The guiding principle of my practice is that the ability to heal ourselves and our families is our birthright, not a privilege to be hoarded or a commodity to be sold.
This principle forms the backbone of my teaching, which is designed to give students the tools they need to understand how to maintain the wellness of their loved ones, instead of simply presenting lists of remedies. This is true at both the Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine and my conference speaking engagements, including the Good Medicine Confluence, Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, MidAtlantic Women’s Herbal Conference, Herbstalk, Brattleboro Medicinal Herb Day, Wisconsin Organic Gardening Conference, and more.
My articles about herbalism, published here on the Old Ways Herbal blog, in my quarterly columns in Plant Healer Magazine and The Country Grind Quarterly, and for several magazines including Vermont’s Local Banquet and Green Living Magazine, are based on the same guiding principle.
My clinical practice is also centered on that guiding principle, as I know that each of us is the utmost authority on our bodies.
My goal is for the people I teach to begin to trace the threads connecting all aspects of their lives to their state of wellness, and to develop a proactive understanding of how to maximize their health.
Self-care is intrinsic to our healing birthright, and it is the responsibility of community herbalists to share our knowledge as widely as possible to bring healing back into the arms of our families.
Improving the accessibility of both knowledge and the natural world has always been my passion. I have been teaching sliding-scale and free workshops on herbalism, nutrition, traditional skills, and holistic theory since 2004, for community groups, social justice organizations, conferences, and privately. I have volunteered with free clinics since 2005—starting in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina–and helped found and run a free herbal clinic in North Carolina. I saw my first clinical clients in 2004, and every year that goes by brings new growth to my practice of herbalism. I am a graduate of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and several shorter programs that have blessed me with an in-depth understanding of many schools of thought in traditional healing. My education as a Registered Nurse in women’s health and birth has given me a uniquely in-depth perspective on the role of healers in health and disease and the importance of knowledge to self-empowerment, as well as enhancing my clinical skills and scope of practice. I am so thankful to be able to draw on the knowledge of my teachers as I pass it along.