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.
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
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. 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.
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 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 • Earth Grids + Portals
Sarah Thomas is the owner of Clarity Acupuncture and owner and lead instructor at Clarity Stone Medicine which certifies practitioners in Taoist stone and crystal medicine. Her healing arts practice is rooted in classical Taoism and weaves crystals into the Chinese meridian grid of the body. Sarah’s work has evolved to a large scale vibrational application of stone medicine within the grid systems and consciousness fields of our Earth. Her love of stones and subtle pathways has culminated in the creation of the Heaven on Earth Project, a large-scale grid awakening based in the Appalachian mountains.
Sophia Rose • Sacred Art of Bathing
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
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, 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 • School of Evolutionary Herbalism - 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.
Visit Whitney at…