Our 2016 Herbstalk Teachers!
This year's Herbstalk teaching team includes herbalists, aromatherapists, naturopathic doctors, ethnobotanists, foragers, artists and foodies. Go on and read all about them below, and click on their websites to learn more.
Everyone is listed in alphabetical order by last name...
Everyone is listed in alphabetical order by last name...
Jade Alicandro Mace
Milk and Honey Herbs
Class: Tree Medicine of the Northeast
Jade Alicandro Mace is a bioregional herbalist practicing community herbalism in western Massachusetts. She believes there is a deep cultural healing that occurs when folks connect personally with the plants, and loves helping her students and community connect with the medicine growing all around them. Jade teaches a class series and apprenticeship in bioregional herbalism, offers community workshops and herbwalks, offers private herbal wellness consultations, and also runs the Greenfield Community Herbal Clinic, a low-cost clinic committed to affordable herbal care.
Mad Crow Herbals
Class: Fungi: Friends, Foes and Frenemies
Michael Blackmore is an herbal educator in Jamaica Plain, MA. He enjoys exploring how to listen to the wisdom that nature shares with us when we pause and connect. His website, Mad Crow Herbalism, reminds us to approach herbalism in the spirit of play!
Seed and Legend
Class: Flower Essences for Chakra Healing
Debra Bluth is a flower essence practitioner and clinical herbalist living in southern Maine. She is an associate practitioner at Delta Gardens in southern NH, where she apprenticed, and she also maintains a private practice in Yarmouth, Maine. Also a yoga and movement teacher and a shiatsu practitioner, Debra facilitates an online chakra apprenticeship for women. She holds advanced degrees in psychology and choreography.
Class: Spiritual Bathing with Herbs
Su Cousineau, ABT of Taproot Healing is a shiatsu practitioner, herbalist and educator of many years. She offers a private practice in Jamaica Plain where she is honored to work with clients to support well-being of body, mind and spirit. She has completed herbal studies at Heart Song Farm in NH, through Rosemary Gladstar's homestudy course and at Boston School of Herbal Studies Apprenticeship and Advanced programs. Su is a long time Jamaica Plain resident, former children's art educator, a community gardener, forager, and medicine maker. She is looking forward to gathering at Herbstalk 2016!
Class: Urban Foraging
David Craft studied mechanical engineering as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. in operations research. Neither of these topics have anything to do with plants, but Craft is an avid forager and has led numerous walking tours over the past few years in the Greater Boston area. He has also appeared in the Boston Globe and on On-Point for his foraging. His book, Urban Foraging, was a monthly pick at the Harvard Bookstore upon its publication.
Class: Poses & Plants
A life long lover of movement, Jenn Pici Falk has been teaching yoga since 2006. She strives for a balanced class & practice that releases tension from the body, stress from the mind, and enhances love in the heart. As a loving mama and wife, she aims to stay attentive to a simple and creative pace of life, live in rhythm with the seasons & cycles, and continue to grow and learn through it all.
Class: Face & Body Diagnostics for Home and Clinic
Emily is a clinical and traditional herbalist working with a wide range of clients and medicines. Her work revolves around her love for reconnecting people with the sophisticated art and science of plant-based healing that we've all known, somewhere in our bones, for thousands of years. With over 4,000 clinical hours of experience, Emily has a broad understanding of both acute and chronic health issues, and how to use the healing plants to help people move toward balance and vitality. Emily holds a degree in Clinical Herbalism from the Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine and a degree in Holistic Medicine & Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has served on the Council of the Northeast Herbal Association, and is the founder of Sweetgrass Herbals, based in Lincoln, VT and Sterling, MA.
Class: Blossom & Bloom Summer Yoga
Sarah Friend, RYT, first stepped into the mat over a decade ago. Yoga introduced Sarah to compassion-centered eastern philosophies, and, amazed at how the practice helped her develop physical and emotional self-awareness, Sarah quickly became hooked. In 2011, Sarah completed her 200-hour teacher training at ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Aryuveda), in New York City, and she is also certified in Yin Yoga. Her classes are well-structured and thoughtfully sequenced; they are built from a vinyasa foundation, but also borrow from other lineages, such as Anusara and Ashtanga. For Sarah, yoga does not end when class is over: her ultimate goal is to help her students bring the practice of yoga into their daily lives, and to use these ancient teachings to cultivate peace and joy.
Class: Herbal Allies for the Fourth Trimester
Krystina Friedlander is a childbirth doula and herbalist in Exeter, New Hampshire. In her herbal practice, she works with women around issues of reproductive health, including pregnancy, fertility, preconception, and natural contraception. She is a graduate of the Boston School of Herbal Studies and is continuing her studies with Aviva Romm with a focus on women's health.
Class: Protecting the Spiritual Heart
Patrice Green is an Herbal Educator, Certified Aromatherapist, Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner and founder of Green Aromatics. She is also the Assistant Director at the Boston School of Herbal Studies. She received her herbal training at the Boston School of Herbal Studies, and shamanic training from Isa Gucciardi, Ph. D. at the Sacred Stream in Berkley, CA. Inspired by time spent among the coastal Redwoods of Muir Woods and its beach, Green Aromatics strives to imbue its products and services with the same resilience, joy and equanimity of these majestic beings.
Wisdom of Healing
Class: Deep Immune Strength: Maintaining a Healthy Microbiome
Cindy Hebbard, Master Herbalist and Wellness Educator, has practiced herbalism, flower essence therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, and using food as medicine for more than 30 years. Cindy provides comprehensive Herbal Wellness Consultations, Private and Group Cooking Workshops, Healing Retreats, Intensives, introductory talks, product development consulting, and more. Cindy healed herself almost 20 years ago from childhood eczema, arthritis, digestive troubles and severe chemical sensitivity using healing local foods and herbal remedies. Cindy has put her deep exploration of the healing arts to work by teaching people how they can heal themselves from severe pain, Lyme, digestive, liver, skin, sleep, or mental health disorders, and a wide variety of degenerative and chronic auto-immune conditions. She offers her services in Brattleboro, VT and the Greater Boston area.
Boston School of Herbal Studies
Class: Moving through the Life Cycle with Vitality
Madelon Hope has been directing the Boston School of Herbal Studies for the past fourteen years, teaching Herbal Apprenticeships and Advanced Training during that time. As a psychotherapist and an herbalist, she has a particular focus on herbal approaches to anxiety, depression, adrenal exhaustion and immune function. Recently, she has become interested in how to maintain vitality throughout the life span. Madelon has taught at the New England Women's Herbal Conference and at the Northeast Herbal Association annual conference.
Giving Tree Botanicals
Class: Phytochemistry for Herbalists
Heather Irvine has been an herbalist for about 15 years. She is a graduate of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, Cornell University and the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, proudly one of their first students in 2007. She has a small herbal product business, Giving Tree Botanicals, with a huge selection of tinctures made of fresh plants she wild gathers or grows herself. She enjoys collecting plants and the stories behind them and generally talking about how herbs and medicine work. She currently lives in Vermont, but has a growing interest in collaborating with herbalists, clients, health professionals and other allies in Massachusetts.
Meridians of Health
Class: Digestive Strategies
Nina has a passion for helping people take control of their own health using readily available resources, such as plants and hands. She has been in clinical practice since 1999 and currently see clients in Somerville and Westford. In her clinic she combines herbalism with nutritional counseling, shiatsu/acupressure, qigong, and coaching. Nina teaches Wild Herb Week, a family herbal program for people aged 8 and up, in Littleton every summer.
Jade Mountain Wellness
Class: Understanding the Progression of Lyme Disease: Western Herbs & Chinese Medicine
Brendan Kelly has a master’s degree in acupuncture and teaches about Chinese medicine at schools, colleges, universities and conferences around the country. He is a faculty member at Johnson State College in VT and the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in FL. He has 20 years experience in western herbs, with 12 years in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He practices acupuncture and Chinese and western herbal medicine full time at the clinic he co-founded, Jade Mountain Wellness, in Burlington, VT. In 2015 he published his first book "The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis" which presents the deeper, root causes of our warming planet and its connection to our personal and collective health.
Class: Ethnobotanical History of Herbalism
Danielle Laberge is an herbalist and horticulturist working in Boston with herbs she grows herself in a community garden. She has a background in both vitalist clinical herbalism through her training with the Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, and in the spiritual and energetic work of connecting with plants through her plant spirit healing apprenticeship with Pam Montgomery. She teaches hands-on community workshops throughout Boston, gives plant walks and land consultations in addition to seeing private clients.
Melissa Laurita Kohl
Fungi & Flora Folkschool
Class: Madhura Rasa: Balancing the Sweet Taste for Health and Wellbeing
Melissa Laurita Kohl runs the Fungi & Flora Folkschool in Peacham, VT, where she offers classes, private lessons and herbal consultations. Renowned herbalist and author, Rosemary Gladstar has this to say about Melissa: “Your light shines so brightly and your enthusiasm and passion are infectious! I would sign up for your class.”
Althaea Wellness Education
Class: Redefining First Aid: Herbal Remedies in Sickness and in Health
As a wellness practitioner, Helen facilitates educational experiences that invite others to connect with the rhythms of the natural world and bring balance to their inner and outer environments. She is a trained community herbalist and a certified yoga teacher. Helen offers gardening workshops, herbal classes, wellness retreats, edible and medicinal landscape design services and private/group theme-based yoga classes.
Class: Meet Your Neighbors
Felix lives in the Connecticut River valley of Western MA, and works with folks of all ages teaching nature connection and wild plant literacy classes. He also works with Help Yourself, a non-profit that designs, plants and maintains community access gardens and orchards in the Valley, free for all to harvest from.
Dr. Heath McAllister
Pure Vitality Rejuvenation Center
Classes: Turmeric: The Golden Herb
Herbal Medicine for Mental Health
Dr. Heath McAllister is a California licensed Naturopathic Doctor. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire and later with honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He then went on to complete a general medicine residency. Dr. McAllister has served as faculty at several health-care institutions and continues to teach periodically at Bastyr University. He currently owns and operates the Pure Vitality Rejuvenation Center in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. Dr. McAllister combines the best of modern medicine with the most effective alternative therapies in order to offer a customized approach to each person’s health challenges specifically tailored to their individual needs. Dr. McAllister is originally from Maine where he was instilled with an intense fascination with nature. In his free time he enjoys foreign travel, cooking, hiking, and wildflower photography.
Class: Herbal Care for Teeth and Gums
Brittany Wood Nickerson is a practicing 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. Brittany is the founder and primary instructor at Thyme Herbal, where she teaches a three year Herbal Apprenticeship Program. She teaches women’s health at the University of Massachusetts and is the author of The Everyday Living Series (posters and zines for the home), The Herbal Homestead Journal and The Healing Herbal Kitchen (Spring 2017).
Class: Herbal Aid for Conscious Conception
Emma is a full-spectrum doula and clinical herbalist practicing in Boston, MA. Since its beginnings, she has organized with Boston's abortion doula collective, the Boston Doula Project. Between births and postpartum visits, she likes to spin wool on a drop spindle.
Class: Urban Plant Walk
Mark is a college professor, professional translator, musician, blogger and citizen journalist with a wide variety of interests. His life’s path has led him to the study and practice of holistic wellness, including yoga, herbalism, conscious aging, nutrition, organic gardening, psychotherapy, hypnosis, martial arts, energy healing, and Reichian massage. He enjoys spending time in Vermont listening to mountain streams, breathing clean air, and being around a campfire with friends in the deep woods.
The Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies
Linda Patterson, founder and director of the Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies has over twenty years of experience working with herbs and essential oils. Her love for plants inspired her to become a Master Gardener as well as a Flower Essences Practitioner. Her passion for the healing arts lead her to becoming a Reiki Practitioner and Reflexologist. Linda teaches internationally as well as throughout the Northeast. Her dynamic style of teaching encompasses a wide variety of healing modalities, which embrace a holistic approach to health and well-being.
Fellow Workers Farm
Class: Better Together: Tension Management
Traci is a community herbalist and medicine maker who forages, grows herbs, and delights in making exquisite bitters. She is committed to promoting problem-solving and critical thinking within the world of herbalism, and loves incorporating movement and meditation into her practice.
Bear Medicine Herbals
Class: Purging Parasites: Reclaim Your Body, Health & Vitality!
Tommy Priester is a Clinical Herbalist, Wellness Counselor and founder of Bear Medicine Holistic Services & Heart Mind Integration Healing. He has been a practicing clinical herbalist and holistic counselor since 1998. He combines extensive knowledge of Western herbalism, shamanism, spiritual healing, aromatherapy, holistic nutrition with ancient wisdom traditions from Native American, Chinese and other cultures. Tommy is a masterful teacher and facilitator who combines expert knowledge of his subject with gentle humor. In addition to his own workshops and seminars he continues to be a faculty member at The Boston School of Herbal Studies.
Class: Cocktail Gardening with Dr. Gin Medicine Woman
Rhode Island native, Jessyloo Rodrigues, grows and curates the Parcel Apothecary Herbal CSA in Providence, RI. Her urban herb farm specializes in tonic herbs and also functions as a cocktail farm. You can find her bartending in Boston under the alias "Dr Gin Medicine Woman" for Vermont distillery Caledonia Spirits.
Ashley Sapir Lathrop
Class: Taming the Modern Sabertooth: Stress
Ashley Sapir Lathrop is an herbalist and educator living below the Shawangunk Mountains in New York. She is passionate about people/plant relationships and the healing shifts that happen when people feel empowered to deeply care for themselves. Ashley has studied with indigenous healers in Nicaragua, as well as stewards of Traditional Western Herbalism here in the States. She finds great joy in gardening, wildcrafting with her family, teaching, and meeting with people in her clinical practice at a Midwifery Center.
The CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism
Classes: So You Want to Be an Herbalist
The Caffeine Herbs
Ryn's first forays into healing came by way of martial arts, where he saw the difference movement and discipline could make for a person’s health. He found plant medicine as a path to deeper engagement with the balances and rhythms in body, mind, and environment. Ryn has been teaching herbalism, and practicing as a clinical herbalist, since 2011. With Katja Swift, he founded the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism in Boston, MA. There they both consult with individual clients, run a three-year clinical training program, and offer community classes and workshops. Ryn has written for Plant Healer Magazine and the Northeast Herbal Association Journal, and taught at the Traditions in Western Herbalism conferences, the American Herbalists Guild symposium, IM4US, and Herbstalk. He is also a board member for Health Freedom Action Massachusetts, a coalition working to pass "safe harbor" health freedom legislation to protect the rights of unlicensed practitioners, including herbalists. He is trained as a street medic and Wilderness First Responder.
Wild Carrot Herbs
Class: A Baker's Dozen of Nerviness
Mischa Schuler is an herbal practitioner and medicine maker offering herbal consultations in Portland, Maine in her private practice Wild Carrot Herbs. She specializes in anxiety support, as well as women's reproductive health and children's digestive, respiratory and skin health. Her herbal apothecary is stocked with powders, tinctures and teas, which she formulates specifically to individual needs with the intention of healing the vitality of underlying tissues so that acute and chronic conditions resolve without recurrance. Mischa offers herbal apprenticeship programs and classes locally.
Class: Foundations of Mastery: Energetic Herbalism
William Siff is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Clinical Herbalist, and medicinal herb grower who draws from Western, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine traditions. His background includes founding the Goldthread Herb Farm in Western Massachusetts where he grew over 100 varieties of medicinal plants and held the Farm to Pharmacy internship program. Today he has evolved Goldthread into an herbal beverage company that offers ready-to-drink, healing herbal elixirs to a mainstream customer base, and works with medicinal herb projects around the world to expand the reach of grassroots, plant-based health care. He acts as a consultant to projects in the herbal industry and maintains a private patient care practice from his apothecary in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Dr. Katie Stage
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Classes: Turmeric: The Golden Herb
Herbal Medicine for Mental Health
Dr. Katie Stage is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Registered Herbalist who practices general family medicine, with a particular interest in women’s health, gastrointestinal disorders, and mental health. 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. As Assistant Professor of Naturopathic Medicine, she continues to teach botanical medicine, GYN lab, and supervise clinical rotations at SCNM. She often lectures at herbal conferences and at other institutions. In her free time she enjoys being in nature, travel, making medicine, and dancing around the house with her son.
Amy Lou Stein
Class: Kitchen Dyeing
Amy Lou is the owner of Craftwork, a creative classroom space in Somerville. We teach dyeing, fiber arts, sewing, tarot cards and more. Check out www.craftwork.rocks to see some of our amazing classes and events on offer.
The CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism
Classes: So You Want to Be an Herbalist
The Caffeine Herbs
Katja has been teaching herbalism and practicing as a clinical herbalist since 1996. For ten years she owned and worked a 150-acre certified organic farm in central Vermont. During this time she taught monthly at the local coop, and as a guest lecturer at Dartmouth Medical School and the UVM Medical School. In 2011, she and her husband Ryn Midura founded the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, a vitalist school with a three-year clinical training program. In addition to this program, they offer a one-year community herbalist program and community classes and workshops. Katja serves as adjunct faculty at MCPHS University and Northeastern University, teaching vitalism and Traditional Western Herbalism to 100 PharmD students each year. Katja is also trained as a street medic and Wilderness First Responder, and has run in the streets or coordinated dispatch for actions in Boston, New York, and Ferguson. Katja writes regularly for Plant Healer Magazine and the Journal of the Northeast Herbal Association, among others. She has presented at the Traditions in Western Herbalism conferences, the American Herbalists Guild symposium, IM4US, and Herbstalk.
Class: Connecting with the Heart of Plants
Iris Weaver, M.A., is a Shamanic Herbalist and Foraging Instructor. She leads plant walks on finding edible and medicinal plants in the city and countryside and ways to use them. She teaches workshops on making and using your own herbal medicines and natural herbal skincare products. Her focus is on using locally-available and sustainable plants for taking care of your health. She teaches classes in connecting with the spirit and energy of plants to have your own direct connection with your helping plants. She is based on on the North Shore of Boston, MA.
The Herb Wyfe
Class: Aroma Chemistry
Lesley is the owner of The Herb Wyfe, located in Wakefield, RI. She served for ten years on the council of the North East Herbal Association, including 4 years as its President. Lesley received over 230 hours of aromatherapy training at The Center for Holistic Botanical Studies where she was also on staff. She has been teaching aromatherapy classes throughout the New England area for over 15 years and was also the past Regional Director for the National Association of Aromatherapy. Lesley is a Flower Essence Practitioner, having completed her training with David Dalton of Delta Gardens in 2000. She loves using her knowledge of herbs, essential oils and flower essences in combination to make healing remedies for her clients.
HERBSTALK and Flowerfolk Herbs
Class: Somerville Street Plants
Steph Zabel is the founder of Herbstalk, and an herbalist and educator in the Boston area. She holds a Master’s degree in ethnobotany through which she studied traditional herbal knowledge in urban settings. For over a decade she has combined her passions for natural medicine, community outreach, and education. Prior to becoming a full-time herbalist Steph worked for many years in the botanical and ethnobotanical collections of the Harvard University Herbaria. Her current work focuses on teaching practical & hands-on herbal classes and offering dynamic wellness sessions for her clients.