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Arielle Hayat of @arielletheherbalist is a clinical herbalist with three years of intensive training from Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City. She completed her 1000 hour apprenticeship with 30+ year Wise Woman herbalist Lata Kennedy of Flower Power Herbs and Roots focusing on the Six Steps of Healing of the Wise Woman Tradition. She continues to work at Flower Power and there she is able to empower and guide numerous people in her community to a healthier lifestyle that focuses on wellness from the inside out. Arielle has a private consult practice, (link https://www.thealchemistskitchen.com/pages/herbalists) and teaches weekly workshops at wellness haven, The Alchemist's Kitchen. She also is a founding member of Sacred Lotus Yoni Steam (https://www.thealchemistskitchen.com/collections/sacred-lotus) as a clinical herbalist formulating steam blends for feminine health. Her education in natural plant medicine weaves the methodologies of Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Native American folk, European herbalism, and The Wise Woman tradition (the oldest tradition of healing on our planet) to nourish the mind, body and soul of her clientele. Arielle's specialty lies in protocols for helping the body adapt to stress, healing mental wounds caused by the affects of tension and anxiety. She also sees clients with issues related to gut/ digestion, viral infections, adrenals, hormones and more. Through their work together, Arielle's clients rediscover their inner peace, and can experience profound emotional and physical transformation. Her website is arielletheherbalist.com.
As a Registered Herbalist (RH) with the American Herbalists Guild, I’ve been working with clients to achieve their wellness goals for more than 15 years—and I truly love what I do. I co-founded Sky House Yoga in 2011 with my husband Adam Elenbaas. Since opening those sweet doors, I’ve leaned more and more into my calling with the plants. In 2019, Sky House Herb School & Apothecary emerged as a place dedicated to helping people unlock a world of health, medicine, and magic. When I’m not consulting with clients, I teach classes in clinical herbal medicine, medicine making, field botany, western energetics, and custom herbal formulations. I also serve as a board member on the American Herbalists Guild.
Working in the health and wellness industry for over nine years, Bre has gained a substantial amount of knowledge when it comes to taking care of the mind and body. She is currently a freelance writer for several wellness and psychedelics focused platforms and offers Psychedelic Integration Support for her clients. Bre holds certifications in KAP (Kundalini Activation Process), Reiki, Yoni Steaming, Psychedelic Integration, Health Coaching, and more. Through both her personal experience and professional training, Bre is helping others achieve balance through psychedelics, authentic self-expression, and KAP.
Britta Love is a writer, healer and somatic sex educator currently completing a research-based memoir about healing and awakening through conscious sexual practice and psychedelic ritual, based on her Consciousness Studies thesis completed at Goddard College. She became an advocate for sex worker’s rights as an undergraduate at the London School of Economics in 2007 and has been a writer and activist pushing for the decriminalization of drugs and sex work ever since. Britta has spoken at the Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics, Breaking Convention at the University of Greenwich, and the Psymposia Conference at Amherst College as well as presented or facilitated workshops at the New School, the Assemblage, Caveat, Tarot Society, the Gratitude Festival, Catland Books and the Alchemist’s Kitchen in New York City. Her writing has been featured on Medium, Alternet, The Raw Story, Reality Sandwich, and Chacruna and she has been interviewed for WGDR as well as podcasts like Psychedelics Today. Follow her at www.BrittaLoved.com or on Facebook or Instagram at @brittaloved.
Cara Kovacs is a third generation practitioner of magic and a sex, love and relationship coach. Her practice focuses on giving people the tools that they need in a safe and holistic way to create the intimate lives of their dreams. You can follow her on Instagram for nuggets of wisdom at @carakovacs_.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Cassandra grew up constantly enamored with exploring and self evolvement. Fascinated by collaborative relationships and connections we have to each other and this planet she was constantly trying to make sense of it. Cognitive Function was born as a resource to help others understand her realizations, to help others find these connections and show transparency. To uncomplicated the complicated and bring clarity and optimization into our lives, it was her main focus to study herself and others from different walks of life. Amongst all of this bloomed a nutrition channel with the focus of getting us back to our roots. It is her goal to show others how to grab a hold of your mental health, mindfully eat and move your body all in the name of a happy lifestyle. Obsessions: Fuji Apples, Yerba Mate, bone broth, earth ships, organic underwear & waking up early as hell and taking a walk outside oh and tuberose flowers 😉
Katherine Stanbury is a modern mystic, oracle reader, spiritual artist, yin & vinyasa yoga teacher, and Usui Tibetan Reiki practitioner currently residing in New York City. Her practice incorporates crystals, astrology, divination decks, angels, sound healing, color therapy and the chakras. She aims to aid in the awakening of our hearts and minds to Oneness so we may fully embrace our multidimensional existence.
Celia Gold (she/they) is an Akashic Records reader and certified Shamanic Reiki Master. Her background as a cannabis journalist served as a springboard into her current herbalism training, which focuses on the holistic properties of plants, from the medicinal to the metaphysical. Prior to establishing her holistic healing practice, Celia worked as an equity and inclusion consultant, and earned advanced degrees in critical theory from the California Institute of the Arts and NYU.
Christian Ianniello is a poet, editor, journalist, copywriter and rebellious wellness writer with work published in Adolescent, Harness Magazine, SoapBox Editorial and Medium. A graduate from DePaul University, she edited poetry for paralyzed poet—and husband of author Sharon Solwitz— Barry Silesky. She brings her Southern California sunshine to the New York writing scene.
Guido Mase – RH(AHG) Biography: Guido is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and garden steward specializing in holistic Western herbalism, though his approach is eclectic and draws upon many influences. He spent his childhood in Italy, in the central Alps and in a Renaissance town called Ferrara.
Jess Ramírez is a first-gen Ñu-Yorkina of mixed decent including Andean, Middle Eastern and European Roots. With a passion for regenerative farming and ethnobotany throughout her life she has been called to herbalism, divination and healing modalities.
For more than twenty years, Juliana McCarthy has been studying and practicing Western Astrology, finding it to be a powerful tool for self-exploration and examining how we relate to others. She loves working with people to help them understand their authentic selves—their complexities, gifts, karma, and life paths. In particular, she finds Astrology to be helpful for major transitions, unexpected life changes, and for better understanding relationships—romantic and otherwise. Juliana also practices Energy Healing, using a blend of Reiki and shamanic methods. She helps facilitate powerful breakthroughs by clearing blockages around physical, spiritual, relationship, and emotional difficulties. A longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism, she's an avid meditator and spiritual practitioner.
Juliet Diaz, a hereditary witch from a long line of witch healers from Cuba, she is indigenous Taino and her practice revolves around Earth medicine and Magick. She is the owner of November Sage Apothecary & and the online school Tierra Sagrada. She's a healer, seer, herbalist, and mother. Known as the Witch healer, Plant Whisperer for her abilities as a natural healer and gift of communicating with plants, trees, nature spirits. Juliet was born extrasensory and comes from a long lineage of witch healers. Signs of her natural gifts like healing, energy reading, communication with spirit & other realms shined through at the age of 3. She believes Magick lives within us all. She feels passionate about bringing truth to this mundane world and inspiring others to step into their truth.
Kate Belew is a Brooklyn based Writer, Poet, Storyteller, and Strategist. Her work spans genres and spaces: poetry, nonprofits, immersive theatre, health & wellness, herbalism, diversity & inclusive, tech, and the psychedelic. She is interested in helping others craft their content, tell their stories, and connect with their innate creative power as well as spinning her own kinds of tales. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently a student of the plants at Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. Learn more about Kate at: http://katebelew.squarespace.com/ or @k8belew
Kristin is a writer and creatrix who spends most of her time building a sustainable homestead in the Azores Islands. While studying for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Language and Literature, she won a written scholarship to study abroad at the University of Valladolid in Spain. It was during that time spent wonderfully immersed within a new culture that she felt most at home, and understood that one day she would venture out and create a life far-removed from what she knew. So when she grew weary of city-life and could no longer see the stars, she left California with her partner for a small island far from any concrete jungles. There, in the middle of the Atlantic, where the moon appears double the size and thrice as strong, you will find her cultivating plant medicine, conversing with the. universe, and writing her first novel. You can follow Kristin on her journey to bring her island homestead on Instagram at @minimalisthomestead, or read her musings on her personal account, @eastandalchemy.
Maraliz Campos, sound practitioner and wellness guide, challenges widely accepted industry narratives. Vice Tonic applauded her work as a wellness influencer who is steering the industry towards increased diversity and Wanderlust named her 35 under 35 in wellness for her pioneering soundscapes. As a Latina living with chronic pain, she promotes accessibility, inclusivity and wellness for all while teaching us to shift our unconscious reactions to chosen responses. When utilizing the vibrational vehicle of sound, she combines scientific and intuitive techniques to invite self-exploration and reprogramming through sensory access to neuroplasticity.
Micaela Foley is a certified herbalist with an educational background in energetic and clinical herbalism, alchemy, & medical astrology. She completed the clinical practitioner course at Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine in Northern California and the foundational year program at ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City. Her herbal writings can be found through wellness resources like mindbodygreen, Shape magazine, & The Alchemist’s Kitchen, where she previously managed the herbal program. Currently, she lives and farms in Rhode Island. Micaela's herbal practice is committed to social activism, accessibility, & empowerment through education and mutual aid. She is available for private sessions, clinical work, & as a teacher, writer, and consultant.
Minta Karlsson is a nordic roots educator, swedish folk magician, and staff carrier. Minta is located in New England, and co-owns Needfire Wellness, a folk nordic spirituality and wellness business that specializes in online education and workshops. They will soon be bringing folks to Sweden to learn magic via Swedish Magic Tours, led by Trolldom educator Johannes Björn Gårdbäck. Minta takes private consulting clients and offers runic divination services. For more information, email Minta directly at email@example.com.
Nicole Adriana Casanova is a student of Maestro Manuel Rufino, a Taino Elder who founded the Golden Drum educational center in Brooklyn. Nicole is a writer, poet, and storyteller, a 200 RYT Yoga Alliance certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher, a certified Reiki Master in the Usui and Karuna Reiki Riojo, a Shamanic Practitioner, a Human Movement teacher, and Magical Awakening Practitioner. Nicole blends decades of expertise in the wellness and holistic field to create one of a kind empowerment experiences in groups as well as one-on-one settings. As a Soul Architect, Nicole bridges practices and teachings from various wisdom traditions around the world, with intuitive knowledge and practical know how to create one of a kind blueprints of empowerment, healing, and remembrance.
Rachel Webb has trained simultaneously in yoga and mental health for the past decade and in Tibetan Buddhism for the past 6 years. She has completed a meditation teacher training and private yoga teacher training in 2017 and is en route to complete a 6 year Buddhist philosophy certification in 2019. She is has served as a peer coach for social workers using the Motivational Interviewing counseling technique. She has over 6 years of experience working with people diagnosed with serious mental illness, assisting them in achieving wellness goals. Rachel has hosted several therapeutic groups on relationship health over the past year and is currently working on relationship wellness workbooks that combine modern psychological approaches with Buddhist techniques. Rachel currently teaches yoga and meditation classes in Manhattan, and takes clients for coaching sessions. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a private session or interview.
Rachelle Robinett is a New York based Herbalist & Holistic Health Practitioner, and the founder of Supernatural - a cafe, wellness company and line of herbal gummies (HRBLS).
Raisa Tolchinsky hails from Chicago, received a B.A. from Bowdoin College, and is currently a candidate for an M.F.A in poetry at the University of Virginia. A 2019 Brooklyn Poets Fellow, she has read and edited for Tin House Books and Tricycle Magazine, and is founding editor of SIREN. Her poems, essays, stories, and interviews have appeared in Muzzle Magazine, Tricycle, Blood Orange Review, and KR Online. When she’s not writing, she’s boxing or dancing like a weirdo on her roof. Learn more about Raisa and her work on Instagram @raisatolchinsky and on Twitter at @raisaimogen.
Robin Rose Bennett is a story-teller, writer, and herbalist. She has been offering classes in Wisewoman Healing Ways: Herbal Medicine and EarthSpirit Teachings since 1986 - at herb conferences, festivals, clinics, medical and nursing schools, and most joyously, outside with the plants. Robin Rose shares herbal medicine with gratitude - for the loving generosity of the plants and the magic, mystery, and beauty of the web of life. She is on the faculty of the New York Open Center and the Arbor-Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism, and is the author of two meditation CD’s and the books: Healing Magic- A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living and The Gift of Healing Herbs- Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life. (FB: WiseWoman Healing Ways, IG: @RobinRoseBennett, YouTube: Robin Rose Bennett - Plant Medicine and Poetry Series) For more information, visit: www.RobinRoseBennett.com.
Roshina Jimenez a spiritual creative who presently works as an event producer for The Alchemist’s Kitchen. As a double Libra (sun and rising) with a strong Pisces moon, Roshina is deeply committed to her spiritual practice and expresses this passion through various art forms. Most recently, she was the assistant editor for the web series, ‘Wild Woman Healers.’ These days, Roshina is developing a line of candles that depict the archetypes of The Tarot. The mission of her family brand, Sisters of Eastwick, is to create a space where people can return home to themselves and create a life that is both wild and intentional. Follow the journey @sisters_of_eastwick
Stephanie is the former President of The Alchemist’s Kitchen and former Director of Evolver. Inspired by a deep respect for ancient wisdom traditions and our shared connection with the planet we inhabit, she is a passionate advocate for authentic empowerment and conscious transformation through radical integrity of the heart, mind, body and spirit. A native Hong Konger, Stephanie is a mystic entrepreneur and storyteller that left a successful career in finance and film for a path of consciousness and wellness. Learn more at stephaniewang.com and follow her at @stephaniewang5d on Instagram.
Val Elkhorn is an herbalist and forest farmer living in northern Michigan. She runs a small herb business that specializes in digestive bitters called Woodspell Apothecary. Exploring how the magic of creativity can assist us in becoming better stewards of the land and our bodies is what she is most passionate about (besides her two calico cats and Stevie Nicks of course). You can learn more about her and her business at www.woodspells.com.
Yarusha Jimenez began her journey into tarot, astrology, and the occult at a very young age. A truth seeking Sagittarius with her sun in the 8th house , she possesses the deep transformative waters of scorpio, Yarusha has always been guided by her fiery instincts, deep emotion, and psychic abilities. Yarusha studied tarot with Lindsay Mack and completed her wild soul education. Yarusha works from her intuition, and creates a space for her clients where they can experience the gift of letting go. Yarusha studied tarot with Lindsay Mack and completed her wild soul education. Yarusha works from her intuition, and creates a space for her clients where they can experience the gift of letting go. She is self-taught in astrology and believes it to be the blueprint of your soul. As she has honored the wisdom of her natal chart and stepped into her charts vibration, she has become a channel who can communicate with guides. To book an astrology or tarot reading with Yarusha visit her at: www.sistersofeastwick.com. You can find her instagram at @sistersofeastwick or @yarusha1111
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