Our 2018 Herbstalk Teaching Team!
Class: Decolonize Herbalism
Leila Bihkak Gutierrez, is a trauma sensitive addiction counselor, experienced therapeutic yoga teacher, accessible movement facilitator and energy healer. She is a folk herbalist, and has long been involved in social justice both locally and internationally. She brings a big emphasis to empower and learn from secluded and/or stigmatized communities. Leila comes from a multi-cultural background herself: born in Colombia and raised Morocco, she has bloomed in Quebec before moving to the US. Growing up as a highly sensitive child, Leila was raised in her parents pharmacy, playing with alchemy and intrigued by mysticism, from an early age. Since then, Leila has spent years of alchemical research studying herbalism, holistic health, MBSR, trauma & mental health which is a never ending journey.
Class: Resourcing Your Sacred Sexuality
Elise Bish has a degree in Communications and Women & Gender Studies combined with over five years of skill building, space holding, and training with sexuality expert Amy Jo Goddard. She also has two years (and counting) of sacred sexuality, breathwork, and Tantra mentorship with Barbara Carrellas. Elise offers individual sessions that help reconnect clients with their desire.
Green Fire Gardens
Class: Healing & Hexing: A Botanical Tour
When people ask if I'm a cat or a dog person I say, I'm a plant person. Starting from a single brugmansia, purchased one afternoon at a Somerville Garden Club sale, Green Fire Gardens has become a boutique research nursery & consultancy. Drawn by the fascination of plant / consciousness interaction, my work focuses on the historical use and modern growing of notable ethnobotanicals and entheogens.
Flowering Thistle Herbalism
Class: Resourcing Your Sacred Sexuality
Anna Booth Cohen has been studying herbalism for the past 7 years, completing a three year apprenticeship at the Gaia School in Putney, VT, an advanced program at the Boston School of Herbal Studies, and a year-long apprenticeship at the Ohlone Center in Berkeley, CA. She offers individual herbal consults and herbal education, including classes, workshops, and programs.
Class: Spiritual Bathing with Herbs: For Self, Community and Earth
Su Cousineau of Taproot Healing is a local shiatsu practitioner, herbalist and educator of many years. She can be found seeing clients in Jamaica Plain and leading local weed walks and herbal classes with The Boston Food Forest in Mattapan. Su’s also a long time Jamaica Plain resident, gardener, forager, and medicine maker.
Michelle de Lima
Trustees Boston Community Garden
Class: Urban Herb Growing 101
Michelle de Lima has been growing food and herbs for 13 years. She enjoys growing, harvesting, and preparing her own herbal medicines. For ten years, she worked as an organic farmer. Now, she is Engagement Manager for the Trustees Boston Community Gardens, providing in-garden and classroom education on a range of urban gardening topics for Boston-area home and community gardeners and organizing the annual free conference, the Gardeners' Gathering, each March.
Class: Urban School Garden Plant Walk
Josia DeChiara is the AmeriCorps Youth Education Coordinator at Groundwork Somerville, coordinating the Schoolyard Gardens and Maple Syrup Project. Josia's childhood passion for playing with and learning about plants and soil turned into a degree in ecology from Hampshire College. Josia has worked for many environmental education programs over the years, and hopes to inspire awe for the natural world in many others. When not outside with children, Josia can be found riding and fixing bicycles, exploring swimming spots, contra dancing, making kombucha, or reading about traditional ecological knowledge.
Lana Dvorkin Camiel
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Class: Herbal Safety (INTENSIVE)
Lana Dvorkin Camiel, PharmD, is a college professor, drug information pharmacist and herbalist. Lana started her journey at a contemporary pharmacy program later combining it with her herbal apprenticeships at Rosemary Gladstar's Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, William Siff's Farm to Pharmacy program and David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies certificate. Today, Lana teaches pharmacy students through courses and clerkship rotations how to take care of their health with the right herbs, food and self-care techniques and hosts a weekly podcast "Wellness Insider Network" for young professionals and students.
Class: Midwives' Medicine Basket: Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum (INTENSIVE)
Krystina Friedlander is a midwife and herbalist based in Exeter, New Hampshire. She followed a traditional apprenticeship path, having spent two years with a solo practice in the Boston area, and in 2018 completed a year-long clinical apprenticeship at the Concord Birth Center, a high-volume independent birth center and home birth practice in New Hampshire. She is also a student at the National Midwifery Institute, and expects to graduate in the summer of 2018. Krystina frequently uses herbs to manage challenges that arise in pregnancy, birth and postpartum, as well as nutrition and homeopathy.
Boston School of Herbal Studies
Class: The Scents and Sensibility of Sinuses
Marianne is a certified aromatherapist and herbalist. She began her herbal studies in 2014 with FlowerFolk Herbs and is continuing her education with the Boston School of Herbal Studies. Her focuses include the use of medicinal mushrooms for stress reduction. She enjoys traveling and has done impromptu plant walks and mushroom forays in the U.S., Iceland, and Laos.
Three Lily Provisions
Class: Herbal Vinegars in the Kitchen
Frank Giglio is a classically trained chef who runs Three Lily Provisions, a Maine based company focusing on culinary education and artisanal products harvested from the Maine landscape. With a strong emphasis on seasonal eating, Frank merges wild harvested and locally farmed ingredients to create a rich and dynamic cuisine. An avid food preserver, the chef works diligently throughout the growing season to stock up his root cellar with countless jars of mead, fermented vegetables, miso, and many other nutrient dense condiments. Frank, his wife Camille, and two boys, live off-grid in the midcoast area and enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible.
Root Alchemy Apothecary & Wellness
Class: Trauma & First Aid: The Wise Woman Way
Chani is a Holistic Health Practitioner who offers holistic and herbal consultations, hand crafted & standardized herbal remedies, Reiki, Meditation, and Shamanic Energy Healing services. Holistic Health Consultations and energy healing services are customized for everyone and are recommended for anyone experiencing symptoms of stress overload, panic attacks, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, emotional distress, depression, trauma, grief, and more.
Delta Institute of Natural History
Classes: Walking with the Standing People
Flora for Fauna: The Need for Interaction with Wild Plants
Arthur Haines, author of A New Path and Ancestral Plants Volume 1 & 2, has been teaching in the field of human health and human ecology for over 20 years. As a research botanist for the New England Wildflower Society, he recently completed a comprehensive flora of the New England region entitled Flora Novae Anglicae and has authored over twenty publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, including naming species of plants new to science. He runs the Delta Institute of Natural History and his popular classes focus primarily on foraging, herbal medicine, and ancestral lifeways. His foraging books and series of YouTube videos has inspired thousands of people interested in wild edible and medicinal plants. Arthur currently resides at Wilder Waters Community in Maine with his wife and child.
Class: Top Herbs for Children
As a nutritionist, herbalist and Certified Health Coach, Marija works with families to improve wellness. Her specialties are improving picky and family eating habits, children who are overweight, and those with fertility issues. Marija focuses on implementing simple and natural wellness practices into daily family life. She has bachelors degrees in mathematics and biology, has completed a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and continues to study herbalism at The Boston School of Herbal Studies. She is currently working on completing nutrition education at UC Berkeley and towards a Masters of Science in Applied Nutrition.
Wisdom of Healing
Class: Herbal Approach to Head & Brain Trauma
Cindy Hebbard, Master Herbalist, Wellness Educator and Health Coach, has practiced herbalism and using food as medicine for more than 30 years. Her methods for self-healing include a balanced, customized plan using delicious healing foods, simple herbal remedies and mindfulness. Cindy has put her deep exploration of wellness to work by teaching people how they, too, can heal themselves from conditions from severe pain, Lyme, ADHD, autism, and digestive issues to liver, hormonal, skin, sleep, or mental health disorders, and a wide variety of degenerative, chronic and auto-immune conditions. Cindy provides comprehensive Herbal Wellness Consultations, private and group cooking classes, healing retreats, spring cleanse programs, talks, workshops, product development consulting, and more. She offers her services in person throughout much of New England, NY and NJ, and across the planet via phone or skype.
Banyan Moon Botanicals
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
Class: Reconnecting to Self: Herbs and Movement to Reinhabit Your Body
Kristin Henningsen MS, RH (AHG), IYT, is a clinical herbalist, yoga therapist, writer, & educator, who first fell in love with plants in the desert southwest. In addition to researching Native American herbal medicine in the Southwest, she has worked in academia and for non-profit organizations in the field of botanical research all over the country. Her passion has always been bringing this medicine to the people, however, integrating Western Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurvedic practices to empower those who are seeking a healthier path. Currently she serves as faculty and clinician for the Vermont Center of Integrative Herbalism, Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences, and adjunct faculty for UMass-Amherst, teaching a variety of courses on clinical herbalism and holistic health.
Boston School of Herbal Studies
Class: Stress, Mood & The Higher Consciousness of the Heart
A Clinical Herbalist and a Licensed Psychotherapist, Madelon Hope combines Western Herbalism with Chinese medicine and psychotherapy to assist healing on multiple levels. For fifteen years, she has directed the Boston School of Herbal Studies where she teaches Herbal Apprenticeship programs, Advanced Training, and a variety of classes. She has also taught at several conferences. Her main focus is on stress, mood imbalances, fatigue, lowered immunity and sleeplessness.
Giving Tree Botanicals
Class: What Is An Adaptogen Anyway?
Heather Irvine is a Clinical Herbalist helping clients in downtown Boston and at The Armory in Somerville. Meetings help you identify the best herbs , supplements and practices for you personally. She also mentors herb students, teaching topics such as phytochemistry, medicine making and choosing the right herb for individual cases. She leads continuing education credit certified seminars for health professionals; nurses, psychologists, clinical social workers and licensed counselors, on talking to patients about herbs and supplements.
Meridians of Health
Class: Respect: Epistemology, Microagressions, and Mindfulness
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 private clinical practice in the Boston area since 1999. Like many other practitioners, Nina began by looking for solutions to her own health problems, and eventually found herself answering questions from family and friends. This led to more study with the plants as well as books and people.
Willow Way Healing
Class: Tulsi for the Resistance
Amanda is a native of Mississippi who has lived in Boston for nine years. She loves to have the grass under her feet and the stars over her head. She loves books and green growing things. She's an academic, as well as a mystic, and believes that, at the core, there is no contradiction between science and magic. There is a universe outside of us, but, equally, each person has a universe within. Amanda is passionate about helping individuals explore their inner cosmos, while also helping them connect deeply to the world around them. She believes that in order to be well, we must learn to love well, move well, eat well, and sleep well.
Constanza Leal Woods
Class: Rueda Medicinal: La Luna y Las Plantas
Constanza is a permaculturist and herbalist native to Chile. She currently lives in the countryside of Antioquia, Colombia with her husband and two dogs. On her land she grows food and medicinals using sustainable & organic farming principles, and studies soil regeneration through microbiology. Constanza is the founder of Jardin Secreto, a brand focused on sustainable wildcrafted products and sensory experiences, ranging from workshops, plant walks, women circles to homegrown & handmade organic plant medicine. She is committed to exchanging knowledge with local community, listening to the songs and stories of the elders, saving & guarding the native seeds, creating sacred spaces free of judgment, and offering workshops that encourage students to connect with the Earth, the spirits of the plants and ancestral medicine making skills.
Class: Meet Your Neighbors Plant Walk
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.
The CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism
Class: Dreaming 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.
Class: Ayurveda Body Type Based Herbs & Foods
Sriram Moorthy is an Ayurvedic practitioner and the founder of Ved Living, a health and wellness company. His mission is to support people to live a conflict-free and disease-free life by guiding them on an Ayurvedic journey to self-awareness and healthy lifestyle. For the past 6 years he has assisted clients address health imbalances by helping them personalize their diet, exercise, sleep routines and other daily habits. Sriram offers private consultations, performs detoxifying marma therapies, conducts group workshops and provides online Ayurvedic wellness plans. He graduated as an Ayurvedic practitioner from the Dinacharya Institute in NY in 2011 and is trained in advanced pulse assessment and marma therapy from the Art of Living Foundation.
Plants & Provisions
Class: Tulsi for the Resistance
Clair is a California native who remembers that her first experiences with plants were the bundles of kelp she played with as a child on the beach, and subsequently tried to drag home, to her parents' dismay. She is now a clinical herbalist and personal chef in the Boston area. She created Plants and Provisions to fuse healthy food and herbs to empower her clients to take charge of their own health. She holds private wellness sessions, cooks for clients, and teaches individuals and small groups cooking skills and how to incorporate herbs into their everyday lives. In her spare time, you can find her practicing yoga, and wandering through the forest with her pup.
Anchor & Rose Apothecary
Class: Embracing the Yin (INTENSIVE)
Katie Munn is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist that offers herbal consultations + classes in the greater Portland area. She also is an Adjunct Professor at University of Southern Maine teaching Botanical Therapies. Katie has a kind, compassionate demeanor which she brings to her classes and consultations. Her classes and private practice specializes on digestive issues, support for stress + anxiety as well as exploring our attitudes and behaviors through mindful living.
Class: Herbal Allies for Boundaries and Intention Setting
Brittany Wood Nickerson is a practicing herbalist, author, 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 support/coaching approach emphasize personal empowerment, preventative health care, and whole body wellness. Brittany is the founder and primary instructor of Thyme Herbal in Conway Massachusetts where she teaches a three-year herbal apprenticeship program as well as classes on ritual, ceremony and earth-centered spirituality. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts and is the organizer of the Northampton/Amherst Herbal Meet-up group. Brittany is a passionate teacher and an inspirational speaker, presenting at conferences and for programs throughout the country. She is the author of The Everyday Living Series, posters and zines for the home, The Herbal Homestead Journal and Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen.
Brooke Kelly Norvish
Botanicals by Brooke
Class: Tea Leaf Reading
Brooke Kelly Norvish is the owner and herbal educator at Botanicals By Brooke located in Kingston, MA and Providence, RI. Connecting and working with botanicals has been a part of Brooke's life since childhood. She has completed Rosemary Gladstar's "The Science and Art of Herbalism” and has studied with established and well-respected herbalists such as Rosemary Gladstar, Susan Clements, Bonnie Kavanaugh, Mary Blue, Rocio Alarcon, Margi Flint, and Alisa Skywalker. Brooke offers a variety of one-day workshops as well as 10 month long herbal programs.
Class: Traditional Flower Essences for Modern Times
It was in the healing community of Asheville where Lupo began her career as an herbalist, offering classes and workshops on traditional herbalism and flower essences at various institutions (including The Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism, The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and The One World Healing Institute). Her classes have since evolved to cover a variety of topics including folk herbal history, plant spirit healing, plant identification/communication, the medicine woman way, and a variety of spiritual and indigenous herbal traditions from around the globe. In 2009, shortly after moving back to her home state of Connecticut, Lupo launched Twin Star Herbal Education and Apothecary in New Milford, where she continues to share her passion for the natural world. When she is not traveling and teaching she can be found in her medicine wheel garden or traipsing through the woodland, almost always with her camera in hand.
The Ayni Institute
Class: Film Screening of "Voices That Heal"
Fhatima Paulino is the daughter of immigrants from the Philippines and Mexico. Since 2017 she has been Co-Coordinator of the Memory Program at the Ayni Institute. Before joining Ayni, Fhatima was a community organizer in the PICO National Network and then a full-time volunteer with the Cosecha Movement. She's a lovable organizing handy woman with a focus on training, coaching, conflict resolution, and healing. These past years have blessed her with a life of voluntary simplicity while traveling across the country to germinate and grow Cosecha and Ayni's Memory Program. Fhatima is currently finding her way back to her creativity through writing, food, meditation, movement, and loved ones. Hear more on the Healing Justice Podcast at www.healingjustice.org
Herb Pearce Counseling, Consulting & Workshops
Class: Herbs of the Enneagram
Herb Pearce is an expert in the Enneagram with 28 years experience, having written 4 books on the Enneagram including his new book, Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump - Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Perspectives. He has taught over 2000 Enneagram workshops and has worked with hundreds of organizations and individuals using the Enneagram in his counseling practice. He has led wildflower walks for 13 years and has studied with herbalist Steph Zabel for 3 years.
Dr. Aline Potvin
Your Own Wellness
Class: Evergreen Herbalism
Dr. Aline Potvin is a naturopathic doctor, herbalist, and community educator practicing in Biddeford, Maine. In her private practice her focus is primarily working with women with autoimmune disease. One of her greatest pleasures is introducing individuals to the healing power of the outdoors, and when she's not teaching or seeing patients on one one, she is taking people outside to flex their nature awareness and open their senses. In her spare time she is painting, writing, and enjoying connecting with her community.
Bear Medicine Holistic Services
Class: Pulse Diagnosis & Herbal/Pulse Response Formulation
Tommy Priester is a Clinical Herbalist, Wellness Counselor and founder of Bear Medicine Holistic Services & Heart Mind Integration Healing. 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 for 15 years running. Tommy is no stranger to the profound healing powers of the plant world. A traumatic injury left him with a wound that refused to heal, even when treated with the strongest Western medicines. He was introduced to a Chinese Healer/Herbalist and found that his initial skepticism turned to amazement when his wound began to within two days. This life altering experience led Tommy to seek training in herbs and healing. Tommy's commitment to his own healing path and his close connection to the natural world is an inspiration to his clients and students and all who know him.
Class: A Lost History
Chris Rice is an author, holistic health practitioner and certified herbalist from Massachusetts. He has studied plant spirit shamanism for nearly a decade. He is a founding member of The Psychedelic Society of New England and has been featured in Complex magazine.
Wild Carrot Herbs
Class: Menses In Review
Mischa Schuler is a playful soul, living and practicing herbal medicine in Portland, Maine. She specializes in anxiety support, as well as women's thyroid and reproductive health and children's digestive, respiratory and skin health. Her herbal apothecary and practice, Wild Carrot Herbs, 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 recurrence. She offers herbal classes and apprenticeships in Portland, Maine.
Jaime Silverstein Yoga
Class: Meditations with Tulsi: A Metta Earth Yoga Class
Jaime Silverstein is a yogi, gardener, herbalist, and environmentalist. Through her yoga practice, she has discovered the interconnections that link mind, body, spirit, and earth together and the consciousness of the interdependence amongst all living beings. She believes that the lessons we learn on the mat can be applied to our everyday life, creating more space, connection, and balance in our daily actions. Jaime's teaching merges the mindfulness and self-study of Kripalu Yoga, the fluidity of vinyasa flow, and the grounding understanding of Metta Earth Yoga that everything is interconnected - earth, water, fire, air, soil, animals, plants, and all beings.
Standing Land Herbalism
Class: Beyond the Brush: Mouth Care for Greater Health
Susan Staley is a joyful witness to the ways in which plants support her communities and humanity at large. As a community and clinical herbalist at the Burlington Herb Clinic, Railyard Apothecary, and Standing Land Herbalism, Susan works to bring people and plants closer together in dynamic ways. She is committed to the study and discovery inherent in working with plants to support people, and our earth, at this dynamic time on the planet. Susan would love to see herbalism become as "normal" as possible in our culture.
The CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism
Class: Business Skills for Herbalists
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.
De La Tierra Botanicals and Seeds of our Ancestors
Class: Herbalism in Action: Rising & Resisting
Irischa is a community herbalist and educator committed to sharing herbalism as healing with oppressed communities as an expression of social justice, sovereignty, and connecting. Irischa’s herbal knowledge integrates folk medicine, remembering our relationship with plants for self-healing, relearning the ways of our ancestors, & Earth-based spiritual practices.
Class: Connecting With the Heart of Holy Basil
Iris Weaver, M.A., is a Shamanic Herbalist and Foraging Instructor. She teaches classes on connecting with the spirit and energy of plants in order to have your own direct connection with your helping plants. She also leads plant walks on finding and using edible and medicinal plants in the city and countryside and 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 is based on the North Shore of Boston, MA.