Teachers & Performers 

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Sally Fallon Morell, Nourishing Traditions

Sally Fallon Morell, Nourishing Traditions

Karen Rose, Master Herbalist

Karen Rose, Master Herbalist

Dr. Jody Noe, Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Jody Noe, Naturopathic Doctor

Gina Breedlove, Sound Healer

Gina Breedlove, Sound Healer

Sally Fallon Morell is founding president of The Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation dedicated to returning nutrient-dense food to American tables. She is also the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, which has as its goal universal access to clean raw milk from pasture-fed animals. She is the author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions (with Mary G. Enig, PhD); The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care (with Thomas S. Cowan, MD); Nourishing Broth (with Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN); and Nourishing Fats and Nourishing Diets.

Karen M. Rose, Master Herbalist, trained in Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine, has created an outlet for her teachings and healing modalities with the opening of Brooklyn-based Sacred Vibes Healing and Sacred Vibes Apothecary in 2002. Her inspiration for this work began as a child in her native home of Guyana, where she was exposed to how African, Caribbean and Latin American traditions profoundly influenced plant medicine and community healing. The legacy of these lands is the foundation of Karen’s spiritual and healing practice.

Jody Noé’s education in herbal medicine, psychology and spirituality has made her a leader in the field of integrative medicine. She obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Her background as a clinical research scientist and ethnobotanist adds a dimension of scientific knowledge to her perspective.

Gina Breedlove is a medicine woman, sound healer, vocalist, composer, and actor from Brooklyn, NY. Gina began sounding into her body when she was five years old to create safe space for her spirit and being. From Brooklyn to Rwanda, Gina travels the world sharing healing artistry through the potent power of music and sound.

 

Abby Artemisia

Abby Artemisia

Amanda David

Amanda David

Annabeth Hardcastle

Annabeth Hardcastle

Byron Ballard

Byron Ballard

Cantrice Janelle Penn

Cantrice Janelle Penn

Chonteau McElvin

Chonteau McElvin

Christan Carter

Christan Carter

Cindi Quay

Cindi Quay

Corinna Wood

Corinna Wood

Dr. Cornelia Cho

Dr. Cornelia Cho

Dr. Crystal Dawn Silas

Dr. Crystal Dawn Silas

Evanye Lawson

Evanye Lawson

Giwayen Mata

Giwayen Mata

Ikeoma Divine

Ikeoma Divine

Jacquelyn Hallum

Jacquelyn Hallum

Janet Kent

Janet Kent

JoyMaat

JoyMaat

JulieAnn Nugent-Head

JulieAnn Nugent-Head

Kady Morgan

Kady Morgan

Kaitlin Ilya

Kaitlin Ilya

Kim Duckett

Kim Duckett

Kristin Wilson

Kristin Wilson

Linda Nash Stevenson

Linda Nash Stevenson

Lucretia VanDyke

Lucretia VanDyke

Maia Toll

Maia Toll

Michele Ashley

Michele Ashley

Michelle Dionne

Michelle Dionne

Mother Turtle

Mother Turtle

Patty Grant-Edgemon

Patty Grant-Edgemon

Phyllis Utley

Phyllis Utley

Rebecca Word, ND

Rebecca Word, ND

Sharon Oxendine

Sharon Oxendine

Sobande Greer

Sobande Greer

Sora Surya No

Sora Surya No

Tesia Love

Tesia Love

Virginia Rosenberg

Virginia Rosenberg

 

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    Abby Artemisia, founder of the WANDER School, Botanist, Herbalist, and Professional Forager, lives on the edge of Pisgah National Forest in the Black Mountains of North Carolina. She learned about plants playing in the woods, working on organic farms, an herbal apprenticeship, a bachelor’s degree in Botany, and running her own tea business. She teaches about plant identification, native plants, and working with plants for food and medicine in her Wild Apprenticeship Program and throughout the country.

    Amanda David is the mother of 3 amazing kids, to Rootwork Herbals and Bramble Community Herbalism. She is a plant loving, medicine making, wildcrafting, gardening, community herbalist who sees clients and teaches classes and apprenticeships in Ithaca, NY. Amanda has been intimately working and playing with herbs for 20 years. As a lover of plants and a lover of people, she is passionate about bringing them together in a down to earth, accessible way that promotes personal and planetary health.

    Annabeth Hardcastle is a grandmother, dreamer, rune reader, beekeeper, and student of life in Asheville, NC, where she listens to the language of dreams, the earth, runes, symbols, and the seasons to discover and facilitate self-awareness and wholeness.

    Byron Ballard is a writer, ritualist and urban homesteader in Asheville, NC. She offers workshops and lectures on traditional mountain culture and Goddess spirituality, and is one of the founders of Mother Grove Temple. She was featured at the 2007 Forging Folklore conference at Harvard and presented at the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology in 2010. Her writing has appeared in print and online and she blogs for the Asheville Citizen-Times.

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    Cantrice Janelle Penn (she/her/they/them) is a Black, queer evolving aromatherapist, writer, and editor who was raised around many tongues, lottery dream books, and the steady waters of the Powhatan River in Shocquohocan. She works with plant oils as a grounding reservoir to continue calling in the riverwaters of home and to offer a healing medium for others, particularly underserved communities. Cantrice is also the founder of Queer Black Editing, a holistic editing business that operates with an ever-decolonizing lens.

    Chonteau McElvin, Medicine Woman, is founder and creator of the Sacred Healers Program, a training program for Urban Shamans and Soul Care University, a mystery school for the healing arts. Her journey with the sacred plants follows a wise woman path, focusing on relationship building, nutritive weeds and illnesses providing opportunities for self discovery. Healing medicine is Spirit medicine and she partners with our green ancestors in sacred plant rituals, energy healing and other root work to support harmonious living.

    Christan Carter To know and work with Christan is to know love for the African Dance and Drum Cultures, communities, people, music, energies, and the characters it brings together. She has had the opportunity to learn and instruct students throughout the South and Southeast. Through instruction, performances, preservation, and exposure, Christan continues to study and keep the traditions and dreams of her predecessors alive.

    Cindi Quay, Traditional Herbalist & Menominee Native American, has been working with our plant kingdom most of her life. Turning this into a deeper passion, she opened Cindi’s Sacred Garden in 1997. Cindi grows her own herbs in a traditional manner and also gathers herbs from around the United States, giving respect to Mother Earth.

    Corinna Wood is founder and director of Southeast Wise Women. Her early initiation into the herbal world included an extensive apprenticeship with Susun Weed. For the last 25 years, Corinna has been practicing and sharing the Wise Woman Tradition, based in honoring of women and the Earth. Through two decades of teaching, as well as founding Red Moon Herbs in her home community, Earthaven Ecovillage, Corinna has opened countless hearts to the wisdom of the plants and their own bodies.

    Dr. Cornelia Cho is a pediatrician and mushroom club president. She is always exploring-studying Mind-Body-Brain science, drug-free trauma-healing methods, and reclaiming traditional ways of eating. Her Korean heritage gave her a head start on alternative modalities beginning with a probiotic-rich diet and foraging wild foods.

    Dr. Crystal Dawn Silas is a dynamic inspirational speaker and physician. Board certified in Family Medicine, Board eligible in Functional Medicine, and an emergency department physician with over 20 years of infusing botanical medicines and other integrative approaches into her unique healing modalities. She especially enjoys informing, inspiring, and empowering those everyday healthy wholesome lifestyle choices that enhance the body-mind-spirit's innate ability to heal itself and thereby prevent and reverse the symptoms of chronic disease, as well as reduce dependence upon prescription medications.

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    Evanye Lawson is a Self Mastery Speaker, Self Love Coach & Teacher, Licensed Psychotherapist. She calls herself the "Love Propagandist.” She teaches women how to live in alignment with their voice, so that they can do what they want AND be who they are, with less fear, shame, and guilt. She is the creator of The Self Love Center in Atlanta Georgia, serving women all across the United States and internationally with online classes, breathwork gatherings, and individual sessions.

    gina Breedlove This medicine woman is a sound healer, vocalist, composer, and actor from Brooklyn, NY. gina began sounding into her body when she was five years old to create safe space for her spirit and being. From Brooklyn to Rwanda, gina travels the world sharing healing artistry through the potent power of music and sound.

    Giwayen Mata is the award-winning, dynamic, soul-stirring, all-sistah, dance, percussion, and vocal ensemble that celebrates the richness of traditional Afrika by exhibiting its exemplary art forms. The ensemble performs traditional, contemporary and original pieces that address issues pertaining to people of color, women, and the environment.

    Ikeoma (I kE Oma) Divine, affectionately known by her peers as "Kiki", is a registered nurse and spiritual counselor. As a practitioner who was born into a lineage of midwives and nurses, she uses Rootwork for healing purposes and her own self-transformation. Ikeoma’s approach to healing encompasses conventional and alternative methods used to treat the whole person (including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects) rather than simply manage the signs and symptoms of diagnosed disease.

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    Jacquelyn Hallum, MBA, MHA, CDP is the director of Health Careers and Diversity Education at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). Her special interests are health parity, cultural appropriate care, and workforce equity and inclusion. She’s an advocate for social justice and enjoys mentoring and working with marginalized youth. She is an experienced presenter in diversity and inclusion including microaggression and racial equity work.

    Janet Kent lives off-the-grid high in a rich Appalachian hardwood cove forest. She sees the radical potential of herbalism to address both the need for humans to reconnect with the more-than-human world and to alleviate the crisis of conventional health care in this country. She is the co-founder of Medicine County Herbs, a medicinal and native plant nursery and apothecary and the Terra Sylva School of Botanical Medicine. She writes on herbalism, ecology and reconnection medicine.

    Jody Noé’s education in herbal medicine, psychology and spirituality has made her a leader in the field of integrative medicine. She obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Her background as a clinical research scientist and ethnobotanist adds a dimension of scientific knowledge to her perspective.

    JoyMaat is a professional Health & Wellness educator, author, and visual artist with education and experience in clinical mental and behavioral health, substance abuse counseling, criminal deterrence programming, Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) yoga, Kemetic spiritual arts, and plant-based nutrition. She started KemeticArts24 to empower not only her own whole health and wellness but the whole health and wellness of people of color and all of humanity.

    JulieAnn Nugent-Head began researching Chinese medicine when her infant son contracted pneumonia in 1996. Wondering how a simple cold developed into a life-threatening illness, she was fascinated by Chinese medicine. After completion of a master’s degree in the US, JulieAnn moved to China to study under two of Beijing’s most famous practitioners. This invaluable experience under skilled clinicians revolutionized her understanding of Chinese medicine. After living in China for nearly a decade, JulieAnn and her partner opened a teaching clinic in Asheville.

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    Kady Morgan is a Plant-Spirit Healer, Herbalist, and Ceremonialist who is honored to carry the seeds of both Celtic and Peruvian shamanic lineages. As an Earth keeper, Kady is passionate about healing the Ley Lines of Gaea. As a walker-between-the-worlds she loves connecting others to the Plant Spirit Kingdom. She loves exploring, medicine making, and tending to her herb and veggie gardens. She enjoys building faery houses in the forest with her daughter and surfing the waves of the Atlantic.

    Kaitlin Ilya is a ritualist and herbalist. She has been leading rituals and women's circles at Earthaven Ecovillage for over 10 years and is the founder of the Earthaven Valley Red Tent. Kaitlin is an ordained Priestess with the Temple of Diana. Her herbal training and song gathering began with Linda Conroy in Wisconsin and continued with an apprenticeship with Susun Weed.

    Karen M. Rose, Master Herbalist, trained in Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine, has created an outlet for her teachings and healing modalities with the opening of Brooklyn-based Sacred Vibes Healing and Sacred Vibes Apothecary in 2002. Her inspiration for this work began as a child in her native home of Guyana, where she was exposed to how African, Caribbean and Latin American traditions profoundly influenced plant medicine and community healing. The legacy of these lands is the foundation of Karen’s spiritual and healing practice.

    Kim Duckett, Ph.D. has been teaching women’s studies in university settings for nearly 30 years. She is the founder and spiritual director of WHISPER in Asheville, NC, where she offers classes, circles, rituals, and a sacred mystery school for women.

    Kristin Wilson is committed to working with with organizations, groups, and individuals seeking a greater wholistic sense of well-being by implementing anti-oppression and intersectional frameworks. She brings healing and compassion into her work on dismantling the White Supremacy Structure to develop a sense of wholeness within oneself, in community, and on the Earth. Kristin has worked within the non-profit, private, and government sectors specializing in women’s empowerment, therapy, domestic violence, child protective services, anti-racism, spirit-centered work, GLBTQ initiatives, youth work, leadership development, and wholistic healing.

    Linda Nash Stevenson is an herbalist, musician, and acupuncturist residing in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her herbal training began at an early age in the woodland forests of upstate New York foraging berries, crabapples, wild onions, and greens. A mother and grandmother, she has been a practicing herbalist for over 20 years, creating tinctures and flower essences called Lifeforce Herbals. She believes in healing the world one cup of tea at a time.

    Lucretia VanDyke’s journey began as a little girl mixing herbs, clays, and muds on her grandparents’ farm. A holistic educator, speaker, herbalist, erosologist, ceremonialist, spiritual light coach, intuitive energetic/Reiki Practitioner, Diviner, and world traveler, with over 2500 hours of training, she has been a holistic esthetician for over a decade, focusing on integrating indigenous healing rituals and meditation into modern day practices. Her work with herbs and sacred practices embraces Women's Wholeness Medicine, grief work, sexual trauma, ancestor connection, womb healing, and skin care.

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    Maia Toll, RH(AHG), spent a life-changing year in Ireland apprenticed to a traditional medicine woman. Twenty years later, she's built her life around earth medicine, curating gorgeously crafted botanical products for her retail shops, the Herbiary, as well as teaching and blogging to an international following. Maia’s first book, The Illustrated Hebiary, released in 2018, is a quirky character sketch of 36 bodacious botanicals. She is currently working on her second book.

    Michele Ashley, after successfully establishing her own coaching and consulting business, pursued her heart’s passion and became a yoga teacher at Asheville Community Yoga to inspire, encourage, and empower her students to feel safe in their bodies, explore a deeper conscious awareness of the energetic power they hold within, and guide them on their own journey of self-exploration and realization, becoming more grounded, more aligned with their authentic self and the power of their own voice for both personal and professional purposes.

    Michelle Dionne graces the Herbal Conference with her sacred and healing dance. Working closely with Corinna Wood, Red Moon Herbs, and the Wise Woman Tradition over the last decades, Michelle has developed a unique style of teaching dance, helping women cultivate greater self-awareness and self-love through traditional world dances and spontaneous movement. She focuses on Birth Dancing, Belly Dance, and leading circles for adolescent girls through her school, The Mandorla.

    Mother Turtle, aka Marsia Shuron Harris, resides in the hills of Western Massachusetts where she is a facilitator, photographer, and musician, who has been performing her original compositions for over 25 years. In 2009 she designed and began facilitating “Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves With Mother Turtle,” a unique and interactive experience for healing and transformation. Using her voice as a tool, she can lift you to great heights, as well as take you to those deep places within that are seeking illumination.

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    Patty Grant-Edgemon is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Her primary experience has been working in the field of substance abuse and mental health. Patty has a masters in social work and is certified in substance abuse treatment since 1993. She has presented on historical grief and trauma in many different venues since 2003. She has been in recovery since 1987 and promotes sobriety and recovery on all levels.

    Phyllis Utley, Great Granddaughter of Patience and Anthony Edwards, member of Catawba-Wateree Council, member of Inter-Tribal Native American Association, she seeks to live in alignment with the laws of nature. A Racial Equity Practitioner, herbalist, and member of the International Human Rights Association of America, Phyllis is a lover of waterfalls and rainbows. Her Super Power is her sunshine of enthusiasm and warmth.

    Rebecca Word, BA, ND is a licensed naturopathic doctor in Black Mountain, NC. She is also an instructor at the Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville where she teaches Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology as well as Diet and Nutrition. Rebecca utilizes nutrition, botanicals, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, person-centered lifestyle counseling, principles of Chinese Medicine and in depth consultation in practice. Women’s health, children’s health and individualized somatic sleuthing are her areas of greatest interest.

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    Sally Fallon Morell is founding president of The Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation dedicated to returning nutrient-dense food to American tables. She is also the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, which has as its goal universal access to clean raw milk from pasture-fed animals. She is the author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions (with Mary G. Enig, PhD); The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care (with Thomas S. Cowan, MD); Nourishing Broth (with Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN); and Nourishing Fats and Nourishing Diets.

    Sharon Oxendine is a First Nations woman from the Lumbee Tribe from Lumberton NC and now lives in Fletcher, NC. She has studied with numerous teachers from the Wisdom Keepers and other Indigenous Leaders and Shamans for the last 27 years. Sharon has been named Elder by her community and leads ceremonies around Rites of Passage, Grief, Soul Retrieval, and Transitions from this world to the next. She is passionate about the Earth Elements and supports Sacred Activism through ceremony and sharing the Sacred Pipe.

    Sora Surya No is a sacred space holder, strategy alchemist, transformative business coach, corporate leadership consultant, powerful medicine woman, business healer, international retreat leader, inspirational speaker, fire igniter, heart whisperer, and world traveler. She works with women entrepreneurs to incorporate the art of sacred into their businesses through earth medicine practices. Sora loves to sit in ceremony with others and share the art of holding circle. She is a believer of sisterhood + community while living a life that is wild, free, and calm.

    Sobande Greer is a Master Herbalist, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, consultant, educator, and author with over 25 years of experience. She founded and runs the only African American School of Herbalism and Natural Health that teaches the art of herbalism and healing the old fashioned way. She is also the founder of the United States' first Afro Botany Certification Immersion Program. Sobande resides with her husband just outside Nashville Tennessee where she maintains a private practice that centers on education and consulting.

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    Tesia Love, passionate about wellness and natural healing, is a multi-faceted holistic health practitioner committed to helping women achieve their best health, and thereby their highest potential. She practices as a Clinical Ayurveda Specialist in Charlotte, NC offering consultations and Ayurvedic body therapies. Board-certified by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Tesia is also a licensed massage and bodywork therapist. She graduated from the California College of Ayurveda, Duke Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Health Coach professional training, and various other herbal and wellness trainings.

    Virginia Rosenberg is an Intuitive Astrologer and Movement Artist whose interest is natural healing of self and society. Astrology and movement are effective tools for liberation. Classically trained as a dancer and Taoist martial artist, she trusts her body's innate intelligence beyond technique. Since 2010, Virginia has taught classes, workshops, and retreats, and offered thousands of readings for clients worldwide. Her viral writings on astrology, spirituality, and society are used as teaching tools in meditation and study groups.

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