From intensive classes to community circles to informative workshops, these herbal experts will rock your world!
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.
Suzanna resides in Scottsville, VA. She founded and directs Owlcraft Healing Ways, an outdoor herb school, where she offers clinical herbal consultations and leads in-depth community and clinical apprenticeships, herb camps for kids, and workshops in herbal medicine, traditional food-ways, and plant spirit medicine. She was raised in a home where plant medicine and whole foods were the foundations of health and has spent the last 19 years broadening that foundation and deepening her knowledge of the herbal arts. She teaches at herb schools and conferences throughout the country and is co-founder and co-director of The Gaia Gathering For Women in Charlottesville, VA. She stewards fourteen acres of plant-filled land to provide sanctuary, healing, and accessible education for all who hear the call of the plants.
Dr. Martine Delonay, ND she/hers
Dr. Martine Delonnay is a Naturopathic Doctor licensed in the State of Vermont. She also is a foreign-educated Medical Doctor. Dr. Delonnay is a member of the AANP (American Association of Naturopathic Physician), MSND (Massachusetts Association of Naturopathic Doctors), and the RIANP (Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physician). Her experience with both the conventional and Alternative aspects of Medicine put her in an ideal position to assist her clients and work in association with other practitioners.
Angel Putney- Né & Jody Noé, Natural Family Health, and Integrative Medicine & Reclaiming our Roots
Dr. Jody E. Noé she/hers has a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Noé served as adjunct faculty to the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, Quinnipiac University, Connecticut College of Naturopathic Physicians, Bastyr University, the New England Women’s Herbal Conference, Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NIAOM) and several community colleges and private organizations.
Angel Putney Noé she/hers (Jody’s better half) is an experienced nurse herbalist, with a passion for medicine making! She runs the herbal apothecary, Reclaiming our Roots in CT. Angel is a registered nurse, herbalist & teacher. She is the Natural Family Health & Integrative Medicine office manager, medicine maker & community health educator. She offers CranioSacral Therapy & Reiki. Angel attended the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. She has dedicated her nursing career to working with underserved populations locally & internationally. She founded Reclaiming our Roots Community Herbalism.
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.
Alicia Cook –she/hers
Konwahonwihsen Wolf Clan of the Kanienkehaka Nation, Mohawk LPN, Master of Traditional Medicine with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Upstate New York, Board Member with United Plant Savers. Teacher of traditional craft, herbs and botanicals. Alicia Cook continues work with the St Regis Mohawk Tribe, a division of Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Program (ACRP) also known as Ase Tsi Tewaton, (To make new again) as Master in Traditional Medicines for 4 year term and moved forward with the continuation of teaching the community until Covid hit. Alicia also worked with the Traditional Medicines Program at Kononkwatseriio a Health Care Facility located in the northern part of Akwesasne. She graduated from North Country Community College as an Licensed Practical Nurse. Along the way, she has had the cream of the crop of valuable knowledge from respected elders from her community and works towards transferance of knowledge to the younger generation. “We must intertwine and carry forward the knowledge of our traditional wisdom keepers”. See Alicias full bio and website here
Mary Blue, Farmacy Herbs & Herbal Foundations Online-she/hers
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
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.
Karen Talbot, The Wild Gardener –she/hers
Karen Talbot is a Master Gardener, a former chef, a past director of a fine arts gallery and an education assistant for the Apeiron Institute of Sustainability teaching environmental programs in the Providence and Pawtucket school systems. She is a member of United Plant Savers, RI Wild Plant Society, Ocean State Herbal Association, and Providence Permaculture.
Tarshire Battle, Roots 2 Empower-she/hers
Tarshire Battle’s is living proof that life experiences can shape a person and their community. She has boldly used her lived experience to pursue not one, but two master’s degrees, an MPA from Northeastern University and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University
School of Medicine. She is a community organizer, mental health professional, artist, and (now) political
candidate. She currently works as a Mental Health Discharge Planner at RI’s Department of Corrections. All the while, managing the social enterprise venture she founded. Roots 2 Empower, agriculture, and small business training program for formerly incarcerated men in Pawtucket. It is just one of the ways Tarshire helps transform the lives of those affected by crime and the judicial system. Year after year, she has immersed herself in the community by sharing her art at the annual Pawtucket Arts Festival. Recently, she was excited to receive a grant from the Grassroots Environmental Fund to purchase grocery store cards. Tarshire’s plan is to address food insecurity in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence, in partnership with the George Wiley Center and Foods Not Bombs Providence. She was also granted a RI Foundation Community Grant to provide educational workshops for families and youth in sustainable agricultural practices in Pawtucket. Tarshire completed a Master Gardener program at URI and currently oversees the Taft Street Community Garden. A giving garden composed of volunteer residents and Master Gardeners that provides free food to Pawtucket residents. She has graduated from Farmacy’s Level 1 & 2 programs.
Ashley Murphy, Health Witch | H.W. Apothecary
Dr. Ashley Murphy is the head witch, writer, certified Health Education Specialist, and Folk & Community Herbalist of H.W. Apothecary with over ten years’ experience. Her work has been featured in the International Witches Magazine and she is the host of the Health Witch podcast that features herbalism, tarot and witchcraft for health.
Tammy Kim, Farmacy Herbs, Body• Plant•Sky
Artist, Yoga, Herbalism, Astrology, New Mama –she/hers
Tammy Grew up in California & Virginia. She made her way to RI after living in Asia and traveling the world for almost a decade. Her background is in conceptual art, yoga, and astrology. Her interest in herbalism came from her Korean mother using herbal remedies. Tammy became part of the Farmacy team in 2017, and has been devoted to helping people get their herb on!
Jessyloo Rodrigues, Parcel Apothecary-she/hers
Jessyloo has studied Herbal Medicine since 2002 & farmed professionally since 2004 in lush mountain valleys, riparian forests, the southwestern desert, tropical permaculture, beachfront meadow, and concrete jungle. She enjoys connecting folks through spirit, in its many forms.
Sequoria “Coco” Dickerson, Farmacy Herbalist, Director of Prophetic Resistance-she/hers
Reede LaRose- they/them
Reed is a LMT and Survivor Theatre Project Program Director 2020, leadership team since 2017. Reede completed Herbal Foundations certification 2020, Arvigo® Therapy Advanced Clinical Training, Belize 2019, Professional Level training in Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® 2017, Restorative Practices Certification 2019, Graduated from a 720 hour Massage Therapy program at LTI 2009. 1 year Sports & Injury Massage internship 2010, Doula training with ToLabor 2013, Reiki Master Teacher certification 2008, 2 year women’s leadership program 2016-2018, Member of ABMP – Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals since 2010.
Bonnie Kavanagh, RN-she/hers
Bonnie Kavanagh is a second-generation nurse and herbalist. Bonnie has been in the medical field for over 40 years and enjoys teaching others how plants can have a positive impact on all facets of one’s life.
Emily Scmmidt (he/him) and Ryan Bouchard (she/hers)
Together, Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt created the Mushroom Hunting Foundation, to educate people about safely hunting for wild mushrooms. It is a nonprofit organization that aims to make mushroom hunting better understood and well-known as part of our culture
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Mira Silverman, RN- she/hers
Mira Silverman ( she/hers )is a nurse-herbalist building her nest in Rhode Island. She has been in this lifetime a child in Brooklyn, an anthropologist in the Hudson Valley, an artisan in Mexico, and a plant-loving earth-wanderer. Mira received her formal training in herbal medicine at the California School of Herbal Studies before returning to school to become a registered nurse. She has a deep passion for accessible, integrative healthcare and she believes in the power of plants to help us reclaim the vitality and resilience of our bodies, our environment, and our communities.
Lesley Wooler, The Herb Wyfe -she/hers
Lesley Wooler, is the owner of The Herb Wyfe in Wakefield, RI, coordinator for Ocean State Herbal Association (O-SHA) and a Regional Director for NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy). She served on the council for NEHA (NorthEast Herbal Association) for 10 years, 4 as its president. Lesley has a BSc in Horticulture from URI and has maintained her own landscape gardening business for over 20 years.
Quatia “Q” OsorioCCHW, CLC, CPE-she/hers
Doula, Mama Blue Diaper Service, Our Journ3i, & Quaintly FarmQ is a Bryant University graduate, certified (perinatal) community health worker, certified lactation counselor, certified community birth and postpartum doula, certified perinatal educator and attending classes to become a Midwife. Q is an active community advocate with Our Journ3i, for infant and maternal health disparities and equity. Q spends her time with her husband and five children. She owns a small “Quaintly” Farm in her community to help support local urban community farm stands.
Melodie Fallon, Sacred Vessel-she/hers
Melodie is a Licensed Massage Therapist, A Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist, Yoga teacher, Doula, and lifetime student. She started my journey graduating from Connecticut’s Center for Massage Therapy in 2012 completing 720 hours. Since graduating, I have worked in a variety of environments expanding my experience with an array of clientele, and finding my passions. I have continued my education in bodywork through Myofascial release, Thai massage, Ayurvedic Bodywork, Thai Abdominal Massage, and Eastern cupping. melodiefallon.com
Sakinah Abdur- Rasheed, WEHEAL, Sakinahs Herbs-she/hers
Sakinah is a lifelong herbalist. Her 2 sons are now full-grown and were raised as “herbal kids”. She has been teaching herbalism and working as a practicing herbalist since the 1970s. She is also a dedicated community activist and works to stand up for women and the environment. She runs Sakinah’s Herbs and WEHEAL. She is trained in Sufi healing and utilizes spiritual healing and local herbs in her practice.
Mimi Budnick, Wellspring Apothecary-she/hers
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
Anna Fox, Farmacy Herbs, Sister Fox Herbals-she/hers
Anna became inspired by the magic of plants through her study of Ayurveda. She studied Ayurveda through the California College of Ayurveda and is an Ayurvedic Health Educator~ using this as a lens for her herbal practice. She has studied Western herbalism at Farmacy, completing all four levels of the Herbal Education Training Programs offered, most recently the Residency Program at the Sage Healing Collaborative. She is the Production Manager at Farmacy, where she makes herbal products, manages interns, leads workshops and conducts herbal consultations. With a passion for supporting women and their partners through pregnancy and labor, Anna is currently working towards obtaining her birth Doula Certification through DONA.
Dr. John McGonigle, MD-he/him
Dr. McGonigle is a Family Medicine doctor who uses both conventional and holistic strategies for treating illness and enhancing well-being.
The basis of health is five-fold: Finding and nourishing the sense of meaning and purpose in life; the cultivation of healthy, loving relationships; good sleep and an accessible dream life; physical activity and joy; a dynamic and balanced diet. Dr. McGonigle is the founder of Sage Healing Collaborative in East Providence, RI, an integrative medicine clinic with multiple modalities represented.
Carissa Wills-Demello, Bilo Herbs-she/hers
Carissa founded and runs Bilo Herbs in Westport, MA. She currently practices as a clinical herbalist at the Sage Healing Collaborative with Dr. John McGonigle. She has completed 4 years of study at Farmacy Herbs. Carissa founded Bilo Herbs with a mission to feed the mind, body, & soul with herbal medicine.
Edmund Burr, Bay Road Botanical-he/him
Poet, Artist, Herbalist, and sometimes Landscaper, Ed has no money or formal education but 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
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
Tony Lemos, Blazing Star Herb School-she/hers
Tony(a) Lemos is currently the Director and principal teacher for the Blazing Star Herbal School. Since 2000, she has been offering a year-long apprenticeship in both Beginner/IntermediateHerbal Studies as well as a more advanced year-long program in Therapeutic Herbalism. Blazing Star also offers popular classes in ceremonial plant work, plant immersions and related topics. In addition, Tony(a) is a well-known lecturer on plant medicine and current herbal medicine topics, a published writer, community herbalist, ecological activist, and beloved mentor. She has studied with some of the most influential herbal practitioners of our times and, in turn, has trained many gifted and entrepreneurial practitioners. Website:https://blazingstarherbalschool.typepad.com/ Social Medias @blazingstarherbalschool
Jade Alicandro Mace, Milk and Honey Herbs-she/hers
Jade Alicandro Mace weaves a love of bio regionally abundant herbs and kitchen medicine into her work as a community and clinical herbalist. She ran the Greenfield Community Herbal Clinic & maintains a long-distance and local clinical practice. She offers online classes & plant study groups. . She draws on the wisdom and traditions of her Sud Italian (Campania, Sicily) and Greek ancestral lineages and lives in Massachusetts in Nipmuk territory. www.milkandhoneyherbs.com / @milkandhoneyherbs
Stephanie MIner, Sweet Brian Farm-she/hers
Stephanie Miner is an herb farmer, herbalist, and homesteader living in the woods of upstate NY. She runs an herbal product business and apothecary CSA. Connect with her on Instagram and the web as Sweetbrier Farms
Scott Langeles, RI Beekeepers Association-he/him
SCOTT LANGLAIS, RI BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
Scott Langlais is the president of the RI Beekeepers Association and an EAS certified Master Beekeeper. He and his wife, Emily, produce honey and hive products under the name Bare Hand Apiary in Johnston, RI. Scott is a passionate advocate for all pollinators and works to support beekeeping education, best practices, and build community among beekeepers and the general public.
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