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The 2020 conference will be held Sept 11 2020 - September 13, 2020.

Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center
53000 Breitenbush Road,
Detroit, OR 97342

Breitenbush Retreat and Conference Center is a worker-owned cooperative and intentional community on 154 acres of wildlife sanctuary in the Willamette National Forest of the Oregon Cascades.

The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is an annual gathering for herbalists, healers and students. People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in our herbal community. The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an unforgettable setting for this gathering. Workshops, demonstrations and herb walks appeal to all levels of students. Fine handmade goods and books are available in the Herbal Marketplace. Much joy and laughter is to be shared during the Talent Show and Raffle. One can also take a hike along one of the forest trails, a meditative walk through the large labyrinth, start the morning with an energizing yoga practice or receive a healing massage after a day of soaking in the sacred springs.

The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is so much more than just a “conference”. It’s a personal healing retreat for your body and mind.

 



 

 

2011 Conference September 8 -11.

This year we celebrate the 25th conference by inviting back some of our wise teachers and elders from the early years.

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-Teachers at the First Breitenbush Herbal Conference 1984-

~Healing Hot Springs~ Ancient Forest Trails~ Three Days of:

Workshops & Herb Walks~

~Pre-Conference Intensives~ Herbal Market~ Nourishing Buffet-

Style Meals~

~Childcare available~ Continuing Education Credits~

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Class Topics Include:

~Medicinal Mushrooms~ Useful Urban Medicinal Plants~

Wildcrafting Herbs-

A discussions about a Complicated Issue~ Green Temple

Gathering~Aromatherapy~

Herbs for Pain Management~ Holistic Skin Care~The Art of

Bathing~

~Seaweeds~ Essential Oils and so much more~

 

Lodging rates include 3 vegetarian meals a day beginning with dinner on the day of your arrival, ending with lunch on your departure day. A wheat free/vegan option is available, upon request.

Lodging includes use of hot springs, the geothermal sauna & access to miles of hiking trails in the old growth.
Cabins are shared and geothermally heated.
Lodging is required at Breitenbush Hot springs in order to attend the conference.

No day passes allowed during the conference.

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We encourage you to bring your family.  A children’s program is available for children 3 and older during class times, which is included in the children’s registration.

 Rates are per-child & per-night.
Ages 3- 10 years old    $30/ night   |   11-16   $38/night

All conference attendees will receive a conference booklet, which includes class notes, teacher contacts, plant list and the conference schedule.

Consider joining one of the 2 five-hour pre-conference intensives on Friday, Sept 9th 

The teachers and topic will be announced soon! The cost is $100 and lodging at Breitenbush Thursday night is required.

 


 

TEACHERS 2011

 

Cascade Anderson Geller

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Cascade Anderson Geller grew up always on the lookout for wild muscadine grapes and picking wild greens. With a family background steeped in Appalachian mountain people's self-reliance and herbal knowledge, she continued her quest for understanding the intricate relationships between plants and people through more formal herb studies on the West Coast with herbal elders such as Ella Birzneck at Dominion Herbal College, Norma Meyers of Alert Bay, B.C. Her studies continue with travel to areas of the world where people embrace a lifestyle that respects and directly uses plants in all aspects of life. Cascade has served on the faculty of naturopathic colleges throughout the U.S., as well as having an herbal practice and offering an educational program open to all students. She continues with her passion for oral teaching and getting people and plants together on herb walks as she has done for nearly three decades. She is currently devoting time as an activistist in water and public land politics.

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Jane Bothwell

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Jane Bothwell is dedicated to empowering people with the knowledge and wisdom necessary to use plants wisely as food, medicine, and spiritual support. With this learning comes a fuller appreciation of the bounty of creation and a greater ability and desire to care for oneself, one's family, and our universe. She brings to you 20 years of working with clients, teaching herb classes and generally immersing herself in plants. Jane Bothwell directs The Dandelion Herbal Center a rural herbal education center in the coastal hills of Northern California, 70 miles from the Oregon border.

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Tim Blakley

Tim has been involved in the herb and essential oil 'world' for over 30 years.He previously was a co-owner of the California School of Herbal Studies, founding manager of the National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs and the creator of the farm and education center at Herb Pharm.  He is presently the aromatherapist for Aura Cacia and travels extensively from his home in Hawaii both teaching about and sourcing essential oils. In the past year he has traveled to producers in Australia, Ukraine, Europe, India, Nepal as well as throughout N. America. He is the author of 'Medicinal Herbs in the Garden, Field and Marketplace'. He absolutely loves to teach and his class are always fun and informative.

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Robert Menzies

Impeccably credentialed horticulturist, Robert Menzies is the grandson of Robert H. Menzies, cousin of Arthur Menzies (of Strybing Arboretum fame), and a distant relative of Archibald Menzies (pioneer plant explorer). With an educational background as varied as: a BA from the University of Pacific; Studies in Viticulture at the University of California, Davis; Shamanistic Ethnobotony at Harvard; Ethnobotony/Nitra Humas Exchange at the Puson University in Korea; Universidad de San Antonio de Cusco in Peru and some business courses during his military stint at the University of Pennsylvania. After traveling the world studying ethno-botany, sustainable agricultural commodities exchange and psycho-pharmodynamics, he decided to start a native nursery to put to practical use all the knowledge he had acquired. He started his first nursery in Mill Valley, California in 1970 and founded, along with others, several well known herbal companies. Over the years, the nursery has had many homes, finally settling in 1980 on a beautiful 5 acre piece of land in Weed, California partially nestled in a grove of large, old growth conifers, with a creek and spring fed pond. A remote Menzies' ranch is used to grow native conifers, dogwoods, madrones, and many other native plants. Menzies' love of native plants and affinity for Siskiyou County and the Northwest Pacific, has given him a unique position in the nursery industry. Called upon to speak to various horticultural groups, landscape professionals and other interested parties, he imparts his vast knowledge with wit, humor and a unique intensity. Robert's personal vision is to align his plantings and his created habitats with the ebb and flow of Mother Nature. This commitment toward this goal is one of the things that makes Menzies' Natives Nursery such a unique place.

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Dr. Michael Tierra L.AC. OMD, AHG

Michael is one of the forerunners of the North American Natural Health movement and was amongst one of the first groups of acupuncturists to be licensed in the country. He began his herbal and natural healing studies in 1968 while living in a community in the Klamath National Forest in northern California. There he learned the wild forest plants and healing ways of the Karok and Yurok Indians. Starting in 1970, Michael studied and apprenticed with Norma Meiers and Dr. Christopher in Vancouver, Canada, and began his Chinese medicine and acupuncture studies with Efrem Korngold, Foon Lee Wong and Mariam Lee in San Francisco. Michael Tierra's work spread and he began writing for numerous publications and teaching at many schools including Norma Meier's Herb School in Vancouver, Canada, The California School of Herbology HeartwoodCollege, Esalen Institute, American Herbal Academy, Santa Barbara Center for Holistic Studies, Antioch University and Ojai Institute. Later he authored the nationally acclaimed herbals, The Way of Herbs, Planetary Herbology, The Natural Remedy Bible (with John Lust) and his East West Correspondence Courses in Herbology, a correspondence course in herbology and natural healing techniques. During this time frame, Michael received his C.A. and N.D. degrees, studied Ayurvedic medicine in India for three months and Chinese medicine and herbology in China for one and a half months. He also received a distinguished achievement award for Master Herbalist from Dr. Christopher at the internationally recognized Herbal Symposium in 1979. In 1989, he founded the American Herbalists Guild, an organization whose goal is to establish standards for the professional practice of clinical herbal medicine in the United States. He received his Oriental Medical doctor's degree (OMD) from the San Francisco College of Acupuncture in 1987 and was part of the first group from the United States to study herbal medicine in China. He is co-founder of the American School of Botanical Medicine, lectures throughout the world and founded The East West College of Herbalism with David and Sarah Holland. The East West College of Herbalism is recognized as an accredited professional herbal college in the UK. Each year, in the spring, Michael and his wife, Lesley travel abroad to teach at the East West College. Michael is the father of five children, including his daughter, Shasta who trained with him and has her own acupuncture and herbal practice in San Jose, California. He practices yoga, is an avid lover of the arts, especially music, a classical pianist, choral conductor and composer. In addition, he lives with and maintains a magnificent healing herb garden in Ben Lomond, California, located in the low-lying coastal mountains of Northern California adjoining Santa Cruz.

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Rosemary Gladstar

Rosemary Gladstar is a pioneer in the herbal movement and has been called the 'godmother of American Herbalism'. She began over 35 years ago developing herbal formulas in her herb shop, Rosemary's Garden in Sonoma County, California. She is the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies, the oldest running herb school in the United States, author of The Science and Art of Herbalism home study course, and is the director of the International Herb Symposium and The New England Women's Herbal Conference held annually in NE. She is the author of numerous herb books including the best seller Herbal Healing for Women, The Storey Book Herbal Healing Series, Herbal Remedies for Vibrant Health, and the Science and Art of Herbalism, an extensive home study course. Rosemary is also the co-founder of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company and did all of the original formulations for the company. She has taught extensively throughout the United States and worldwide at venues as varied as backyard gardens, native villages, garden clubs to universities and hospitals. She has won numerous awards and certificates for her work with medicinal plants, but her greatest reward has been in watching the herbal renaissance soar from its birth and feeling in some small exciting way, a part of it.  Rosemary Her greatest passion has been the work of United Plant Savers, a non profit organization that Rosemary founded in 1994 and is currently serving as `Founding President'.  UpS is dedicated to the conservation and cultivation of at risk North American medicinal plants and to preserving botanical sanctuaries across the U.S. to help preserve the land that these precious native species thrive on. For information on United Plant Savers. Rosemary lives and works from her home, Sage Mountain Herbal Center, a 500 acre botanical preserve in central Vermont.

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Kathi Keville

Kathi has been teaching and writing about herbal medicine, aromatherapy, herb gardening and ethnobotany for over forty years. Her seminars are presented throughout North America, including at her Green Medicine Herb School at Oak Valley Herb Farm in the Sierra mountains of Nevada City, California. Her company sells herb products at her school and on the internet. Kathi has taught for 40 institutions, including San Francisco University, UC Davis, International Herb Conference in Boston, and New York’s Omega Institute, and currently teaches at Francisco State University and Blue Sky Educational Foundation in Wisconsin. Her 14books—published in nine countries and translated into eight languages—include the newly revised Aromatherapy: The Complete Guide to the Healing Art. She has also written 150 magazine articles and consulted for numerous magazines, such as National GeographicNewsweek, and Woman's Day. Kathi appears in The Garden Forum: Herb Edition on KVMR radio (89.5). She is an aromatherapy product consultant for numerous companies. Kathi is Director of the American Herb Association, editing the 16-page, AHA newsletter . She is also founding member of the American Herbalist Guild and United Plant Savers, and was given honorary membership to the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy and the American Aromatherapy Association for her work.

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Christopher Hobbs

Christopher is a fourth generation herbalist and botanist with over 30 years experience with herbs. Founder of Native Herb Custom Extracts (now Rainbow Light Custom Extracts) and the Institute for Natural Products Research. Christopher writes and lectures internationally on herbal medicine. He is a consultant to the herb industry and is currently practicing and working on a degree in biological sciences in Davis, California.

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Mindy Green

Mindy Green's 35 year career in the natural products industry has given her a broad background in all things botanical. She is an aromatherapist, educator, esthetician, and professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. An international lecturer, she is the author of several books and many articles on the subject of health, wellness and botanicals. She loves continual learning and contributing to improved well being through her consulting company.

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Ryan Drum

PhD has a BSc in Chemical Technology and a PhD in Botany (Phycology) from Iowa State University. While a NATO Scholar, he did pospoctoral studies on Cell Biology using the Electron Microscope and Microcine at the Universities of Bonn, Germany and Leeds, England. For 10 years he taught Botany and related subjects at Universities (UMASS/Amherst, UCLA, WWU). He studied Herbal Medicine with Ella Birzneck, founder of Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia for 12 years, and taught at their summer seminars for 25 years. He has been an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University since 1984, and he lectures at major herbal conferences and herbal schools. Dr. Drum is the author of over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, the author of Electron Microscopy of Diatom Cells 1966, Springer Verlag, a 100-Plate Atlas, in print for 20 years, and a contributing author of two chapters in Planting the Future (Gladstar and Hirsch 2001) and a chapter in Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology, M. Friedman 2005. The proud father of three wonderful children and two fantastic grandchildren, he lives in a rustic little hilltop cabin he built 30 years ago on a remote island, off the grid, without indoor plumbing or refrigeration. Ryan believes in true patient autonomy: the freedom and right to choose one's caregivers independent of their official certification.

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James Green

I am one of the small group of crazies that decided in the early ‘60s to become professional herbalists… “A what... an herbalist... what’s that?” folks would politely ask. “Do herbs work?” would be their next question... And I have been doing the herbalist thing ever since… Listening to plants, founding and running herb stores and herbal medicine-making businesses, owning and directing herb schools in Canada and the U.S., teaching classes that revere and passionately applaud plant life, publishing herbals and medicine-making books, tending gardens, hanging out with other green crazies as we co-founded essential herbal associations, guilds and endangered-medicinal-plant protecting communities, and generally helping others use herbs and self-appreciation to enhance and enjoy their health. I’ve been charmed by The Green. It’s a good life being an herbalist... James is an herbalist health practitioner currently living and practicing in La Quinta and Ocean Beach, California. He has studied and taught the art and science of Herbalism for the past fifty+ years. During this time, he wrote and published two herbal classics, The Male Herbal – health care for men and boys and The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook – a home manual. James founded Simplers Botanical Co., was the owner and director of The California School of Herbal Studies for seventeen years, is a founding member and past executive council member of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), and is a founding member of the United Plant Savers (UpS) -an association of professional herbalists dedicated to preserving the wild stands of America’s indigenous medicinal plants.

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Svevo Brooks

Svevo lives in a ponderosa pine forest. A former elementary school teacher and professional athlete, his current passions include making sourdough teff flat bread (injera), raising fave beans and writing children’s literature. He is the author of Commonsense Diet and Health and The Art of Good Living.



Schedule For 2011

Thursday, September 8

Check-in begins at 4 pm
Dinner 6-7
Registration 6-9
Breitenbush Orientation 7:30-8
Evening Activity TBA

FRIDAY, September 9
Breakfast 8-9
Registration 8-9
Pre-Conference Intensives    9:30-3:30
Mindy Green AND Kathi Keville
Christopher Hobbs

Lunch 1-2

Session 1    4:30-6
Jane Bothwell 
Michael Tierra
Tim Blakely
Christopher Hobbs

Dinner 6-7:30
Opening Circle 7:30-8
Key-Note TBA 8-9:30

SATURDAY, September 10

Breakfast 8-9
Registration 8-9
Session 2     9-10:30
Cascade Anderson Geller
Rosemary Gladstar
Shelter Kathi Keville,
Mindy Green

 

Session 3    11-1 James Green
Mindy Green
Ryan Drum

(1 hour lunch)

Session 4    2-3:30
James Green
Robert Menzies

Session 5 4:30-6
Christopher Hobbs
Rosemary Gladstar
Kathi Keville
Tim Blakley

Dinner 6-7
Sniff-a-Thon 7-8
Talent Show 8-10

SUNDAY, September 11

Breakfast
Session 6    9:30-11:30
Robert Menzies
Michael Tierra
Ryan Drum 
Cascade Anderson Geller

Closing Circle 11:45-12:30
Lunch 1-2

 

Depart Breitenbush by 3 pm

 

Inquire about Professional Continuing Education Credits and our Children’s Program.

We look forward to sharing this amazing experience with you. 

 



 

Thank You Sponsors!

We would like to thank our amazing sponsors for their generous support of the Breitenbush Herbal Conference. If you enjoy the conference, thank thank a sponsor! Without their support, the conference would not be a reality year after year. Please keep their businesses and organizations in mind and support a strong and vibrant herbal community!

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A conference like Breitenbush can't really pay for itself with registration dollars alone. We seek sponsorships in order to allow it to continue and thrive. Sponsorship and Advertising opportunities are available for 2011. Vending during this year's conference is Available in our Herbal Market. This conference brings together a large group of herbal-minded students, teachers and practitioners. By supporting this conference, you are not only gaining exposure to this vibrant group of attendees, but are also helping to promote herbal education and conservation throughout our community. 



 

2012 Conference

The theme for this year's conference will look to the future of plant medicine. Our teachers have learned from the greats, have re-invented something sacred or are active in making herbalism accessible to more people.

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The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is an annual gathering for herbalists, healers and students. People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in our herbal community. The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an unforgettable setting for this gathering.

~Healing Hot Springs~ Ancient Forest Trails~

~Three Days of Workshops & Herb Walks~

~Pre-Conference Intensives~ Herbal Market~

~Nourishing Buffet Style Meals~

~Childcare available~ Continuing Education Credits~

Workshops, demonstrations and herb walks appeal to all level of students. Fine handmade goods and books are available in the Herbal Marketplace. Much joy and laughter is to be shared during the Talent Show and Raffle. One can also take a hike along one of the forest trails, a meditative walk through the large labyrinth, an energizing start to the morning with a yoga practice or a healing massage after a day of soaking in the sacred springs.

The 2012 Teachers

 

Cascade Anderson Geller

cascade

Cascade Anderson Geller grew up always on the lookout for wild muscadine grapes and picking wild greens. With a family background steeped in Appalachian mountain people's self-reliance and herbal knowledge, she continued her quest for understanding the intricate relationships between plants and people through more formal herb studies on the West Coast with herbal elders such as Ella Birzneck at Dominion Herbal College, Norma Meyers of Alert Bay, B.C. Her studies continue with travel to areas of the world where people embrace a lifestyle that respects and directly uses plants in all aspects of life.

Cascade has served on the faculty of naturopathic colleges throughout the U.S., as well as having an herbal practice and offering an educational program open to all students. She continues with her passion for oral teaching and getting people and plants together on herb walks as she has done for nearly three decades. She is currently devoting time as an activistist in water and public land politics.

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Summer Bock

 

Summer Bock is an Herbalist and Fermentationist at OlyKraut. She also runs her own practice where she educates and coaches nutrition nerds across the world to thrive in their own health! She teaches people how to listen to their bodies and access their own internal healer so they can get rid of toxins, build natural energy levels, and rebuild their intestinal ecology.

She has earned degrees from Columbia University, Evergreen, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The New Mexico College of Natural Healing.

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Trudy Zimmerly

Trudy was first drawn to plants as a youngster and has been studying and practicing herbalism for over 25 years. She earned the Charter Herbalist diploma from Dominion Herbal College following training with Cascade Anderson Geller. Being involved in nurturing and healing all her life, she has raised her family using mostly natural methods to achieve and maintain health. Now, as a licensed massage therapist she continues to build upon the healing and nurturing foundation while combining botanicals and body work from her home in Portland Oregon.

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Erico Schleicher LAc

Erico is a practicing herbalist and acupuncturist, and is a founder and faculty member of the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine (www.elderberryschool.com) in Portland OR, which has been training community herbalists in bioregional lay herbalism since 2007.

Erico has been working with plant medicines since 1994. His early studies with the beloved Michael R.S. Moore led to a lifelong practice of clinical herbalism, wildcrafting, teaching, and working with clients and communities, aiming to keep a path towards regional, accessible, empowering herbalism based on traditional principles.

Erico finds that when we work seasonally with locally available plants that have discovered how to thrive in our bioregion, we learn to perceive the many voices that teach us how to integrate our own health into the life of the land around us. He is deeply committed to sustainable directions for community health and operates communityherbalism.com.

Erico's herbalism workshops have been featured at the Breitenbush Herbal Conference, the Northwest Herbal Fair, Tryon Life Community Farm, the Portland Plant Medicine Gathering, the Clary Sage Herbarium, the Herbe Shoppe, and the Montana Herb Gathering. He is a board member of Tryon Life Community Farm, and has served as Treasurer and Vice President of the Oregon Acupuncture Association.

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Jo Powell

Jo has always had an affinity for plants, animals and nature and has been practicing herbalism for over twenty years. She has a BS degree in Gender Studies emphasizing public health and mind-body medicine. She also attended in-depth residency programs at the California School of Herbal Studies and the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. And, she is a distance learning mentor for the SWSBM on-line program. Her skills as an Herbalist are enhanced by years of eclectic experiences including studying art and film making, traveling the world, working as a chef & wine connoisseur, operating herbal businesses and attending well over 300 Grateful Dead concerts. Jo and her life partner have merged their talents combining Herbalism and Farming at their country home in the Eola Hills of NW Oregon.

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Trish Gallagher

Trish believes in working collectively-each member contributing their strengths and talents for mutually sustaining work. She is one of the founders of Wild DevOcean Seaweed Collective, Middletown Massage & Acupuncture Collective, and Spirit Song Community.

A life long plant woman, Trish is an experienced herbalist and has been commercially hand harvesting seaweed for 14 years. She teaches about the nutritional and medicinal benefits of sea vegetables at the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium, United Plant Savers, Herb Camp Overnight and by private consultation.

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Silke Akerson

Silke is a mother, midwife, and herbalist with a passion for connecting people with plants and with their own self-knowledge for healing. She was raised by back-to-the-land hippies here in Oregon in a family where plant medicine, home birth, home health-care, and home death are normal. True to her roots, she hopes to help people return to their bodies and to the land and plants around them wherever they are.

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Glen Nagel ND, RH (AHG)

Glen has been a practicing herbalist and all-around herbal wise guy. For more than 25 years, he has worked in the herbal industry and as an herbal educator offering classes and courses in herbal medicine. Glen’s passion is to have students learning directly from the plants.

Glen is also a licensed naturopathic physician in Oregon and has practiced Naturopathic Medicine since 1993. He is a faculty member of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches botanical medicine in the classroom, and is a clinical supervisor for students in the NCNM Clinic. Prior to this position, Glen was an assistant professor of botanical medicine at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. He has a lifelong interest in plants and nature, and believes in teaching with humor—and as a hands-on experience for his students.

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Missy Rohs

Missy Rohs is an herbalist, mushroom lover, gardener, and wildcrafter. She teaches through The Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies in Portland, Oregon, with a focus on sustainable herbalism and community empowerment. You can find her munching on neighborhood weeds, hiking in the forest, or collaborating on foodie-herbalist projects.

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Scott Kloos 

Scott is a Plant Medicine Practitioner, Medicine Maker, and Wildcrafter, and has been working with the native plants of the Pacific NW since the late 90's. In addition to many years of self-study, he completed the 1999 Herbal Apprenticeship Program at the Herb Pharm in Williams, OR, and in 2000, he attended a nine-month Community Herbalist Training Program with Christopher Hobbs. In 2009, he studiedTraditional Western Herbalism: An Intuitive and Energetic Approachwith Matthew Wood in Portland, OR. 

He spent seven years studying the human psyche (his own and others) inPaul Levy's Awakening in the Dream group. Paul's unique synthesis of the Dzogchen School of Tibetan Buddhism, Western Alchemy, Jungian Psychology, the Dreambody Psychology of Arnold Mindell, and shamanism deeply shaped his view of the world and his approach to healing and working with plants. 

He is the founder of The School of Forest Medicine in Portland, OR. In his healing practice he works with the psycho-spiritual aspects of plant medicine and leads weekly Plant Teacher classes exploring the physical and psycho-spiritual properties of the plants of the Pacific Northwest. He is one of the founders and a faculty member of the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine and a faculty member of Matthew Wood's School of Traditional Western Herbalism.

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Sajah Popham/p>

Sajah Popham of Organic Unity holds a degree in herbal sciences from Bastyr University and is owner of Organic Unity, a local spagyric tincture company based off traditional alchemical principles. He is an herbalist and shamanic practitioner, focusing on plant spirit healing. His approach is to weave together traditional systems from around the world such as alchemy, astrology, ayurveda, shamanism, herbalism, and modern science. Sajah seeks to assist people on their path by healing the body, balancing the mind and mending the heart to transform consciousness.

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Kris Hill

Kris is a mom, herbalist and owner of Hill Botanical, a retail herb shop in Bozeman, Montana. Hill Botanical manufactures nine organic caffeine free herbal tea blends, carries over 200 organic and ethically wild harvested bulk herbs, the highest quality essential oils, herb craft supplies, herbal and wellness reference books plus so much more.

Kris completed her herbal studies at the South West School of Botanical Medicine in 2004, as well as learning from Montana Herbalist, Robyn Klein, through her Herbal Studies class at Montana State University. Kris has continued her herbal education by studying Ethnobotany with Kathleen Harrison and Ethnopharmacology with Dennis McKenna through the University of Minnesota. She continues to build her herbal knowledge base by attending many conferences and lecture events as well as teaching and sharing the herbal information.

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Howie Brounstein

Howie is the owner of Columbines and Wizardry Herbs, Inc. and primary instructor of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. He has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including such herbal establishments as the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Howie has a clinical practice in Eugene, Oregon.

Howie was the owner and co-founder of Columbines and Wizardry Herbs, Inc., a manufacturer of quality wildcrafted herbal products. This intentionally small sized business supplied high quality bioregional herbs to the local community.

The Columbines School of Botanical Studies offers a unique educational program ranging from entry level lectures in community herbalism to a two plus year program including botany, ecology, wildcrafting, plant pharmacy, physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical herbalism. Operating for over twenty-five years, we specialize in field programs where the majority of the classes are outside with the plants for a truly ’hands on’ experience.

 




 

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