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2015 Herbalista Service Report

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2015 Service Report

Building Community Through Herbalism!  

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This past year the Herbalista Free Clinic expanded services by adding a new member to our fleet.  In January 2015, the Herb Cart hit the pavement to join the Herb Bus providing free herbal healthcare around the Atlanta area. 

Together these herb-stations-on-wheels facilitated 38 clinics in 2015, serving hundreds in our local community!

Duane pushes the Herb Cart towards Woodruff Park for a Sunday Clinic alongside the Food Not Bombs Crew. May 2015

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We continued to pour sweet, sweet herbal medicine, custom compounding all sorts of remedies for our patients, from teas to tinctures to oils and more!   And though we are mobile, we provide regular opportunities for refills so that we can be a service folks can depend on!  Over the course of 2015 we poured over 6 gallons of extract blends, 8 pounds of loose herbal blends, 1500 capsules blends, a quart of fixed oil preparations, dozens of aromatic inhalers, salves, spritzers and more! 

Christina in the Herb Bus Apotheke.

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We served¬†at herbal first aid stations around the country. ¬†At these stations, herbalists and conventional practitioners (nurses, EMT’s, ect.) work together, providing patient focused healthcare. ¬† ¬†¬†

Florida Earthskills Gathering
The First Aid Station at the Florida Earthskills Gathering. February 2015
Joining 7Song’s¬†Northeast School of Botanical Medicine to serve at the CALM First Aid Station at the Rainbow Gathering in Manistee National Forest, Michigan. ¬†July 2015.
The First Aid Station at the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference in Lake Eden, North Carolina. October 2015.

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This year the Bus drove nearly¬†10,000 miles delivering healthcare and herbal education in Atlanta and around the country. The ¬†2015 Herbalista Expedition¬†was the Herb Bus’ most ambitious trip yet, clocking 8,000 miles and covering over 20 states during her 2 month voyage.

 Viva la Herb Bus!  

At well over 200,000 miles, this little bus just keeps on going! ¬†The Catholic Worker’s Hippy Kitchen on Skid Row,¬†Los Angeles, CA. August 2015

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMAnd while we do rely on donations from the greater community, we are always striving to create more of a self-supporting system, from seed to remedy! ¬†This past year we watched Herbalista¬†evolve from a “free clinic” into a “health network.”

( And we’re not done yet. Stay tuned for this¬†year’s Seed Library!)

Flow Herbalista

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And as usual, our programming combined service with education!

Processing Tulsi Basil, donated through the Grow A Row Program
Pay-It-Forward Medicine Making Workshop. March 22, 2015
Creating teabag blends that will stock the free clinic at a Pay-It-Forward Medicine Making Workshops.
The Herb Cart Service Project. Woodruff Park, ATL, GA. January 2015
Apprentices training through the Herb Cart Service Project.
Health education at the Herbalista Community Health Fair.
Health education at the Herbalista Community Health Fair. Big House, Atlanta, GA. March 2015.
It’s hard work I tell ya!¬†¬†Herbalista Community Health Fair¬†at the Big House, Atlanta, GA. June 2015

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Serving alongside the Foot Not Bombs Crew at Woodruff Park. Atl, GA November 2015
Serving alongside the Foot Not Bombs Crew at Woodruff Park. Atl, GA. November 2015
Atlanta Beltline Fruit Forage and Herb Ramble with Concrete Jungle. September 2015.
The Radical Herbalism Gathering, Shropshire, England. June 2015.
Botanizing in Michigan with 7Song's Northeast School of Botanical Medicine.
Botanizing and wildcrafting in Michigan with 7Song’s Northeast School of Botanical Medicine.
Picking Monarda in Montana with the lovely Kris of Hill Botanicals. July 2015.
Visiting the Olympia Free Clinic in Olympia, Washington.
Visiting Herbalist Renee Davis and the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic in Washington State. July 2015.
Serving with Occupy Medical in Eugene Oregon.
Serving with Occupy Medical in Eugene Oregon. August 2015.
Learning and serving at the Gubbio Project for the Homeless in San Francisco with Nurse Roehrick. August 2015.
The California School of Studies.
All aboard! The Herb Bus visited the California School of Herbal Studies. Forrestville, CA. August 2015.
Once again, tending the feet of our friends on the street on Skid Row. Catholic Worker's Hippy Kitchen, Los Angeles, California.
Once again, tending the feet of our friends on the street on Skid Row. Foot Care Friday’s at the¬†Catholic Worker’s Hippy Kitchen, Los Angeles, California. August 2015.
Sitting with white sage in the mountains of southern California.
Sitting with white sage in the Laguna mountains of southern California. August 2015.
Visiting Ponderosa High School in Flagstaff, AZ, where Terra Birds is empowering youth through gardening and permaculture skills.  August 2015.

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We look forward to a new year filled with herbalistic adventures in healthcare…

Won’t you join us?¬†~The Herbalista Crew


Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference 2015

Each fall¬†I load up the bus and drive to the North Carolina mountains. ¬†Destination: the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference! ¬†This annual gathering of women and children is now in it’s 11th year! ¬†I am honored to facilitate the Herbal First Aid Station and hold a safe space for our gatherers.

It takes a crew and this year we were lucky to have 6 herbalists and 2 EMT’s providing around the clock care. ¬†Here are a few photos from this year’s station. ¬†Next year’s gathering will be October 14th – 16th… hope to see you there!

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Foot Care Friday on Skid Row

This summer I had the pleasure of returning to volunteer at the LA Catholic Worker’s Foot Clinic. ¬†Every Friday they serve the homeless¬†at their center on Skid Row. ¬†Lovingly called the “Hippy Kitchen” this is a center for hospitality, offering clinics and meals and more.

The LA Catholic Worker House is a sister community¬†to our Open Door here in Atlanta. ¬†We have had a couple of opportunities to visit each other’s foot clinics and share our knowledge and trade ideas. ¬†I had such a wonderful time and hope I have the chance to return again soon!

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Herbalista Community Health Fair ~ March 25th!

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March 25th, from 11am – 4pm

at the Big House on Ponce

368 Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA 30308

Please join us at the Big House each month for access to an array of health services, including Herbal Therapy, Yoga, Reflexology, and more.  Services are on a first come, first serve basis, but while you wait your turn, please take part in the free health education classes we will have running throughout the day or take the opportunity to make new friends.

Receive what you need, give as you are able.

All Services from 11:00 am  Р4:00 pm:

Herbal Aide


Endless pots of Herbal Tea

Referral and Resource Services

Bonfire Circle

Open Class Schedule:

11:00 – 11:45 – TBA

12:00 ‚Äď 12:45 ‚Äď Common¬†Herbs with Gretchen

1:00 ‚Äď 1:45 ‚ÄstTBA

2:00 – 2:45 –¬†Kitchen Nutrition

3:00 ‚Äď 3:30 ‚ÄstTBA

2014 Herbalista Service Report

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2014 Service Report


Another year of adventures in healthcare!  


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In Atlanta (our herbal hub) we continued regular services at our 2 Herb Bus Stations, 

conducting 148 consultations over the course of 22 clinics.

The Big House Station, Atlanta, GA

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At these monthly clinical rounds, we poured endless pots of seasonal tea, dispensed 6 1/2 gallons of customized tincture formulas (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), 14#’s of raw custom herbal and powder blends, and a variety of other remedies including aromatic inhalers, herbal capsules, and oil rubs.

Inside the Herb Bus Apotheke

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We served at several herbal first aid stations including:

the Florida Earthskills Gathering
the Rainbow Gathering in Utah
and the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference in North Carolina

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The Bus drove over 10,000 miles delivering healthcare and herbal education around the country.  

The Five Flavors Crew,  Lassen National Forest, California

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMWe shared the Herb Bus model of healthcare with classes and communities from Atlanta to California.   Some of our hosts included Ponderosa High School, the California School of Herbal Studies,  Sacred Plant Traditions, Five Flavors Herbs, Homestead Atlanta, and the High Museum of Art.

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Ponderosa High School, Flagstaff, AZ

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMWe expanded our efforts to make community herbalism sustainable by initiating new programs that combine service with education:

Pay-it-Forward Medicine Making: Teaching medicine making skills while we stock the Herb Bus with needed remedies.
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Grow A Row: Supply locally and sustainably grown herbs to the Herb Bus by enlisting and supporting local farmers in the cultivation of medicinal herbs.  A joint project with Funny Farm Atlanta.
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Herb Cart: An Herbalista service project providing herbal first aid while offering learning opportunities for herbalists and herb students.

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Talking buses, gift economy, and tea in Long Beach with Guisepi of the Free Tea Party Bus
Being inspired at the Radical Herbalists Gathering in Shropshire, England.
Spending time with special plants in special places. Anemone on Mount Shasta, California.
Harvesting and preparing medicine to share with my community and those in need.  Arnica and Osha, Utah.


Tending the feet of our friends on the street with the Catholic Workers at Friday Foot Care on Skid Row, Los Angeles, California.

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For all this and so much more, we are grateful.

We feel fortunate to have this opportunity to serve our community

and thankful for your friendship and support on this journey.

~The Herbalista Crew

Herbalista Crew (Past and Present): Lorna, Corinne, Todd, Amanda, Kaitlin, Lynda, and Anna





Holiday Foot Fiesta


Wishing you a New Year filled with peace, smiles, and candy canes

For the final clinic of the year we throw a foot fiesta at the Open Door Community. ¬†In addition to offering¬†full foot care services and community acupuncture, we sip¬†cider, nibble on sweets, and spin those¬†holiday tunes– I’m talking some James Brown’s Funky Christmas and a little Motown action.

Thanks to the help and contributions of our volunteers and friends, we are also able to hand out gift bags to our friends on the street.  We fill these bags with items to help keep the harsh winter at bay, such as herbal salves, cough drops, and cozy wool socks.  For some photos of the final clinic of 2014, please click here.

It’s been over 8 years since I first sat down at the Open Door and had¬†the honor of holding someone’s feet in my hands. ¬†In the tradition of counting our blessings, I feel grateful to have found the Open Door and their open hearts. ¬†They have been an inspiring force in my life. ¬†I want to thank them for their commitment to¬†service, for their unwavering dedication to human rights, and their courageous ability to take direct action. ¬†May you all find your inspiration this New Year.

~Herbalista Lorna

Welcome to the Herb Cart


Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMComing in 2015, this service project of the Herbalista Free Clinic will provide free, earth-based care and health education.  This pop-up first aid station will set up at soup kitchens and at other marginalized communities around the Atlanta area.  We hope this project will not only place more healing herbs into the hands of the people, but also provide an educational opportunity for those looking for herbal, hands on, clinical training.

If you have been looking for a way to put your herbal knowledge to work, if you are looking for a chance to serve your community, then here is the chance to do BOTH!!

To volunteer with the Cart you must meet the following requirements:

  • CPR and First Aid Certified within the last 2 years. This can be through any number of organizations, such as the Red Cross, American Heart Association, etc.¬† This must be completed prior to attending an Herb Cart Weekend Training Session.
  • Attend an Herb Cart Weekend Training Session (Herbal First Aid, Herb Cart Protocol, etc.)¬† Each training session is limited to 8 participants.¬† Contact Lorna to register and make payment arrangements.
  • Train at the Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic at least twice (Safety and Sanitation, Clinical Flow, Anti-Oppressive Practice, etc.)¬† This clinic meets every Wednesday Night at the Open Door Community.
  • Demonstrate herbal competence, compassion & pragmatism as a health worker. Please note, participation in the program is at the discretion of the Herbalista Crew.¬†

We will schedule Herb Cart Clinics on various Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s throughout the year.

To enroll in this project, please email

Upcoming Herb Cart Trainings 

January 9th – 11th, 2015

 Friday evening 7pm Р9:30pm

 Saturday from 10am Р5pm

 Sunday from 10am Р5pm

 Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $250

 February 20th Р22nd, 2015

 Friday evening 7pm Р9:30pm

 Saturday from 10am Р5pm

 Sunday from 10am Р5pm

 Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $250


SEWHC Herbal First Aid Station

Each year we set up an Herbal First Aid Station at the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference to support this gathering of over 1000 women and children. ¬†Our clinic is a collaborative effort between EMT’s and Herbalists, as we strive to provide compassionate care for this temporary community. ¬†For more information on the clinic (such as how we stock it,¬†staff it, the forms we use, etc.) please check out the SEWHC Herbal First Aid Station Manual. ¬†This Manual is a free pdf download available at the herbalista website. ¬†And for a glimpse inside this year’s clinic, check out our¬†photo album.

A shot of the apotheke.  The Herbal First Aid Station is a combined efforts of many -- the Herbalista Free Clinic, the Appalachian School for Holistic Herbalism, Red Moon Herbs, Traditional Medicinals, and the Clinic Crew!
A shot of the Apotheke.

The weather was lovely this year, the overall energy was so joyful, and¬†I was particularly moved by the keynote given by Rosita Arvigo on service and the dharma of a healer. ¬†While I am not situated to speak on the concept of “dharma,” I do know that while our work as herbalists (or any community healthcare provider) is often beautiful. ¬†It also requires that we witness and work with deep emotional and physical pain. ¬†When we partner with our patients through their struggles, we can be at risk of neglecting our own needs or those of our loved ones. ¬†It can also be hard to grapple with the suffering of multiple patients all in the same day. ¬†This is what can make a gathering like the Southeast Women’s to be so important, as it brings together a community, all of whom are dedicated to this path. ¬†It gives us a chance to nurture and support each other,¬†a chance for care-takers to be cared for. ¬†We are grateful to have the chance to do just that.


Home sweet home


Home sweet home! After a long time on the road, the Bus is once again happily parked at Herbalista Headquarters. I am excited to be back, to be wrapped in the green embrace of a vine-covered south, where our creeks rise to late summer storms. I am also honored to call Atlanta home. I am grateful to have been born in a city dedicated to the struggle for civil rights, to have been watered by the reverberating message of Dr. King, and nurtured into an adult (an herbalista, in fact) who is committed to serve. And it is in the very symbol of this city, the phoenix rising from the flames, that we can take inspiration, take up the challenge, and continue to work for the health and happiness of our neighbors, even when times seem tough. When our state closes the door of Medicaid expansion in the faces of the poor, we can open ours. When services and shelter for our friends on the streets are dismantled, we can step forward to provide. As they say at the Open Door, “We gonna do the best we can, till we can’t.

IMG_9370I have often been¬†asked, if you need a bus to do what we do. ¬†As you can see by the photo above, NO VAN REQUIRED! ¬†While I was touring out west, clinics continued as usual in Atlanta. ¬†Corinne and Todd popped a tent, pulled out a few tables, and created an “insta-clinic” to serve¬†our friends at the Open Door Community. ¬†Whether you have a van, a bike, or just a backpack, you can make a difference!

~Herbalista Lorna