A writer, anthropologist, film producer and herbalism advocate, Ann is Director of the American Botanical Council's Sustainable Herbs Program and author of 'The Business Botanicals'
Herbal Medicine Conference 2021 - Meet our speakers
We are delighted to welcome a number of wonderful speakers to this year's event. You can find out more about each of them below. More details will be added for further speakers over the coming weeks.
Kerry directs the research program at MediHerb. He is co-author of around 40 scientific papers on herbal research, and has recently had seventh book - Functional Herbal Therapies- published
Anne McIntyre, FNIMH
Anne has trained as a medical herbalist, remedial masseuse, aromatherapist, homoeopath, counsellor and Ayurvedic practitioner and has been in clinical practice for 40 years, as well as writing many books and lecturing throughout the world.
Chanchal Cabrera, FNIMH
Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband manage Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7 acre internationally registered botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants. Chanchal runs a private herbal medicine clinic with a specialty in holistic oncology,
Sarah Gray, MNIMH
Sarah helps herbalists and healers increase their financial wealth by connecting to their soul purpose. The Wealthy Herbalist is a space of permission, powerful alignment and bravery in bringing your dreams into being. It is a transformative space where plant connection meets bold coaching to ensure you achieve what you are here to do.
Sarah is currently offering clarity calls. To book one or connect with her, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Mills FNIMH
Simon has been practising in Exeter since 1977 and has been at the forefront of herbal, complementary and integrated health care development in the UK, Europe, USA and Australasia ever since. Just as he thought he should wind down, Pukka Herbs took him on as a Herbal Strategist and he now has his first proper job. He is also Chief Herbal Officer at the revived Herbal Reality website working with Pukka founder Sebastian Pole.
Brendan Kelly M. Ac. L. Ac. Herbalist holds a master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and is an herbalist of 25 years with training in eastern and western healing traditions. He practices full-time in Burlington, VT at the clinic he co-founded, Jade Mountain Wellness. He is on the faculty at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in FL, Daoist Traditions in NC and Johnson State College/Northern Vermont University in VT. He teaches about various aspects of Chinese medicine and western herbal medicine at schools, educational centres and conferences around the US.
For the past 15 years, he has focused on the integration of the older, pre-westernized, classical traditions of Chinese medicine with the potency of local, western herbs. In 2015, North Atlantic Books published The Yin and Yang of Climate Change, which looks at the deeper, root issues of our warming planet through the lens of Chinese medicine.
Fawz is a registered pharmacist with a background in pharmacy training and education and a co-founder of Mediapharm training company. She also has an interest in nature-inspired health and in the last 3 years has been running local community All Being Well Project workshops with nutritional therapist Paula Sharp. Connect with her on Instagram - @thebotanicalpharmacist - where she shares self-care tips and recipes.
Kathie Bishop, MNIMH
Kathie Bishop MNIMH is the founder of Into the Wylde intothewylde.com, an award winning natural intimate lubricant brand that is registered with the Vegan Society and The Soil Association. She also runs the clinic The Wylde Herbalist, where she helps women transform their vaginal health. www.thewyldeherbalist.com. She graduated from The University of Westminster, London in 2009 with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Western Herbal Medicine. She is additionally trained in Bach Flower Remedies, Mizan Abdominal Massage, Ceremonial Cacao, and Gong. She is a member of the British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) and of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). Kathie firmly believes that lube is for every woman, not just around and beyond menopause, and that everything is better with the right one!
Kathie’s forthcoming book ‘It’s Your Power Portal: The Natural Vagina Care Manual for All Ages’ will be released by Aeon Books in Spring 2022
Marie Reilly, MNIMH
Marie Reilly is an experienced Medical Herbalist and teacher. She qualified from the College of Phytotherapy in 2004 and subsequently completed the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine Masters Degree Programme, having conducted her research dissertation on the treatment of female functional infertility with herbal medicine. She has also studied Endobiogenic Medicine with Dr. Jean Claude Lapraz, and Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad. She currently runs a busy multidisciplinary clinic in Lismore, Ireland.
Marie has taught on the BSc Herbal Sciences course at Cork Institute of Technology, the Clinical Practitioner Training Programme at the Irish Plant Medicine School, the Excelsior School of Herbal Medicine, the Betonica Medical Herbalist Training Programme, and the Heartwood Professional Herbal Medicine Course. She has lectured at the Cork Institute of Technology Herbal Science Symposium, at Botanica 2014 (Trinity College Dublin), and at the National Institute of Medical Herbalists’ Annual Conference. She also regularly provides numerous CPD seminars on various subjects for practitioners of herbal medicine, nutrition and other forms of healthcare.
Nikki Darrell has been working with plants, their medicine and healing, for over 4 decades as her fascination with the green beings started in early childhood and her primary teachers are the plants she works with. She has worked as a research scientist in the field of plant science; a practitioner of herbal medicine, aromatherapy, aromatic medicine, reflexology, massage and body work; a gardener; an educator at all levels from introductory to 3rd level; campaigner and author of 6 books and many articles. She holds a diploma from the School of Phytotherapy and a Masters in Social and Co-operative Enterprise which she embarked on due to her love of sustainable community development. Her passion and vocation is as a plants woman and medicine person.
Nikki and her husband Alex Duffy run the Plant Medicine School based near Gorey County Wexford. The School offers an Apprenticeship in Community Herbal Medicine and a Clinical Practitioner Diploma course which is accredited by the Irish Register of Herbalists, an Aromatherapy Diploma accredited by the International Federation of Aromatherapists and introductory courses in herbal medicine and herb growing, as well as forage walks and has groups of students visit the garden to learn more about identifying and using the 200 plus species that grow here.
As well as training people through the Herbal Apprenticeship and Clinical Practitioner programmes they facilitate the Nature Resonance work they have developed together; the work of helping people become re-enchanted with their place in the community of Nature, in harmony with the seen and unseen beings.
Mel Hornby, MNIMH
Mel qualified as a Medical Herbalist after completing a 5-year degree in Herbal Medicine in 2007. As a little girl, she would gather flowers and plants from the garden and attempt to make them into medicines using a homemade pestle and mortar (a bowl and dolly-peg!) then try to administer them to her unwilling family.
Because she would have loved to have been taught which plants were safe to use, their healing properties and also how to make ‘real’ plant medicines, Mel established and has taught the Junior Herbalist Club (JHC) program since 2013, which is now proudly supported by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. As well as running a busy clinic in Lancashire, Mel still regularly teaches the JHC program, the JHC leader training course and herbal workshops for adults.
Helen is both a complementary practitioner and a chartered marketer as well as being an author, speaker, and podcaster. She spent over 20 years working in marketing and business before following her interest in personal development. Within four years she was earning a living as a practitioner, working three days a week but earning the equivalent of a full-time salary.
Her passion for marketing and business never left her, and she recognised that these were the areas her fellow practitioners struggled with most.
Helen’s unique approach blends her skills in personal development, marketing, and business specifically to support other complementary practitioners. She specialises in helping them create a business based on them and the people they help. It’s totally possible to find clients and build a sustainable business that feels ethical and is full of integrity.
Phil Deakin, MNIMH
After graduating in physiology and medicine, Phil practised family medicine as a GP and unscheduled care practitioner for thirty-four years. A growing interest in plant-based holistic methodologies eventually led to an honours degree in Herbal Medicine at Lincoln College.
Phil enjoys working with students, and has been involved in teaching clinical skills for both the Lincoln and Heartwood Herbal Training Programmes. He promotes an integrated approach to medical herbalism in his work as a practitioner, and has served on Council for the National Institute of Medical Herbalists for four years.
Phil also works as a medical illustrator and graphic designer. He and his plantsman husband are currently based in Sheffield where their small garden is filled with many unusual plants.
Robyn Soma, MNIMH
Robyn has been in practice as a medical herbalist since 1998, with over 20 years running the Nether Edge Herbarium, a herbal shop, dispensary and multidisciplinary clinic in Sheffield. She is also an experienced herbal educator with over 15 years experience of teaching on professional herbal training courses up until her retirement in September 2020 from the course leader role at the Lincoln BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism programme. She is a member of the Institute's Council, and is standing for election as President this autumn.
Oliver Rathbone, MNIMH
Oliver Rathbone MSc MNIMH studied at Durham University and has a career in publishing. A severe illness inspired him to retrain as a medical herbalist. He now juggles publishing at Aeon Books with a herbal practice in East Sussex. He has a special interest in the history, theory and practice of traditional western herbalism.
Helen Kearney, MNIMH
Helen Kearney graduated as a medical herbalist in 2012, and started seeing patients and teaching workshops and courses in herbal medicine in the South West. She is currently course leader for Betonica, a community interest company, founded in 2016 offering a 4 year herbal medicine training programme "from field to dispensary". She lives at Elder Farm, a 5 acre off grid, medicinal herb farm on the Devon/Somerset border.
Peter Conway, FNIMH
Peter has been practising since 1995. Additional adventures have included teaching, being a former President of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, and a former Director of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association – and writing The Consultation in Phytotherapy. After running a clinic in Tunbridge Wells for 20 years he escaped to the Pacific North West and is grateful to live and work on unceded territory of the Lekwungen First Nations on Vancouver Island. A long-procrastinated herbal online project may be about to appear…
Laura has been working as a naturopath and herbalist since graduating from The College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2008, specialising in Western Herbal Medicine. She has been studying Usui Shiki Ryoho reiki since 2012 and qualified as a practitioner in 2015. She is a member and President of the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners (URHP) and works hard on the URHP and EHTPA Councils. Laura has gained relevant experience as a registered nurse for the past 30 years. She has great respect for conventional medicine and she is aware that orthodox and complementary treatments can work alongside each other successfully. She is passionate about connecting to plants in order to understand them better and learn more about their healing properties. Laura is an advocate for protecting our diverse and beautiful Earth and the biodiversity that we depend on, in order to be gifted with the power of the herbs we all use in our practice.
Dr Chris Etheridge
Chris holds a first class honours BSc and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Imperial College, London. He was a Lecturer and Research Fellow in Gene Therapy at Imperial’s Department of Chemistry and at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at St Mary’s Hospital from 1995-2002, where he taught on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He published a diverse range of research in areas including synthetic, medicinal and biological chemistry, and biochemistry.
After this, Chris completed his professional training on the four-year Herbal Medicine degree programme at the College of Phytotherapy, East Sussex, where he graduated in 2006 with a first class honours BSc. His dissertation on quality control in herbal medicine was subsequently published. Chris currently works full time as a medical herbalist and runs two busy practices in Central London and Epping. He is also Chair of the British Herbal Medicine Association and President of both the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy and the European Herbal Traditional Medicines Practitioners Association.
Maggie Pope, MNIMH
Maggie obtained her BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine with the College of Phytotherapy degree course and then the University of East London. She runs a practice in Somerset www.growingmedicine.co.uk and grows and wildcrafts many of her own herbs which she prepares in her own pharmacy. To better understand the propagation and growing of herbs she trained with the Royal Horticultural Society. Maggie also has a teaching qualification in Adult Education.
She is the co-founder of the School of Herbal Medicine in Somerset, England which is running a 6 year blended learning course for the training of professional herbalists. In addition, Maggie runs workshops and gives talks, and has written for various magazines.
Rumana Zahn MAMH
Rumana started her early career as a scientist, a microbiologist and became interested in exploring different systems of healthcare and development of human potential. She changed course and is now Clinic Director at Clinic Naturae, where she practices as a trained herbalist, naturopath, homeopath, acupuncturist, iridologist and kinesiologist. She is currently Chair to the Association of Master Herbalists (MAMH) and has lectured in UK and international colleges and universities. Her keen interest in research has led her to publish her work in major journals of medicine. Practicing in the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne, Rumana also enjoys yoga and meditation as well as dancing argentine tango.
Dr Haris Mumtaz
Haris is a Medical Doctor and Co-Founder of The Herbal Docs.
Having completed years of intense anatomical and physiological studies, Haris was given the opportunity to choose a module to study. Little did he know at the time, but the decision he made that day would change his life.
Haris took the decision to study a module named ‘complementary and alternative medicine’.
During this module, he was given the opportunity to experience a range of therapies and philosophies that were completely new to him. He explored the world of:
- herbal medicine
- learnt about the importance of diet and nutrition
- experienced the powerful effects of meditative practices and exercise
Haris is passionate about how we can change our lifestyles in order to improve our quality of life. He believes we should increase our focus on addressing the underlying problems that lead to chronic illness, rather than only treat the manifestation of disease.
Dr Adam Sayedi
Adam is a Medical Doctor and Co-Founder of The Herbal Docs.
Adam grew up addicted to sports and the outdoors in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. By the age of 18, the lure of hedonistic lifestyle took over and he enrolled in a medicine degree at Newcastle University. In his five years he was lucky enough to widen his cultural horizons through Camp America in the USA and a medical elective in Belize. By comparing these lifestyle experiences with our regular hospital placements, he soon pondered a path to wellness in stark contrast to that seen in mainstream medicine. By addressing the root causes of diseases with dietary modification, herbal and plant based medicine, meditation and movement: we can increase our overall health and longevity. Nowadays, Adam works as a middle grade surgical doctor, studying a masters in clinical herbalism, practicing calisthenics and catching up with family and friends.
Trained in Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine, Master Herbalist, Karen M. Rose has dedicated her life’s work to empowering individuals to reconnect to their own ancestral traditions. Over the past 20 years, she has created several outlets to offer her teachings and healing modalities to women, people of colour, Black, and LGBTQX communities. The opening of the Brooklyn-based Sacred Vibes Apothecary in 2009 was merely the beginning. Karen has now expanded her enterprise, opening Sacred Botanica and Sacred Spice in 2020, two new locations in Brooklyn, to make healing more accessible to the greater community. Karen is the author of The Art & Practice of Spiritual Herbalism, publishing February 2022 from Fair Winds Press.
Karen’s inspiration for this work began as a child in her native home of Guyana, where she was exposed to how African, Caribbean, and Latin American traditions profoundly influenced plant medicine and community healing. The legacy of these lands is the foundation of Karen’s core values and spiritual practices.
Regarded as a Spiritual Herbalist, Karen is revered for being the first to teach Spiritual Herbalism, plant medicine deeply rooted in ancestral healing and spiritual consciousness. Offering guidance to those on the path to finding the truth, she has trained over 400 herbalists through her Spiritual Herbalism Apprenticeship program as an act to reclaim their own health and offer healing to their own communities.
Karen’s accomplishments include several in-house projects such as the Sacred Vibes’ Annual NYC Spiritual Herbalism Conference, the 2019, 2020 Herbal Almanac, the Global Virtual Apprenticeship Program, the Spiritual Herbalism Apprenticeship Community, and the free Herbal Community Summer workshops. Karen has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Black Enterprise, Refinery29, Allure Magazine, Organic Life Magazine, and Elle.com and has partnered with brands like BET and Squarespace. Karen currently resides in New York City with her three children, grandson, parents, and sisters. Her family is valued foremost and all of her work is supported by this firm foundation.
For nearly four decades, Sue’s work has been with herbal medicine. She trained as a herbalist with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists before returning home to Melbourne in the early 1980s. She practiced in the first integrative medicine clinic in Melbourne where she helped establish Melbourne’s longstanding herbal support group VicHerbs. She has served on the executive of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, was inaugural chair of its Board Member Advisory Committee and is a member of its Environmental Committee. She taught herbal medicine at the Southern School of Natural Therapies before being appointed foundation lecturer in herbal medicine at Southern Cross University in 1995 when it established the first state-funded university course in naturopathy in Australia. She lectures and publishes regularly nationally and internationally, and her PhD was an account of the contemporary challenges facing Western Herbal Medicine in Australia. Currently she is a senior lecturer in the Complementary Medicines program at the University of Tasmania and on the Board of the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies, a charitable foundation which supports both research and the development of a community of researchers, scholars and leaders in naturopathy and its related modalities.
Rasheeqa (Hedge Herbs) is a herbalist in her community in Walthamstow in north London. She has been practicing since 2012, offering treatment with herbal medicine and teaching about its many aspects, alongside a wider mix of work whose aim is connecting us as communities with the potential of this knowledge and craft as a way to develop healthier living systems and relationships. She is inspired by her early involvement with the Radical Herbalism Gathering in exploring how to make plant medicine accessible and restore balance to its practice in the contexts of systemic inequalities and oppressions that are part of our shared histories.
Rasheeqa is part of the Community Apothecary in her locality, a CIC that brings community members together around a patchwork of medicinal herb gardens where they can learn about growing, wildcrafting and making medicines together, exchanging knowledge and peer support and seeding the model in other neighbourhoods so that we create landscapes of healing everywhere! She has also been involved with the Mobile Apothecary in Bethnal Green, a street medicine distribution project bringing solidarity herbal healthcare to people from rough sleeper and less well resourced communities there.
Linda Black Elk
Linda Black Elk is an ethnobotanist and food sovereignty activist specialising in teaching about culturally important plants and their uses as food and medicine. She is eternally grateful for the intergenerational knowledge of elders and other knowledge holders, who have shared their understandings of the world with her, and she has dedicated her life to giving back to these peoples and their communities. Linda works to build ways of thinking that will promote and protect food sovereignty, traditional plant knowledge, and environmental quality as an extension of the fight against hydraulic fracturing and the fossil fuels industry. Recently, Linda and her family have been spearheading a grassroots effort to provide organic, traditional, shelf stable food and traditional Indigenous medicines to elders and others in need. She has written numerous articles, book chapters, and papers, and is the author of “Watoto Unyutapi”, a field guide to edible wild plants of the Dakota people. Linda spends her time foraging, hiking, hunting, and fishing on the prairies and waters of the northern Great Plains with her husband and three sons, who are all members of the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires of the Lakota. Linda currently serves as the Food Sovereignty Coordinator at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Dominique is the author of two books The Wellness Zone 3rd edition and The Magic of Food as Medicine. She is a passionate wellness advocate. In 2012 she was awarded the Australian herbalist of the year and in 2015 made a fellow of the NHAA.
Dom holds a Masters in public health/health promotion, A Bachelor or Health Science/ Complementary Medicine. She is a qualified naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist. Dom also has a Diploma in Journalism, is a Kundalini yoga teacher, Zen Thai Shiatsu practitioner and a student of life and wellness advocate.
She is the founder of Medicine Room naturopathic herbal dispensary and organises wellness events. Dom created High Vibes on the Mountain, she developed herbal first aid services and is a programmer for The Woodford Folk Festival… always working with love, gratefulness, light and through the divine grace!
Claudia calls herself a radical herbalist as she wants to focus her attention to promote community grassroots medicine, self care, education and also address the lack of access many people have to land, their ancestral practices and to medical herbalists. She qualified as a medical herbalist with first class honours in 2001.
She has campaigned against deaths in custody, for changes in the treatment of people in mental crisis.
Claudia has lectured in biosciences at University, taught adult education herbal courses, run community ‘cook and eat’ sessions for a decade and now focuses on cancer care. She runs radical herb walks and radical herb classes. She has been a guest speaker at conferences for integrative approaches to oncology.
Mostly, Claudia wants us all to heal and protect each other from systems designed for disparity.
Donald has over 30 years practice as a medical herbalist and 20 years experience in teaching herbal medicine.
With a Biology degree (York 1980) and pre-clinical experience as a student dietician, he was seeking a niche within Life Sciences/Healthcare when he stumbled upon the distance-learning training in Medical Herbalism offered by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and the School of Herbal Medicine. Qualifying as a herbalist in 1989, Donald pursued a twin-track career as a herbalist and a researcher in Clinical Chemistry until 1999 when he began supervising a teaching clinic at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). The Herbal Medicine course at UCLAN had, at that time, a unique selling point of immersion of its students in clinic from week 1, emphasising the centrality of clinical experience to professional development as a medical herbalist.
Donald has supervised clinics at the University of Lincoln since 2005 where the clinical experience is also central. He lectures on Herbal Therapeutics, co-ordinates the Clinical Practice Intermediate module and he is the year tutor for Level 5 of the BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism, the crucial middle year. He is proud to be at the forefront of interpreting traditional knowledge in a contemporary context, contributing to a strong teaching team pushing forward the strongly recruiting Lincoln course.
Jekka McVicar, VMH
Jekka McVicar is an organic grower of herbs and horticultural author, designer, consultant, judge and moderator. She is renowned for her passion and knowledge of herbs and has built an international reputation for growing and designing sustainable herb gardens.
Jekka has an impressive list of credentials. These include the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Vice President and Ambassador for Health & Wellbeing and the RHS top accolade, the Victoria Medal of Honour. She is an Honorary Member of the RHS Fruit, Vegetable & Herb Committee and a regular judge at RHS Flower shows. In 2018 she was chairman of the judging panel for the Great Pavilion at the Chelsea Flower Show. She has also been awarded the 2012 Gardeners Media Guild Life Time Achievement Award for services to horticulture, design, education and communication, and excellence in the field of organic herb growing.
Jekka is also a best-selling author of 7 books including Jekka’s Complete Herb Book that has sold well over 1 million copies.
Despite training as a lawyer, James Fearnley has spent the last 40 years involved with researching and manufacturing natural medicines from both plants www.herbalapothecaryuk.com and from the beehive www.beevitalpropolis.com. For the last 30 years he has focussed on trying to understand the remarkable properties of propolis, a resinous product used by the honeybee to keep the hive free from infection. He has carried out research at the universities of Oxford, Manchester, Strathclyde, York and Bradford and has published 20 peer reviewed articles. He is author of Bee Propolis: Natural Healing from the Hive and Propolis in Oral Healthcare.
Dr Bhagyashree Kamble
Bhagyashree has more than 10 years of experience working with herbal and natural products, conducting analytical research and more. During these years she has gained experience of working with various approaches to overcome the challenges involved in herbal medicine development.
During her research career, she has gained knowledge and experience in developing formulations, starting from conventional dosage form to novel herbal formulations. Bhagyashree’s research work on the development of an antidiabetic and antioxidant capsule formulation was taken up for further development by an Indian company called Charak Pharmaceuticals in Mumbai, India.
Bhagyashree has gained experience in overcoming bioavailability issues for herbals and developed some novel formulations using nanoparticles and niosomes, for which a patent application has been filed to government of India. Bhagyashree also has acquired experience in analytical techniques for phytochemical research and development, further more Bhagyashree has experience in animal studies, pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic studies, drug metabolism, stability, and safety studies, including interdisciplinary research into herbal medicines. She has years of experience working in the laboratory, and has gained knowledge of GLP and GCP during her educational years.
Nat Mady is a Hackney-based permaculturist with a passion for connecting people with nature in their urban locality. In 2015, she founded Hackney Herbal, a social enterprise promoting wellbeing using herbs as a way to share knowledge about plants and their many creative uses. As a keen gardener she is happiest with her hands in the soil, playing with plants, talking to birds or chatting to others about the wonders of the natural world. She is the author of 'Enjoying Wild Herbs' from a series of pamphlets created by Rough Trade Books in partnership with Garden Museum.
Adrian McDermott is Head of Operations at Heartwood Education, and one of its founders. He studied Human Sciences at UCL, qualified as a medical herbalist in 1993, and is a former editor of the European Journal of Herbal Medicine and Director of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.
Adrian has spent much of the last 20 years in education, as a teacher (of Biology, Latin, and ICT) and setting up online learning platforms. He teaches Ecology and Anatomy and Physiology for the Heartwood Professional Course in Herbal Medicine. Adrian is also co-author, with Hananja Brice-Ytsma, of “Herbal Medicine in Treating Gynaecological Conditions", published by Aeon Books in 2020.
Penelope Beaudrow is a registered herbalist (ON Canada) and recognised herbal elder who has devoted the past 25 years to helping others foster deep and resilient connections with the living intelligence of the natural world and the regenerative, healing forces of plants and the medicine they carry. Penelope serves as Product Development Specialist and Herbal Educator at Faunus Herbs. She is also deeply engaged in the field of herbal education, including in depth work with the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine and The Ginkgo Tree Herbal Course. In addition, she maintains a small clinical practice, serving her rural community and has extensive experience working with humans and animals alike.
Penelope is deeply concerned with regenerative ecology as an integral component of the health and wellbeing of the earth and all of its inhabitants. She works diligently to reintroduce a wide variety of native, at risk and endangered plants at her sanctuary and farmstead and is engaged in significant re-wilding efforts. She has been a fierce advocate for herbal medicine as the people’s medicine and has successfully spearheaded a team that has worked to stop the traditional herbal tonic – Fire Cider – from becoming a trademarked commodity in Canada.
The work that Penelope is engaged in every day aims to lay the foundations for a verdant, thriving, and viable future that upholds and works alongside the brilliance of nature. The path of earth stewardship has as its goal harmony, health and the peaceful coexistence for all beings. The transformations that Penelope has, and continues to witness through her careful and patient partnership with the green world have far exceeded her hopes and expectations; when the plants begin to speak, it’s always best to listen, for the marvels that will unfold are sure to be beyond our wildest dreams.