Our Presenters and other information
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.
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
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 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
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 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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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!