My name is Joe Granger and I am a third-year student at East West. I am thankful to be acknowledged as student of the month amongst our network of talented healers.
I found East West at a very interesting time in my life. After graduating from high school, I knew that I had no business in a stuffy classroom. I moved to a small town at the foothills of Cascade Mountains in beautiful Washington state to attend a wilderness skills college. I learned a lot of fascinating and inspiring things like outdoor survival and wildlife tracking, but as some of you may guess, I really enjoyed learning about the herbs. I still remember very well my first experience with some friends on a several-day-long hike. My friend cut his foot in a river and the next day he had an infection. We pulled out the infection in half a day with three changes of fresh yarrow poultice. Amazing!
It’s an honor connecting people in need to the healing wisdom long shared by our ancestors and empowering communities to take control of their health and return to nature. I recently moved to northern Virginia from College Park, Maryland, where I was working at a wonderful and cozy herb shop called Smile. I lived on location and was the personal grounds keeper of a beautiful herb garden and was fortunate enough to receive some tutelage from the shops founder, Mr. Tom Wolfe. Now I am working on opening an herb shop in a market with a partner of mine. Very exciting times.
After graduating from the East West program, I want to study acupuncture in hopes of making a well-rounded practice for myself as a healer.
I hope all of my East West herb friends reading this are doing well and I want to also say thanks to the great East West staff who inspire us and spend so much time molding us into fine herbalists.
This July I am thrilled to be celebrating my third year as a part of the East West School Community where I plan to be a life-long-learner of Planetary Herbology. It makes me so happy to say I finally feel at home in this network of healers at East West. I have always been right at home in nature thanks to many generations of plant lovers in my family; now it is so special to share that with the kindred spirits here. Growing up my favorite time was always in the garden with my family, or deep in a remedy book enchanted with my grandmother's handwriting.
I know it's my life’s purpose to protect the legacy of these and all plant-lovers, and I couldn’t be more thankful to be here at this time and place. My life’s work is cultivating plants, and the relationships we have with them. My ultimate goal is to facilitate the connection between people and the plants they love for the highest good of both! Thanks to all of you East West Family, looking forward to many more years experiencing the joy of learning Planetary Herbology with you!
Without a doubt, herbalism became my life’s path. I am driven to understand the power of plants and their healing energy. My name is Bethany Chappell, herbalist and owner of Herbal Health Omaha. I am blessed to be an apprentice under East West graduate and teacher Nicholas Schnell, who is owner and founder of the Four Winds Natural Healing Center in Omaha, NE.
To be where I am today, I first had to become the patient who needed healing. I was residing in Seoul, South Korea with my husband and three children when I unexpectedly became ill. Since I was unable to receive a proper diagnosis or hope of regaining wellness by Western medical doctors, my journey led me to a reputable Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor. By pressing deeply on my abdomen, feeling my skin, reading my body language and taking my pulse, my TCM doctor assembled a detailed diagnosis and treatment plan. I was then sent home with two boxes of decocted herbal tea drinks. Within a few short weeks, I noticed a glowing vibrance to my skin and a vitality that surged life throughout my body. This healing awakened my desire to learn and understand the power of herbs.
Shortly after my health improved, my family and I moved to Omaha, NE. I started working at the Four Winds Natural Healing Center as an office associate and herbal technician where many difficult clinical cases were presented on a daily basis. In addition to my studies, this training allowed me to develop and grow as a student of herbalism. My journey into solving the mysteries of my body enabled me to help my family and community down this path as well.
I am an herbalist and doula in Moab, Utah, USA. I have a store-front apothecary and product line called Sundial Medicinals, which I retail and wholesale throughout the Four Corners region. I grow over 50 herbal varieties in my garden, most of them for use in the apothecary. My work days are usually spent making medicine, tending the garden, seeing clients, and occasionally running out to help a laboring mom. Women’s health is a large focus of my studies and practice as an herbalist.
My herbal education has been eclectic and largely self-directed. My grandmother is an herbalist and astrologer, so my sister and I grew up using her tinctures and absorbing her wisdom. My parents have also been fierce advocates of good nutrition and natural medicines.
I came to herbalism from being a plant person; farming vegetables and studying ecology were early interests. I began my formal herbal education as an apprentice in 2008. In 2011, I attended Herb Pharm’s internship program that included hands-on cultivation of herbs as well as lessons with a variety of herbalists in southern Oregon. In 2012, I first attended an annual conference on Western herbalism in my region and have made the sojourn every year since. I began the East West program in 2014 and I’m headed to my second seminar in April 2017. In addition, being largely self-taught, I continue to build a wide-ranging and extensive library in order to further my education.
My passion lies in the universal pattern language, which I believe can serve to inform and inspire clients and further coalesce the herbalist community. To this end, my studies and practice often employ many different lenses, as my teachers have come from an array of backgrounds: TCM, Ayurveda, Vitalism, Greek Humours, and Western energetics, to name a few! This year I am looking forward to spending more time consulting clients, specifically focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostics, continuing to build Sundial Medicinals and my doula practice, and experimenting with new formulas and extraction processes.
I am originally from Evansville, IN, and I am currently planting roots in the Louisville, KY, area. My passion for healing herbal products started in my early childhood years where I would mix different flowers into lotions and soaps innately. As I grew older, I continued to be curious about how to make lotions and other natural/herbal products. Later in life I had several health issues and was led down the herbal lifestyle, which helped to resolve issues that Western medicine could not.
I started my education with a degree in cosmetology in 2002. I moved on to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2013 to earn a Bachelors of Arts in general studio art (focus in ceramics and glass) with a minor in psychology. I attained my Masters of Education in counseling and personal services with a concentration in art therapy degree from the University of Louisville in 2015. I had the pleasure of starting my herbal education at East West back in May of 2015 as I was finishing my M.Ed.
I take a holistic theoretical approach while using different therapy techniques and healing for the whole person -- mind, body, and spirit. I look at my style of therapy more as life guidance and healing work as I am helping people understand and heal themselves, and tap into their true potential and life purpose. I am an energy and spiritual worker using Usui Reiki techniques and Earth Angel Realm readings. I also utilize EMDR, MBTI assessment, and several other tools when useful to the person. I run a business, www.amberds.com, where I make herbal and aromatherapy products for local businesses and clients. I work with teens and adults treating disorders from, but not limited to, trauma, depression, anger issues, behavioral issues, autism, relationship issues, and substance abuse. Services for adults and teens are provided in the community (hiking, walking, YMCA, etc.) or in office.
I enjoy anything outdoors and with animals! I especially love hiking and gardening, dancing and singing, biking, ceramics, blowing glass, drawing, painting, reading, learning, yoga, making herbal products, spiritual practice, mediation, laughing, astrology, and other healing modalities.
My name is Barbara Scavotto, and I’ve lived in Northern Connecticut my entire life. My mother is an avid gardener and taught me how to grow flowers from a very young age. I remember the wonder of watching my sunflowers grow from seedlings to over 7 feet tall. My interest in herbs as medicine started when I worked at a veterinary clinic that focused on acupuncture and chiropractic, and also used TCM formulas. I was fascinated by the formulas and how they worked. Several years later, our local herbalist offered a year-long course on Western herbs, which my husband surprised me with as a gift. That fueled my interest and passion in herbs. After completing a second Western herbal course, I knew I wanted to be a clinical herbalist. I spent several months researching programs that would provide the quality of education, which led me to East West. I signed up in November 2015 and the course has been exactly what I wanted and needed. I have been immersed ever since. I will attend my first seminar in April and will pursue my East West Herbalist certification, bringing me closer to my goal of opening my own practice as a clinical herbalist.
Last summer, my husband and I bought a new home that had beautiful but overgrown gardens. We have been bringing those gardens back to life, adding vegetables, nurturing native herbs, and adding some hardy Chinese herbs. I have learned so much about each plant by watching them grow throughout each season. Along with gardening, I love to hike –anything that brings me outside! I also love to bake, spend time with our rescued rabbit, Cinna, and make herbal and body care products for my business, AutumnTide Herbals.
I grew up in the boreal forest of northern Alberta, Canada. My love of the natural world was cultivated at a young age by numerous days of fishing,> camping, and foraging for berries and mushrooms in the woods. I was always fascinated with how the world worked and loved my science classes in high school. After graduation I got my diploma in Chemical Technology and set out for a career as a lab tech. It didn’t take long for me to realize that a career in chemistry was not what I wanted to do long term. For the next several years I bounced around from job to job. My favorite one was working at a tree nursery for a summer. I loved being around the plants and began to think about what type of career I could have that would allow me to work with plants more. Shortly after, my mom got really sick from a medication that her doctor prescribed and she began seeing a naturopath. She told me all about the new things she was learning. I had never had any exposure to alternative medicine before and I found it fascinating. My husband, seeing my new found passion, suggested that I make a career out of it and become an herbalist. I spent months researching herbal courses online and signed up for the East West program in 2009, around the same time that my husband and I started building our off-grid farm. I began reading the course books but didn’t do much with the program for the next five years. In 2014 I decided it was time to hit the books for real! I attended my first seminar in 2015 and Intermediate track this year. The teachers at the seminars do such a wonderful job of bringing the course material to life and really motivated me to work even harder on my studies. Once I finish the course I plan to open an herbal practice in my community and would like to do some local teaching and retreats here on our farm. I am also considering continuing my education and getting my acupuncture license. When I’m not playing with herbs I can be found helping my husband with our farm critters, crafting handmade bath and body products for my company Roots of the Earth Wellness, walking in the woods with my dogs, or curled up by the wood stove with a mug of tea.