The 9th Annual Portland Plant Medicine Gathering!
November 10th, 11th and 12th, 2017.
049 SW Porter St.
NCNM, the Naturopathic College
Milla Prince is a folk herbalist, a hedgewitch, a writer, a wildcrafter, a local plant enthusiast, a community organizer, a Tarot reader, a teacher, a filmmaker, an environmentalist, a homesteader, and an all-around busybody in her small island community. She lives on unceded Coast Salish Territory in the Cascadia Bioregion.
Milla grew up in Eastern Finland and her work with plants is grounded in her ancestral folk medicine, and land-based magic practices. The challenge of transferring her plant knowledge to a new, and different bio-region, has been the inspiration for her current work in bringing together folk herbalism, Earth activism, ancestral knowledge and discovery, rewilding, mythology, and creating local resilience, and culture. Her passion is connecting people with their own ancestral folk lineage with plants, and teaching plant medicine that is both practical and magical.
Rebecca Altman is a herbalist and healer living in Los Angeles. She makes things (herbal bath, body, face and medicinal products); writes things (plant monographs, ramblings about nature and being human); and does healing work (energetic work, plant work and body work). She also spends a lot of her free time in the wilds, [ethically and reverently] gathering the herbs she uses to make things. Her goal, as a maker, is to connect people to the earth, and to the core of who they are.
Jeevan Singh is a Portland based healer specializing in reproductive care, with a special love for fertility, pregnancy and postpartum. Her practice predominantly works with therapeutic reproductive organ healing and includes the use of herbs, flower essences, stones and sound to support her clients in their healing processes. Jeevan is committed to sharing her work with a diverse range of people with the belief that medicine belongs to all people, not a few. She is in her fifth year of a doctoral program of Classical Chinese Medicine, as well as a Hakomi-based degree in Integrative Mental Health at the National University of Natural Medicine, with the wish that her holistic practice will soon weave together her deep loves of East Asian medicine, women’s health, queer and trans health, bodywork, counseling and, of course, plant medicine.
Sarah Holmes, Clinical Energetic Herbalist, has been a practicing herbalist since 1998. Sarah's work focuses on the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit as well as the dynamic interchange between people and plants. She works from an energetic perspective. Sarah has a strong commitment to service that started with volunteer work in her teens and continued into a career in social work. Her background in social work enriches her current vocation bringing together her love of nature and a commitment to service and working with people and the plants. Her deep love of nature infuses her work with the plants as well as takes her hiking in the mountains of Northern California where she lives. Sarah also runs, in partnership with Karyn Sanders, the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine and a weekly radio program out of Berkeley, CA; KPFA's The Herbal Highway.
Jacks Overstreet is a queer witch and full spectrum doula living in Philadelphia. Her relationship with plants is rooted in traditional folk healing, healing justice, and collective liberation practices. Though she has studied clinical herbalism in depth, her heart is most drawn to the magical & energetic realms of plant medicine. Jacks currently spends a great deal of her time reading utopian speculative fiction, dreaming up potions, and cuddling her three pups.
Heron Brae is an Oregon-born botanist, folk herbalist, and rewilder. She teaches beginning and advanced programs in botany, herbalism, wildcrafting, and wild food tending at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene. She has studied the magic, art, and science of wild plants and landscapes since 1997. Her ongoing independent research and teaching themes revolve around creating sustainable interdependent cultures grounded in place, with humans as an intimately connected part of the ecosystem. This includes fields such as ecoforestry, wild tending, collective eco-cultural land management, the Sacred Hoop, botany, nature awareness, and ecology. Her work as a teacher provides spaces for people to relearn our human place of belonging in the wild through practical experiential skill building and emotional connection.
Lara Pacheco is a Latinx mamita, clinical herbalist and community organizer who runs Seed and Thistle Apothecary which is a herbal company that provides education for youth and adults, health consultations,and a monthly herbal CSH through home and heart grown medicine. Lara also runs a full year apprenticeship program and is starting a pop up clinic, the Seasonal Wellness Clinic, to address access to plant medicine and bodywork to her community in Cully of Portland, OR. When not working with the plants, Lara loves playing music and dancing with the ocean.
Karyn Sanders has been working with plants for most of her life. She was first trained in Native American traditional plant medicine. In her mid-teens she apprenticed with a Mexican curandera and has subsequently studied with various traditional teachers as well as Western herbalists. Karyn has been teaching and practicing herbal medicine from an energetic perspective for over 32 years.
Karyn has a live radio show, The Herbal Highway, that has aired weekly since 1996 on KPFA, 94.1FM out of Berkeley, California. She co-hosts this program with Sarah. You may listen to her show live through the internet at http://kpfa.org/herbal-highway, Thursdays from 1 to 2pm. Karyn is also available to teach at other schools, community groups and conferences.