Herbs have been a portal for Amanda, a gateway to healing and transforming outdated views to ones that better suits her life’s path. Learning and being around herbs put her in the timeless state she remembers as a 4 year old playing outside, smelling the grass, and feeling the gentle spring breeze—all while experiencing an intense vitality and excitement for life. She was led to Ohlone Herbal Center, and then to the field of herbalism, by asking herself a simple question: What daily things bring her peace and joy? One answer that quickly came was meditating with a good cup of tea.
Amanda has a background in bookkeeping and office management; all her jobs involved various levels of teaching and client support. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University Hayward, where she studied factors that contribute to a person’s foundational temperament and world view. She has a keen interest in hearing others’ stories and understanding how their current perspectives have been shaped by past experiences.
Amanda is a lifelong student of esoteric and spiritual subjects, ranging from astrology to A Course in Miracles. A common thread in her studies is that people are already whole and healed, and one’s life journey is a process of remembering this truth. She has a passion for flower essences, as she finds they help unearth subtle, but profound changes that are waiting to be brought forward in a person’s life. Amanda’s intention in working with clients is to hold a safe space for people to let go of what no longer serves them, and to help them rebuild a foundation that is more appropriate for their desired paths. She feels her role as an herbal practitioner is to offer kindness, suggestions and support, so that people can take control of their individual journeys.