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Katherine Novotny

spiritweavepicKatherine Novotny is a herbal educator/practitioner, an urban homesteader, and an artist. She believes in community based health care and empowers students to pursue healing through backyard gardens, kitchen potions, and deepening their connection to their local forest and seasons. Novotny has an enchanting enthusiasm for plants and loves educating people about the inner workings of their body, while weaving stories of herbal folklore into her lectures. She is actively involv…

Madeleina Bolduc

staff pic madeleinaMadeleina Bolduc, a certified Clinical Herbalist, has been cultivating the art of herbalism for twenty years. She has been leading small groups in transformative, therapeutic sessions and holding a private practice for the past twelve years in the Bay Area.

As a child growing up in the Colorado mountains, she spent most of her time talking with the natural world. Raised in the eclectic diversity of the Naropa University, she was trained by Tibetan lamas, artists and indigenous elders …

Terri Jensen

TerriJensenTerri has been working with botanical medicines in a variety of capacities for over 20 years. She is an owner and medicine maker for The Herbal Apothecary, a full line herbal pharmacy. She is also an organizer of the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium. Her website is:

Sarah Bearden

Sarah Headshot250Sarah Bearden has been a practicing nutritionist since 1996. She is the Director of Roots To Health, a center specializing in Nutrition Consultation and Nutrition Education.  She received a diploma in Nutritional Medicine in London and practices both in Marin County and England.…

Karen Aquiar

karen_in_lab_267_357_90Karen is our Medicinal Mushroom Instructor. She has been making botanical medicines full-time for 8 years. Karen is an owner of The Herbal Apothecary, providing custom herbal medicines for health practitioners and others. She is also an organizer of the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium. Her Website is:

Pam Fischer, RH (AHG)

Pam is the Ohlone’s Head Instructor and the Center’s Director.

Pam has been working with herbs since 1986. She completed her studies at the California School of Herbal Studies in 1989. She has been teaching classes in medicine making, plant identification, wildcrafting, theory and practice of herbalism since 1991.   Pam began the BACHA (Bay Area Clinical Herbalist Association) organization in 1991.  In 1997 she became one of the first Western Herbalists on staff at Cha…

Tony Siefert

1456651_745149002164942_1513004627_nTony manages the pharmacy & dispensary at Ohlone Center where he teaches botanical medicine making.
He is a graduate of the California School of Herbal Studies & apprenticeship programs with Matthew Wood.
He has a private herbal practice in San Francisco.…

Autumn Summers

Autumn Summers is a plant geek. Inspired by the plants since childhood she has studied herbalism and ethnobotany for the last 20 years with a kinship for the plants, seaweeds and mushrooms of Northern California. She has guest hosted KPFA’s Herbal Highway, co-organized free community herb festivals and worked at various herbal businesses including Rosemary’s Garden, Simplers Botanical and KW Botanicals. Currently she teaches edible and medicinal plant classes at the Ca…