The 9th Annual Portland Plant Medicine Gathering!  
November 10th, 11th and 12th, 2017.
049 SW Porter St.
NCNM, the Naturopathic College
Portland, Oregon.

Teacher Bios 

Ola Obasi 
Keynote Speaker 
Owner of Well of Indigenous Wisdom’s Kuti Wellness, formerly Ola’s Herb Shop, Ola Obasi has been working in the wellness field for over 15 years. She is a yoga and dance instructor, medical herbalist, nutritionist and birth doula. Committed to community holistic health and education, she is founder of Three Rivers Free Clinic for the People a free community service and partnership to Herbalists without Borders in Pennsylvania. She also founded Well of Indigenous Wisdom School, a 3 year program immersed in herbal medicine and the healing arts. Yoga is where she finds grace and cultivates her relationship to Source in the Sivananda Saraswati tradition. A guest presenter and teacher of many conferences across the nation, she began a movement for People of Color, reminding the Western world to honor contributions to herbal practice by people of Indigenous heritage; African, Native American, Latin American. Originally from Africa, her travels around the world are extensive as she integrates traditional knowledge of herbs, health and wellness with her western education. She received her Master’s of Science from Maryland Institute of Integrative Health and is currently enrolled in a PhD program focusing on integrative medicine and functional nutrition. Ola is a mother of 3 teens. She continues to learn from her children through challenge and tribulation as she shares her journey of life with them and the human family. 
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.
Berenice Dimas is a queer xicana who's curiosity to deepen her relationship with herself led her to reconnect with plant medicine. She is the visionary of her herbal medicine line "Cantos De La Tierra,"  her community based herbal medicine education project "Hood Herbalism," and her creative writing outlet Bruja Tip.  Find out more about Berenices's work by visiting her website and her IG pages @hoodherbalism and @brujatip
Rose S.B.  is a lifelong lover of the green world. Deeply attracted to all parts of plant relationship, he has extensive experience in farming, gardening, permaculture, wild food and medicine tending, landscape tracking/wilderness awareness, restoration ecology, social forestry, herbalism, earth-based spiritual traditions & lots of cooking. He has taught wilderness skills and botanical connection with the Coyote Trails School of Nature, co-organizes an annual Queer Forestry Camp, and makes medicines from a combined emotional/spiritual/physical perspective. His relationship with the natural world came together with his radical politics when he discovered the Rewilding Community at a young age. This perspective continues to shape profoundly his way of looking at the world. Rose lives with his husband on unceded Dakubetede land in the Siskiyou Mountains, and most days thinks plants are more fun to hang out with than humans.
Joyce Netishen is a healer, herbalist and gardener who loves roses and lives and works at Fire Rose Farm, a small, inspired magical place in the woods of the Pacific Northwest where she teaches classes and apprenticeships.  She has completed two, twelve year apprenticeships with don Guadalupe Gonzales Rios, a Huichol shaman and elder of Mexico.  Joyce has been a plant person most of her life and been in a private healing practice for 35 years.  She is a devoted medicine maker who keeps an extensive apothecary of herbs, aromatics and flower essences.  When not in the treatment room she can often be found wandering the garden and wood conjuring and crafting her next magical creation or dreaming up her next inspired libation.  You can contact her at,
Carla Vargas-Frank teaches and is in clinical practice in Tucson, Arizona. Trained in both the Energetic and Vitalist traditions of herbalism, her clinical practice is based strongly in harm-reduction and trauma informed care. Carla's perspective as a Jewish Chicana & her experiences growing up in the grey area between cultural identities has profoundly shaped the lens through which she approaches her work as an artist and an herbalist. Her focus is in the medicinal plants, traditional food-ways, and folklore of Sonoran Desert, as well as the healing traditions and mysticism of the people therein.
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.
Rhonda Lee Grantham is a midwife, herbalist, member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and founder of the Center for Indigenous Midwifery. For over two decades, she has been actively catching babies and supporting plant medicine projects within tribal communities, both at home and globally. She is honored to serve alongside Indigenous midwives and healers in dedication of her organization's mission, "Strengthening indigenous communities by bridging access to health care resources and emergency skills training, while honoring & reclaiming Indigenous midwifery care." .
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, Thursdays from 1 to 2pm. Karyn is also available to teach at other schools, community groups and conferences.
Galadriel Mozee Legare
My name is Galadriel. I create home grown herbal and spiritual medicine. I’m an avid gardener and plant intuitive, I’ve been growing my own medicinal herbs for many years. The foundation of my herbal knowledge was passed down through my family; Wise women, kitchen witches and healers who create medicine from what they had, home grown food and herbs. through self study and apprenticeship I’m developing a deep understanding of the plants of the Pacific Northwest and their ability to heal and inspire on a physical and spiritual level. I'm looking forward to learning with you!
Missy Rohs is a community herbalist, kitchen witch, and forest lover. She is founder and instructor of the Arctos School of Herbal & Botanical Studies ( together with Gradey Proctor.
Missy's path to herbal teaching has taken her from grassroots organizing through the world of being a street medic to providing care in free clinics from Nicaragua to Portland. Somewhere along the way, she fell for plants hard and fast and hasn't looked back. A life-long lover of weeds as well as community empowerment, Missy looks for remedies close to home that nourish the body, the ecology, and the community.
Scott Kloos, author of Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness, is a plant medicine practitioner, ceremonialist, wildcrafter, medicine maker, and singer of plant songs. He has been working with the native plants of the Pacific Northwest since the late 90’s. He is the founder and managing director of The School of Forest Medicine and is the owner of Cascadia Folk Medicine, which supplies the community with high-quality, small-batch herbal extracts of the native plants of the region. He was one of the founding members of the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine in Portland, OR. In his healing practice he works mainly with the psycho-spiritual aspects of plant medicine.
Dusty Dmitri Bloomingheart is a priest/ess, clinical energetic herbalist, medicine maker, and teacher. Their commitment to re-membering ancestral skills and practices is rooted in cultivating a sense of belonging for settler people, bringing us into deeper alignment with natural rhythms of the earth and the call to rise up in this time. Herbalism, magic and “rewilding” are all part of weaving this path of re-enchantment. Dusty strives to integrate decolonizing and anti-racism work into their practices as a crucial pathway for coming into right relationship. They reside in Chanchífin, the area of Kalapuya territory often called Eugene, OR.
Dusty is a graduate of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. Their magical training has primarily been with Colette Gardiner and Pomegranate Doyle at the Blue Iris Mystery School as well as with Rain Crowe of the Village Mystery School.
Samantha Roberts is a clinical herbalist, nutritionist, plant tender, and community organizer. She lives in Ashland, Oregon where her herbal practice focuses on chronic illness, healing trauma, mental health and community care. Sam uses herbs, plant spirit medicine, holistic nutrition and ritual to steward her clients back to their health, vitality, center and sense of belonging within the world.
Lindsay Buchanan, L.Ac is an acupuncturist, Priestess and witch. She has been practicing acupuncture for over 12 years and has a practice in Portland, OR. Her practice is 5-Element based and has a strong focus on compassion, realistic goals and empowerment. She has been working magic and witchcraft into her practice for years and has found that the combination of acupuncture and magic are very powerful for life changing transformations! Lindsay has lead many group acupuncture sessions while using the tool of magical journeying and trance to assist in the information gathering and healing process. She is very passionate about magical guides, as she talks to them all day long at work. After many different awakenings to the accessibility of spirit guides and magical information, she aids her clients in confidently accessing their own magical avenues. After practicing magic and witchcraft for years, she was delighted to find The Blue Iris Mystery school to aid in her study and in now a proud graduate. She has completed a Master’s Program in Acupuncture from the Maryland Institute of Integrative Heath and also has studied western herbalism at The Elderberry school. She is excited about teaching more and more. Her passion for healing and wellness drives her to connect with many amazing people each and every single day!
Paul Bergner has been practicing natural medicine, clinical nutrition, and medical herbalism since 1973. He has edited the Medical Herbalism Journal since 1989, He has trained more than 300 students through residencies in teaching clinics in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition since 1996. He is the Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism.
Lydia Bartholow is an educator,  psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, herbalist, writer and community organizer. She is a double agent - operating as a witch-herbalist, health justice worker in an allopathic world. She is lucky to be a frequent lecturer on integrative mental health, addiction, herbalism and health justice at institutions such as the OHSU School of Medicine and NCNM.  Lydia carries a doctorate in nursing practice with her specialty being the intersection between trauma and addiction.   She focuses her practice on mental wellness and radical systems change. Lydia's past and current roles in providing care include an emphasis on harm reduction, trauma-informed care, addiction intervention and health justice. She lives in Portland, Oregon with too many animals (and also her kiddo and partner) and often obsess about privilege, oppression and police brutality.
Jessica Ring is a natural perfumer, essential oil distiller, and naturalist writer who practices aromatic alchemy in Portland Oregon.  Her classes are focused on bridging the senses to the spoken word, telling stories of the plants and their homes while sharing their spirited perfumes.  Blending perfume as medicine for the soul is the art form she is most interested in; this encompassing trauma work, memory, emotion, inner-outer ecology, shamanism, and healing through connection with nature.
Peter Michael Bauer is the executive director of Rewild Portland, a local non-profit with the mission of creating cultural and environmental resilience through the education of earth-based arts, traditions, and technologies. Peter, born and raised in Portland OR, has been weaving since the age of 11 when he received his first merit badge in the Boy Scouts; Basketry. His main focus has been on simultaneously keeping ancestral skills alive and restoring native habitat. He does this by removing invasive species from the ecosystem and then using them to weave, tan hides, make fires, and all other manner of traditional crafts and foods. When he is not weaving or teaching a class with Rewild Portland, he is assisting in the revitalization of Chinuk Wawa (the local Native American language), researching the history of Europe and civilization, working on the revision of his book, or watching Game of Thrones.
Shayne Case is healer with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. She primarily works with spirit guides, flower essences, and gemstone therapies. She is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe where she actively works with native peoples and water protectors suffering from trauma of current and ancestral injustices. Shayne also runs a two year mentorship program focusing on supporting the emergent healer.
Erico Schleicher is a practicing herbalist and acupuncturist. He has been discovering and working with plant medicines since 1994. His studies with Michael R.S. Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine put him on a path towards regional, accessible, empowering herbalism based on traditional principles. He has been doing clincal work in Portland since 2003, his practice integrating western herbs and Chinese medicine therapeutic principles. Erico finds that when we work seasonally with locally available plants that have discovered how to thrive in our bioregion, we learn to perceive the many voices that teach us how to integrate our own health into the life of the land around us. One of the founders of the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine, Erico has trained over 160+ bioregional herbalists since 2007 in a nine month program that prepares students in all the skills necessary for beginning the path towards practicing herbal medicine.
Sean Donahue is a quasi-nomadic wild forest creature who spends most of his time on the traditional territory of the Yakima Nation in the town of Trout Lake, WA. He is an herbalist, poet, teacher, and witch -- an initiated priest of the Blackheart line of the Feri Tradition. He is a member of the faculties of Pacific Rim College and the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, and is co-founder, with Matthew Wood, of the Portland School of Herbal Wisdom. He has a clinical practice in Portland.
Silke Akerson is a mother, midwife, and herbalist with a passion for connecting people with plants and with their own self-knowledge for healing. She was raised here in Oregon in a back-to-the-land family where plant medicine, home birth, home health-care, and home death are normal. True to her roots, she hopes to help people return to their bodies and to the land and plants around them, wherever they are. She practices as a midwife and herbalist in Portland, Oregon and can be reached at
Jaysen Paulson Hawthorne is a Portland-based queer astrologer, witchy-herbalist and founder of the Portland School of Astrology. His work with Cosmophilia includes the marriage of astrology with herbal medicine, hand-making a line of Astrological Herbals including teas, tinctures, elixirs and sprays. He currently sees clients in his Hollywood District office and is writing a book on astro-herbalism, as well as a number of zines on the topic. JP’s work has been featured at Portland Art Museum, Reed College, Portland State, Nike, public library, XRAY-FM, and various local shops and websites. Learn more at |
Gradey Proctor is a botanist and ecologist who has spent years studying the flora and fungi of Oregon's forests.  Growing up in a place without intact ecosystems, Gradey fell hopelessly in love with the Northwest upon his arrival in the '90s.  His longing to develop a sense of place has driven his passion for wildcrafting and growing medicinal plants -- and he loves supporting his community by teaching others to do the same.   Gradey studied at the Columbine’s School with Howie Brounstein to hone his botanical skills.  Working with Bark, a nonprofit that advocates for and protects Mt. Hood National Forest, added depth and breadth to his knowledge.  Gradey’s insatiable love of plants brought him to teach botany at the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies. His newest endeavor, the Medicine Garden, is an independent herbal nursery and plant medicine CSA.
A pioneering flower essence alchemist, Camilla Blossom Bishop delights in co-creating and communing with the spirits of nature. She cultivates intuitive relationships with nature elementals, plants, lands, and spirits of water where she lives and in her travels. Her passion is to help people, plants, and places find inner-peace by coming home to themselves, their purpose, and relationship with Mother Earth. She helps awaken deeper connection with the earth, self, home, and personal power in order to experience our true essence, value, and sacredness. Camilla is a nature spirit alchemist, flower essence alchemist, ancestral healer, intuitive energy healer, shamanic fairy healer, teacher, writer, and waterkeeper. Her 2008 book was revised in 2017—Sacred Spirit of The Gorge: Columbia River Gorge Flower Essences & Essences of Place and is companion to Sacred Spirit Deck, a boxed set of 44 wildflower affirmation cards. She lives at a land sanctuary called Prairie Star Meadows in Mosier, Oregon with Katie Silva and loves to spend time in The Unicorn Garden.
Katie-Keath Silva has been a plant lover their whole life and focused on plant studies since their late teens. Katie-Keath is honored to have learned from Rosemary Gladstar, Michael Moore, Feather Jones, Ann Drucker, Aviva Romm and many Maya medicine people in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Katie-Keath has studied at Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies, The School of Forest Medicine and graduated from the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine in 2016. Katie-Keath is excited to be a faculty member at Elderberry School in 2018.
Katie-Keath has enjoyed their healing and teaching practice for the last 20 years in which they hold space for people to remember their authentic wild-self and restore their natural health through shamanism, herbal healing and a variety of holistic modalities and spiritual practices. Katie-Keath is an avid herb gardener. They love to dance and spend time with their teenage son and grown daughter. They love creating community in nature with plants and songs. 
Sue Burns is a feminist, pro-choice mother, herbalist, writer, swimmer, reader, witch, lover, and activist. She is a veteran of high-school classrooms and independent bookstores. She believes in love, magick, grief, accountability, and family. Sue manages We'Moon, affectionately called "church in a purse" where witchcraft and magick are carefully crafted astrologically, artistically, and spiritually on every page. Practicing herbalism is a way of life and Sue does it magically: from supplying healing salve to a few tattoo shops to whispering wishes into the tea pot to organizing conferences regionally to helping folks on their path to wellness with plants.
Sajah Popham, founder of Organic Unity and The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, is a student of the universal truths found within both ancient and modern herbal traditions from around the world. The focus of his work is on integrating ancient teachings for a new paradigm of plant medicine, one that is truly holistic in it's honoring of the spirit, energetics, and body of both people and plants. His unique synthesis bridges herbalism not only east and west, but north & south, above & below, into a universal philosophy that encompasses indigenous wisdom, Ayurveda, western Alchemy and Spagyrics, Astrology, clinical herbalism, and modern pharmacology. 
Sajah's vitalist approach utilizes plants not only for physiological healing and rejuvenation, but for the evolution of consciousness, for a truly holistic practice of plant medicine. Sajah’s teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves. He lives in southern Oregon with his wife where he teaches at his school, makes spagyric medicines, and practices his art. For more information about his products and programs, visit & 
Hazel of Little Wolf Gulch aka Tom Ward is a long time resident of the Southern Oregon bioregion first settling here in the early 70's, and has been advising farms and teaching Permaculture for over thirty years.  Hazel has degrees in Forestry and Botany from Syracuse University and has taught at Laney College in Oakland CA., D-Q University in Davis CA, and at Thlolego Learning Centre in South Africa among many other institutes and communities.  Hazel is presently managing a Social Forestry experimental station in Little Wolf Gulch near Ruch, OR, where they are demonstrating natural building, fuel hazard materials utilization, multiple products woods-crafting, wildlife enhancement and desert forest water management.  
Suzanne (Zanne) Rosen is an Ayurvedic practitioner, ecologist, and eternal student of life. Her educational and professional background lies in the intersecting fields of western, Ayurvedic, and Amazonian herbalism, psychology, entomology, and conservation ecology. She trained in clinical Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico and practices internationally. 
Rowan Everard is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine and a licensed acupuncturist. He has trained healthcare providers in transgender medicine, cultural competency with LGBT patients, and social justice frameworks for interfacing with LGBT patients for over five years. He is passionate about community healing, and specializes in treating psychological trauma, chronic pain, and urogenital disorders.
Laura Altvater has been growing in Portland since 1997.  She received a botany degree in Connecticut.  Later she received permaculture certification and did an internship at Herb Pharm.  in 2005 she began Mostly Medicinals when she noticed a lack of medicinal herb starts in retail nurseries.  While continuing to run Mostly Medicinals she also is a buyer and manager at Portland Nursery.  Laura is happy to once again be teaching at PPMG.