Spirit Weavers Wellness Den

The Wellness Den at Spirit Weavers Gathering is a safe haven for emergency first aid of the body and spirit.  We are offering each woman an opportunity to support their immediate ailments and needs with Earth based plant medicine; extracts, syrups, topical salves, flower essences.  This includes a fully stocked pantry of western medical supplies.  At Spirit Weavers women have the opportunity to reconnect with traditional skills while living and sleeping close to the Earth for five days.  For many women this reintegration into nature can bring up everything, from practical discomforts of walking and dancing with bare feet, to digestive disrupt from eating a simple plant based diet, to emotional reintegration of feeling herself as a human-animal and part of the Earth.  We are prepared!  Our team of Clinical Western herbalists and a registered nurse arrives to be in service to you, with both plant based and westerns options.  We are honored to support our community in their healing and personal empowerment to use natural medicine! ~Kelsey from Heavy Nettle

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We are honored to have such a beautiful and knowledgeable staff of Herbalist at the Spirit Weavers Gathering.  Please meet them all here…
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Kelsey’s connection to community health arose while crafting legislation with New York City Council’s Committee on Women Issues.  Cooperatively working with councilwomen to pass New York City’s first legislation for women of color with HIV instilled in her the possibility of large-scale health care change.  Kelsey’s approach to health transformed on a pilgrimage to France where she studied with the herbalist and scholar Matthew Wood and flower essence master Julia Graves, in 2009.  This experience oriented her to nature as the primary source of healthcare.  Upon returning from France she co-founded a NY herbal gathering Heavy Nettle Collective, which presently holds workshops in Los Angeles hosting local and national plant healers.  Migrating from New York back to her native California, she then completed the Esalen Farm & Garden apprenticeship in Big Sur, CA focusing in organic sustainable gardening practices.  Continuing her education, Kelsey graduated from Ohlone Herbal Center as a Clinical Western Herbalist, where she applied her knowledge in a community clinic setting.  Kelsey currently works as the Director of Operations at Ohlone Herbal Center and has an active herbal practice.  You can find more about Kelsey here www.heavynettlecollective.net

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Sarah Jane Fairless is a San Francisco based clinical Western herbalist. Originally from the farmlands of Oklahoma she has traveled far and wide through cities and forests gathering knowledge and skills for living a life in harmony with nature. She currently teaches and holds a private practice in the Bay Area. She is certified through the Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies. For more on Sarah Jane check out  www.sarahjanefairless.com.

KariKARI JANSEN

Kari is a Herbalist and Ayurvedic practitioner specializing in lymphatic-based bodywork.  She also owns and operates Poppy and Someday.  An herbal body care product line rooted in the study of Ayurveda and Western Herbalism and focuses on native plant ingredients. Kari is a graduate of the California School of Herbal Studies, the Dhyana Center, the Ayurvedic Institute of America and also holds a B.S. in Health and Nutrition.  She resides in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles.   You can also find Karie here www.poppyandsomeday.com
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KATIE NOVOTNY
Katie Novotny is a herbal educator and practitioner, an artist, and a story teller.  She believes in community based seasonal health care and empowers students to pursue healing through backyard gardens, kitchen potions, and deepening their connection to the ever changing local forest.  She is well versed  in western herbal medicine; as well as Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs.  Novotny sees clients in her herbal practice and is a core faculty member at the Ohlone Herbal Center, in Berkeley CA.  When she is not teaching herbal medicine,  you could find her playing with clay, camping in her rickety old truck, laying on the forest floor admiring mushrooms, or in the backyard gardening, wrangling chickens, or staring at her bees.
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SONDRA HAMILTON
Sondra Hamilton is a Community Herbalist who owns Osha Maize Herbal. Sondra started her studies with Shelley Torgove in Colorado, which led her to the Herbaculture internship program at Herb Pharm and apprenticing at the Blue Ridge School of Herbalism. The plants led her to continue her studies in Peru and Mexico tapping into the energetics on a deeper level. Recently finishing an Ayurveda and Yoga training, Which Sondra is now incorporating with Western Herbalism.