Our 2015 Herbstalk Teachers!
We have 40 people that make up this year's Herbstalk teaching team, including herbalists, aromatherapists, naturopathic & medical 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...
Canis Major Herbals
Class: Attaining Digestive Health in Dogs
Focusing on canine health, Nancy utilizes herbs as one part of a comprehensive model in fostering the whole dog in his or her potential as vibrant, healthy and happy. She considers each dog an individual with his or her own unique needs and enjoys empowering others to see beyond the conventional 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 and activity 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.
Mad Crow Herbals
Class: Healing Magic with Trees
Michael is an herbal educator, writer, dedicated yoga practitioner, book lover, friend to bees and crows; servant of cats (so they say). He loves to explore the intersections of healing, healthy living and nature. 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!
Lindsey Blake Yoga
Class: Poses & Plants
Yoga is Lindsey's greatest form of creative expression. Acknowledging the connection between mind and body as necessary for optimum health and well-being has profoundly shaped her classes to be a balance of strength and stillness. Continuing her education in Eastern philosophy, spirituality and medicine has given Lindsey the opportunity to learn how ancient practices can be applied and thrive in modern day. With gratitude she continues to evolve as a student and teacher of yoga.
Seed and Legend
Class: Nature Speaks: The Doctrine of Signatures (Intensive)
Debra Bluth is a flower essence practitioner and herbalist living and practicing in New England. She had the good fortune to apprentice with David Dalton, and now is an associate practitioner at Delta Gardens in NH. 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.
Dr. Keyzom Bhutti
Tibetan Herbal Healing
Class: Introduction to Tibetan Herbalism
Amjee Keyzom Bhutti Phunkyil graduated from the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in Dharamsala, India in 1972. Here she served as a chief physician for 25 years. She was awarded The Award of Excellence for her dedicated service in the field of Tibetan Medicine in 1995 by the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute. Dr. Bhutti sees patients in her Somerville office; to make an appointment please contact her through her website.
Juliette Abigail Carr
Old Ways Herbal
Class: The Art of Formulation
Juliette Abigail Carr is a clinical herbalist, farmer, and teacher in Newfane, Vermont. Her herb school, Old Ways Herbal, offers classes and in-depth apprenticeships in an open-air forest classroom. The farm sells at-risk and native plants, remedies, and the bounty of the homestead.
Lake Effect Clinic
Class: Herbal Support for Transgender People
Vilde Chaya is at home in the worlds of plants, computers, and sometimes humans. S/he has studied in the rich forests of the northeast U.S., including at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. S/he loves working at free clinics where s/he has found her/his home for more than a decade as a genitourinary teaching associate and as an herbalist; s/he now helps run an LGBTQ herbal clinic in Cleveland, OH. Vilde believes in our capacity for healing and wholeness and a little bit of joy, and knows that we are better off facing the struggles ahead with plants as our comrades.
Class: Attuning to Plant Spirits
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: Spiritual Bathing with Herbs
Su Cousineau is a local herbalist, shiatsu practitioner and educator of 15 years. She’s a long-time Jamaica Plain resident, community gardener and medicine maker. Su loves working collaboratively with her clients and teaching people how to work with herbs, energetics and traditional practices to care for themselves and their communities. She is excited to be part of Herbstalk 2015!
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: Herbal Ecology
Natalie DeNormandie is an herbalist, plant lover, and principal of SegoDesign, a landscape architecture practice that designs beautiful, tasty, and functional gardens. When not designing, she teaches at the Boston School of Herbal Studies, maintains an herb garden at her family farm in Lincoln, plays outside with her two children, and drinks tea. You can read Natalie's blog at www.ecologicalherbalist.com.
Class: Ethnobotany and Wild Edibles of Northeast Woodlands, Riverbanks, and Meadows
Jessica is an ethnobotanist and environmental anthropologist who has been working on culture-based environmental restoration, protection, and education projects in Northeastern Native American communities over the last seven years. She has done ethnobotanical research in Ireland, and also worked as a curatorial assistant with the plant specimens and economic botany collections at Harvard University Herbaria. Her interest and practice with edible and medicinal plants stems from growing up in Vermont, where she was fortunate to get to play outside a lot growing up, learning and tasting the plants around her! The aim of her career is to contribute to environmental justice and the regeneration of traditional environmental knowledge, while nurturing peoples’ relationships with and curiosity about the natural world, especially the plants.
Jenn Pici Falk
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.
The Bower Studio
Class: Plant Identification for Wildcrafting
Vincent is a life-long lover of plants and third year apprentice at Thyme Herbal in Amherst, MA. He is the co-founder of The Bower Studio along with his partner Isa, selling herbal products and handmade gifts from their home and store in Pelham, MA. His passions lie in wild harvesting and building a relationship with the diverse medicinal plants native to New England and the East Coast.
Dr. Patrick Fratellone, M.D.
Class: Marshmallow & Other Herbs for GI Disease
Patrick Fratellone MD RH (AHG) FIM FACC is one of the few integrative cardiologists in the United States. He has studied under the directorship of Andrew Weil, MD and Tierona LowDog, MD at the Fellowship at the University of Arizona as well as 7Song at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. He is a board member of the American Apitherapy Society (AAS) and the President of the NYC Chapter of the AHG. In his free time he can be found sitting in his garden with his beehives stitching a new canvas. He lives in NYC with his husband, Rick, and 2 dogs, 2 birds, 4 beehives, and his many plants.
Class: Herbal Approaches to Lyme Disease
Emily French is the owner of Sweetgrass Herbals, an herbal practice with locations in central Massachusetts and Vermont. Emily is a passionate and intuitive clinician, educator, wildcrafter, farmer and medicine maker. 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. She holds a degree in Clinical Herbalism from the Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine, a degree in Holistic Medicine & Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has served on the Council of the Northeast Herbal Association.
Class: Awakening the Spiritual Heart with Flower Essences, Herbs & Essential Oils
Patrice Green is an Herbal Educator, Certified Aromatherapist, Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner, and founder of Green Aromatics. She received her herbal training at the Boston School of Herbal Studies, where she now teaches, 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: Herbal Strategies for Parkinson's & Alzheimer's
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.
Soluna Garden Farm
Class: Planning & Planting an Herb Garden
Amy Hirschfeld is the owner of Soluna Garden Farm, a 1-acre herb and flower farm in Winchester, Mass. She has been gardening and growing herbs for over 25 years.
Boston School of Herbal Studies
Class: Stress, Immunity, Mood & Sleep
Madelon Hope, M.Ed., LMHC is the Director of the Boston School of Herbal Studies where she teaches two seven-month Herbal Apprenticeship programs, Advanced Herbal Training and a variety of classes and medicinal plant walks. A licensed psychotherapist for over twenty five years and a clinical herbalist for twenty, she assists clients in healing from depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, food cravings, PMS and menopausal distress. She combines Western Herbalism with Chinese medicine to assist healing on multiple levels.
Meridians of Health & People's Health Series
Class: Herbal Footbaths: In the Steps of Maurice Messegue
Nina Judith Katz began studying herbalism in 1988. The plants themselves have been some of her best teachers, as have books, and, of course, people. Like many other practitioners, she began by treating herself, and then slowly moved on through helping immediate relatives to helping friends and community members to seeing clients. Nina has been in clinical practice since 1999. She sees clients in Somerville and Westford, MA.
One Beet Wellness
Class: Making Kimchi & The Wonder of Fermentation
Zoë Keller is a Certified Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach, foodie, herbalist, amateur yogi, and all-around wellness warrior. Her philosophy is based on using food as a catalyst to begin an overall wellness transformation, because food gives us an opportunity to make thoughtful choices about our health every day. She guides and inspires her clients to learn to listen to their body, find foods that work for them, increase the nutrients in their diet, and begin living mindfully. These shifts empower people to take ownership of their health and find new freedom in their life.
Jade Mountain Wellness
Class: Understanding the Root Issues of Cancer (Intensive)
Brendan Kelly, M. Ac., L. Ac. is a western herbalist with over 20 years experience, including 12 years experience with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. He practices full-time at the clinic he founded in Burlington, VT. He is an adjunct professor at Johnson State College and on the faculty at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. For the past decade, he has integrated clinically the deep-reaching diagnostic and treatment traditions of Chinese medicine with the potency of local, western herbs. In September, 2015 North Atlantic Books will publish his first book--"The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis: Healing Personal, Cultural and Ecological Imbalance with Chinese Medicine." He teaches and lectures nationally about Chinese medicine, western herbs and environmental issues.
Class: Materia Medica for Hypersensitivity Conditions (Intensive)
Jillian is an herbalist and teacher offering herbal health consultations and a variety of classes ranging from home herbalism and medicine making to herbal energetics and clinical herbalism. With a background of naturopathic study in Australia and a passion for traditional European herbalism, Jillian’s practice combines tools that help her understand and work with the energetic and physical aspects of plant medicine, wellness, and disease. She is currently creating a new space in Hope, Maine to house her clinical practice and a classroom featuring workshops on herbalism, permaculture, homesteading and more.
Moon and Tide Seaweed
Class: Seaweed Pharmacy
Hillary is an educator, entrepreneur, activist and advisor who brings a full spectrum of wellness and creative arts experience to the offerings of Moon and Tide. She has also been a licensed aesthetician, movement, arts and health educator for over 15 years. While naturally navigating a case of shingles in 2009, Hillary awakened her cellular connection to this ancient medicine and ignited her passion for a seaweed revival. In 2014 she founded Maine’s first Seaweed Festival to help educate and inspire the public about this incredible natural resource.
Lake Effect Clinic
Class: Herbal Support for Transgender People
Elliot Lloyd is an herbalist and carpenter living in Pittsburgh, PA. A graduate of the Vermont Center For Integrative Herbalism and the California School of Herbal Studies, she does clinical herbal work in LGBT-focused sliding scale settings. She's had the honor of working with the Stone Cabin Collective since 2010 on a twice-yearly free clinic for Diné elders resisting relocation by mining interests. She misses the ocean, but oceans of interesting people are nearly as good.
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.
Jade Alicandro Mace
Milk & Honey Herbs
Class: Bioregional Incense
Jade Alicandro Mace is a community herbalist and grower at Milk & Honey Herbs in Shutesbury, MA. She sees clients at the Greenfield Community Herbal Clinic at Blue Dragon Apothecary, a low-cost clinic dedicated to affordable herbal care, and regularly teaches around the Pioneer Valley. She is passionate about educating her community about the wonders of plants, and believes there is a deep cultural healing that occurs when folks connect personally with the medicine growing all around them. Her classes reflect this and emphasize local, bioregional herbs, botany and plant ID, and medicine-making. Never one to keep her hands out of the dirt, Jade also owns and operates a medicinal plant nursery and grows over 100 species of medicinal plants on the micro-farm she shares with her partner, 2 daughters, chickens, cats, and bees!
Class: Farm-to-Cup Coffee
Christopher Malarick has been working in specialty coffee for the better half of a decade, and has spent the past 3 years working with Barismo. As the head roaster and green buyer, Chris has the unique opportunity to witness first hand the full circle of Barismo's direct trade model. Chris works directly with the farmers and QC labs at origin to select the lots that Barismo buys as well as with the importers and exporters to oversee the logistical end of moving these coffees around the world. Back home, Chris is part of the roasting team that develops the roast profiles for each and every coffee to order for the customers. Chris says his favorite part of the job is "being reminded every year that this process, this industry is ultimately one of intimate human relationships. Being able to see that first hand at origin and at home is pretty humbling. Being in the tropics during Boston's winters doesn't hurt either".
Dr. Heath McAllister
Pure Vitality Rejuvenation Center
Class: Effective Treatment of Pelvic Conditions with Natural Therapeutics (Intensive) & Ayurvedic Medicine (Intensive)
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. He recently relocated to Los Angeles where he practices at Lotus East West Medical Center. Dr. McAllister is originally from Maine where he was instilled with an intense fascination with nature.
Delicious Ginger Tea & Tonics
Class: Herbal & Earth-Centered Practices for Activists
Cathleen Miller has trained with many herbalists over the years, including her grandfather and mother, Maia Toll, Deb Soule, Karyn Sanders and Phyllis Light. She completed a Permaculture Design Course in 2011 with Julia and Charles Yelton and Lisa Fernandes. She teaches classes in Portland, Maine; sees clients; and writes on a variety of topics related to herbalism, permaculture and creativity on her blog. She has been practicing meditation for over 15 years and has been listening to the call of the plants since childhood.
The Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies
Class: Herbs for Romance
Linda Patterson is the creator and director of The Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies. She has studied for over 30 years with some of the most prominent herbalists across the country, and has been teaching for over 20 years. Linda's European foundation in Aromatherapy has enabled her to create a certification course introducing European-based Aromatherapy throughout the Northeast as well as France.
Fellow Workers Farm
Class: Making & Tasting Bitters
Traci is a community herbalist who runs Fellow Workers Farm apothecary, growing and foraging plants and making medicines. She writes, teaches, thinks and asks questions about issues around herbalism and integrative medicine including movement, critical thinking, mind-body connection and foraging. She is interested in access to herbs, health justice, and functional fitness, and enjoys using humor to talk about tough subjects. Traci has taught at herbal and integrative medicine events and schools. In her spare time she enjoys proofreading, research and physical activity. She is currently located in the Berkshire area with her family.
Moon and Tide Seaweed
Class: Seaweed Pharmacy
Sarah is a seaweed-lover working in her native state of Maine as a Sea Grant Marine Extension Agent, providing education, outreach, and research for these valuable and amazing sea-plants. She works extensively both with the wild harvest seaweed fishery and the new developing seaweed aquaculture industry in Maine. She is also passionate about raising awareness of local seafoods and the role they play in supporting healthy coastal communities.
Wild Carrot Herbs
Class: Nature Speaks: The Doctrine of Signatures (Intensive)
Mischa Schuler is a community herbalist and fertility awareness and shamanic practitioner in Portland, Maine where she specializes in women's reproductive health and children's health. Her shamanic studies have been through Michael Harner's Foundation for Shamanic Studies and through apprenticeship with Kaye Lawrence of Pownal, Maine. Her herbal studies have been within the mid-Atlantic and north east bioregions, through apprenticeship with Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals, Rosemary Gladstar on Sage Mountain in Vermont, and clinically at the Tai Sophia Insitute in Laurel, Maryland where she earned a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine. Mischa offers classes and apprenticeships in southern Maine. Her greatest teachers are the plants and she feels tremendous gratitude that she is able to share their gifts through teaching, gardening, and in consultation.
Dr. Katie Stage
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Class: Ayurvedic Medicine (Intensive) & Effective Treatment of Pelvic Conditions with Natural Therapeutics (Intensive)
Dr. Stage is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Registered Herbalist who practices general family medicine. She teaches botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, GYN lab, and clinical skills at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). Dr. Stage frequently lectures on naturopathic and botanical medicine. She also teaches students Mayan healing techniques. To learn more please visit her website.
Amy Lou Stein
Class: Backyard Bundles & Botanical Dyes (Intensive)
Amy is a dyer, knitter, spinner, crocheter, and gardener. She loves watching ideas grow into something be it a sweater or a sunflower. If you live in the Boston Area check out MAKE OUT!, a monthly gathering of folks who love to knit, crochet, spin, draw, bead, quilt, stitch or whatever you want to make.
Katja Swift & Ryn Midura
The CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism
Classes: Herbalism as Street Medicine // History of Herbalism in the U.S.
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 Holistic Herbalism, 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: Herbal Wreath Making Demo
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 how to use them. She teaches workshops on making your own natural herbal skincare and herbal medicines, as well as how to use them. 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 helping plants. She is based on on the North Shore of Boston, MA.
HERBSTALK and Flowerfolk Herbs
Class: Somerville Street Plants
Steph Zabel is the founder of Herbstalk, and an herbalist and educator based in Somerville, MA. For over a decade she has combined her passions for natural medicine, community outreach, and education. She holds a Master’s degree in ethnobotany; 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 & inspiring herbal classes and offering dynamic wellness sessions for her clients.