Wellness Den

THE WELLNESS DEN

We welcome you to a sanctuary of herbal self-care, tucked into among the Redwoods at Spirit Weavers Gathering! 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

Many of the plant medicines that we use come directly from the gathering land or from land nearby.  The land includes medicines such as elderberry, rosehips, hawthorne berries and so much more.

Meet Our Wellness Den Sisters

KELSEY BARRETT

Kelsey initiated her herbal studies on a pilgrimage to France, gathering wisdom from traditional European medicine masters. She expanded her engagement with the plant world through an apprenticeship in organic farming with the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, followed by three years of study in Western Herbalism at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, California. She sharpened her herbal application skills in a three-year mentorship with Dr. William Morris in Ding lineage pulse diagnosis as presented by Dr. John HF Shen. Kelsey served as a Director at Ohlone for two years, and now serves on the core faculty team at Ohlone. She has a private practice across California, counseling students and clients on creating life-changing strategies for wellness.

Kelsey believes that each of us has capacity to receive intuitive wisdom from the natural world for our healing and transformation.

SARAH JANE FAIRLESS

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. 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.

ISIMOT ADEWUYI

Isimot Adewuyi is a practitioner of sacred ceremony and herbalism who uses these two portals to actively help women achieve and maintain balance, spiritual growth, holistic wellness and confidence in all stages of womanhood.

Through her zeal and passion for woman’s wellness, Isimot co-organizes and co-hosts Red Tent ceremonies throughout New York and is devoted to helping women hear and follow the echo of the Goddess by encouraging them to dwell in the Red Tent, incorporate ritual into their daily lives and connect with their healing elders … the herbs.

Isimot believes that there is no better way to reconnect and awaken the Wise Healer Woman within than through actively building a relationship with herbs while dwelling with other women in the Red Tent. She believes it is in that communal moment that we tap into our power and become our Ancestors wildest dreams as women.

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.

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.

MADELEINA LEDUC

Madeleina Bolduc is an educator of natural medicine and meditation, a holistic practitioner and an artist. As a young woman, initiatory events directed her to the path of natural medicine, energy healing and ritual. She has spent the last 25 years learning diverse healing modalities and is certified in counseling, Reiki, medical Qi Gong, Energy Medicine, Massage Therapy, NVC and Clinical Herbalism. She has worked as a land steward in the Rockies, incorporating meditation, medicinal herb gardens and ecopsychology. She has traveled through Brazil, Mexico, Asia and N. America learning from medicine people, respectfully integrating their beauty ways into a cross cultural medical practice. She graduated as a Clinical Western Herbalist from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in 2000, completing a clinical internship with Shelly Torgove and Paul Bergner. Madeleina has held a private practice since then, teaches workshops and currently is in the Bay Area where she has been core faculty and clinical supervisor at the Ohlone Herbal Center. When she is not teaching or with clients, Madeleina is painting, singing, in ceremony, whispering praises to her garden or celebrating her beloved cat, Drala.

TIMBER

Timber is a two-spirit (queer) medicine warrior who is trained as a  farmer, community herbalist, landscape architect, teacher and  woodworker. She is the co-founder of FEED Sonoma (www.feedsonoma.com). Her current passion project is the stewardship of Foxhole Farm, a  small scale medicinal herb and vegetable operation as well as a sanctuary queers working in the visual and healing arts.

FRANCISCA SANTIBANEZ

Francisca Santibanez is a herbalist, visual artist and educator. In addition to her training in Western Clinical Herbalism, she has spent more than a decade integrating cross cultural healing modalities that include Amazonian Vegetalista Practice, Ayurveda, Tantra and Holistic Nutrition, among others.

Raised in Brazil and Chile, Francisca has been deeply connected with medicinal plant practices since early childhood, participating in a long family tradition of Chilean folk kitchen medicine  passed down through the inspirations of her mother and grandmother.

Francisca is currently a lecturer on a wide variety of Plant based wisdom and healing programs at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, California, where she also did her training. Her artistic endeavors, including photography, mixed media and jewelry making, reinforce her direct work with the plants, invoking the cosmology that we are all an integral expression of the earth and her creative intelligence. For more information on Francisca you can visit plantspiritessencials.com