I am a clinical herbalist and educator, queer femme mamma and medicine maker, clinical nutritionist, kitchen witch, and lover of the wilds. Sharing plant medicine with people who want to connect with their own inborn resilience is the magical place where my skill, my passion, my calling, and the needs of my community all intersect. My northstar, the thing that quickens my heart and sparks life in me, is giving people tools and resources to nurture their mettle—the spirited grit that turns the bones of survival into seeds of new life.
Plant medicine has magical power to anchors our lives in the physical, beckoning us back to our body, and gifts us with untold tools to live a grounded life.
I came to herbalism through a circuitous journey that, unbeknownst to me at the time, was the beginning of my path of trauma recovery: I was lost and lonely, adrift, and so deep in shame. Plant medicine was the conduit for so much of my healing and reconnection. My relationship to the earth and to plants has been a touchstone, reminding me of my human-ness and drawing me back into connection to myself, to the fertile ground. Because resilience is really all about connection, the most tragic cunning of trauma is that it leaves us bereft of that sense of interconnectedness. We lose connection to the world, to the earth, to community, and most brutally, to ourselves.
So my project is simple: nurture resilience. How can we increase our capacity to not only live in a world that often feels uninhabitable, but to thrive? How can we shift from survival to a more luminous, inspired living? How can we grow stronger and more adaptable?
There is great power in learning to inhabit our bodies, in beginning to feel our feet on the ground. Befriending our selves in this way opens magical portholes to other worlds of healing. I believe that plants are models for resilience, and that by living in our bodies and incorporating the enchantment of plant medicine into our daily lives, we can nurture our own resilience.