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Mariah McDonald

MariahM_BotanicGarden-15Mariah has spent an extensive part of her life exploring earths healing bionetworks. Her passion sprouts from a deep respect of Earth’s elegant systems and the power of using a holistic approach to health and vitality. To expand her understanding of these systems and to develop a multifaceted approach to healing of the earth and her community, Mariah received her Bachelors of Science from the Evergreen State College studying mycology (mushroom science), botany …

Max Mulitz

6232_3872409973236_1592228955_nMax loves to be a healing force in people’s lives.

He has devoted his work to the practice of western herbalism and has a focused interest in the treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity “Disorder”. He takes a strong stance on this matter as he has gone through the entire process of being diagnosed and treated as someone with a “disorder” at a young age and consequently realized the emotional and physiological damage such a diagnosis can cause.

Max started developing an i…

Ella Gluckman

IMG_1174-1Ella Gluckman came to herbs through a desire to connect to the beauty of medicine and nature. She comes from a family of doctors and was inspired to explore medical modalities from an early age. She was specifically inspired to explore traditional and non-allopathic healing practices, particularly those that included a community and emotional health focus.  During college she took several medical anthropology courses, including a women’s studies course that went deeply i…

Ray Edwards

bio photoRay Edwards came to practicing Western herbalism because of a need to make real change in people’s lives. Before moving to California a year ago, she spent most of her career conducting academic research in psychology at various institutions in the Northeast. With a graduate degree in general psychology, she learned about the functions and dysfunctions of the human brain. Her Masters, Doctoral, non-profit, and freelance research all focused on studying the physiologic

Dan Walsh

Dan-best-5113--smI am an avid outdoor enthusiast who has made health, fitness, nutrition and herbology my life work. While my interest in health and nutrition began at a young age, it wasn’t until I overcame my own severe health challenges in my thirties that I realized its full healing potential.  Fifty pounds overweight and dependent on many pharmaceuticals, my health spiraled downward culminating in me having “many diagnosis” as my doctor put it. After nine years of hell, I turned my …

Aldyn Richmond

Aldyn's Herbalist picI have enjoyed the abundance of the plant world since being a small child hungrily waiting for dinner and sneaking nasturtium flowers in the backyard for a snack. My desire to study plant medicine later brought me to study Western Herbalism at the Ohlone Center where I also completed a TCM Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis mentorship with William Morris. I am currently working as an Herbalist Practitioner at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy.

Prior to my training in Herbal Studies I received a BA i…

Eric Elliott

meEric became an EMT in 1990. He has worked in both ambulance and clinical settings. In 1991 Eric began working with the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic providing care at large events such as concerts, festivals and sporting events.  Over the course of those 23 years he has treated thousands of people and encountered everything from blisters to stabbings to heroin overdoses to a cerebral hemorrhage.

Through his association with the free clinic Eric has had the opportunity to work alongside a…

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Sarah Jane Fairless

IMG_0097Sarah Jane Fairless grew up with wide open skies, farms, racehorses, pickup trucks, pow-wows, and grass fed beef in the red dirt state of Oklahoma. Her love of plants began while laying in that tall grass, hunting for the largest watermelon in the field, plucking okra from their hairy stalks, and shucking corn on the back of a wagon with her grandpa as the sun went down. The search for what lay beyond that horizon brought her to San Francisco at an early age providing a well-rounded insight in…

Stephanie Phillips

1208590_10101106417793649_637637237_nSteph was born in London to parents who taught her to find happiness and peace in good food and long walks. She discovered alternative medicine at Oxford University where she studied Biology and Anthropology. Where these two disciplines crossed over, she discovered that the non-Western world had a very different system of healing based on balance and the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself.  She began a career in public health that took her to Malaysia and then to the Worl…

Trinh Nguyen

photoTrinh could never hide her admiration for the natural world. As a child she spent her days in the forests of Massachusetts, building forts and running wild among the trees. As she grew she also recognized an interested in her for science. When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” she would answer, “I want to be a doctor.” However, it was not long before Trinh realized being a doctor, as traditionally defined, was not really her dream. In high school she discovered her pass…

Jenny Marx


My love of “all things outdoors” began at an early age, growing up in the rolling hills and forests of upstate New York. Thanks to my parents, most of my life was spent running through the grass, climbing in the trees, gardening alongside my mother, playing in the snow with my brother, and camping with my father and family. This love of nature eventually led me to Colorado to pursue a degree in Biology, the study of all living things. There, I learned a deep respect for life, community and e…

Kelsey Barrett


Kelsey’s clinical herbal practice combines her philosophy of  simplicity and client empowerment towards optimal health as goal.   She holistically engages her practice through harvesting and crafting sustainable plant medicine, offering client centered sessions and formulating medicine based on individuals needs.   She believes embracing plants as part of our larger community gives us greater opportunity to reconnect in meaningful ways.


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Amara Pfahl

AmaraAmara grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills hiking, horse back riding, gardening, and tending young children and animals. Since a very young age she aspired to become a doctor. While finishing just a year studying at Brandeis University, stress and the Boston climate exacerbated a long term struggle with Lyme’s Disease necessitating a medical leave. After a decade of tests and unsuccessful treatments, frustration with the allopathic medical system lead Amara to try herbal m…

FAQ – Nutritional Counseling Course & Certification

Have questions about our upcoming Intermediate Nutritional Counseling course or the Certification?  We’ve got answers!


Q: Who is the Intermediate Nutritional Counseling course designed for?

A: This is not a basic nutrition course – it takes what you’ve already learned in your practitioner certification program to the next level, and assumes that you are coming with some foundational knowledge already.  These classes go beyond basic nutrition and are specif…

Good Manufactoring Practices

Join us on December 4th for an evening with Roy Upton, who will cover everything you need to know and answer your questions about the new FDA regulations about Good Manufactuing Practices for Herbal Medicines.

As herbalism continues to grow and become more popular, herbalists increasingly find themselves under the scrutiny of governing agencies, such as the FDA. Find out how to do what you love legally and safely.

This class is an absolute MUST for anyone who wants to sell or dispense any …

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