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…
Alexis J. Cunning • Astroherbology
Alexis J. Cunningfolk (she/they) is an intersectional herbalist, magickal mentor, and weaver of remedies at Worts + Cunning Apothecary. She helps folks radically re-enchant their lives through herbal medicine and magickal arts.
As a queer nonbinary womxn of mix-d heritage, she revels in the powerful intersections of ancestral wisdom, social justice, and plant healing. She offers online and in-person classes, including The Lunar Apothecary and The Tarot Apothecary, as well as free resources on her blog, and magickal insight through her newsletter. You’ll find Alexis most often on instagram, taking photos of tea and waxing poetically about life as a witch.
Amber Magnolia Hill • Herbal Body Oiling
Amber is a mom, herbalist, writer, teacher, and podcaster with roots deeply immersed in the rivers and mountains of Northern California. Her work focuses on the myth and magic of herbal medicine, recent genealogy and deep ancestry, psychedelic healing, conscious dying and natural death care, birth, motherhood, and women’s wellness.
She and her husband Owen create small batch, seasonal medicines from plants either organically grown in their garden or mindfully wildcrafted in the Sierra. Her Medicine Stories podcast explores the mythic journeys we undertake when coming to know ourselves through interviews with herbalists, story keepers, ancestral listeners, consciousness explorers, earth dreamers, and other wise folk.
All of Amber’s work is undertaken with the belief that story is medicine, magic is real, and healing is open-ended & endless.
Darla Antoine • Ancestral herbalism, Food Medicine & Cultural Sensitivity
Darla Antoine believes that food is an overlooked or forgotten vessel for ancestral and spiritual re-membering. She has an MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico where she researched how food creates and sustains our cultural lineages and legacies. Darla is an enrolled Okanagan tribal member and grew up in her ancestral homelands in Washington State but now lives on a high mountain farm in Costa Rica. Trying to give her kids roots where she is rootless has motivated her work in exploring the intersection of food and culture with ancestral and earth reverence.
Visit Darla on her website
Isimot Adewuyi • Urban Plant Connection
Isimot Adewuyi is a Moon Priestess, Herbalist and Lover of the Earth. She actively uses both herbalism and sacred ceremony to actively help women achieve and maintain balance, spiritual growth, holistic wellness and confidence in all stages of womanhood. Guided by her zeal and passion for woman’s wellness, she is devoted to helping women hear and follow the echo of the Goddess by encouraging them to dwell in circle and ceremony, incorporate ritual into their daily lives and connect with their healing elders … the herbs.
Isimot believes that there is no better way to reconnect and awaken the Wise Healer Woman within than through actively building a relationship with herbs while dwelling with other women. She believes it is in that communal moment that we tap into our power and become our Ancestors wildest dreams as women.
Jacob William • Queering Medicine
Jacob William is a native North Carolinian who has been transplanted into the DC area. Jacob studied secular religions while at university and continues to study mystical traditions. Jacob also identifies as a queer person and studies third gender roles, archetypes, and functions, in cultures that still have memory, and history, of their gender and sexual non-conforming peoples. Realizing that many cultures held their third gender peoples in high spiritual regards, he feels called to educate and re-empower his kin in the LGBTQ community with their sacred functions. He often speaks about finding spiritual traditions of queer persons that predate colonization of different geographic areas as one of the single most profound discoveries of his life. He says it was finding this that allowed him to truly begin to tap into his Medicine and step into a more authentic version of himself.
Jacob has taught meditation and shamanic journeying workshops, and sees himself as someone called to facilitate. He studies folk herbalism of the Appalachia’s as he had a profound connection with his great-grandmother who was known in her community as a Wise Woman. Jacob works with non-profits in his area to advocate for LGBTQ elders, their visibility, and their protection. He has also been invited to begin speaking to church organizations on Queer Spirituality, and he hopes that he can begin the work of healing deep rooted traumas between communities.
Visit Jacob on the Ergi Farms and Apothecary Instagram
Juliet Blankespoor • 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. Juliet has spent the last few years videoing herbs, and their admirers and cultivators, for the Herbal Immersion Program, Foraging Course, and Online Medicine Making Course. 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.
Kris Moon • Establishing Strong Roots in Meditation
Accessibility in healing & transformation practices has been the primary aim for Kris Moon as a teacher, spiritual guide and community leader. Kris writes about her experience as a Korean adoptee, child advocate, new mom, and human being learning the lessons she came here to learn thru her semi-regular newsletter and more regularly on Facebook & Instagram. Kris Moon has been a devoted pracitioner of yoga, meditation and other healing & embodiment practices for over a decade. She shares resources to help us evolve on our unique and interconnected paths at practicewithkris.com, and via her YouTube channel. Kris & her partner are also the stewards & co-creators of Moon Mountain, a retreat space currently offering individual & community self care classes in Marshall, NC.
Lyla June • Indigenous Forest Sculpture
Lyla June is a poet, musician, human ecologist, public speaker and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre performance style has invigorated and inspired audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. Her messages focus on Indigenous rights, supporting youth, inter-cultural healing, historical trauma and traditional land stewardship practices. Her undergraduate studies in human ecology at Stanford University mixed with surviving trauma of many kinds, and learning traditional native medicines, inform her potent messages conveyed through the medium of powerful yet prayerful hip-hop, poetry, acoustic song and speech.
She is a co-founder of The Taos Peace and Reconciliation Council, which works to heal intergenerational trauma and ethnic division in the northern New Mexico. She was a walker within the Journey for Existence Movement, a 1400 mile prayer journey through Diné homelands for environmental and social justice. She is the lead organizer of the Black Hills Unity Concert. She is the also the founder of Regeneration Festival, an annual celebration of children that occurs in 13 countries around the world every September.
In 2012, she graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Environmental Anthropology. She recently graduated from the University of New Mexico with distinction with a concentration in American Indian Education. She is pursuing her PhD at the university of Alaska Fairbanks.
Maryam Hasnaa • Highly Sensitive Herbalism
Raised by two parents who are spiritual teachers, Maryam Hasnaa has been immersed in a world of mysticism, ceremony and celebration since before she was born. An initiated Priestess, she has found her calling teaching others how to embody their higher selves and live their soul’s purpose. Incarnated in this lifetime as a clairsentient, Maryam Hasnaa has learned the importance of living in alignment with one’s intuition and most authentic self. She uses her etheric abilities to remind other beings of the vibrational, energetic nature of this universe. She incorporates ancient wisdom as well as cutting edge information to intuitively teach in a way that will awaken wholeness and create deep transformational healing. Through shining her light so brightly her intention is that others will see themselves reflected and do the same.
Milla Prince • 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.
Pinar Sinopoulos-Llyod • Meeting the Land: A Primer on Unsettled Belonging
Pınar (they/them) is an indigenous futurist, mentor, consultant and ecophilosopher; co-founder of Queer Nature, an “organism” stewarding earth-based queer community through ancestral skills, interspecies solidarity and rites of passage. Enchanted by the liminal, Pınar is an neurodivergent enby with Huanca, Turkish and Chinese lineages. As a QTIBIPOC outdoor catalyst, their inspiration is envisioning decolonially-informed queer ancestral-futurism through interspecies accountability and the remediation of human exceptionalism in the Chthulucene. Their relationship with queerness, hybridity, neurodivergence, indigeneity and belonging guided their work in developing Queer Ecopsychology with a somatic and depth approach through a decolonial lens. As a survival skills mentor, one of their core missions is to uplift and amplify the brilliant “survival skills” that BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+ and other intersectional systemically targeted populations already have in their resilient bodies and stories of survivance. They are a member of Diversify Outdoors coalition.
Rebecca Altman • Formulation from the Heart
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 in the San Francisco Bay area. 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 • Kyanite and Deepening your Connection with the Land
Sophia "So" Sinopoulos-Llyod • Meeting the Land: A Primer on Unsettled Belonging
Sophia (“So”) Sinopoulos-Lloyd is a white queer Greek-American who grew up in the northern hardwood forests of Alnobak territory (central Vermont). So works and creates as a nature-based educator, wilderness EMT, and writer. So worked as a seasonal shepherd throughout college and considers their life path(s) to be deeply inspired by the combined resilience and tenderness of cloven-hooved beings, who inspired them to study the earth more closely. They founded Queer Nature with their spouse Pinar in 2015 where the two develop nature-based programming for LGBTQ2+ people with a focus on nature-connection, place-based skills, and transformative experience through the lenses of social and environmental justice. The soul of So’s work in and around nature is animated by studies of identity, place, notions of the sacred, and interspecies relationship within contexts of colonization, globalization, migration, and climate change. So holds an MA in Religious Studies from Claremont Graduate University, and has had their writing published in The Wayfarer and Written River. Some of their most beloved people, places, and things are family, wildlife tracking, both physical and emotional “survival skills,” and carving weird shaped spoons.
Follow their work on IG @queernature
Sophia Rose • Sacred Art of Bathing + Smoke Medicine
Sophia Rose is softness and strength. She is fierce and loving honesty, and quiet curiosity. She is a woman who listens closely to the soft song of the Earth and shares the beauty of all she hears through her words and work. Sophia is the woman behind La Abeja Herbs as well the creator of Garden Party. The goal behind both of these offerings is to reconnect people, plants, and the places that hold them both. Sophia Rose currently lives in Austin, TX where she spends her days writing, making medicine, and pouring her heart into various works at the intersection of social and environmental justice. To learn more visit www.LaAbejaHerbs.com or sign up to receive Sophia’s monthly online education at www.GardenParty.love.
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 more-than-human world. You can follow her current work in Crete and upcoming book about Old European women’s ancestral traditions on her Patreon.
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) as well as The Wild Folk (Usborn).
Her short fiction has been published in, New California Writing 2013, Dark Mountain, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Golden Key 1 | 2, and 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.
Whitney Popham • Plant Alchemy
Whitney Popham is an herbal practitioner and educator, pollinating the medicine of the plants to bring healing & beauty into the world. She has devoted her life to being a humble vessel for the plants to touch people’s lives and do their healing work through her. In her clinical practice she facilitates healing on the emotional, spiritual, and physical levels of health through the multifaceted lens of herbalism, nutrition and Ayurvedic lifestyle coaching.
She lives in the serene beauty of Southern Oregon with her husband Sajah Popham, where they live and work together on their 120 acre homestead in the mountains. Together they founded The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, where they teach clinical and transformational plant medicine to heal people, culture and planet through their online programs they offer year-round and workshops they have on the land.
She also prepares traditional Spagyric herbal remedies from the lineage of Hermetic Alchemy through their product line, Organic Unity, which are used by doctors & practitioners around the world.
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.