies and Advanced Clinical Studies. Margi is the author of a textbook for herbalists, third edition, titled The Practicing Herbalist, meeting with clients, reading the body.
Class: Herbal Safety During Pregnancy
Krystina Friedlander is a childbirth doula, childbirth educator, student midwife, and herbalist in Cambridge, MA with a focus on women’s wellness. She is a graduate of the advanced apprenticeship at the Boston School of Herbal Studies, and is currently pursuing further studies in herbalism and women’s health with master herbalist, midwife, and pediatrician Aviva Romm. Ms. Friedlander holds an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Tulane University and works at the Harvard Divinity School. Her website is www.barakabirth.com.
Class: A Plant Walk
Patrice Green is an Herbal Educator, Certified Aromatherapist, Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner. She has studied Advanced Herbalism and Aromatherapy at the Boston School of Herbal Studies and has also studied Energy Medicine, Applied Shamanism and Psychopomp with Isa Gucciardi, Ph. D. She believes that holistic treatments used in conjunction with traditional Western medicine offer the individual the best of both worlds. As the French Jesuit and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, ‘We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.’ Patrice believes that to be completely whole and healthy both physical and spiritual needs must be addressed. She has personally experienced the positive changes that come from developing and sustaining relationships with the plants and essential oils and maintaining a strong Shamanic journey practice.
Class: Growing Urban Herbals
Jennifer Hauf is the medicinal herb grower at Boston’s Allandale Farm. She has spent the last decade delving into the botanical world and learning how best to nurture plants, people, and habitats through healthy farming and gardening practices. In 2013 she launched a medicinal herb collection at Allandale Farm, offering three dozen distinct species of botanicals for customers to purchase and transplant into their urban gardens. Regardless of whether she is in the field, the garden center, or sitting next to you in a cafe, she is always interested in speaking of the wonders of the herbal world.
Class: Mindful Memory: Restoring Our Bombarded Brains
Wisdom of Healing
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.
Class: Healing Depression: Balancing the Brain, the Heart and the Gut
The Boston School of Herbal Studies
Madelon Hope has directed the Boston School of Herbal Studies for the past twelve years and co-teaches the Herbal Apprenticeship and Advanced Training programs. She has taught at the New England Women’s Herbal Conference and offers classes and plant walks throughout the year. She focuses on the subtle attunement of plants to people. A psychotherapist for over twenty five years, she has a special interest in herbs for the nervous system.
Class: Cooking with Herbs
Zoë Keller is passionate about food. Her blog, www.onebeet.com, is dedicated to celebrating the goodness of food through wholesome recipes that maximize flavor and nourishment. She sees healthy eating as a gateway into the body and an opportunity to take a proactive approach to overall wellness. Zoë has apprenticed with a medicinal herbalist, trained with professional chefs, and is currently studying to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Class: Green Cleaning with Essential Oils
Olivia Lane is a health coach and a former green apartment cleaner. She is also the author of an eBook, Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning. Olivia enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for positively joyful sustainable living at www.oliviacleansgreen.com.
Jade Alicandro Mace
Class: Traditional Herbal Medicines
Milk & Honey Herbs
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 helps her students and community connect with their herbal roots (we all have them!) and believes there is a deep cultural healing that occurs when folks connect personally with their medicine — be it harvesting and drying their own herbs, incorporating herbs into their cooking routines, brewing a simple cup of tea, or recognizing the weeds growing in the sidewalk cracks. Jade lives on a small herb farm in the woods in western Massachusetts, where she shares the land with her family, chickens, cats and over 100 species of medicinal herbs. Every Friday she staffs the Blue Dragon Community Herbal Clinic in Greenfield, MA, a low-cost walk-in clinic. www.milkandhoneyherbs.com.
Class: Sacred Plant Medicine & Shamanic Herbalism
The Gaia School of Healing
Sage L. Maurer is an independent practitioner and teacher of herbal healing, plant spirit medicine, shamanism, deep ecology, and ethnobotany. In 2001, Sage founded The Gaia School of Healing in Boston, Massachusetts and has trained hundreds of apprentices in the past 13 years primarily in New England and Hawaii. Learning mostly from the plants directly, Sage was also formally trained and certified in herbal medicine at The Blazing Star Herbal School and at The Boston School of Herbal Energetics. Sage has been practicing herbal healing and plant spirit medicine for the past 17 years, though felt through many lifetimes. Through personal journeying and plant spirit work she has developed strong relationships with the plants she continues to learn from and use as medicine in her life, teaching, and healing work. For the past two decades Sage has practiced shamanic plant medicine, which she considers the roots of her practice, carrying with many others ancient traditions of medicine and ceremony.
Heath McAllister, ND
Classes: Botanicals Without Borders AND Formulation Strategies (Intensive)
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. McAllister is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Registered Herbalist who practices general family medicine with special interests in men’s health, fertility, environmental toxicity, and sports injuries. He graduated with honors from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona and is now adjunct faculty there where he teaches Botanical medicine and Botanical Medicine Making. He currently maintains an active private practice at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center. Dr. McAllister is originally from Maine where he was instilled with an intense fascination with nature. You can contact Dr. McAllister through his email address: email@example.com.
Class: Cannabis Medicine
Gavin McCarthy has loved the plants of New England’s coasts since his childhood in Rhode Island. He came to teaching and practicing with herbs and foods through his own healing path. Now an herbalist and traditional food fermentor, he lives and forages in Roslindale, MA. Gavin studies with Katja Swift and Ryn Midura at the Commonwealth Center for Herbal Medicine.
Ryn Midura & Katja Swift
Classes: So You Want to Be an Herbalist AND Inspecting the Spectrum: Herbal Support for Asperger’s & ADD
The CommonWealth Center For Herbal Medicine
Katja and Ryn been working together since 2010 (and playing together somewhat longer), and have 25 years of herbal experience between them. They are the founders of the CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, where they see clients, offer community classes, Apprenticeships, Advanced & Clinical herbalism programs, and teach traditional Western herbalism to pharmacists from Northeastern University and MCPHS University. They like to organize their thoughts on a compass, and their motto is “There’s only the hard way.”
Class: Plant Walk
Class: Herbal & Lifestyle Therapeutics for Digestive Health
Anchor & Rose Apothecary
Katie Munn is a Clinical Herbalist and Reiki Practitioner. She graduated from the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism with over 2000 hours of course work in Western Herbalism and Nutrition. When not teaching classes you can find Katie seeing clients or growing herbs on the organic farm she lives on.
Brittany Wood Nickerson
Class: For the Love of Linden!
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.
Class: Introduction to Aromatherapy
The Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies
Linda Patterson founder and director of the Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies imparts twenty years of teaching and experience as an educator. She shares her reverence for plants by teaching throughout the north east as well as internationally. Please visit her website for a complete listing of classes and locations.
Class: Critical Thinking for Herbalists
Fellow Workers Farm
Traci is a community herbalist, writer and medicine maker living in the Berkshires who runs Fellow Workers Farm apothecary. She focuses on the joy of foraging, forest medicines and movement. She likes to ask questions and bring humor and fun back into health care. Her apothecary and herb gardens are open by appointment for tours and educational consults. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class: The Liver: Our Master Organ (Intensive)
Bear Medicine Herbs
Bear Medicine Herbs Founder and Herbalist
Tommy Priester, a practicing herbalist since 1998, combines extensive knowledge of Western herbalism, nutrition and diet with ancient wisdom traditions from Native American and other cultures. Tommy’s open, compassionate understanding and gentle, peaceful energy makes it possible for his clients to feel safe and access deeper aspects of themselves so they can become active participants in their own healing.
Tommy is also a masterful teacher and facilitator who combines expert knowledge of his subject with gentle humor. In addition to his own workshops and seminars he is a faculty member at The Boston School of Herbal Studies.
Class: Plant Families Plant Walk
Wild Carrot Herbs
Mischa Schuler is a Community Herbalist 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 using permaculture principles. She can be found puttering in her garden, cooking up a meal, playing ball with her cat, or reading a good book.
Classes: Botanicals Without Borders AND Formulation Strategies (Intensive)
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.
Class: Don’t Get Sick!
Adam Stark has been working with and writing about herbs for more than 15 years. He is a co-owner at Debra’s Natural Gourmet, and the founder, formulator (and namesake!) at Adam Herbs.
Class: How Sweet It Is! Making Herbal Syrups, Sugars, Extracts and Honeys
Nerine’s path is to help bridge the gap between Western and herbal Medicine. After 30 years in acute care medicine she believes that a harmonious balance between the two holds the key to perfect health and wellness. She has completed the herbal apprenticeship and advanced herbal studies at Misty Meadows and is currently finishing her Masters in Nursing Education. Nerine continues to advance her herbal knowledge by seeking out learning opportunities with experts in the field of herbalism.
Class: Finding Balance: Addiction, Recovery and Harm Reduction
Third Root Community Health Center
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
Class: Urban Foraging Ramble
Iris Weaver, M.A., is a Shamanic Herbalist and Educator. She teaches workshops on making your own natural herbal skincare and herbal medicines. She leads plant walks identifying wild edible and medicinal plants in both urban and rural environments and teaching their uses. Iris works with clients dealing with depression and/or coping with depression and anxiety medications to provide holistic, sustainable, plant-based and spiritual healing solutions. She is based in Beverly, MA.
Class: Integrating Herbs, Oils and Essences to Relieve Stress
Lesley Wooler is the owner of The Herb Wyfe as well as “Gardening with Finesse”, a landscape/gardening business. She served on the council for the North East Herbal Association for 10 years, 4 years as its president. She is a certified herbalist and flower essence practitioner and a registered aromatherapist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Rhode Island.
Class: Somerville Street Plants
Flowerfolk Herbal Apothecary
The founder and organizer of Herbstalk, Steph is also a practicing community herbalist and educator. She holds a Masters degree in ethnobotany and spent many years studying plant science and botany before heeding the call of the herbal path. Steph’s herbal training is rooted in the folk traditions of western herbalism & in using local plants in simple ways as food and medicine. When not organizing Herbstalk, Steph can be found working in the botanical collections of the Harvard University Herbaria, offering herbal classes and holistic health consultations, gathering wild plants, and hand-crafting herbal medicines. She is honored to be a voice for the plant world and to serve others through herbalism.