Sierra Botanica was created in 2009, as a line of fresh, local, and organic herbal skin and body care, free of chemical stabilizers and preservatives. As I created these hand-crafted products from my garden and local farms, I realized that I couldn’t bottle my experience with the herbs in a line of products, and I really wanted others to be able to feel the joy and wonder of healing plants, and that happens when people can get
My approach to teaching is practical and hands-on, building confidence step by step so participants feel empowered to safely and effectively use herbs for health and healing. I partner with my feral husband Matt Berry in several of my wildcrafting
Aside from my work with Sierra Botanica, I am also engaged in community health through my non-profit work. With over ten
My Journey With Herbs
My passion is promoting health and wellness from a multi-disciplinary, holistic perspective. I’ve approached this through my study and experience in health psychology, public health, medical anthropology, sustainable living, permaculture, agriculture, and herbalism. If you’d like to read more specifically about my formal education and professional experience, you can learn more here.
I also have a strong passion for
I’m grateful to have participated in several formal herbal training programs from various Northern California herbalists, including Donna d’Terra, Kathi Keville and Candis Cantin. While these programs provided me with an amazing framework, my deepest herbal knowledge has come from my direct experience with the plants and using them as medicine. Many of these connections were made during the passage of two major life events: being pregnant and becoming a mother, and dealing with a severe, chronic illness that was unresponsive to Western medicine.
While I am grateful to have access to so many healing options, both traditional and modern, the modality that holds the biggest place in my mind, heart and soul is herbalism. I have been enchanted (most willingly!) by how the plants offer themselves to us and how simple and incredibly complex they are in their capacity to heal. Herbal medicine brought me out of the depths of severe, chronic Lyme disease, and it has been like an ambassador, connecting me more deeply to the treasures abound in the natural world. Herbs have been like a faithful friend and companion, spending time together outdoors and helping me take care of myself and my family. They have empowered me as
I am deeply grateful to all those who have helped me on this path in reclaiming my own herbal heritage. And thank you for joining me on this journey! May it bring you more joy, appreciation, self-empowerment and nature connection as it has done for me.
In celebration of the plants,