My skills and sensitivities are focused on supporting people in tapping into their own innate healing abilities. Of utmost importance is deepening my relationship with plants and how they share their medicine with those that choose to partake of it. My formal training includes completion of both Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy programs through the Australasian College of Health Sciences, and then earning my Bachelorís Degree in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. I consider my non-academic training from herbal and aromatherapy teachers as equally important contributions to the knowledge that I have today. I offer guidance to help you find your own unique path of healing using plants as powerful support along the way, specializing in herbs, essential oils, and flower essences.
Mucking through cattail marshes, intimate contact with stinging nettles, testing my current level of immunity to poison oak, and marveling at the beauty of monarch butterflies on milkweed blossoms have become part of the fabric of my life. Ever since an inauspicious epiphany involving a dandelion some forty years ago, plants have been my guiding passion. My primary interest is in the human uses of wild plants for food and medicine, although botany - just studying plants for the joy of knowing more about them - and plant photography together rank a close second. Many excellent teachers in both botany and botanical medicine have fostered my appreciation and understanding of the Green Realm. Not only do plants continue to feed my intellectual and spiritual growth, they form the foundation of my livelihood: I have taught Plant Identification at Bastyr University, General Botany and Herbal Studies at Truckee Meadows Community College, week-long courses at Headwaters Outdoor School, worked in organic farming, and I continue to teach workshops on edible and medicinal plants and herbal medicine.