We are so honored to have such a beauty-filled collection of contributors
for our Intuitive Plant Medicine Course. Take a peek at the coven…
Amber Magnolia Hill || Herbal Body Oiling
Amber was born and raised in Northern California, immersed since childhood in the lakes and rivers of the High Sierra that she now shares with her own daughters. A mind opening experience at age 16 set her on a lifelong quest to understand universal consciousness, individual meaning, and the sacredness of the human body.
A degree in Religious Studies was only the beginning of a journey that has brought her into the worlds of herbal medicine, ancestry work, psychedelic healing, conscious dying and natural death care, birth, motherhood, and women’s wellness, float tanks, sacred sexuality, and empowered sisterhood in the age of social media.
She lives in Grass Valley, CA, where she wildcrafts plants, makes and sells herbal medicine, writes blog posts and possible future book chapters, and spends as much time as possible reading in bed, hanging out with women friends, and floating in water.
Julie Travis || Despacho + Opening Sacred Space
Julie Ann Travis is full mesa carrier who offers Shamanic Healing Energy Sessions, On-the-Body Stone Treatments. She has been a lover of stones and crystals for many years, as an artist she was first drawn to them for their incredibly intricate structural formations. Over the years she has gathered great knowledge and profound healing experiences of how stones so generously collaborate in raising the consciousness of humans. Julie has cultivated a deep reverence for the treasures and beauty of our Mother Earth by crafting vessels with primitive clay bodies and facilitating sacred ceremonies as a Shamanic Practitioner.
Julie has received her MFA from California College of the Arts. She has studied Shamanic Energy Medicine with the Light Body School of Four Winds Society, Shamanic Journeying with Sandra Ingerman, and Daoist Stone Medicine with Sarah Thomas and Jefferey Yuen of the Jade Purity Lineage.
Juliet Blankespoor || Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine + Botany & Plant ID
Juliet Blankespoor started the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in 2007, after deciding to become a professional plant-human matchmaker. She lives with her partner Tom outside of Asheville, NC, in a wee handbuilt home where they nurture a medicinal herb garden and a delightfully hilarious daughter. Juliet has been sharing her passion for plants for over twenty-five years through teaching herbal medicine and botany. She is currently writing her first book – Cultivating Medicinal Herbs; A Guidebook to Growing Healing Plants in the Home Garden, which is slated to release in 2017. Juliet has spent the last few years videoing herbs, and their admirers and cultivators, for the Herbal Immersion Program. She is delighted to continue to teach and connect with herb lovers through the ethers. Please visit Blog Castanea to enjoy her herbal articles and botanical photography.
Milla Prince || The Woman Who Married a Bear + Tree Medicine
Milla grew up in the wilds of Finland, just a few hundred miles South of the Arctic Circle. A small town girl, she spent much of her childhood in the woods, learning from a young age the ordinary magic of gathering wild foods and making your own fun. She is proud to be part of a long line of people still in touch with their ancestral bio-regional knowledge, and has a passion for rediscovering Scandinavian, Slavic, and Finno-Ugric folklore, magic, and animism.
Chance, love, and filmmaking brought her to the US seven years ago, and she was lucky enough to land on a small Island in the Salish Sea, off the Coast of Washington; a place where she felt at home from the moment she arrived.
She is a writer, a hedgewitch, a local plant enthusiast, a Tarot reader, a teacher, a filmmaker, an environmentalist, a homesteader, and an all-around busybody in her small island community.
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. Learning the patterns, meanings, and language of a new natural environment has connected her with amazing teachers, fellow herbalists, witches, and nature-lovers.
Ro Giuliano || Flower Essence Acupuncture
Ro is an herbalist, a healer, a being of the moon and tides, an acupuncturist, an educator, a writer, and a plant remedy crafter.
In 2008 she earned a Master of Science degree in TCM from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in San Francisco, California. She has studied both Chinese herbal medicine and Western herbalism, and focuses on bioregional plant medicine in her practice. Currently, she is a practitioner and workshop leader, at Maha Rose Center for Healing, in Brooklyn, N.Y. In addition she has created Dreamers and Diviners, formally Greenpoint Apothecary, a line of hand crafted, small batch herbal products for magical and medicinal use.
Sarah Thomas || Earth Grids + Portals
Sarah Thomas, LAc. is a licensed acupuncturist and owns Clarity Acupuncture in Asheville, North Carolina. She 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 national conferences, certifies “stonalists” in a yearly intensives, and leads rockhounding trips 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. Find her stone medicine courses at ClarityStoneMedicine.com and her global stone project at www.HOEPGRID.com.
Sophia Rose || Sacred Art of Bathing
Sophia Rose is softness and strength. She is fierce and loving honesty, quiet curiosity. She is a woman who listens closely to the singing of the Earth’s Spirit and shares the beauty of all that she hears in her work with plants and people. Through her Austin-based apothecary, La Abeja Herbs, Sophia offers New and Full Moon ceremonies, crafts a host of wild medicines and apothecary goods, holds space for flower essence and herbal wellness consultations, and teaches classes on topics including women’s medicine, folk herbalism, and wild foods.
Sylvia Linsteadt || Feral Palmistry + Plant Storytelling
Sylvia Victor Linsteadt is a writer, artist, and certified animal tracker.
Her work—both fiction and non-fiction—explores the tenets of deep ecology
and wild myth, and is devoted to radically transforming and broadening our
human stories to include the voices, perspectives and dreams of the
Her books include
*Tatterdemalion, *(Unbound, Spring 2017),
*Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area (*Heyday, March 2017), and
*The Wonderments of the East Bay *(Heyday 2014)
Her short fiction has been published in
* New California Writing 2013 * * Dark Mountain * * Beneath Ceaseless Skies *
* The Golden Key * 1 | 2 * * Deathless Press *
She has a regular column with * Earthlines Magazine *
and her creative nonfiction can also be found in
* Poecology * * Dark Mountain * *News from Native California*.
For three years (from 2013 to 2016) Sylvia ran a stories-in-the-mail business called Wild Talewort, in which she sent out rewilded tellings of fairytales and myths to the physical-post boxes of hundreds of subscribers around the world.
Sylvia’s story “The Midwife of Temescal” won the James D. Phelan Literary
Award from the San Francisco Foundation in Fall 2014. She has an Honors
B.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University.