Karyn Sanders has been working with plants for most of her life. She was first trained in Native American traditional plant medicine. In her mid-teens she apprenticed with a Mexican curandera and has subsequently studied with various traditional teachers as well as Western herbalists. Karyn has been teaching and practicing herbal medicine from an energetic perspective for over 32 years.
Karyn has a live radio show, The Herbal Highway, that has aired weekly since 1996 on KPFA, 94.1FM out of Berkeley, California. She co-hosts this program with Sarah. You may listen to her show live through the internet at http://kpfa.org/herbal-highway, Thursdays from 1 to 2pm. Karyn is also available to teach at other schools, community groups and conferences.
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.
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