25 May 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
We are honored to have such a beautiful and knowledgeable staff of Herbalist at the Spirit Weavers Gathering.
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.
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 Director, on core teaching faculty and Clinic supervisor at Ohlone Herbal Center and has an active herbal practice. You can find more about Kelsey here www.heavynettle.com
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.
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
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 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.