Karyn Sanders has been working with plants for most of her life. She was first trained in Native American traditional plant medicine. Karyn is of Choctaw and Hungarian blood. Karyn was formally trained in medicine ways for 7 years by her grandmother. 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 42 years. She co-owns and runs the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine in Fort Jones, California.
Ericka Zamora Wiggin (Yaqui/Apache/Chicana) is an elementary school counselor and main herbalist and teacher at Medicine of the Ancestors in San Diego. She works alongside her husband and sons to make herbal remedies for the community, including herbal and Cannabis education. Ericka began her herbal studies with birth of her first child almost 30 years ago, and continues to learn and grow as the plants and nature are always teaching. Her first teacher was her father, who recited his mother’s materia medica to her over long cups of coffee at the kitchen table. Her paternal grandmother, doña Josefina Zamora de Leon was a well-respected traditional healer and birth attendant who served the community of Ejido Coahuila in Mexicali, BC, and had a vast working knowledge of the plants in the surrounding desert community. Formal and informal plant studies with family including Fam. Zamora, Fam. Solórzano, Fam. Acosta, Elena Avila, Carole Brown, Kumeyaay Ethnobotany with Jane Dumas and Richard Bugbee, California School of Hispanic Herbalism, California Healing Institute and sister plant nerds. Ericka graduated from San Diego State University with an M.S. in Counseling, and was a scholar with the Native American Scholars and Collaborators Program. Ericka continues to work in the spirit of her grandparents offering traditional herbal education, counseling, and wellness support in San Diego. She is a mother of four grown sons and grandmother of two grandchildren.
Abigail Singer is a Community Herbalist and medicine maker who practices Western Energetic Herbalism. She runs a small, Portland-based herbal medicine business called Spring Creek Herbs and works with people one on one to address the root causes of health issues. Abigail is inspired by vitalism and folk herbalism traditions in which health care is accessible, is connected to place, and honors each person's unique experience and capacity for healing.
Abigail is a co-founder and herbalist with the People’s Health Clinic of Portland, a multi-modality free clinic serving folks at the crossroads of economic injustice and other systemic oppressions. Having been active for many years in organizing efforts for social and environmental justice, she believes that everyone has a right to compassionate, respectful and empowering health care. Abigail has a deep love of the plant world, and is passionate about bringing the wild into spaces for healing in the city.
La Loba Loca is a Sudaca (South American) Queer Brown yerbera, abortion/birth/post-partum companion (doula), student midwife, seed saver, gardener, tattoo artist and student weaver.
Check out La Loba Loca's work:
-Tumblr (blog): lalobalocaart.tumblr.com
-Online Store: lalobaloca.bigcartel.com
Lara Pacheco is a Taíno, Boricua Latinx mamita that believes that our collective liberation is accessed through decolonizing ourselves by weaving into the web of ancestral medicine. Lara directly works through this realm with plants, fungi, music and dance. When not caring for their family, land and all creatures, lara runs seed and thistle apothecary, an educational resource, and co runs the seasonal wellness clinic that works to provide access to herbal medicine and massage for marginalized communities and brown girl rise, a youth empowerment program for young femmes of color.
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.
Sarah Holmes, Clinical, Energetic 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 support their opening 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.
Clara Parnell is an LMT, queer activist, magic maker, Femme Entrepreneur, and a clinical western herbalist going on 20 years. She volunteers for accessible health clinics locally & internationally, and is the co-founder of Seasonal Wellness Clinic. She is also the founder and owner of Open Hand Health, a clinic offering queer, gender affirming, and fat positive health care here in Portland.
Raised in a racially integrated family in an urban Detroit suburb, JP Hawthorne began his journey with astro and herbalism in 1995, later wedding the two disciplines and began seeing clients 7 years ago. In 2013, he founded the community-focused Portland School of Astrology with a focus on anti-oppression--which sees hundreds of students a year. His work with Cosmophilia connects people with both earth and sky, including a line of Astrological Herbals: planetary teas, tinctures, elixirs, sprays and Plants Against the Patriarchy vibrational essences. JP has completed 2 years of herbal medicine school, 3 years of herbal retail, 5 years at the Blue Iris Mystery School, holds a degree in Public Health and even attended university in Japan. He currently sees clients and teaches in Portland, and is writing a book about Astro Herbalism titled 'BioCosmophilia: the Confluence of Plants, Planets and People'. His work has been featured at Portland Art Museum, Portland State University, Reed College, Nike, Marriott Hotels, XRAY.fm, several astrology and herbal medicine conferences, numerous venues and websites. www.Cosmophilia.us | www.PortlandAstrology.org
Guadalupe is a Queer Abolitionist healer, parent, flower apprentice, and fierce protector of Momma Earth. She has a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Social Liberation Psychology. Social Liberation Psychology calls forth a psychology for and by the people it serves. Her commitment to healing herself and her communities brought her to Dignity and Power Now (DPN)where she serves as the Director of Healing and Wellness. In this role her goal is to lead healing justice work that honors the long and beautiful legacies of Resiliency and lucha while addressing the traumas that the PIC, White Supremacy, and Imperialism force onto LGBTQI, poor, Black, Latinx, and other Brown communities across Los Angeles County. Guadalupe has been studying flower & plant medicine since her work study began with her Elder and friend Queen Hollins at the Earthlodge Center for Healing and Transformation in Long Beach. She has a private practice where she weaves together Earth-based Spiritual tools and rituals, plant medicine, flower card readings, and talk therapy.
Follow her IG @aguadulce and FB @Agua Dulce Healing for workshops, events, and 1-1 sessions.
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
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. www.bloomingheart-arts.com
Liz Long is a channel, Reiki master and intuitive healer practicing in Portland. Her path is to help people connect to their inner sources of strength, guidance and wisdom. She holds social justice and the undoing of internalized systems of oppression as an integral part of each individual's healing, and works with gemstone elixirs and flower essences to facilitate that work. She teaches Reiki and other classes, and works one-on-one with clients using energy work, spirit guide channeling, and intuitive counseling.
Mara Cur is a rural islander, a wildcrafter, herbalist, and hide tanner. She is deeply excited to take part in promoting a folk culture steeped in knowledge of and respect for land-based living. She is a wilderness first aid attendant and curates Crow’s Nest Wildcraft, a rural skills project that offers workshops and immersive adventures in wild settings. Through her work as an educator, Mara has seen that grief, trauma, and the impacts of injustice come to the fore when people begin participating with the natural world as peers. Skills that inherently connect people to their bodies, their somatic memories, and their ancestry thus become a vehicle for personal healing journeys. Mara’s approach is informed by a commitment to decolonizing her relationship to people, culture, and place. As a settler, living on Klahoose, Tla-amin, and Homalco territory, she strives after the intersection of individual and cultural regeneration.
Letty Chichitonyolotli, born in San Antonio Texas. first generation Mexican, norteñé. i am the youngest of 4. i have two living sisters and one brother, who passed before i was born. it is in his loss that i was planned and now have the privilege to learn and love on this earth. our indigenous roots are lost to us. from the region we originate from, we are likely the survivors of nomadic clans who lived along the gulf coast, killed off by disease, murdered for being "savage", and assimilated and converted to catholicism for survival. the indigenous peoples of that area are now collectively know as the Coauhtlican. We are of the diverse terrains of Northern Mexico. i am not familiar with these lands and have only in the last 6 years begun my efforts in ancestral reclamation and decolonization. i grew up in Chicago and did much of my learning there. five years ago i moved to Portland OR and have begun to build community and heal my severed roots. i am indigenous. i am culturally american. i worked as a youth worker and community health educator for fifteen years. i am a veteran of the us armed forces as well. i am queer and gender non conforming and i am coming into what is called a don, of my own, after suffering a soul loss of my own a decade ago. i have my roots in many worlds. i have studies and practiced the art of heart to hearts (Platicas) for many years and have begun my studies in herbalism and dog medicine and am an herb farmer.
Milla Prince grew up in the endless boreal forests of Eastern Finland about two hundred miles from the Arctic Circle and a hundred miles from the Russian border. Her work is grounded in her people’s ancestral folk medicine, and her culture’s surviving land-based practices. Her early teachers were grandmothers, both human and plant. She’s a folk herbalist, a writer, a forager, a local plant enthusiast, a community organizer, an activist, and a gardener, among other things. She finds the intersection of all of these trades in calling herself a witch, or in her native Finnish, “Noita”. Her passion is helping people connect with their own ancestral folk lineages with plants.
Emiliano Lemus is an herbalist, medical student, and fourth-generation healer/plant meddler. Their Oakland-based herbalism practice centers both social justice and energetic herbalism, based on the teachings of Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes. Emiliano has also spent a decade working as a community organizer and educator, on topics including sexuality, sexual health, gender, and the impacts of structural violence on health and wellbeing. As a queer and trans chicano (Purepecha and Chichimeca), they are passionate about combining experiential and professional knowledge to provide trainings on sex positivity, transgender competence and LGBTQ competence in health settings. Learn more at emilianolemus.com.
Lizanne Deliz is a queer Puerto Rican herbalist, medicine-maker, gardener, and community organizer. She initiated her herbal education at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, and went on to advanced study and continued mentorship with Sarah Holmes and Karyn Sanders of the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. Lizanne has a private practice in Oakland, where she also works at the herbal pharmacy Five Flavors Herbs. She is co-organizer of queer herbal events and clinics in Oakland and in Los Angeles with the collective Queer Care, and makes a line of products under the name Eye of Crow Herbs. Her work is rooted in radical intersectional lenses that aim towards collective liberation in collaboration with the plants. www.energeticherbalism.com
Jeevan Singh is a child of three continents. Born in New York City, her recent lineage comes from India, Puerto Rico and Ecuador. From a young age, she has had a keen interest in learning language and culture, as well as self-cultivation. This led her, in a roundabout way, to walk the path of a healer, getting her doctorate in East Asian medicine, digging into the healing roots of her ancestors through independent study in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional wisdom across Latin America, which will be a lifelong exploration.
Jeevan's passion lies in holistic reproductive healing. In her Portland practice, she supports her patients in finding health and ease in their menstrual cycles, fertility, pregnancy and postpartum time. Through the use of acupuncture, plants, womb massage, herbal pelvic steams and flower and stone essences, she holds strong in the belief that we must treat the whole being, not just the symptoms. Weaving mindfulness and visualization into her work supports a deeper awareness and therefore greater capacity for transformation in her patients. Jeevan is an acupuncturist. She holds a Doctorate in Classical Chinese Medicine and is finishing a Masters degree in the Hakomi-based Integrative Mental Health program at NUNM, which informs the core of her work as a heart-based practice.
Heaven Celeste Thunder is a medicine-keeper, mama, Aztec dancer, and student of ancient East Asian and Mexican medicine. Born in a ghetto in Los Angeles County, she was deeply removed from the sophistication and creativity of her most recent heritage, the indigenous people of Mexico. The daughter of two “immigrants,” Heaven felt the faint remnants of her parent’s upbringing and culture left behind them – a mixture of the indigenous peoples with the Spanish conquest. Her energetic field immediately attuned to her first experience with Aztec indigenous culture and she passionately pursued this calling despite her family’s antipathy. You can find her chasing her Master’s at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, on hikes with her boo and her baby, in Aztec dance ceremonies/demonstrations/rallies, and in Native American healing ceremonies. The vision of Heaven’s private clinical practice will tie East Asian and Mesoamerican medicine together to support health and wellbeing on all levels: mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. She plans to emphasize her studies on Womxn’s Health and Pediatrics with a strong foundation in the emotional-spiritual.
For more of Heaven’s offerings, visit www.amomatimedicinals.com
Jenn Rawling is an artist and song writer who works as a studio artist in Durango, CO where she pursues her interests in print making, painting, and song writing. Her work reflects her continued relationship to medicinal and native plants, herbalism, and her love of botanical illustration. It is her intention to use art to shift the culture. "I draw on my connection to land, plants, weather, and the outdoors, and focus my creativity to illustrate life's beauty and strength".
Meghan Hawkins is a working class folk herbalist, intuitive channel, tarot reader, plant friend, energy worker, nutritional counselor, and spiritual coach. Meghan's work with tarot, mystery, and plants is fueled by her devotion to the remembrance and reclamation of ancestral wisdom, plant medicine, animism, and land-based spiritual kinship. In her experience, Earth medicine and divination provide a radical roadmap to decolonization by offering each of us liberated forms of thought and being that transcend binaries, trauma, disconnection, and internalized oppression. Through her work as Moonseas Tarot, Meghan offers people direct access to their mythic and mystic selves, reigniting their direct connection to source-wisdom as well as the elemental spirits of plants and place.
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