As a child I loved helping my mother in the kitchen. She would set me up at the counter on a step stool so I could assist chopping nuts or any other chore she gave me and as I grew older, the job of preparing the family meals was handed over to me. As a teen my interest in health began and many years of cooking professionally has given me a foundation for the classes I offer with a focus on food as medicine.
During high school my elder sister got me a job as her helper at a local plant nursery where I stayed for several years and attained an immense amount of plant knowledge that I use today in my garden design business.
Upon my high school graduation in 1976 I was gifted two books, one on Shiatsu the other, on herbs, Jeanne Rose’s Herbs and Things. Fascinated, I read for hours of this exciting, new world of concoctions and remedies and spent my days experimenting. Little did I know, where this would all lead but, clearly I was smitten. Since then, I have refined my recipes and Woodsorrel Handmade Herbal Body and Bath Products is the culmination of my efforts.
In 1980 I went to massage school that included, a course in herbal studies with Michael Tierra and during that time I also met, Rosemary Gladstar with whom I have studied extensively. Rosemary and Michael opened up my world and from then on I have embarked on a wonderful journey that has never ended. Since that time, I have studied with many: David Hoffman, Lois Johnson MD, Susun Weed to name just a few.
In 1983 I recieved my certification in Shiatsu therapy and through the years have included my herbal knowledge as an offering to my massage clients.
In 1985 I began teaching various herbal workshops and over time it developed into a 8 month course: Herbal Ways for Women designed to give the student a sound understanding of the subject with a focus on the practical applications by offering a hands-on approach.
Even though my love for travel and herbal lore has taken me to lands from simple to exotic, I happily reside in a lovely seaside town resplendent in wild edibles and medicinal plants. This special slice of heaven is where I lead herb walks on the identification and practical uses of the bounty at my fingertips. An avid gardener, I enjoy tending my cottage garden, used both for pleasure and as my outdoor classroom where I conduct a variety of herbal classes and workshops.
The upside down cat and sometimes unhelpful assistant.