Wellness Den

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THE WELLNESS DEN

We welcome you to a sanctuary of herbal self-care, tucked into the forest 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 of us an opportunity to support your 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, 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

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Kelsey Barrett is a western clinical herbalist, organic gardener, and nourishing traditional food enthusiast. Kelsey began her studies on a pilgrimage to France, studying traditional European herbal medicine with master herbalist Matthew Wood and flower essences with author Julia Graves. She then completed a six-month apprenticeship in Organic Agriculture at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA followed by a three-year apprenticeship in Western Herbalism at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA. Kelsey served as Director and core teaching faculty member at Ohlone for three years while supervising students in the community herbal clinic for one year.  Kelsey’s herbal and environmental insights have been published in Vogue, Edible East Bay and GOOD Magazine. In the past two years Kelsey has focused on connecting and healing our relationship to the archetype of the witch through a plant medicine/storytelling performance “Story of the Witch”, featuring Leah Lamb and Starhawk. Kelsey currently holds a private herbalism practice seeing clients, and has managed  the Wellness Den at Spirit Weavers Gathering for the past four years.

ANJA ROBINSON

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Anja Robinson is a clinical herbalist, holistic nutrition consultant, birth doula and women’s health educator. She has a small practice where she mentors women to find sustainable wellness solutions; balancing hormones, shifting diet and coming into greater harmony with their natural cycles. This unique perspective of women’s health is steeped in many different traditions- weaving together Ayurveda, Traditional Western Herbalism, Functional Nutrition and Intuitive Womb Wisdom. She hosts workshops and retreats and is passionate about empowering women through education and body literacy. She lives among the trees and native plants on a small homestead here in Southern Oregon. You can find out more about her, and her seasonal botanical medicine apothecary at www.manamedicinals.net (http://www.manamedicinals.net)

DANA ARONSON

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Trained as a clinical herbalist, Dana takes joy in community based, hands on learning. She focuses her studies on bio-regional plants from the Pacific North West and intertwines them into her small practice based in Oakland CA. After finishing a 3-year clinical herbalism program in Berkeley, CA, she found her curiosity leading her to assisting in herbal pop up clinics. Her current project has been offering herbal abscess wound care for a needle exchange program in West Oakland. Along with pop up clinics, she teaches in the classroom, through community herb walks, and cultivates her product line, Wild Kin Botanicals.

KATIE NOVOTNY

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Katherine Novotny

Katherine Novotny (co-leading the Wellness Den) is a western clinical herbal educator & practitioner, a folklore enthusiast, and an urban homesteader/beekeeper.  She hosts workshops and sees clients for in-depth herbal consultations at her brick and mortar – The Indiana Herbal Center.  She is well versed as a Clinical Western Herbalist and in Traditional Chinese Medicine Pulse and Tongue diagnosis.  When she is not communing with wild plants and people,  you can find her sculpting clay or hunting for eclectic/vintage clothing.

ALEXANDRA HUDSON

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Alexandra Hudson

Alexandra Hudson is a strong advocate of self-awareness, nurturing, and love as keystones to personal health. Alexandra has a particular fascination with the processes of the sexual and digestive systems and through her work as an herbalist and pro-dominatrix guides her clients through practices to improve the health of the whole. She is an avid wild-crafter and loves getting sumptuously dirty and delightful cleansed with the elements. Alexandra is a clinical herbalist, trained and practiced at the Ohlone Center.

TIMBER

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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.

GLORIA – NURSE

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Gloria is a practicing registered nurse with many decades of experience including emergency room, midwifery, behavioral  health, and forensic nursing. She is a strong believer in combining many disciplines of healing and is looking forward to working in tandem with the team of herbalists.

DR. MARLENE EHRLER

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Dr. Marlene Ehrler is a licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, and medicine maker who blends her extensive medical training, green magic apprenticeships, lived experience, and relationship to the natural world to facilitate wellness and vitality in her patients and greater community. She is the founder of Motherhood Medicine, a private naturopathic medical practice and online resource serving mothers, daughters, and sisters from all over the globe on their healthcare journey. To learn more about Dr. Ehrler and her offerings please visit motherhoodmedicine.com

SONDRA HAMILTON

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Sondra Hamilton

Sondra Hamilton is a Community Herbalist and Ayurvedic Health Counselor who owns Osha Maize Herbal. She 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 studying Curanderismo and limpias in Peru and Mexico learning from the Ancestors and the sacred mountains. She lives upon the pine and madrone in Nevada City, CA www.oshamaizeherbal.com

NICOLE (NIKITA) SOLIZ

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Hi, My name is Nicole (Nikita) Soliz. I’m an herbal practitioner, originally from Bakersfield, California. I have experience working as a hospice caregiver in the C.N.A. field.  During that time, I found myself struggling to maintain such a demanding job. In 2012 I found myself worried about my health; I believed my environment would enable me to carry on my family’s health history of obesity, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. I knew my previous lifestyle wasn’t sustainable for the long-term so I went searching for education focused more on preventive health care. With some new insights I was able to wake up and make lasting changes. I decided to change my environment and to change my story: I took a leap of faith, quit my job and b-lined it to southern Oregon. Upon arriving in Williams Oregon, I began to redefine myself and my relationship to health.  Healthy living has now become my passion and I’m excited to share what I have learned with my community.

KAYRA PRENTICE

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Kayra Prentice is a trained herbalist, student of plant medicine and ethnobotany. Her studies began from her love of the plant realm and the medicine they offer. She has been cultivating her own botanical medicine apothecary, Anahata Alchemy, for 2 years now in Kauai, where she resides. She is passionate about Chinese medicine, Women’s health, spirit devotion & Earth-based ways of prayer.

Find more about her medicines : www.anahatalchemy.com

SARAH JANE FAIRLESS

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Sarah Jane Fairless is a clinical western herbalist from San Francisco, California. She draws on her diverse background and two decades of study and practice of environmental and experiential education, whole foods based nutrition, herbal medicine, yoga, holistic self-care, and meditation to co-create a path of healing with her clients. Her favorite place to be is in the kitchen making potent plant infusions and nourishing foods. Check out her website at www.sarahjanefairless.com to learn more!