“In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.”

~ Upstream, by Mary Oliver

My Nanny was instrumental in instilling a passion for herbs within my young heart; then she gave me her old books on herbalism and said, “Here. Read these. One day I’ll be learning from you.”  My step dad shared with me a love for organic gardening and plants of all kinds. My mom gave me the gift of a safe childhood in the midst of tragedy, and the example of deep love.

I grew up drinking Nanny’s herbal teas and creating my own little herbal garden, but I have been actively studying herbal medicine since 1996.  When I began my study, my only teachers were books and a few friends who knew a little more than I did. Newly married and financially insecure, I couldn’t afford to go to the doctor if something was wrong with me.  Sometimes I couldn’t even afford laundry detergent, so herbal medicine and soap making were two things I explored fully. In the past 20 years, I have been fortunate to develop an intimate relationship with herbalism instead of only seeing herbal medicine as a part of survival.

Shamanic work came later in my life. I began exploring shamanic healing in 2007, and then in 2010 I experienced what Brené Brown calls a “breakdown”. Her therapist calls it a “spiritual awakening”. This excruciating experience (and journey back to myself) became the foundation upon which I learned to exclusively depend on my personal spiritual support for direct revelation and guidance. Since then, I have worked with some amazing indigenous souls, spirit walkers and medicine carriers; I have been gratefully adopted by precious Elders, and I have learned from them all. The common thread among all of my teachers is a deep reliance on their personal guides and guardians for direction and support.

This is the distilled essence of my work: to offer you support as you experience the empowering process of learning to trust your ally support and your own inner guidance.


~Thank you for carrying the medicine~


Honoring my Teachers

These dear souls have either taught me in person or via distance, through online classes, books, blogs, videos, or authentic conversations.

Deep thanks goes to: Christina Pratt, Langston Kahn, Sandra Ingerman, don Oscar Miro Quesada, Hank Wesselman, Lisa Marie Carroll, and a wide variety of herbal teachers.

I also give thanks to my Medicine Brother, Allen; my Mama Bear (Sue Redd Nesbitt, Apache/Cherokee); and Frances Gay, for encouraging me to sharpen my skills when I was timid and unsure of myself. The level of belief you had and still have in me is humbling. Aho.

Sue Redd Nesbitt and Me, 2010
Frances Gay
Medicine Brother, Allen Jolley