MAWHC Teachers
Rosemary Gladstar
Rosemary has been practicing, living, learning, teaching and writing about herbs for over 40 years. She is the author of nine books including the popular Herbal Healing for Women, Gladstar Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Well Being and The Science and Art of Herbalism, an extensive home study course. She is the founder/director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary, Founding President of United Plant Savers, and director of The International Herb Symposium and The NE Women’s Herbal Conference. She is also the co-founder of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company. Along with creating community and loving people, herbs are her passion and joy in life.
Susan Leopold, PhD
Susan is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers and Director of the Sacred Seeds Project. Prior to working at United Plant Savers she worked as a librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy. She is an advisory board member of American Botanical Council. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and the author of the children’s book Isabella’s Peppermint Flower, teaching about Virginia’s botanical history. She lives on and manages a productive farm, the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary with her three children in Virginia, where she raises goats, peacocks and herbs. She is an avid recreational tree climber, in love with the canopy just as much as the herbs of the forest floor.
Donna Bryant Winston
Donna Bryant Winston MSN, RN is a community herbalist & Director of Neighborhood Health Initiatives for St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. She has brought In-Class Mindfulness and Yoga programs to the area elementary schools and worked to establish and support their school gardens & curriculum. In 2017 she received the Healthy Kids-Healthy Allentown Achievement Award from the Bureau of Public Health for creating and implementing programs that incorporate nutrition and physical activity in the public schools. Donna has been the co-director of the New England Women’s Herbal Conference with Rosemary Gladstar since 1994 and together; they lead Plant Lover’s Journeys to other countries to learn the culture and plants of these areas. Donna has lectured throughout the U.S. and in England and Ireland and is also an adjunct Professor at Moravian College, where she teaches integrative therapies to nursing students. She is passionate, dedicated, and a wonderfully inspiring educator who combines her nursing knowledge and herbal background to teach and empower individuals of all ages on natural health practices.
Kate Gilday
Kate Gilday is a clinical herbalist, flower essence practitioner, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and teacher. She is the founder of Woodland Essence Teaching Center, a forest botanicals and flower essence company and workshop center. Kate is well-loved for the clarity and clinical relevance gleaned from decades of experience in her teachings. She is a member of Collaborative Healing, a group of local practitioners who address health care through a unique integrative network, educating the community and combining conventional medicine with expert complementary care. A renowned teacher at conferences, she brings her love of the wild places, song and healing to the workshops she presents. She is now writing a book about the woodlands she loves so well.
Charis Lindrooth
Charis Lindrooth, D.C. is an herbalist and chiropractor with a busy practice in Pennsylvania. For more than 20 years she has helped her patients working with plant medicine and natural methods to restore well-being on all levels. She believes passionately in sustainable living and integrates “green” methods in every aspect of her practice and life. A teacher at heart, she has offered many workshops and classes locally, online and as a featured teacher at the New England Women’s Herbal Conference. She is the founder and organizer of the MidAtlantic Women’s Herbal Conference, an event held in Pennsylvania that supports women in the region interested in sustainable health and living. Carrying the spirit of MidAtlantic Women’s Conference throughout the year, she developed on online forum, GingerJuice, where women can gather, make connections about sustainable health and where learning continues with Charis and many guest teachers.
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Kerry Smith
Kerry Smith, M.S. is a naturopathic consultant and certified yoga instructor with more than ten years of training and experience in herbs, natural supplements, Ayurveda and ancient healing methods. Her intuitive, gentle approach assists the body's natural healing process and helps restore balance and rhythm to mind, body and spirit. She has led several wonderful travel yoga retreats in Costa Rica, Vermont and Italy. She is owner of Healing Earth Studio and Wellness Center in Lenharstville, PA.
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Asia Suler
Asia Suler is a writer, teacher, energy worker and herbalist who lives amongst her gardens in the Blue Ridge. She is the concoctress behind One Willow Apothecaries, an Appalachian-grown company that offers lovingly handcrafted medicines. A unique combination of western and energetic herbalism, stone medicine, earth-centered shamanism and intuitive healing, Asia’s work includes private consultations as well as workshops + mentoring. Asia facilitates year-round in person classes at her apothecary on Blannahassett Island in Marshall, NC.
Jen Frey
Jen Frey is a member of the Visioning Council of ONE (the Organization of Nature Evolutionaries), a group dedicated to the renewal of kinship with Earth and all her beings. Jen is a Flower Essence and Plant Spirit Healing Practioner and has a practice in East Petersburg, PA.
Liz Henke
Liz Henke is a lover of life, artisan, and community herbalist based in Charlottesville, VA. It is her love for all things herbal and her commitment to holding healing space for women that truly inspires her. She infuses her passion, knowledge, and life-experience into her creative work. This wyld woman began teaching in 2007, and has taught a large selection of classes, including women’s health, culinary creations, and massage techniques. Outside of the apothecary she can be found photographing botanicals, gardening, connecting to spirit, and spending time with her family. She looks forward to connecting and sharing space with you.
Mary Blue
Mary advocates for personal and planetary healing through herbs, nutrition and lifestyle. Mary's healing philosophy also revolves around community, activism, education, social justice, and health justice. Mary holds a teaching position at the Brown University Medical School, teaching Western Herbalism to the Integrative Resident Program. In 2006, Mary founded the Farmacy's Herbal Education and Training Program. Her programs focus on herbal medicine, health justice and nutritional healing. In 1999 through 2003, she started her career as a Community Herbalist at Indigo Herbals and then spent 4 years at Seven Arrows Herb Farm. She founded Farmacy Herbs in 2008. In 2011/12, Mary edited and directed the documentary, Herbal Aide featuring the work of many herbalists and community activists. Through Herbal Aide, she currently offers a grant program for herbalists working to create accessible access to herbalism in their communities.
She is a founding member of the following community groups:
Providence Recycle-A- Bike, The Northeast Radical Healthcare Network, Radherb, Traditions Not Trademarks, Herbal Aide and the Sage Healing Collaborative
Suzanna Stone
Suzanna is an herbalist in Scottsville VA. She founded Owlcraft Healing Ways, an outdoor herb school, where she offers clinical herbal consultations and teaches nine-month herbal apprenticeships and day classes in herbal medicine, traditional foodways, and plant spirit medicine. She was raised in a home where herbs and whole foods were the foundations of health and has spent the last 18 years broadening that foundation and deepening her knowledge and understanding of the healing herbs. She teaches at herb schools and conferences throughout the country and is a co-founder of The Gaia Gathering for Women in Charlottesville, VA. Her passion for the drum led her to Senegal where she studied traditional West African drumming and dancing. Her chants can be found on her CD "Songs from the Spiral". She stewards five acres of plant filled land with her artist/writer partner, their three children and various chickens, goats, cats and the canine herbalist Artemis.
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