Teachers Bio's.

2019 Teachers to be announced soon!


Here are some of last years teachers

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Michael Altman

Michael Altman is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and Certified Nutritionist. He operates a local practice, Seattle Cancer Care Alternatives and helps people with a variety of health concerns, not limited to cancer. Michael runs his own dispensary supplying a wide range of his clinical formulas and unique branded products for clients. He facilitates an Herbal Practitioner Buyers Club for promoting a direct product to practitioner to patient supply chain. Michael believes strongly that people can reclaim their health with diet, lifestyle changes, and herbs once provided with the information and assistance needed. Michael has taught health, nutrition, and environment courses at Southern Oregon University since 2005.



Nikol Angel

Nikol Angel is an Earth Mama, Medicine Woman. She is a Plant Mystic, Soul Doctor who weaves the ancient wisdoms of Chinese Medicine and Intuitive Shamanic healings. Her Sacred Element sessions are a dynamic fusion of botanical aroma - therapeutics, acupuncture, and intuitive, energetic bodywork. She is founder of Good Medicine Tea and the director of the Good Medicine Center for Healing Arts in Hood River, Oregon.

Nikol can often be found teaching her children how to garden, nourishing people's bodies and minds through community acupuncture and special events at the Good Medicine house. To find out more about the tea go to www.Goodmedicinetea.com or to see what Nikol is up to in Acupuncture go to nikolangelacupuncture.com/


Natasha Clarke

Natasha, uprooted from nibbling on the hedgerows of England, finds herself at home facilitating and exciting people about Pacific Northwest medicinal herbs. An avid wildcrafter and medicine maker, Natasha loves nothing more than introducing us to the healing power and wisdom of the wild one’s with her informative and entertaining hands on classes. Natasha is a Traditional Western Herbalist with an emphasis on using the myriad of fantastic local plants and trees in her herbal practice on Camano Island WA. Natasha facilitates a monthly “Herb Meditation” at the Cunning Crow Apothecary in Seattle, is heard weekly on KSER with her radio show “The Herb Hunter” as well as being a founder and organizer of the annual Green Gathering. In all Natasha loves nothing more than bringing the medicine of the earth to the people. To find out more visit www.innerearthhealing.com


Emma Day

Emma is a folk herbalist, educator, and devotee of the natural world in all its power and grace. She currently teaches a number of classes in Seattle that focus on her passions, which include bioregional herbalism, ethical wild-crafting, the art of medicine making, ways to cultivate intimate relationship with the green world, psychic development, personal empowerment through reconnection with authentic ancestral teachings, and the rich world of folklore and plant magic.



Alyssa DeBord

Alyssa is an herbalist, dietitian, birth worker and mama bear to two young cubs. She grows and gathers plants for creative homemaking, kitchen witching, and herbcrafting. Inspired by the concepts of slow medicine and using plants to enhance inner and outer beauty, she is unabashedly hedonistic in her self care.


Ryan Drum

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 postdoctoral 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 35 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 over 40 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.


Natalie Hammerquist

Natalie is a Traditional Western herbalist who lives in Seattle, Washington. She studied herbalism, plant taxonomy and food science at the Evergreen State College, and then went on to study with renowned herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller in Portland, Oregon. Since her studies with Cascade, Natalie has studied with several herbalists including Matthew Wood, Dr. Sheila Kingsbury, Missy Rohs, and Margi Flint. She worked as the lead herbalist and bulk herb buyer at Rainbow Natural Remedies on Capitol Hill, until she left to found the Adiantum School of Plant Medicine. She specializes in constitutional balancing and physical assessment. As a teacher, Natalie is flexible, engaging and multi-sensory. She has extensive teaching experience, and is always looking for ways to keep things fresh and exciting.


Denise Joy

As the soul-surviving carrier of an herbal tradition passed from woman to woman in the oral tradition, Denise Joy celebrates her herbal lineage. Her Ukrainian Gypsy great grandmother guided her early training, from 9-14. With decades of study and practice, Denise carries more than information or knowledge; she carries a way of life connected with place and community. She has served the Port Townsend area as an herbalist, medicine maker and practitioner for over 33 years with her home-based business, Mountain Spirit Herbal Co. This Winter Denise has expanded her business to include a new consultation space. www.MountainSpiritHerbals.com

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Diana Law

Diana Lynn Law is a Pacific NW herbalist and artist who loves learning about plants and Nature and teaching it to others. She loves tending growing things, creativity and Science. Her classes are a combination of Folk Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and science-based study. Nature's remedies are the people's medicines. Empowering people to build their own relationships with plants and create their own well-being are integral parts of her classes. Nature is wholistic and so is her approach to teaching; incorporating remedies, creativity and exploration of traditional as well as science-based information; both have their merits. She has been practicing Herbalism in the Pacific NW, while continuing to study

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Michelle Mahler

Michelle Mahler has 25 years of experience in professional home & office cleaning and 15 years of experience as a teacher & Aromatherapist making custom blends for people and pets! She will be vending and doing one on one consultations and custom blending all weekend! Her business Circle of Healing is located in Snohomish, Wa. and Michelle speaks and teaches workshops all over the Northwest Washington at the Local Coops, in peoples homes, Herbal and Holistic Fairs and private events. Her passion is learning new ways to incorporate aromatherapy into our lives for better quality of Life, more Vitality and Wellness.


Anna Matrioti

Anna is a educator, practicing herbalist, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Eating Psychology Coach. Anna weaves her passion for herbs, food and functional anatomy into a warm and grounded approach to wellbeing and health. She seeks to empower people to awaken their heart and spirit, and to use plants and food to radically transform and sustain their health. For more information on Anna and her work visit: www.whholistic.com


Glen Nagel

Glen Nagel, ND, RH (AHG) is a Naturopathic physician, herbalist, educator and herbal wise guy. He lives in Portland, Oregon. He believes in having fun with plants by drinking and eating them and putting them all over his body.

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Joyce Netishen

Joyce is a healer, herbalist and gardener who loves roses and lives and works at Fire Rose Farm, a small inspired magical place where she teaches classes and apprenticeships and grows glorious plants. She has maintained a private practice for almost 35 years and is committed to the study and practice of the spirit of life, seen and unseen, through the path of the shaman and spirit of Nature. She is a devoted medicine maker who keeps an extensive apothecary that includes a beautiful and potent line of flower essences. Joyce practices creative expression through the spirit and art of plant medicine, the written word, and the secret garden… and she loves to take pictures.


Kelly Nickerson

Kelly Ann Nickerson is a plant enthusiast who grew up in the woodlands of Anacortes, WA. Kelly is passionate about sharing the wonders of the plant world with those around her. Kelly has her BS in Herbal Science and MS in Horticulture.


Julie Charette Nunn

Julie Charette Nunn, Crow’s Daughter is a shamanic herbalist and long-time teacher, herbal crafter, organic gardener/farmer, goat herd and successful business owner from Whidbey Island in Washington State. She teaches listening as a way to gain access to the abundant wisdom in nature, and supports people to open themselves to greater possibility by sharing their gifts. She offers shamanic herbal apprenticeships, wisdom circles, home study courses and individual mentorships sessions in the shamanic herbal tradition of the wise woman. She also offers hand-crafted, nourishing herbal products. Julie’s specialty is connecting people in nature to learn more deeply who they are.


Claire Nollman

Claire Nollman is a florist, gardener, and botanical business owner rooted on Orcas Island, WA. Her floral work is inspired by the seasons, and guided by the use of wild foraged materials and homegrown blooms. Her goal is to always create a space of intention and connection when curating plants for special ceremonies, events, and artistic practice. Claire received her M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education from WWU, with an emphasis on experiential learning. This led to six years of facilitating a wintertime study abroad program in India and Thailand, that focused on earth conservation, cultural studies, and community service. With a love of gardening and experience working on different flower farms, the journey to become a floral business owner began after giving birth to her daughter in 2014. The business strives to honor the beauty of nature and the relationships between humans, ceremony, and the earth.

Claire Nollman
Claire is a florist, gardener, and botanical business owner rooted on Orcas Island, WA. Her floral work is inspired by the seasons, and guided by the use of wild foraged materials and homegrown blooms. Her goal is to always create a space of intention and connection when curating plants for special ceremonies, events, and artistic practice.



Joe Rothstein & Nessa Emrys

We utilize the cauldron of people's experiences. We breathe together and come alive. We recognize where we are not yet alive, or where something is dying away in us. We align with our desire for change. The moment changes. This is the template of our group work. Nessa and Joe have both studied as Apprentices to The Hero's Journey Foundation.We couple this with our understanding if subtle energy from Classical Chinese Medicine, Herbal Lore, and Brennan Healing Science. We add on our training as PsychoEnergeticsPractitioners to create mind body experiences in the present moment. We hold our intent to make use of the group to create transformational experiences for all. Ritual happens. Ceremony is explored. We come alive.


Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski

Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski is a plant enthusiast, farmer, educator and founder/director of Friends of the Trees Society. Michael has commercially wildcrafted medicinal plants for 23 years in Washington State, north Idaho and Northwest Montana. He farms medicinal plants in complex, agroforestry systems and has expertise in seed collecting and propagation of many native and non-native species. He is the author of “Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Resource Guide” and “Growing & Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants in the Pacific Northwest”.

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Anna Sitkoff

Anna Sitkoff is currently a student of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. Prior to beginning these studies, she was trained in the field of nutrition sciences. Above all, she is a student of nature and has an undying passion for botanical and mycological medicine. Anna is an advocate of using the medicinal and edible plants and mushrooms that grow where we grow. She has studied the local medicinal mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest intimately, and it is her desire to teach others of their strong medicine, as well as the most beneficial ways to extract and ingest this medicine. Anna is an avid researcher, and she is passionately interested in conglomerating ethnomycological uses, current research, and her own experience into her teachings.


Erin Vanhee

Erin Vanhee integrates somatic herbalism and her personal relationship with bio regional plants offering a unique perspective on using plants to support your self, your health in this world. Erin facilitates the People’s Medicine Herb Clinic in Burlington, Washington and teaches herbal medicine at Trillium Herb School. www.erinvanhee.net

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Fern Wynn

Fern Wynn is a practicing clinical energetic herbalist currently serving the greater Seattle Area. Born and raised in the great Skagit Valley, her background in the plant world originated with medicinal herb farming. Her private herbal practice works to guide clients towards wellness through an energetic lens incorporating low dose tincture dosing, flower essences, and nutritional guidance. She specializes in women’s health including pregnancy and postpartum care, as well as queer health with a trauma informed approach. You can find her at the Sugar Pill Apothecary in Seattle on Thursdays and more information about her private practice, apothecary line, and herbal CSA offerings at www.awildlightapothecary.com

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Katolen Yardley

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) -Medical Herbalist is most fulfilled when travelling and exploring new lands, learning about local native plants and connecting with local medicine people. Katolen is a Medical Herbalist in Vancouver and Port Moody BC. She has been in private practice for 19 years with a specific interest in the emotional connection to wellness and dis-ease. She specialises in women's health issues, digestive and skin disorders and believes in providing usable tools for healing through inspiration and education. Katolen is adjunct faculty at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, an instruction and clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and offers educational talks at Van Dusen Garden and the UBC Sustainable Farms in Vancouver. She is the current President of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA) and a third term president of the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC (CHA of BC). From 1998 to 2015, she appeared monthly on Global Television Morning News, where she offering herbal information to the public. She often appears in print, radio interviews and speaks at numerous conferences throughout North America. She is the author of the book - The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies (July, 2016). Visit: www.katolenyardley.com for more information.
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