I am a writer, green witch, an herbalist, a wisewoman… one who loves the earth and gives voice to the healing wild food and medicine plants which surround us and a teacher of WiseWoman Healing Ways of Herbal Medicine and EarthSpirit teachings. Common plants are our teachers. Weeds and wild flowers show us the joyful abundance and generosity of (our true) nature. They freely share their gifts of food, medicine, beauty, and wholeness. It is my pleasure to help women and men remember our ancient and global heritage of Wisewoman Healing Ways; ways of compassionate intuition, nurturing ourselves and our unique rhythms, magical rituals celebrating the cycles of life, death and rebirth, and honoring the sacred web of life.
Connecticut Herb Association (CHA) was created by a group of enthusiasts with a simple desire to educate and share the diverse world of herbs with one another and our community throughout the state. We also work to compile a local network of herb-related resources.
CHA serves as a forum for exchange of information and discussion regarding importance issues in the herbal community and hosts events and gatherings around the state throughout the year.
I am a community herbalist, educator, medicine-maker, permaculturalist and herb-grower. My herbal practice is grounded in the Wise Woman Tradition of herbalism and greatly influenced by the ancient herbal traditions of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. As a teacher and practitioner I enjoy helping my students and community connect with their herbal roots (we all have them!) and believe there is a deep cultural healing that occurs when folks connect personally with their medicine- be it harvesting and drying their own herbs, incorporating herbs into their cooking routines, brewing a simple cup of tea, or recognizing the weeds growing in the sidewalk cracks! I am passionate about educating the public about the wonders of herbal medicine and regularly lead herbwalks and herbal classes all throughout the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, and sometimes beyond. And, since I simply can't keep my hands out of the dirt, I started an medicinal plant nursery, propagating and growing over a hundred medicinal herbs and offering them to the public, so that folks can grow and tend their own medicine! I live on a small herb farm in the woods where I share the land with my family, chickens, cats and over 100 species of medicinal herbs. Every Friday I staff the Blue Dragon Community Herbal Clinic in Greenfield, MA, a low-cost, walk-in clinic.
A clinical and community herbalist offering health consultations in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts since 1995, with experience and training in Western, Chinese and Native American healing traditions. Founder of Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine -- offering classes and certification programs in herbalism and holistic health since 2000 – and of Clearpath Herbals, maker of quality custom-blended herbal formulations for the full range of health issues, much of the medicine conscientiously wildcrafted or harvested at Clearpath Medicine Gardens in Montague, MA. Chris also teaches Topics in Herbalism at UMass in Amherst. He is also co-director of Local Harmony, a local non-profit dedicated to growing gardens, community and the environment through cultivation and stewardship.
Shannon Mulligan-Mayernik is an herbalist and plant medicine maker based in Northern New Jersey. Co-Owner of Mayernik Kitchen, Beekeeper & Educator of all things local and homemade. Graduate apprentice of herbalist Robin Rose Bennett and recent graduate of the Chestnut School of Herbs. Shannon also graduated from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition in 2015. Currently, Shannon is participating in a year long clinical program for herbal medicine in Bronx, New York.