This festival is organized with social justice and health justice principles in mind. We strive to make the space safe, comfortable, and accessible for everyone who is interested in learning about herbalism. We request that all teachers and participants treat each other with respect regardless of gender, class, race/culture, religion, immigration status, political views, age, mental ability, and appearance.
FEATURED SPEAKER 1:30 PM
Sequoria “Coco” Dickerson, Farmacy Herbalist, Director of Prophetic Resistance-she/hers , MA
Sequoria Dickerson has been to over 30 countries studying, working, and praying with her feet. She is the Interim Director of Prophetic Resistance Boston, a nondenominational, nonpartisan, faith-based nonprofit that uses the development of leadership skills to empower citizens to organize their communities and find solutions to the problems they face. She believes sustainable movement building is contingent upon healthy social justice workers. For that reason, she is deeply committed to integrating plant-based cooking classes, herbalism, somatics, and self-care retreats into her work. Her favorite work of all is making yummy food with her sous-chef, Tres, who just so happens to be her 2-year-old son
Dinalyn Spears-she/hers, RI
Director of Community Planning/Natural Resources at Narragansett Indian Tribe and Owner of East Winds Native Arts & Crafts. Dinalyn is also a Master Gardener, Herbalist, Artist, Educator and Grant Writer.
Mary Blue, Farmacy Herbs & Herbal Foundations Online-she/hers, RI
Mary Blue is a community herbalist in Providence, RI and has run Farmacy Herbs store, farm and education center for the last 15 years. Mary developed the Herbal Foundations Certificate Program and the Farmacy Internship Programs. Mary’s healing philosophy and business model revolves around community, activism, education, and social justice. Mary is a guest teacher at Brown University, Mass College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, RISD and more.
Andraly Horn, Bodyworker, Farmer, and Herbalist- he/him, RI
Andraly Horn is a herb farmer and bodyworker. His healing skills involve biodynamic craniosacral therapy balancing the physical and emotions of his clients. His bodywork and herbal gardens create immense spaces for healing.
Andraly will be teaching on Saturday morning, sharing his experiences and wisdom from his herbal gardens.
Mira Silverman, RN- she/hers, RI
Mira Silverman, RN (she/hers )is a nurse-herbalist based in Rhode Island. Through her work in community health nursing, private herbal consultations, and holistic health education she seeks to connect people with the knowledge and tools to be empowered in their own health and healthcare. She believes in the power of plants to help us reclaim the vitality and resilience of our bodies, our environment, and our communities.
Mimi Budnick, Wellspring Apothecary-she/hers, RI
Mimi Budnick is a queer yoga teacher and community herbalist based in Providence, RI that draws from many years as a Community Organizer and Adult Educator to ground her offerings in an anti-oppression framework. Mimi is certified as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant through the American Institute of Vedic studies and has gleaned her knowledge about plant-based medicine through years of self-study and exploration, and more recently with 7Song at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, Mary Blue, and Maria Noel Groves of Wintergreen Botanicals. Mimi offers remedies, classes, workshops, and retreats that explicitly support people to tap into their own wisdom and resiliency, and that help promote collective and community healing. More information about her offerings can be found at mimibudnick.com
Kacee Montgomery, Blanca Zevallos, & Kayla Lopes, The Seshh LLC
As a Holistic Wellness Collective, we focus on holistic care across the lifespan. Our mission is to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. We empower people to explore holistic lifestyle choices, through education, wellness support services, and evidence-based support.
Peter Glantz, Howls Tincture, he/him, RI
Peter Glantz is the founder of Howl’s Tincture, the most popular cannabis tincture in New England since 2012. He began making cannabis tincture for himself to relieve symptoms of chronic pain and anxiety after a failed eye surgery. He then joined a patient coop in Rhode Island where he started providing it to other patients. After hearing the stories of the patients who began to rely on it for their health and well being, he founded Howl’s with the mission to make this valuable plant medicine available to everyone who can benefit from it. Peter lives in Providence with his wife, artist Meredith Stern, and their son Fox.
Edmund Burr, Bay Road Botanical-he/him, MA
Poet, Artist, Herbalist, and sometimes Landscaper, Ed has has an extensive understanding of the natural world. Forty-nine plus years of wandering in the woods and rolling in the grass have given Ed the opportunity to witness the network of life as it vibrates from season to season. Ed can be found teaching at Moose Hill Audubon Sanctuary and owns and operates Bay Road Botanical, a six-acre farm and sanctuary focusing on endangered and at-risk medicinal plants, fungi, and the lich(en). www.bayroadbotanical.com
Jennifer Phillips of Jenza’s Garden -she/hers, RI Jennifer has an Herbal Teaching Garden in NW RI. For several years she has held herbal classes there and others in Southern New England locations. In her herbal garden, she grows both Medicinal and Magical Herbs. Living a seasonal life in the Autumn she gives workshops helping people craft their own brooms. Jennifer, a previous self-described Failed Meditator discovered the Labyrinth at her first New England Women’s Herbal Conference. There she found the benefits of a Walking Meditation. Now she is a Veriditas Trained Labyrinth Facilitator. www.jenzasgarden.com
Elizabeth Leibovitz, Youngken Garden, College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island-she/hers, RI
Elizabeth Leibovitz is the Medicinal Garden Coordinator at the Heber W. Youngken Jr. Medicinal Garden and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy where she tends 300 different species of medicinal plants and shares her passion for the plant world. Previously she spent 10 years growing organic produce on New England vegetable farms. She also runs a small market garden, Herb & Forage.
Tammy Kim, she/ her, Body Plant Sky
Tammy has been studying Western Astrology since 2003, and herbalism for the last 10 years. What started out as a simple curiosity developed into a deeper understanding of the connectedness of all things in this big wide universe. For her, astrology is not the end all of all, but another lens to be introspective; to see how what is going on within us is connected to what is going on around us. Ultimately she see’s astrology as a powerful healing tool for personal growth, self-acceptance, connection and understanding of others.
Angel Putney Noe, she/her
Angel is registered nurse, herbalist & teacher. She is currently working at Natural Family Health & Integrative Medicine in North Stonington as an office manager, medicine maker & community health educator. She is also now offering CranioSacral Therapy & Reiki. Her journey as an herbalist started many years ago as she travelled around the country. She learned about using common plants for first aid and acute care needs. She worked with friends & family as they needed formulating blends and teaching others how to make their own medicine. Years later she attended the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine as an apprentice in 2003 to further her education. Directly following this amazing program she enrolled in a nursing program to go on and earn her BSN at the University of Southern Maine and becoming a Registered Nurse. She is currently in school to become a Nurse Practitioner, and runs her herbal school, “Reclaiming Our Roots” in CT.
Maggie Hatzpanian, Maggies Healing Path, she/her
Maggie Hatzpanian is an Herbalist and Yoga Instructor with a background in Nursing. She brings all these a plus her own wellness practices together in helping others maintain Health, Wellness & Happiness through her newly formed Maggie’s Healing Path. In addition to working directly with clients she grows & formulates a full line of Herbal products as well.
Priscilla Vargas, Farmacy Herbs, she/her
Pricilla is an entrepreneur, artist/creator, gardener and herbalist. Born and raised in Providence, RI. She spent her first 9 years living in the Dominican Republic. She has a passion for uplifting her community through holistic healthcare and supporting local businesses & artists. She currently works as a fine gardener for a woman owned company. She also runs a small business, @GoodsByBlckRose, in which she makes handmade felt items, herbal infused skincare & curated tea blends. She works to share the knowledge she has learned on her personal journey of decolonization & reclaiming ancestral practices.
Emily Shapiro is a farmer, herbalist, and educator based in Seekonk, MA and Prudence Island, Rhode Island. She is the founder and manager of Night Garden Herbs, a small, multi-dimensional farm project located on just under 1/3 acre of land and home to over 50 species of culinary and medicinal herbs, flowers, and vegetables grown with low-input, sustainable methods. Emily grows, harvests and processes plants throughout the summer season to be used fresh or dried in tea blends, oils, salves, and tinctures, as well as various other hand crafted medicines and home products. She coordinates a two-season CSA from June – October and December – March, hosts workshops and educational events, and is committed to supporting plants, people, and the planet. All Night Garden offerings are based on a sliding scale model in order to support and sustain financially accessible work. Visit nightgardenherbs.com for more information.
Molly Henry-Molly is student of permaculture and herbal medicine. She strives to find ways to create more regenerative growing models that minimize input and effort and encourage more balanced and healthy ecosystems. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2022 from Sowing Solutions in Western Massachusetts and completed levels I & II at Farmacy Herbs. She is the Director of Climate and Health at the nonprofit, American Forests, where she works with cities across the country to create Tree Equity. She is also a Master Gardener and active volunteer with Revive the Roots, a permaculture farm and education hub base in Smithfield, RI. She lives in Pawtucket, RI with her husband, 2 step children, 1 dog, 2 cats and 3 chickens.
Lesley Wooler, Herb Wyfe
Lesley Wooler, is the owner of The Herb Wyfe, located at Belmont Market in Wakefield. She served on the board for the North East Herbal Association for 10 years, 4 as its president. She is a Regional Director for NAHA ( National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy). She received her BSc. in Horticulture from the University of RI. She has been teaching herbal and aromatherapy classes throughout New England for the past 20 years.
Facilitate Change’s (“FC”) has over 17 years practicing anti-oppression facilitation. FC facilities community conversations. These are intentional spaces for a group to have conversations pertaining to a specific topic, which is set by the group. Topics may range from white accountability to BIPOC healing to post-election processing to name a few of our most recent spaces.
Lynn Golan, The Peoples Gold
Based in the lush Northeastern ecosystem, Lynn and The People’s Gold is grounded in the values of community, reciprocity, and healing. Lynn feels most at home bare-footed with hands in the Earth. She has worked on various farms and gardens, learning to grow and care for plants. She studied at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY and completed Farmacy Herb’s Herbal Clinical Residency in Providence, RI; working with various practitioners at the Sage Healing Collaborative, an integrated medical office. Lynn has attended the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine’s Herbal Practitioner Skills class, the Survivor Art Collective’s Trauma Informed Practitioner workshop, and the Wild Current School’s Advanced Clinical Skills Program. Lynn is currently in-training to become a Cornerstone certified Full-Spectrum Birth Doula. When she is not in the People’s Gold herb garden or apothecary studio, she works with The People’s Medicine Project Clinic, a health justice organization providing holistic healthcare throughout the Pioneer Valley. Lynn currently lives in the woods of Western Massachusetts, on the ancestral lands of the Pocumtuc, Nipmuc, and Wabanaki peoples.
Jade Alicandro, Milk and Honey Herbs
Jade Alicandro weaves a love of bioregionally abundant herbs and kitchen medicine into her work as a community and clinical herbalist. She started studying herbs formally in 2005- coming from a background in botany- and has been intertwined with them ever since. She has a background rich in Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and the Vitalist Tradition of herbalism, and brings this diversity and breadth of knowledge to her teaching and clinical practice. Her work as an herbalist revolves around self and community empowerment, food as medicine, accessibility, community resilience, locally abundant plants, and the sharing and spreading of herbal knowledge. She draws on the wisdom and traditions of her Southern Italian (Campania, Lazio, Sicily) and Greek ancestral lineages.
Kei Soares Cobb is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Craniosacral Therapist, Viniyoga instructor, herbalist, musician, and dancer sharing the ancestral gift of immaculate presence for the healing of our waters, our forests, and our future generations in Providence, RI.
Jenny Lee, Common Root Botanicals
Jenny Lee – founder of Common Root Botanicals- has been deeply engaged with the secret lives of plants since childhood.Specializing in small-batch skincare products for all seasons and environments, Jenny also crafts custom blended herbal teas, herbal vinegars, syrups, and fermented foods for immune, digestive, and nervous system support. Jenny’s classes and products engage with the health, healing, and wisdom of plants and encourage people to connect to the healing available all around them.
Alex Klein, he/him, Herbalist– Alex Klein, intermediary between people and plants. Alexa run a humble herbal medicine practice based in Boston, where he works out of an apothecary almost entirely gathered from wild plants or grown in his garden. Alex’s goal as an herbalist is to help my clients find ease in their lives by connecting them with the plants that he grows around them and to enable them to make healthcare decisions on their own terms. Alex trained under 7Song at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and the Ithaca Free Clinic, work as an herbal First Aid-er at various wilderness gatherings and volunteered as a foot care worker at the Asheville Street Feet Clinic in North Carolina. Since returning home to Boston in 2020, he have been leading classes and workshops on herbal medicine, wild food, invasive species, botany and tree appreciation, and all sorts of other plant based topics.
Nico Lebreux, they /them, Cosmic Earth Collective
Nico is a community herbalist, yoga teacher, meditation guide, radical self care mentor, and earth centered entrepreneur who lives in coastal Rhode Island on sovereign Wampanoag land. They specialize in teaching people how to deeply connect with their multidimensional selves and the living world within + around them through simple everyday techniques that are available to all.Their offerings there are no expectations and no judgments. I will holds space for you to strengthen your intuition, commune with the earth, and connect with source energy whatever that looks like and feels like for you.
Emily Sorlien, she/ her, Queen of Bones Tarot, Farmacy Herbs
Emily is a disabled visual artist and astro-magician based in Providence, Rhode Island. A series of mental and physical health crises in my mid-twenties cracked her wide open, forcing her to learn to tend my wounds with plants, intentional self love, and embodied spiritual practices. Since that initiatory experience, it’s been her mission to locate and weave together the common threads of my astro-magic studies and her work as a maker of deeply symbolic images. As a practicing astrologer and astro-magician, she seek to bridge the gap between wayward mortals and the stars that guide us with the help of plant allies. Emily spend her days painting, studying astro-herbalism, practicing electional astrology, working as a trauma informed natal astrologer and tarot reader, and learning new ways to return to gentle, loving relationship with my whole herself again and again.
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