I have always loved the natural world and that love eventually brought me to study and earn a BS in biology at Converse College. My path continued in Peace Corps, as a biology teacher and wellness educator in Namibia. It was during this time that I came to realize the power of plants as a source of great healing. When I returned from Namibia, in 1993, I began graduate school, studying the flora along the Catawba River and learning about local plants as medicine with two elders on the Catawba Indian Reservation, ultimately earning a MS in biology in 1996. I then taught Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology lab in a community college while continuing my studies in healthy living and organic gardening. At the encouragement of my husband, we began incorporating daily yoga practices as a way to complement a healthy lifestyle. In 2005, these interests led to a path of yoga trainings, which brought me to complete more than 400 hours of teacher trainings, predominantly in Anusara yoga, yoga therapy, and restorative yoga.
In keeping with my love of herbalism, I have had the good fortune to study with some amazing herbalists. My main teachings and apprenticeships have been with Linda Conroy, a bioregional and community herbalist, of Moonwise Herbs in Wisconsin, where she mentors in the Wise Woman Tradition of herbalism that encourages nourishing and thoughtful daily practices as a way to honor ourselves and each other, as well as the biosphere that we inhabit. Additionally, I have studied Family Herbalism at the School of Natural Healing, Bioregional Herbalism at the Resiliency Institute with Linda Conroy and I am currently studying Clinical Herbalism at the East West School of Planetary Herbology.
I offer gratitude to all of my teachers and mentors (including the plants that grow around me) as I continue to learn and be inspired to walk the path of a Wise Woman and to share the many insights and blessings that this path offers.