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TRAINING & SUPERVISION

I officially launched my private practice, Long Spell, in 2018. I have been growing and making my own medicine, offering workshops, and serving as a community herbalist for more than ten years. I have completed over 900 hours of training in herbal medicine, first aid, and botany.

Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes are my primary teachers, and I continue to benefit from their mentorship. Thanks to their teachings, my practice is informed by both Indigenous energetic principles (via Karyn’s traditional Choctaw training) and the western herbal tradition. As a white settler practicing earth-based medicine on occupied Indigenous lands, I am committed to a lifelong process of transparency and reciprocity with respect to the knowledge I have been entrusted with. I welcome engagement on this topic for those who are interested.

I regularly access additional mentorship and training to expand my capacity as a practitioner. I am currently pursuing professional development with the Wild Seed School of Herbal Medicine, and I participate in a Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine peer mentor group. I am blessed by the visionary support of the Turtle Tank School for Radical Purpose and of somatic therapist Tada Hozumi, who works with white therapists, facilitators, organizers, and healers to incorporate racism cessation and cultural somatic therapy into our work.

Education and Training

2019

Materia Medica and Medicine-Making (Intermediate)

Wild Seed School of Herbal Medicine (Salt Spring Island, BC)

2017–18

Light Falling from the Stars: Advanced Practitioner Program

Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine (Fort Jones, CA)

2017–18

Clinical Practicum, BCCCS Wellness Centre

Wild Seed School of Herbal Medicine (Vancouver, BC)

2015

Certificate in Energetic Herbalism

Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine (Fort Jones, CA)

2015

Wilderness First Aid and CPR PRO

MASHH + Wild River Medical Training (Klamath River, CA)

2014

Organic Master Gardener

Gaia College (Toronto, ON)

2014

Queer Ancestral Healing Worskshop

Dori Midnight and Atava Garcia Swiecicki

2007

Monteregian Flora

McGill University (Montreal, QC)

2005

Practical Herbology Field Course

Flora Medicina (Montreal, QC)

I have also worked as a professional artist and editor for the past decade,
having earned an MSc from MIT (2010) and a BFA from Concordia University (2008).

Did you know?

Herbalism is currently an unregulated profession in Canada. Herbalists and our clients alike are responsible for educating ourselves about expectations for training and care. This means we are continually co-creating what it means to work within this robust, ancestral, and culturally diverse modality. I am committed to transparency about my training and my working methods, so please get in touch if you would like to know more.

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