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

Teacher Line up for 2017 Coming Very Soon! 

TEACHER BIOS from 2016
Dori Midnight
Dori Midnight practices community-based intuitive healing that weaves together plant and stone medicine,  ancestral and queer magic, and anti-oppression work.  Drawing on her training as a clinical herbalist and interfaith minister, as well as traditions from her mixed ancestry, Dori's work is grounded in self-determinism, collective liberation, and the belief that healing ourselves is inseparable from healing our communities and the planet. Her work is inspired by a web of teachers, healers, artists, dreamers, and activists in healing justice, QTPOC, and earth-based communities.  Dori lives in Western Massachusetts, where she teaches, creates ritual and medicine, and maintains a local and distance healing practice. She is currently working on a collaborative book on queer magic and healing.  www.dorilandia.com
Traci Picard
I am a community herbalist, forager and medicine-maker from Providence, Rhode Island..I specialize in asking questions, exploring ideas and group facilitation. My writing and herb-shop can be found at fellowworkersfarm.com
Elokin Orton-Cheung 
Shooting Star Botanicals is a wellness practice dedicated to healing, personal transformation, and social change. Elokin Orton-Cheung, the founder, roots her work in a commitment to healing justice- the belief that everyone has the right to high quality, accessible health care. Elokin has a deep love and respect for plants- she grew up gardening, and has been studying herbal medicine since 2003 with wonderful teachers including Howie Brounstein at the Columbine’s School of Botanical Studies, and Sarah Holmes and Karyn Sanders at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. She offers one on one consultations, and teaches classes on herbal medicine and sustainable gardening. As an activist and educator, Elokin is passionate about sharing resources to reconnect people with plant medicine as we reclaim our connection with the earth. She has taught many classes in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, as well as teaching classes in herbal medicine at high schools, organizations, community groups and universities including UCLA, UCSB and UC Irvine. Through connecting deeply with the healing nature of herbal medicine, we can begin to make the positive changes we want to see in ourselves, and the communities we are part of. You can learn more about her work at http://www.shootingstarbotanicals.com.
Sean Donahue
Sean Donahue is a traditional herbalist, poet, and witch. He teaches western herbal energetics at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC, and is a proud contributor to Plant Healer Magazine. While he has been blessed to receive amazing support and guidance from other herbalists, Sean's primary teachers have been the wild and feral plants growing in the forests, fields, and swamps around him. He has trusted his own health to the plants since they first began helping him begin to heal the asthma he struggled with since childhood. As a practitioner he looks to plants as allies in helping people remember their own beauty, strength and power and in guiding them to health. As a teacher, he encourages students to build their own deep, personal relationship with the plants around them grounded in the experience of their own senses and their own hearts. He identifies deeply with the traditions of the edge dwellers Ð those who live in the places where the human and wild meet, bridging the worlds. For Sean, magic, medicine, and poetry are all expressions of a deep connection to the living Earth, and personal, cultural, and ecological healing are inextricably linked. He is currently working on his first book, a guide to plants for the underworld journey.
Missy Rohs 
Missy Rohs is a community herbalist, kitchen witch, and forest lover.  She co-founded the Arctos School of Herbal & Botanical Studies (http://arctosschool.org) with Gradey Proctor in 2007. 
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.
Lara Pacheco
Lara Pacheco is a Latina clinical herbalist, herb farmer, wildcrafter and musician who founded Seed and Thistle Apothecary in the Cully neighborhood of Portland, OR.  She is a community organizer and provides herbal educational programming with youth and adults, builds gardens, gathers oral histories,and advocacy around women's health and access to alternative medicine for the underserved.  Lara first learned from the plants, the farm, forest and field and then studied with the School of Traditional Western Herbalism's 3 year clinical program and with Scott Kloos in the realm of plant spirit medicine.
Jeevan Singh
Jeevan Singh is a Portland­based healer specializing in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Qi Nei Zang, two organ­specific modalities that she is passionate about. Her practice 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. Jeevan is pursuing a dual­degree in classical Chinese medicine and integrative mental health at the National University of Natural Medicine, with the hope that one day she will have a holistic practice that draws upon her deep love of East Asian medicine, women’s health, bodywork, counseling and, of course, plant medicine.
Scott Kloos
Scott Kloos is a plant medicine practitioner, wildcrafter, and medicine maker. 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.
When Scott is not leading classes on identifying and working with wild medicinal plants, medicine making, and wildcrafting or leading trips into the wilds of Cascadia to help folks remember their relationships with the spirit forces of the land, he spends as much time as possible with his beautiful wife and two boys: Kathryn, Joaquin, and Finn. He has dedicated his life to helping build the foundations of a renewed, intact culture so that his children, their peers, and the children of those children will be able to live in a sane, healthy world in peace and harmony with nature and all beings.
Camilla Blossom
Camilla Blossom is an intuitive transmitter for the elementals, nature spirits, plant and devic realms, a wisdom teacher, flower essence alchemist (co-creator of the Columbia River Gorge Flower Essences and Hawaiian Creation Essences), certified aromatherapist, ceremonialist, and energy healer. She is passionate about teaching people how to care for Mother Earth through land healing that includes co-creating with the elementals and nature spirits. She resides near Portland, Oregon and offers flower essence healing meditations, flower essence workshops, elementals nature walks, apprentice programs, and land healing workshops. Camilla hosts a MEETUP group: Nature Spirit Medicine. Private healing sessions and ceremony are available in Nature Spirit Medicine, ancestor healing, flower essence readings/formulas, and energy healing. camillablossom1111@gmail.com, camillablossom.com
Lydia Bartholow
Lydia Bartholow is an educator,  psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, herbalist, writer and community organizer. She has been practicing herbalism and integrative health for 15 years and teaching herbalism for five years. She is lucky to be a frequent lecturer on integrative mental health, addiction, herbalism and radical public health at institutions such as the OHSU School of Medicine and NCNM.  Her writings on critical race theory, the prison industrial complex and community health have been published both within the realm of nursing science and in nerdy lefty literature.  She is currently working on her doctorate at Oregon Health Science University.  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 often obsess about privilege, oppression and police brutality.
Dr. Angela Carter
Dr. Carter is the Medical Director of the Equi Institute, a Queer and Transgender focused integrative health clinic in Portland, OR.  They began serving the LGBTQQI2S community at 16 when they joined the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC) in San Francisco as a peer counselor on their youth hotline.   Over many years of volunteering with service orgs for and being part of the LGBTQQI2S community, Dr. Carter developed a keen understanding of the discrimination and health disparities faced by their community. They have volunteered continuously with the Meaningful Care Conference since 2009, stepping into the co chair role for the 2016 conference.  They teach classes focused on the culturally specific variables in primary care for LGBTQQI2S and sexual minority communities as adjunct faculty and guest speaker at many institutions. They work with the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force to improve the experience of Transgender and Gender Non Conforming survivors of sexual assault. They adore working with herbs and mushrooms to help people find their highest health.
EagleSong Gardener 
Wise woman herbalist, pilgrim-adventurer, grandmother, earth keeper...founder of RavenCroft Garden and Healing from the Ground Up, America’s first community-centered herbal apprenticeship. EagleSong is a human being with 65 years practice.
Most of my life, I’ve asked myself in any given challenge or circumstance, “what would nature do?” It is an exploration into personal story and a template that has served me well through garden tending, child raising, fire storms, journeys to the underworld and other more common catastrophes.
Jessica Ring
Jessica Ring is an herbalist focused on the art, magic, and science of sustainable essential oil extraction, natural perfume construction, and healing with aromatics.  She adores trilliums and wild ginger and considers black poplar to be one of her best friends.  The majority of the aromatics she works with are wild-crafted or grown on Ring Family "Perfume" farm in Molalla,  Oregon, where she works the land she grew up on, with her parents, siblings, apprentices and friends.  Her distillery and perfumery are located in Portland where Jess spends most of her time buzzing between distillations, perfume blending and bottling, mentoring and learning from apprentices, secret aroma experiments, and writing her forthcoming book, Plant Essential Oils, due out from Timber press 2017.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist and owns Clarity Acupuncture in Asheville, North Carolina. She earned her Masters in Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Sarah studies extensively with Jeffrey C. Yuen and other master healers and has been steeped in stone and crystal medicine, clinically and academically, for several years. She developed North Carolina's first Studies in Mineral Healing Program at Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, teaches yearly at the Southeastern and MidAtlantic Women's Herbal Conferences, certifies "stonalists" in a yearly intensives, and leads rockhounding trips for the public into the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains. Her Tao is to assist in the dissemination of the vast knowledge and uncharted potentials of healing with stones.
Casandra Johns 
Casandra Johns has been studying and practicing herbalism for the last decade. She first began engaging with plants in a radical effort toward reproductive liberty and to find alternative means for nurturing mental and emotional wellness without the aid of pharmaceuticals. What began as an intellectual pursuit of healing alternatives turned into an ongoing and life-changing process of rewinding the spirit. Casandra has studied at the School of Traditional Western Herbalism and the School of Forest Medicine. She is a student of Nature, dedicated to the genii of the Cascadian bioregion. Casandra is also the owner and proprietor at House of Hands, a studio dedicated to creating imagery and publication on the topics of plantlore and esoteric studies.
Heron Brae
Heron Brae is an Oregon-born botanist, folk herbalist, and rewilder. She teaches botany, herbalism, wildcrafting, and wild foods at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene. Since 1997, she has studied the magic, art, and science of wild plants and landscapes with Collette Gardiner, Wilderness Awareness School, Evergreen College, Finisia Medrano, and the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. Her ongoing independent research revolves around how to live with this land in a way that makes holistic sense, through studying and developing seasonally migratory life ways grounded in place. She spends much of her time working towards changing her worldview into one of true interdependence, and sees her work as a teacher to provide spaces for many of us to relearn our human place of belonging in wild nature as we heal individually and as a society at large. 
Trish  Seawytch Gallagher, CMT
Trish has been harvesting and teaching about wild plants for over 20 years. She is the founder of Wild DevOcean Seaweed Collective & a cocreating member of Middletown Massage & Acupuncture Collective.Gathering from the wild for food & healing plants is a passion and lifestyle she loves to inspire others to join. Trish has worked as an end of life caregiver 12 years using heirloom medicines to meet the needs of her clients at this potent time in their lives.Trish is also a theraputic massage practitioner specialising in PTSD and trauma release and repair.
Jaysen Paulson
Jaysen Paulson is a Portland-based queer astrologer, herbalist and founder of the Portland School of Astrology. His work with Cosmophilia includes the marriage of astrology and herbal medicine with health and wellness, producing a line of Astrological Herbals, teas and sprays. JayP’s work has been featured at astrology and plant medicine conferences, and the Portland Art Museum. He is currently writing a book titled Plants & Planets: Herbal Medicine, Flower Essences and Astrology. 
Lydia Bartholow
Lydia Bartholow is an educator,  psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, herbalist, writer and community organizer. She has been practicing herbalism and integrative health for 15 years and teaching herbalism for five years. She is lucky to be a frequent lecturer on integrative mental health, addiction, herbalism and radical public health at institutions such as the OHSU School of Medicine and NCNM.  Her writings on critical race theory, the prison industrial complex and community health have been published both within the realm of nursing science and in nerdy lefty literature.  She is currently working on her doctorate at Oregon Health Science University.  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 often obsesses about privilege, oppression and police brutality.
Cobalt Coy 
Cobalt's love for teaching and sharing Bowenwork comes across in her classes. Cobalt has a great sense of humor and fosters a safe and supportive environment by teaching to many different learning styles in an adaptable format. She is charismatic and personable. Cobalt enjoys witnessing students become empowered and confident. With each class and supervised practice groups, her students dig deeper into understanding placement of moves and the affects on the body. She thrives on working with students while they are creating connections, discovering a revolutionary technique and starting their Bowen practice.
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” Socrates Bowenwork is so unique, the gentle moves by the practitioner are the catalyst, but the client’s body is leading the dramatic shifts. The time between moves creates a meditative rhythm that allows space for the dance of symmetry and the swift return to the body’s original blueprint. The structural alignment that Bowenwork facilitates creates ease in the client’s life and a calm in their nervous system. Bowenwork is a sustainable practice for the practitioner’s body, mind and spirit. 
Wheels Darling, L.Ac.
Wheels has been studying and practicing complementary medicine since 1997. She's a local herbalist, acupuncturist, health educator, and researcher - with a private practice in downtown. An interdisciplinary practitioner, Wheels uses a toolset of: Western herbs, Chinese materia/medica, Japanese-style acupuncture, East Asian classical medicine theories, holistic nutrition, exercise therapies, empirical research, critical analysis of systematic oppressions, queer and feminist perspectives, five-element considerations, and hearth witchery. Her life-long commitment to natural medicine draws her to the places where modern pathophysiology and biomedicine research intersect with folk traditions and classical natural medicine strategies. Her current research is in the field of complementary medicine approaches to oncology care. You can learn more about Wheels at wheelsdarling.com.
Sean Croke
Sean Croke is a wildcrafter, medicine maker, and gardener who has been working with the plants of the Pacific Northwest for over nine years. He is a co-founder of Understory Apothecary which produces small batch tinctures of local herbs for health care providers as well as providing fresh wildcrafted herbs to botanical companies, is involved in Cascadia Terroir which produces essential oils from local plants, and runs the Hawthorne School of Plant Medicine out of Olympia, WA. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College with a BA/BS where he focused on Ethnobotany and Organic Chemistry. He has also studied at the School of Forest Medicine and under Sean Donahue. Sean can be found vending at the Olympia Farmer’s Market, is involved with the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic, leads classes on wildcrafting and plant alchemy, and would love to help out in your garden. His website is www.understoryapothecary.com.
Samantha Zipporah
Samantha Zipporah is a practical & radical medicine woman, providing love & education for the womb continuum. She is a holistic sexual health educator, activist, & advocate. A former birth doula whose roots of study can be found deep in traditional midwifery “womb to tomb” style care, Sam has been supporting peers with a full spectrum of fertility & pregnancy experiences for over a decade in personal, professional, & clinical contexts.  Her approach is grounded in a solid understanding of biochemistry & biology, & nourished by playfulness, sass, & reverent spirituality. She believes the mind, body, & spirit connection deserve reverence & respect. Friends have joked that her business tagline should be, “If anything’s going in or out of a cervix, call Sam.”
Shayne Case
Shayne Case is a gifted channel who uses spirit guides, plant medicine, flower essences, and her own eclectic wisdom to help people gain tools and greater self-awareness so that they can navigate their healing with confidence and ease. Shayne was born in Germany to a German mother and a Sioux father. She is a balance between the earthy science-mindedness of her Germanic side and the deeply spiritual shamanic inheritance from her Sioux lineage. She attended Smith College in Northampton, MA where she earned degrees in Education/ Child Study and English Literature. She briefly studied spirituality and transpersonal psychology at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco before entering the clinical herbal program at the California School of Herbal Studies. She later studied with Jane Bell, co-founder of Alaskan Flower Essences, and Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz, founders of the Flower Essence Society. Shayne currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she writes, teaches, and has a private practice.shayne@shaynecase.com
Benjamin  Pixie
Benjamin Pixie has been actively romancing the wilds of this world for over half of his life.  He is husband to millions of virgin maidens who dedicate their lives to the sex work of the Earth, and lovingly serves 50 queens.  In addition to beekeeping, he is a mead maker, a conjurer of spirits, herbalist, a hide tanner, leather worker, & warrior poet. He is father of 2 shining radiant little witches.
Iris Mae Misciagna
Iris Misciagna is an artist, tarot reader, and flower essence practitioner. Her line of essences, Blue Medicinals, is subtle and powerful medicine. She is a graduate of the Blue Iris Mystery School and continues to work within the school as a student teacher. Iris has a strong relationship with the plant people, especially the flowers, and has been working with their healing energies all her life. (503) 286 0137 Bluemedicinals.com
Silke Akerson
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 atsilkeakerson@gmail.com


Sajah Popham
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 www.organic-unity.com & www.evolutionaryherbalism.com 
Erico Schleicher, LAc
Erico is a practicing herbalist and acupuncturist in Portland, OR. He has been working with plant medicines for over 20 years. His studies at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine put him on a path towards a bioregional, accessible, empowering herbalism based on traditional principles, and his training at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) gave him the necessary clinical skills to address a wide array of complex issues. He is deeply committed to sustainable directions for community health. Erico finds that when we work seasonally with locally available plants that thrive in our bioregion, we learn to perceive the voices that teach us how to integrate our own health into the life of the land around us. 
Erico's workshops have been featured at Breitenbush Herbal Conference, The Portland Plant Medicine Gathering, the Dandelion Seed Conference, the Northwest Herbal Faire, and the Montana Herb Gathering. He has served on the Board of Directors of Tryon Life Community Farm, The Olympia Free Herbal Clinic, and the Oregon Acupuncture Association. Erico is currently a faculty member at OCOM and is a founder and director of the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine  where he has training people in herbalism since 2007. 
Peter Bauer
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.
Lindsay Buchanan
Lindsay Buchanan, L.Ac (lindsaybuchanan.com) is an acupuncturist, Priestess and witch. She has been practicing acupuncture for over 10 years and has a private 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 beginning to teach about weaving acupuncture, magic and herbs together.  After many different awakenings to the accessibility of magical information, she aids her clients in confidently accessing their own magical avenues. In addition to weaving magic into her practice, Lindsay helps her patients to find wellness in addition to the health goals that have already been established. Wellness is the practice of having a good relationship to our bodies, minds, and Earth that we reside on. She helps each client find harmony with the symptoms that are presented, to better understand the body and what it is communicating, and helps each client to find tools to help reaffirm their path in wellness. After practicing magic and witchcraft for years, she was delighted to find The Blue Iris Mystery school to aid in her study and she is in her final year. 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 in addition to continuing her study of 5-Element acupuncture in post graduate classes with Niki Bilton. Her passion for healing and wellness drives her to connect with many amazing people each and every single day!
Laura Altvater
Laura is a plant enthusiast by heart and professional horticulturalist by trade.  Her love of plants and interest in herbalism really blossomed as a freshman in college when she started her bachelors in Botany at Connecticut College.  She has farmed veggies and flowers on Sauvie's Island in Oregon, studied at the Herb Pharm in Williams, Oregon and taken numerous herbalism courses throughout the country.  In 2005, she created Mostly Medicinals Nursery.  The nursery is currently not in production but will hopefully return some year soon because it is Laura's dream to teach, write, and provide medicinal plants and growing assitance to the community.  
Gradey Proctor
Gradey Proctor is a botanist who has spent the last dozen years teaching plants and ecosystems as Forest Watch Coordinator for Bark, and co-founder of the Arctos Schoolof Herbal and Botanical Studies. His training comes from apprenticing at the Columbines School of Botanical studies, years of monitoring forests in the Pacific Northwest, working on a CSA farm, and the Kamana naturalist program. A native of places without intact ecosystems, Gradey has spent the last 15 years falling in love with the Northwest, and continually striving to build relationships with his environment. His passion is in finding new ways to keep healthy forests and healthy people one and the same.
Larry Savides
Larry Savides is a witch and medicine makerwith a strong shamanic and mystical bent. Always drawn into close communication with nature he had his first psychic dreams at the age of four and a life-changing glimpse into how the physical world we observe emerges from inner energy patterns at the age of 14. He gathers information from dreams and trance journeying as well as reading the energy of land, events, dwellings, and people.
Using the shamanic principal that all things are alive, aware and responsive as his touch-stone, Larry has for more than a decade taught people to connect with the magic in their lives in both the Reclaiming Tradition and the Blue Iris Mystery School. Teaching that all things are expressions of relationship he expands the adage "magic is changing consciousness at will" and helps his students "alter relationships with will," finding that this applies equally to the past, present, and future.
 


Bios from 2015  

Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH (AHG). 
Atava is inspired by the healing traditions of her ancestors and loves connecting people to the amazing and healing world of medicinal plants!  She has been studying and practicing healing arts for over 20 years and has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a graduate degree from Naropa University Oakland.  Atava is a professionally registered clinical herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and is also certified in both Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu®.  Atava has been studying curanderismo for 15 years with Mexican curanderas Dona Enriqueta Contrera, Estela Roman, and many others. 
Atava has taught in schools and universities throughout Northern California, including San Francisco State, UC Berkeley, JFK University and the California Institute of Integral Studies.  Currently she teaches and runs a small school dedicated to herbal, folk and indigenous medicine in Oakland, CA.

As a healer, Atava is committed to grass-roots health care that provides health care access to people based on need, not just based on income.  She also is dedicated to helping preserve folk and indigenous healing practices alive in our communities.  Atava’s business, Ancestral Apothecary, also manufactures a small herbal product line.  Her website is: www.ancestralapothecary.com.

Sarah Preston
Sarah Preston is a community herbalist in Lancaster, PA, and is owner of Herbs from the Labyrinth, LLC and Radiance, a retail shop and studio in downtown Lancaster. She says, “Being an herbalist is a natural extension of my life-long love of plants, trees and wild places, and my interest in natural healing, which was instilled in me by my mother. I see herbalism as a lifelong learning process, and expect to learn as much as I teach at this gathering! Her spirituality deeply informs her work with herbs, just as her work with herbs informs her spirituality. “I see the Earth as the living body of the Goddess, and all living beings as parts of her body. The Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit are sacred, as are the cycles of the moon and sun, and all of the cycles of life.

Sarah is a life-long pagan, growing up the daughter of two anthropologists in the far north of Canada. A practicing and teaching witch for 25 years, Sarah is an initiate in the Reclaiming Tradition, studying for many years with Starhawk and others. She is a priestess of the labyrinth and adores Ariadne. She loves working in the plant realms, finding that plant spirits have a lot to teach humans about being in community, about healing, and about devotion."

Sarah Holmes, Energetic Clinical Herbalist
Sarah’s work focuses on the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit as well as the dynamic interchange between people and plants. She enjoys working with clients and students to open them to these concepts on both obvious and subtle levels. Sarah also runs, in partnership with Karyn Sanders, the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine and a weekly radio program on KPFA, The Herbal Highway.

Elokin Orton-Cheung
Shooting Star Botanicals is a wellness practice dedicated to healing, personal transformation, and social change. Elokin Orton-Cheung, the founder, roots her work in a commitment to healing justice- the belief that everyone has the right to high quality, accessible health care. Elokin has a deep love and respect for plants- she grew up gardening, and has been studying herbal medicine since 2003 with wonderful teachers including Howie Brounstein at the Columbine’s School of Botanical Studies, and Sarah Holmes and Karyn Sanders at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. She offers one on one consultations, and teaches classes on herbal medicine and sustainable gardening. As an activist and educator, Elokin is passionate about sharing resources to reconnect people with plant medicine as we reclaim our connection with the earth. She has taught many classes in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, as well as teaching classes in herbal medicine at high schools, organizations, community groups and universities including UCLA, UCSB and UC Irvine. Through connecting deeply with the healing nature of herbal medicine, we can begin to make the positive changes we want to see in ourselves, and the communities we are part of. You can learn more about her work at http://www.shootingstarbotanicals.com

Ryan Drum
Ryan Drum, PhD has a BSc in Chemical Technology and a PhD in Botany (Phycology) from Iowa State University. While a NATO Scholar, he did postdoctoral studies on Cell Biology using the Electron Microscope and Microcine at the Universities of Bonn, Germany and Leeds, England.  For 10 years he taught Botany and related subjects at Universities (UMASS/Amherst, UCLA, WWU).  He studied Herbal Medicine with Ella Birzneck, founder of Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia for 12 years, and taught at their summer seminars for 35 years. He has been an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University since 1984, and he lectures at major herbal conferences and herbal schools.

Dr. Drum is the author of over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, the author of Electron Microscopy of Diatom Cells 1966, Springer Verlag, a 100-Plate Atlas, in print for 20 years, and a contributing author of two chapters in Planting the Future (Gladstar and Hirsch 2001) and a chapter in Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology, M. Friedman 2005.  The proud father of three wonderful children and two fantastic grandchildren, he lives in a rustic little hilltop cabin he built 30 years ago on a remote island, off the grid, without indoor plumbing or refrigeration.

Jacks Overstreet
Jacks is a herbalist, witch, and creator of beauty with deep roots in the mountains of Northern California. As an herbalist she has over 15 years of formal training  in clinical herbalism and plant magic. As a witch and priestess she is heavily influenced by queer and women's mysteries, Goddess worship traditions, and Earth centered spiritual practices from  Western/Northern European traditions. She has been formally teaching classes for the past 5 years on plant medicine, plant magic, magic skills, and ritual. She centers her work on the intention of offering support that is both practical and magical knowing that it is in the mundane that we can access some of our greatest moments of healing and transformation. Jacks is dedicated to healing practices that cultivate self empowerment, self agency, trust, and heart-centered-authenticity.

Paul Bergner
Paul Bergner has studied and practiced natural medicine, medical herbalism, clinical nutrition and nature cure since 1973. He is director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, OR where he offers seminar training in clinical skills, medical herbalism, nutrition and nature cure. He supervised a teaching clinic in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition in Boulder, CO from 1996 until 2013 and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He has authored seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, ethnobotany and naturopathic medicine.

Iris Mae Misciagna
Iris Misciagna is an artist, tarot reader, and flower essence practitioner. Her line of essences, Blue Medicinals, is subtle and powerful medicine. She is a graduate of the Blue Iris Mystery School and continues to work within the school as a student teacher. Iris has a strong relationship with the plant people, especially the flowers, and has been working with their healing energies all her life. (503) 286 0137 Bluemedicinals.com

Silke Akerson
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 silkeakerson@gmail.com

EagleSong Gardener
EagleSong Gardener is a shamanic herbalist, pilgrim adventurer, visionary, gardener, grandmother practicing life in the wise woman tradition whilst spinning yarns, catching story, tickling and being tickled by plants and laughing and crying at all the wrong times! You know, just one of the folks in love with life and all it has to offer!

Heron Brae 
Heron Brae is a northwest-born botanist, folk herbalist, and rewilding-wildcrafter. She teaches enthusiastically at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and community skill-shares. Since 1997, she has studied the magic, art, and science of wild plants and landscapes, and continues to learn how to live with this land in a way that makes sense by studying seasonally migratory life ways grounded in place. She lives in the woods near Ashland, Oregon, and spends her time working towards radically changing her worldview into one of interdependence. For fun, Heron loves to geek out on Latin binomials, organize community rewilding events, explore in the mountains, and try new things. 

Howie Brounstein
Howie Brounstein is an owner and primary instructor of The Columbines School of Botanical. He has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including such herbal establishments as the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Howie has a clinical practice in Eugene, Oregon.

Jacqueline Freeman
Jacqueline Freeman is a biodynamic farmer and pioneer in the emerging field of natural beekeeping. She is gifted in perceiving nature iintelligences, particularly honeybees, and has spent many years working alongside them with an open and prayerful heart. The bees have communicated to her how they fulfill broader roles in the hive and in nature. Her new book, "The Song of Increase: Returning to our Sacred Partnership with Honeybees," is consistently on three of Amazon's top 100 lists.

Jacqueline teaches bee classes at her farm and honeybee sanctuary in Washington. She has appeared in the documentary "Queen of the Sun" as the gentle swarm rescuer. She is a featured speaker at national conferences for treatment-free beekeepers, permaculture, and sustainable agriculture. In 2013 the Dominican Republic and the USDA hired her to work with rural beekeepers to help them create healthy bees through respectful beekeeping. Jacqueline's website, SpiritBee.com, has beautiful photos, movies, audio-files and stories about bees, many created with Robin Wise.

Robin Wise
Robin Wise’s interest in bees was sparked by the images of hieroglyphs of bee culture dating to pre-dynastic Egyptian times. While attending one of Jacqueline’s bee classes, Robin resonated to Jacqueline’s unique perspective about the bees. Robin offered her professional services to work with Jacqueline to help get this bee knowledge out into the world. Robin, who keeps bees at her home in Portland, Oregon, documents bee life through audio and photography.

Robin has worked as a professional audio engineer for over 20 years. Prior to this career, Robin taught music and was an award-winning ensemble conductor. Her love of the intricate details of music drew her to work with other sounds in a similar way. Currently she is Technical Director and Mix Engineer for public radio documentaries. She is known for incorporating sound as a story telling element. Projects she has worked on have won numerous major awards, including The Peabody Award, Robert Woods Johnson Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

Erico Schleicher
Erico Schleicher, LAc is a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist. He has been working with plants as medicines for over 15 years. His studies with the beloved Michael R.S. Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine led to a lifelong practice of clinical herbalism, wildcrafting, teaching, and working with clients and communities. Erico is deeply committed to sustainable directions for community health. He finds that when we work seasonally with locally available plants that 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. His workshops on both Western and Chinese herbs have been featured at the Breitenbush Herbal Conference, the Northwest Herbal Faire, Tryon Life Community Farm, the Portland Plant Gathering, and the Montana Herb Gathering. Erico is a founder and instructor of the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine, which has been training lay herbalists in Porland since 2007.

Missy Rohs
Missy Rohs is a community herbalist, kitchen witch, and forest lover.  She has co-directed the Arctos School of Herbal & Botanical Studies (http://arctosschool.org) for almost a decade.  Her 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.  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.

Trish Gallagher, the Sea Witch
Trish Gallagher has been a professional seaweed gatherer and educator since 1998. She has been wildcrafting herbs and seaweeds since 1986. It is Trish’s gift to make herbs and seaweeds approachable for easy use in daily life.

Scott Kloos
Scott Kloos is a Plant Medicine Practitioner, Medicine Maker, and Wildcrafter, and has been working with the native plants of the Pacific NW since the late 90s. He heads the The School of Forest Medicine and is the owner of Cascadia Folk Medicine, which produces small batch herbal extracts from the native plants of the region. In his healing practice he works with the psycho-spiritual aspects of plant medicine and hosts monthly Plant Teacher Ceremonies. He is one of the founders and a faculty member of the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Jaysen Paulson
Jaysen Paulson is a practicing astrologer, health educator, community organizer, speaker and teacher. In 2013, he founded the Portland School of Astrology, empowering students with the language and gifts of the limitless study of astrology. JayP has formally studied Japanese Language, Western Herbal Medicine, Astrology and Public Health: Community Health Education and is currently studying at Blue Iris Mystery School with Collette Gardner. JayP began studying astrology in 1995 and founded an astrological practice in 2011 called Cosmophilia, where his work includes the marriage of astrology and herbal medicine with health and wellness. He is currently co-writing a book with Jen Gouvea titled Plants & Planets: Herbal Medicine, Flower Essences and Astrology

Camilla Blossom
Camilla Blossom is an intuitive transmitter for the elementals, nature spirits, plant and devic realms, a wisdom teacher, flower essence alchemist (co-creator of the Columbia River Gorge Flower Essences and Hawaiian Creation Essences), certified aromatherapist, ceremonialist, and energy healer. She is passionate about teaching people how to care for Mother Earth through land healing that includes co-creating with the elementals and nature spirits. She resides near Portland, Oregon and offers flower essence healing meditations, flower essence workshops, elementals nature walks, apprentice programs, and land healing workshops. Camilla hosts a MEETUP group: Nature Spirit Medicine. Private healing sessions and ceremony are available in Nature Spirit Medicine, ancestor healing, flower essence readings/formulas, and energy healing. camillablossom1111@gmail.com, camillablossom.com

Lydia Bartholow
Lydia Bartholow is an educator,  psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, herbalist, writer and community organizer. She has been practicing herbalism and integrative health for 15 years and teaching herbalism for five years. She is lucky to be a frequent lecturer on integrative mental health, addiction, herbalism and radical public health at institutions such as the OHSU School of Medicine and NCNM.  Her writings on critical race theory, the prison industrial complex and community health have been published both within the realm of nursing science and in nerdy lefty literature.  She is currently working on her doctorate at Oregon Health Science University.  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 often obsess about privilege, oppression and police brutality.

Benjamin Pixie
Benjamin Pixie is a beekeeper, herbalist, hide tanner, crafter of and with the wild, mead maker, and conjurer of spirits, living in the forest outside of Olympia Washington. He studied plant medicine with Michael Moore at the southwest school of botanical medicine and more recently from the world’s original plant medicine makers- the honey bees. His work in this world is in celebrating the much entangled gifts and medicines of plants and animals. He sees plant medicine as a portal to destroy the division between humans and nature- a door to become an active dancing participant in the wild world all around us.

Gradey Proctor
Gradey Proctor is a botanist who has spent the last dozen years teaching plants and ecosystems as Forest Watch Coordinator for Bark, and co-founder of the Arctos Schoolof Herbal and Botanical Studies. His training comes from apprenticing at the Columbines School of Botanical studies, years of monitoring forests in the Pacific Northwest, working on a CSA farm, and the Kamana naturalist program. A native of places without intact ecosystems, Gradey has spent the last 15 years falling in love with the Northwest, and continually striving to build relationships with his environment. His passion is in finding new ways to keep healthy forests and healthy people one and the same.

Shayne Case
Shayne Case is a gifted channel who uses spirit guides, plant medicine, flower essences, and her own eclectic wisdom to help people gain tools and greater self-awareness so that they can navigate their healing with confidence and ease. Shayne was born in Germany to a German mother and a Sioux father. She is a balance between the earthy science-mindedness of her Germanic side and the deeply spiritual shamanic inheritance from her Sioux lineage. She attended Smith College in Northampton, MA where she earned degrees in Education/ Child Study and English Literature. She briefly studied spirituality and transpersonal psychology at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco before entering the clinical herbal program at the California School of Herbal Studies. She later studied with Jane Bell, co-founder of Alaskan Flower Essences, and Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz, founders of the Flower Essence Society. Shayne currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she writes, teaches, and has a private practice. shayne@shaynecase.com

Peter Bauer
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.

Sean Croke
Sean Croke is a wildcrafter, medicine maker, and gardener who has been working with the plants of the Pacific Northwest for over nine years. He is a co-founder of Understory Apothecary which produces small batch tinctures of local herbs for health care providers as well as providing fresh wildcrafted herbs to botanical companies, and is also involved in Cascadia Terroir which produces essential oils from local plants. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College with a BA/BS where he focused on Ethnobotany and Organic Chemistry. He has also studied at the School of Forest Medicine and under Sean Donahue. Sean can be found vending at the Olympia Farmer’s Market, is involved with the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic, leads classes on wildcrafting and plant alchemy, and would love to help out in your garden.

Sajah Popham
Sajah Popham, founder of Organic Unity and The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, seeks to bridge all Earth centered herbal traditions who have followed the Light of Nature and the wisdom of the plants. From the preparation of spagyric medicines in the lab, to the teachings he provides at his school, Sajah applies the universal principles found in plants, people, and planets to align the above with the below. These universal principles were discovered throughout his studies of Ayurveda, Alchemy, astrology, pharmacology, and various clinical herbal traditions of Europe, North and South America. Through bridging science and spirit, Sajah works with plants and people on all levels, applying the celestial qualities of spagyric medicines to bring about greater states of vibrant health and conscious evolution. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his fiance, where he teachers and practices. For information on his products and teachings, visit: www.organic-unity.com and www.evolutionaryherbalism.com

Lara Pacheco
Lara Pacheco is a clinical herbalist that has a background in Anthropology and farming with a passion for learning and documenting traditional knowledge around the world. As an active participant in the preservation and propagation of traditional knowledge of plant medicine, her hope is to empower individuals with an awareness of their own bodies in relation to our surrounding environment. Lara runs Seed and Thistle Apothecary, which is a monthly herbal CSA, co runs the Seasonal Wellness Collective, and is a community builder in the Cully neighborhood and works with the Latino community building gardens and wellness. She completed the three year program with the School of Traditional Western Herbalism and worked with Cascadia Folk Medicine’s Herbal Apprenticeship.

Hanna Jordan 
Hanna Jordan is a body-centered psychotherapist, herbal medicine educator, and HeartMathⓇ trainer, and has been supporting people on their healing journeys for over a decade. She is also the co-founder of The School of Traditional Western Herbalism in Portland, which she co-directed for five years. Her work has focused on integrative mind-body strategies, the heart-brain and gut connection, trauma, emotional resilience, nutrition, and of course herbal medicine. She's deeply influenced by the healing qualities of nature, cutting edge neuroscience, and by healing traditions from around the world. Her passion is empowering people in taking charge of their health and in participating wholeheartedly in the creative unfolding of their lives.

Jon Keyes
Jon Keyes is a licensed professional counselor and herbalist with a practice in the Montavilla neighborhood of Portland.  Jon has written for numerous publications including the Llewellyn Herbal almanacs, Plant Healer magazine, The Mountain Astrologer, MadinAmerica.com, BeyondMeds.com and has written a book called Guide to Natural Health.  Jon is deeply interested in in exploring traditional and holistic ways of helping people in emotional distress and crisis.  Jon writes extensively at his site, www.hearthsidehealing.com.

Felicia Ferruzza
Felicia Ferruzza, Herbalist and Acupuncturist, has been wild crafting and making herbal foods and medicines since childhood, with her Sicilian father and Naturalist mother in the Adirondack Mountains. Drawn to the Pacific Northwest, she moved to Portland 20 years ago, deepening her herbal roots with Cascade Anderson Geller and others within the Western and Eastern herbal world. After apprenticing with Dr. Jun Lan Cai in the realm of Chinese Diet Therapy and Cooking with Chinese Herbs, she began her more formal studies in Chinese and Western herbs and Qigong at The National College of Natural Medicine in 1999 while managing and developing the Chinese herbal Medicinary. She has been teaching about the wild plants for 15 years including the Portland Plant Medicine Gathering, NCNM, The Northern California Women’s Herb Symposium, Northwest School of Herbs, The Green Gathering, Children’s Camps, various locations around town, and at her own place of practice: Alberta Healing Arts Center http://www.AlbertaHealingArts.com  http://www.ManoVerdeHerbals.com

Sam Roberts
Sam Roberts is a western and energetic clinical herbalist, as well as an total plant nerd.  She has been studying and working with medicinal plants for 12 years and practicing as an herbalist for the past four.  She studied with Christa Sinadinos at the Northwest School of Botanical Studies and continues to study with Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at the Blue Otter School of Energetic Herbalism.  During her time in Portland, she was a member of the Rosehip Street Medic Collective doing health justice activism and community health education.  She works with strong commitment to service and radical nonjudgemental care and values supporting communities of resistance as well as individuals seeking physical, emotional and spiritual balance.  As a witch, Sam draws from her connection with the natural world and mystery in her healing practice and political work.  In her private practice, she supports her clients to explore what is at the root of their health issues and to step into their power thought the healing process.  Sam currently has a clinical practice in Grants Pass, Oregon and can be reached at wolfstarherbs@gmail.com.

Lindsay Buchanan
Lindsay Buchanan, L.Ac (lindsaybuchanan.com) is an acupuncturist, Priestess and witch. She has been practicing acupuncture for over 10 years and has a private 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 beginning to teach about weaving acupuncture, magic and herbs together.  After many different awakenings to the accessibility of magical information, she aids her clients in confidently accessing their own magical avenues. In addition to weaving magic into her practice, Lindsay helps her patients to find wellness in addition to the health goals that have already been established. Wellness is the practice of having a good relationship to our bodies, minds, and Earth that we reside on. She helps each client find harmony with the symptoms that are presented, to better understand the body and what it is communicating, and helps each client to find tools to help reaffirm their path in wellness. After practicing magic and witchcraft for years, she was delighted to find The Blue Iris Mystery school to aid in her study and she is in her final year. 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 in addition to continuing her study of 5-Element acupuncture in post graduate classes with Niki Bilton. Her passion for healing and wellness drives her to connect with many amazing people each and every single day!