Riyana Rebecca Sang has been a plant lover and gardener for her entire life, and can often be found where the green ones are — wandering the hills, in the forest, or just the local nursery. She came to her work as a healer first as a doula and then a massage therapist, and has finally found her calling as an herbalist. She enjoys incorporating plant medicine, food medicine, and spirit medicine into her work and believes that by reconnecting to the power of using herbs and food to heal ourselves, we are healing our relationship to the earth and helping Gaia be a better place for all.
Riyana has worked as a counselor, educator, and facilitator for many different environmental and spirituality-focused non-profits in the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to her studies with Ohlone, she holds an MA in Women’s Spirituality and a BA in Creative Writing. She teaches courses in herbalism and medicine making at Ohlone, Gathering Thyme, through the Biofuel Oasis, the Institute of Urban Homesteading, and at Earth Activist Training in Cazadero. She is one of the founding members of the Suitcase Apothecary, a traveling herbal wellness organization that assists activists remain healthy and whole. Her passion for herbalism comes, in part, from the idea that it is the People’s Medicine, and she is committed to helping it be accessible to all people.