Lorna is a traveling herbalist, medicine maker, wildcrafter and teacher. Much of her herb work supports organizations dedicated to promoting diversity, environmental responsibility, and social justice for which she received the American Herbalists Guild Community Service Award in 2013. She completed an herbal residency with Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine and clinical studies at both the Blue Ridge School for Herbal Studies and BotanoLogos. In addition to facilitating the Herbalista Health Network, she offers a sliding scale herbal clinic in East Atlanta, leads the Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic serving our friends on the street. Lorna believes that in order to preserve our access to herbs we have to make them part of our everyday lives, from our kitchens to our medicine cabinets.
Anna Drews [Dublin]
Anna is a licensed massage therapist who is currently completing her clinical herbal studies with Colaiste Luibheanna, a cooperative herbal school based in Cork. Anna believes in empowering people to find their own definition of health and healing and holds space for each person to explore what their body and spirit need at that moment. She was a member of the wellness team during the Apollo House Occupation and in 2016 she traveled to Calais, offering massage at the Women’s Center in “the Jungle” refugee camp. Anna is a founding member of the Dublin Herb Bike.
Corinne Lee [Atlanta]
Corinne is a community herbalist, a yogi and mindbody integration teacher. Her formal herbal training started at The Botanologos School of Herbal Studies. She continued her botanical studies in wild food foraging, organic farming and eco-homesteading as an apprentice of Natalie Bogwalker at the Wild Abundance School of Permaculture. Corinne works in all aspects of the Herbalista Network, from volunteer management, apprentice training, and working lead on both the Herb Cart and Herb Bus. She helps facilitate Anti-Oppressive Trainings within Herbalista and has served on the American Herbalist Guild’s Diversity Committee, in the hopes of improving accessibility and awareness of herbal medicine regardless of class, race, gender, sex or sexual orientation. She currently is working towards her Yoga Therapy Certification and Licensure of Massage Therapy.
Duane Marcus [Atlanta]
Duane is a suburban micro-farmer, permaculture practitioner, teacher, herbalist and all-around gift to the Atlanta area. He teaches classes at his permaculture homestead, The Funny Farm, on the edge of town. He has been an incredible supporter of Herbalista since its inception and co-created the Grow a Rowproject, which brings more affordable medicinals to our clinics while supporting the growth of our local agricultural community. He also crews the Herb Cart and teaches at the Herbalista Health Fair.
Maggie O’Keeffe [Dublin]
Maggie O’Keeffe is a founding member of the Dublin Herb Bike and a professional clinical herbalist assisting with chronic and acute conditions at her sliding scale clinic in north Dublin. She offers an integrated approach to wellness, combining herbalism, and complementary therapies including reflexology, massage, lifestyle guidance and nutritional advice. She has been involved with Dublin Central Housing Action since 2015, and worked in Outreach during the Home Sweet Home campaign.
Marie-Lies Van Asten [Atlanta]
Marie-Lies coordinates the Herbalista Community Health Fair and is an apotheker for the Herb Cart. She makes skincare products using local plants she forages around the city and in her backyard. Her most current passion has been to distill her yard and use the hydrosols in her face creams and face toners. Her passion for medicine making makes her a talented steward of the mother dispensary at Herbalista HQ. She also enjoys teaching classes through The Homestead Atlanta.
Pam Gould [Atlanta]
Pam Gould is an Atlanta Herbalist passionate about teaching people how to integrate herbs into their everyday to support good health. Her focus is primarily chronic conditions involving gastro-intestinal and digestive concerns, hormone fluctuations and related issues, Lyme disease as well as how to support aging gracefully. She integrates Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbs and philosophies of healing when working one-on-one with clients. Pam currently manages the apotheke at Herbalista HQ. You can find out more about her work at www.pamgould.net
Christina Gibson [Atlanta]
Christina Gibson is a practicing clinical herbalist based in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. She studied medical herbalism and Chinese Five Phase theory at the Botanologos School of Herbal Studies with Patricia Kyritsi Howell. In 2015 she began an apprenticeship with Lorna Mauney-Brodek of the Herbalista Free Clinic, where she continues to study and practice. Coming from a professional background in permaculture design, forest conservation, and urban ecology, Christina is dedicated to the promotion and practice of bioregional herbalism and the conservation of at-risk medicinal plants.
Tim Hayes [Atlanta]
Tim is currently apprenticing with the Herbalista Free Clinic. He serves on both the Herb Cart and as a co-facilitator for the Grow a Row Program. Tim has been growing medicinal herbs in the Atlanta area for 4 years at Hearthfire Farms, whose mission it is to help people grow their medicine.
HERBALISTA HEALTH COLLECTIVE
Herbalist and Foot Care Worker
Abbe Findley is an herbalist, medicine maker, wildcrafter, and artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her training as an herbalist includes the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, a six month apprenticeship with 7Song at the Ithaca Free Clinic, a three month apprenticeship with the Herbalista Health Network, ongoing courses at the Voyage Botanica Herbal Medicine Field School, apothecary assistant at Kings Road Apothecary, and training/mentorship under foot nurse Larua Roehrick. She is owner/founder of Zizia, a community herbalism project based in Los Angeles that offers a sliding scale herb clinic, creates handmade botanical products, offers free weekly foot care to those living in Skid Row alongside the LA Catholic Workers , and runs a monthly free mobile herb clinic (modeled after the Herbalista Herb Cart) to those living in the Skid Row Community (stationed at the LACW Hippie Kitchen). In addition she is creating the Herbal Medicine Video Database with a mission to document and share the oral tradition of botanical medicine as it is currently being practiced here today in the 21st century by bioregional herbalists across the globe. For more information visit zizia.land or follow @ziziabotanicals.
Alicia is a Komyo Reiki Do Master and Teacher, as well as a student of Pranic Healing. She provides energy healing during the monthly health fairs, and at the 3rd Sun of Atom Wellness Center in East Atlanta. Alicia recently completed her master’s degree in Social Work at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and her passion is to bring healing to marginalized communities through compassionate energy work.
Chelsea Haddad apprenticed under Lorna Mauney-Brodek at the Herbalista Free Clinic from 2015-2016, making medicine, working as an apotheker, schlepping things to and fro, and learning what it truly means to be a community herbalist. Her time with the Herbalista Crew was transformational, and she plans to one day open her own practice. Chelsea has a Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health, and plans to complete her clinical training at the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine.
John has worked as a volunteer with the HerbCart at both Food Not Bombs and the Herbalista Health Fair. He was motivated to travel down from North Carolina for an HerbCart training in 2015 with the goals of contributing to the good work of Herbalista in Atlanta and to learn from Lorna’s vast experience in preparation for the development of a similar model of herbal practice in North Carolina. He has since established the Free Holistic Health Clinic serving low-income individuals and families. In addition to the managing the free clinic, he runs Browns Creek Herbs, offering herbal products at a number of Asheville area tailgate markets and other clinical setting. He loves the interaction with the public at the markets as it provides him with the opportunity to share his herbal knowledge with others while simultaneously learning from the community. He has formal training in clinical herbalism, therapeutic massage and Tibetan medicine, and is pursuing a degree in acupuncture. He plans on opening a non-profit organization including a retail space and clinic in Spruce Pine in early 2018.
Yoga + Nutrition
Maria Borghoff (BFA, 500-RYT) is a Tantra Yoga teacher living in Atlanta, GA. As the director of Groove Forward, a platform for community art and public health, she explores the integration of ideas to establish more dynamic and productive relationships – individually, socially and environmentally. Maria is inspired by a multitude of disciplines including movement, meditation, art-making and nutrition, and has taught, published and exhibited work nationally.
Orion facilities Herbalista’s Monthly Community Dialogue. Orion Psychotherapy’s Studio Office, located in the West End of Atlanta, holds space for adolescents and adults who are seeking to engage in a therapeutic-relationship-ritual with a Licensed Professional Counselor. Grounded in a Humanistic foundation from the University of West Georgia, they often encounters the lived struggles of trauma, gender, sexuality, and loss with compassion, an ear for metaphors, and an interest in experiential Expressive Therapies. At the intersection where art meets therapy Orion founded and runs the Therapeutic Artists Residency, that offers four Atlanta artists free individual and group counseling for a year and ends in a showcase of their work.
Holistic Nurse + Foot Care Worker
Susan Stone has nurtured the health of the Atlanta community for many years. After serving as a registered nurse at Emory Hospital for many years she began offering holistic care on the streets. She has volunteered for the Harriet Tubman Foot Car Clinic for 8 years and has served on the Herb Cart for 3. Her hobbies are singing, dancing, gardening, preparing healthy foods, and using natural remedies on myself, friends, family and my cat. While working in the clinics she enjoys getting to know so many wonderful people and am grateful for that opportunity. The photo is of her with her Mom, her inspiration to do no harm.