A Contemporary Medicine Woman
Here's a small piece of my story:
As a small child, I had many medical issues that could not be explained. As far as I can remember, it began when I was about 7 years old. I would get nauseous after every meal and at any stressful event; at the turn of a dime, basically all the time. Food became a trigger, a feared enemy instead of my friend. I have spent a deplorable amount of nights laying propped upright in bed, sleeping for 5 minute spurts, then jumping up and racing to and from the bathroom ... over and over again. I began to become intolerant to many different foods. There were no clear patterns. When I was 15 years old, I was told that although the results weren't conclusive, but I was probably wheat and dairy intolerant (not allergic on test results). This was after living with this for half my life at the time and going through so many different CAT scans, Upper GI's, and Endoscopes ...all proved inconclusive. I was tested for every illness under the moon and to no avail. Eventually, I was prescribed antacids for my stomach pains and anti nausea medication for my severe and chronic nausea. It was superficial. It wasn't healing me. It didn't help me feel normal... only slightly better for short periods of time. When modern medicine couldn't help me any further, I turned my attention to alternative medicine.
I took extra classes and graduated high school a year early so that I could try to heal my stomach issues and learn about a new type of medicine. I sought out my first herbal apprenticeship and went to live with Susun Weed in the spring of 2003 as a Shamanic Herbal Apprentice. I lived with Susun on her farm/ herbal sanctuary in Woodstock, NY for six weeks and learned about identifying and using medicinal herbs, spirit healing through Shamanic healing techniques, green allies, Tai Chi, Yoga, I was introduced to the Wise Woman Tradition and the 3 paths of healing (Wise Woman, Heroic and Scientific). Truth be told, my soul was still very raw at the ripe age of 17 years old and Susun has been a true Shamanic healer for me... showing me how to heal through my pain. Avoidance is not an option. We have to own our story.
Susun nourished me with raw goat's milk and freshly made yogurt filled with natural probiotics. My gut health improved drastically and my sense of vitality, the light within... my ojas began to shine again when we practiced singing before each meal and consciously eating our food without distractions (what's ojas?!). We ate fresh salads from the gardens with handmade herbal vinegars (a non heat cooking method) and beautiful healthy olive oil drizzles. We made nourishing herbal infusions and drank them daily to eliminate the need for chemical "supplementation". I began to learn how to let nature heal me.
She began to heal herself and was enthralled to learn how to help others do the same.
Over the next many years, I worked full time at spas and went to school full time. I learned everything I could about healthcare and natural medicine. I enrolled in the Master Herbalist course through the American College of Healthcare Sciences for one year. After ACHS, I moved to Fairfield, Iowa and studied Ayurvedic Medicine at the Maharishi University of management where I was formerly trained in Transcendental Meditation with instruction from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I began to learn Sanskrit, dove into the world of Quantum Physics, and took several intensive courses on plant sciences and Ayurvedic Medicine, including pulse diagnosis. When I returned home to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY, I returned on my path of spiritual/ personal healing and took Susun Weed’s Green Witch correspondence course (1 year)... immersed in crafting herbal remedies, creating a deeper connection to the earth, learning practical magic, developing medicine making skills and learning about goddess spirituality/ Shamanism.
She was driven to expand her knowledge to help others heal from life's traumas.
I completed a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Natural Health Studies through Clayton College of Natural Health in 2009. Over the years, I have had formal Reiki energetic healing training from Patricia Dionne-Dickson and Wanda Eagleton. I have earned the Usui Reiki Grand Master/ Teacher Certificate VIII (level eight) as well as many other modalities of Reiki and energetic imprinting techniques (complete list is below). Most notably, I am a Registered Healer (Reiki) and Healing Touch Practitioner (Reiki). I am also a non-denominational minister and have performed several marriages. The Bachelor of Natural Healthcare Studies was not accredited, so I chose to complete a 4 year program in Psychology to help me understand how and why people are the way they are do the things they do.
She studied for 8 years to earn the title of Holistic Health Practitioner.
As of 2017, the combination of my Bachelor in Science in Psychology, and my Bachelor of Arts in Natural Healthcare Studies qualified me to become a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Every day is a learning ... aka healing ... adventure!
I have over a decade of experience formulating and making handcrafted herbal remedies and natural bodycare products. My formulas are mainly based on traditional Wise Woman Herbalist techniques, which use fresh plants and cold-infusion processes to produce the highest quality herbal medicines. Some products also include a small amount of essential oils (which is NOT a Wise Woman practice and should be recognized as something that is much different from mainstream Aromatherapy practices of today). I use organic and sustainably harvested herbs. Many times my herbs are harvested from local farms and friendly smiling faces. I'm conscious of using ethical companies to supply my other supplies and materials as well. Every product is carefully handcrafted in small batches, always using the most pure and effective ingredients available. Many products are vegan. All products are cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free, and contain no artificial colors.
Do you still want to know more?! Contact me directly or discover your Ayurvedic Dosha now!
Type(s) of Herbalism/ Alternative Modalities I Offer:
Wise Woman Herbalism
Shamanic Spirit Healing
Plant Spirit Medicine
Natural Health Education & Training
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (American Association of Drugless Practitioners)
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Granite State College)
Bachelor of Arts in Natural Health Studies (Clayton College of Natural Health)
1 Year of Study at the Maharishi University of Management focusing on Ayurvedic Healthcare
Herbal Medicine Training
1 Year of Study at the American College of Healthcare Sciences - Master Herbalist Program
Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship (mentored by Susun Weed in Woodstock, NY)
Green Witch Herbalist Certificate Course (one year distance apprenticeship with Susun Weed)
Energy Medicine Training
Formally trained in Transcendental Meditation® (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)
Registered Healer (INHA, International Natural Healers Association - A Community of Holistic Practitioners)
Healing Touch Practitioner Certificate
Usui Reiki Grand Master Certificate/ Teacher (with advanced training to Grand Master level VIII)
Elemental Reiki Master Certificate/ Teacher
Fusion Reiki Master Certificate/ Teacher
Medicine Reiki Master Certificate/ Teacher
Ama Deus Shamanic Healer
Fairy Light Ray Key Master Certificate/ Teacher (Fairy Light Mage Certificate)
Ethereal Herbs 1 & 2 Certificate/ Teacher
Ethereal Flowers Certificate/ Teacher
Alchemy Reiki Certificate/ Teacher
Doctorate in Metaphysical Sciences Honorary Certificate (Universal Life Church)
Ordained Goddess Honorary Certificate (Official non-denominational Minister through the Universal Life Church)
Member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), an association of Herbal Practitioners
NOFA-NH-New Hampshire Herbal Network Member (an official chapter of AHG)
Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH (NOFA) Member
Words To Live By
pieces by Max Ehrmann ( his actual poem here)
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Follow your dreams. Let life guide you and learn from the lessons you are given. Especially, do not feign affection or be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. You have a right to be here, and whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Go into the world with love and light as you always get back what you give - for even with all it's sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.