Our Presenters and other information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary Gladstar    

Rosemary Gladstar has been practicing, living, learning, teaching and writing about herbs for over 45 years.  She is the author of twelve books including Medicinal Herbs; a Beginners Guide, Herbal Healing for Women, Gladstar Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Well Being and her most recent book, Herbal Healing for Men.  She is also the author and director of the popular home study course,  The Science and Art of Herbalism.    In 2018 Rosemary was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her life work from the National University of Naturopathic Medicine.   Rosemary is the co-founder and former director of both The International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference, the Founding President of United Plant Savers, and the co-founder and original formulator of  Traditional Medicinal Tea Company.   She recently moved from her home at Sage Mountain ~ an  Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary where she has lived, taught and worked for the past 30 years ~ to a smaller haven where she plans to plant a small garden, dream more, do less, and spend more time with the plants.  www.scienceandartofherbalism.com

 

 

David Hoffmann  B. SC., F.N.I.M.H.

DAVID HAS BEEN A PHYTOTHERAPIST FOR 40 YEARS. HE IS THE AUTHOR OF 19 BOOKS, INCLUDING THE HOLISTIC HERBAL AND MEDICAL HERBALISM. HE IS ON THE ADVISORY BOARD OF THE AMERICAN BOTANICAL COUNCIL, A FOUNDING MEMBER AND PAST PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN HERBALIST GUILD AND IS ACTIVE IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL & PEACE MOVEMENTS.

www.TraditionalMedicinals.com

Trinity Ava                                          

HERBALIST, ARTIST, YOGI

TRINITY AVA IS AN ARTIST, MOTHER, MOVER, GARDENER AND LOVER OF FOOD AS MEDICINE.

SHE IS TRAINED IN EASTERN AND WESTERN HERBAL MEDICINE WITH AN EMPHASIS ON USING ESSENTIAL OILS IN COLLABORATION WITH TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE. TRINITY OFFERS OVER 20 YEARS OF TEACHING AND CLINICAL EXPERIENCE; SHE IS CORE FACULTY AT THE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF HERBAL STUDIES, AND ADJUNCT FACULTY AT BASTYR UNIVERSITY. TRINITY OFFERS DECADES OF EXPERIENCE WITH FORMULATION STRATEGY, SUSTAINABILITY, STRATEGIC BRANDING, AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE AS A CONSULTANT TO THE NATURAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY. SHE BRINGS AN EASE OF UNDERSTANDING HOW HERBS WORK FOR HOME AND FAMILY CARE AND HOW MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS CAN SUSTAINABLY BENEFIT PEOPLE, PLANET AND PROFIT IN THE EVOLVING INDUSTRY OF HERBAL DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBAL TOPICAL CARE. 

 

HER INTENTION IS TO EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS TO UTILIZE AND UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE HERBAL MEDICINE SAFELY, SUSTAINABLY AND EFFECTIVELY, BASED ON SCIENCE AND HERBAL TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE. WWW.TRINITYAVA.COM

 

 

BJ Avery  

Barbara Jean (BJ) Avery is the Director of the Sonoma County Herb Exchange.

BJ studied herbalism at the California School of Herbal Studies and then went on to study botany and sustainable agriculture at SRJC. Her interest in both advanced her goal of being involved in the sustainable cultivation and distribution of medicinal herbs, locally. BJ worked at medicinal herb farms and was fortunate to volunteer under the former director of the Herb Exchange, Leslie Gardner. When Leslie died in 2014 the Board of Directors asked BJ to step in as the new director, which she accepted, all the while running her own organic gardening business. BJ feels that education is key in helping folks understand the intrinsic interface of life on planet Earth, and how we can live on this planet with respect for All beings.

 Sonoma County Herb Exchange  www.sonomaherbs.org

Richo Cech                                   

Richo Cech started his professional work as an archaeologist and ethnobotanist in East Africa.  Upon his return to the United States in 1978, he began cultivating and saving the seed of medicinal plants.  Over the years, his gardens have become the basis for Strictly Medicinal Seeds, growers of organic, open pollinated and GMO-free seed and plants of medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, succulents, trees and garden vegetables. Richo and his family produce a popular, bi-yearly, hand-illustrated seed catalog that provides access to this collection of common, quirky, eclectic, and bizarre seeds and plants.   His books include “Making Plant Medicine” (2000) which is an international best-seller and is in its 4th edition, “Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs” (2002/2017), and “The Medicinal Herb Grower” (2009).  

Richo has botanized extensively in China and Africa, resulting in the introduction of unusual and helpful medicinal herb species to gardeners throughout the world. These days, on his farm in Williams, Oregon he continues to grow diverse seed crops, harvesting and planting seeds every day, with faith and love

strictlymedicinalseeds.com

Deana Dennard

Deana has been practicing Ayurveda, massage and natural healing for over 20+ years in Sebastopol, CA. She combines her knowledge of Ayurveda, the holistic health system of India, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage, to rebalance and create harmony with rejuvenative and detoxifying body treatments.  Deana teaches breast health, Ayurvedic principles and maintaining our connection to the seasons with self-care and nutrition.  She is one of the owners and founders of Sonoma Enlivened, located in Windsor, CA, a premier probiotic beverage and wellness company.  http://enlivened.me


 

 

 

 

Shawnee May Diffenbaugh              

Shanee May, herbalist at Rosemary’s Garden for many years and wise woman and mother, draws upon her rich Sonoma County plant and kitchen wisdom to share with you her passion of the green world as healthcare begins in the kitchen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Fisk 

Amanda Fisk holds a master’s degree from the School of the Art institute, Chicago. 

Amanda is a businesswoman, bee keeper, chicken keeper, and blogger for Fibershed publications.  Amanda also offers consultations on the proper care of chickens, and has been growing medicinal herbs which she sells through the Sonoma County Herb Exchange. With enthusiasm and dedication, Amanda takes the time and energy necessary to accomplish what she undertakes, which brings us to her newest title as President of the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Herb Association. Please give her a warm welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH (AHG)

Atava’s healing work is guided by her Polish, Mexican, Hungarian and Diné ancestors.  She is inspired by her plants and counselled by her dreams. She is an herbalist, healer, and teacher who is dedicated to remembering the healing traditions of her ancestors and supporting others to reconnect with their ancestral medicine.   She is the founder of the Ancestral Apothecary School of Herbal, Folk and Indigenous Medicine in Chochenyo Ohlone Territory (Oakland, CA). She is currently living in Tewa Pueblo territory (Albuquerque, NM) and working on her first book called The Curandera’s Toolkit.  Her websites are: www.ancestralapothecary.com and www.ancestralapothecaryschool.com.

 

Heidi Herrmann        

Heidi Herrmann hand harvests Sonoma Coast Seaweed and grows certified Organic herbs and cut flowers in Santa Rosa.  She is a farmer and owner of Strong Arm Farm.  She leads public seaweed harvesting forays with ForageSF.com (April – Aug.)  Heidi has earned an Ornamental Horticulture degree from Cal Poly and a Masters from Sonoma State University in Education.  She currently teaches Sustainable Agriculture at SRJC’s Shone Farm and Native Plant Restoration at SSU.

www.strongarmfarm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron A. Jenks                                 

Aaron is a botanist, herbalist, and educator. Since his earliest years, he has felt a connection to the natural world and with plants in particular, and a deep interest in Plant – Human relationships sparked his study of traditional and herbal medicines. He studied Western Herbalism in Vermont, doing an internship with his aunt, Rosemary Gladstar (2001), and later went on to receive a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Riverside (2009), based upon his research on the traditional, healing, and psychoactive uses of Salvia and the systematics of the genus (phylogenetic relationships based molecular and genetic markers). He lives in Petaluma, CA, with his wife and four children, and works as a consultant on the formulation and development of botanical products and teaches workshops and classes to physicians on the use of herbal medicines and the integration of them into medical practice. 

You can listen to his music at www.thehiddensociety.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Kaneko-Jones            

Lauren Kaneko-Jones, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in California and nationally. She currently is part of a loved family practice in Berkeley, California where she specializes in pediatric care and women's health. Lauren has spent many years studying and teaching the seasons according to Chinese medicine. Our seasonal change relates to every aspect of our lives and bodies. She has found the work of seasonal cycles to be very profound. In her teaching Lauren loves to make herbalism approachable and simple. In her practice she is specific to prescribe herbs that work best for your body at this given time. 

www.wellinthewest.com

  

 

 

Ivy Lee

Ivy Lee, MSTCM, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, energy worker, and the founder of Luminae Wellness. She draws upon an expertise in Chinese Medicine from her ancestral roots and infuses other therapeutic modalities to create a multi-sensory healing experience. Ivy takes an interconnected perspective of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. She helps you to feel empowered in your health and in your life. She holds space for transformation and embodiment, for you to return to wholeness and align with your purpose and potential. Ivy is also a speaker and teacher of women's health, fertility, seasonal wellness, emotional alchemy, and life design. Ivy graduated with a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, and a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Economics from New York University as a Martin Luther King Scholar. Ivy is from Taiwanese ancestry and draws upon wisdom from Buddhism, Daoism, her family and many teachers. 

www.luminaewellness.com

IG @luminaewellness.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Marta May                                 

Marta May, a board member of the Sonoma County Herb Association, comes from a long line of Herbalist Witches. She was born in Cuba and learned about herbs from her Canary Island born grandmother.

Marta owned a local Catering Company, Champagne Taste, for 40 years.

Her menus were based on organic, slow-grown, healthy food with a Caribbean Mediterranean flavor,

always incorporating herbs and lots of Garlic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Francisca Santibanez                   

Francisca Santibanez is a Sonoma County based clinical western herbalist, wellness guide, medicine maker, educator and founder of Plant Spirit Talk course, Medicine Spirit Mentorship and Plant Spirit Essencials. She also offers Wellness Consultations, Plant Spirit Courtship facilitation, Ancestral Healing, and Soul integration guidance through her private practice out of Sebastopol.   

Raised in South America, she spent her childhood in Brasil and Chile, and later in life returned to study traditional Amazonian plant medicine in the jungles of Peru. 

Her courses focus on cultivating ritual space for deep sharing and healing, to learn integrative life skills, spiritual tools and plant based healing practices for more intimate engagement with nature and the healing process. She weaves in ancient wisdom and practical beliefs from her native South with the modern urban context of the North. Her day long workshops include a curricula which combines Western Clinical Herbalism, South American Folk Medicine, Andean-Amazonian Vegetalista Practice, Shamanism and Curanderismo. Her aim is to create intentional community space and support her students and clients in their personal and familial healing and fulfillment of their soul purpose. 

www.plantspirittalk.com 

plantspirittalk@gmail.com 


 

 

 

 

Peg Schafer                                      

Peg Schafer is the owner/operator of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm near Petaluma California. This primarily educational and research farm has grown out more than 260 different Chinese herb crops over the past 23 years. She is the author of The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production published by Chelsea Green. Peg’s focus in all endeavors is on growing the highest quality and most efficacious Chinese herbs possible. www.chinesemedicinalherbfarm.com. Peg is also a mentor of the new non-profit the Lilium Initiative: American Grown Asian Herbs www.liliuminitiative.org 

m Initiative: American Grown Asian Herbs www.liliuminitiative.org 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Mitcho Thompson                              

Mitcho Thompson is the current Vice President of the Sonoma County Herb Association. He is a founding board member and former Community Liaison for Peace in Medicine in Sonoma County. He is the Chancellor Emeritus of Oaksterdam University’s former North Bay Campus.  Mitcho is also the Vice President of the Sonoma Chapter of Americans for Safe Access. As an herbalist, Mitcho is the current Professor of Potions at Grendel Gravenstein’s School for Witches and Wizards. Mitcho and his partner have a CCOF farm in South Sebastopol with a large garden where they grow certified organic medicinal herbs, host and teach volunteers from the Sonoma County Herb Exchange, and help others learn to heal. Mitcho illustrated the amazing book by Leslie Gardener on growing medicinal herbs “Life in the Medicine” – which you can buy right NOW! His new business “Phytomagic” is located in downtown Sebastopol at the “Resourcery”, will focus on the manufacturing of “CannaCentric” Herbal Products of all sorts.

www.theshamanstary.com

www.TheResourcery.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Tierra

Michael Tierra has been practicing acupuncture for over 40 years and is a founder of the American Herbalists Guild. His teachings and books, including The Way of Herbs, Planetary Herbology, Treating Cancer with Herbs and the East West Herb Course have influenced generations of herbalists.                              

https://planetherbs.com/

 

 

 

Shereel Washington

Shereel Washington, is a progressive student at the California School of Herbal Studies with certificates in Body Systems and Herbal Crafting. In 2019, she was guest speaker for the Wise Womb Way Virtual Symposium;  a panelist on the Women of Color Racism: “Do You Walk In Our Shoes” at The Fall Herbal Symposium 2020 & 2018, and teaches at the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium in Mendocino, CA and Scarlet Sage's School of Tradtional Healing Arts (SOTHA) in the Community and Clinical Herbal classes.  Shereel is also a dancer, instructor and choreographer which spans 40 years of experience; and a martial artist. Shereel studied White Crane Silat Indonesian Kung Fu under Peter Ajemian at Soja Mind Body and served as a trainer in the youth martial arts program. www.sojamindbody.com and currently trains under Master Sheldon Callahan in Shaolin Kung Fu and Qigong at Shaolin Life in Oakland www.shaolinlife.org

Check out her medicine here:

ixalted natural body care & botanicals is a home based business that provides handcrafted plant medicine to support and  promote health using local & ethically harvested sources in the Bay Area. https://www.facebook.com /ixaltednaturalbody/



 

 

 

Erin Wilkins                                     

Erin Wilkins is an Asian American herbalist and Japanese acupuncturist. Her clinical work is rooted in Eastern energetic theory- tapping into her own ancestral healing traditions to empower others to restore health and prevent illness. Erin is the founder and owner of Herb Folk, an East-West herb shop in Petaluma, CA. Herb Folk products and workshops are a reflection of Asian American herbalism culture. Allowing us to integrate and receive from the healing traditions that have been carried through the centuries. Erin remains a dedicated activist at the intersection of herbalism, racial equity and environmental justice. She is a parent to two young kids and a proud Yonsei. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Matthew Wood                                  

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1981. His undergraduate work included botany and soil science (no ecology then). He received his MS degree in herbal medicine in 2004 from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited U. of Wales). His major herbal influences are Renaissance Nature Wisdom, several indigenous American herbalists, eclectic and physiomedical literature, TCM diagnostics, and experience. He has been semi-retired as a practitioner for several years and spends more time teaching and writing. Matthew is the author of nine published books on herbal medicine including the Earthwise Herbal (1-2), Earthwise Repertory, and the Book of Herbal Wisdom. WIth Tara and Jon Baclund he set up and teaches online through the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism (woodherbs.com; facebook). 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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we owe much to our founder Leslie Gardner

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