One of the main reasons I got into holistic health, and learning about herbal medicine, nutrition, iridology, self-empowerment, etc., is because I was upset that there has always been such a cloak of mystery around illness. There is an idea that disease just ‘happens’ to a person, and the ‘only’ plausible solution is to take medications, have surgery, or die.

When I was able to experience for myself the difference between being healthy (experiencing crippling pain around periods and mood swings that debilitated my relationships with people around me, headaches, fatigue along with other ‘everyday’ healthy people issues) and HEALTH (no pain at periods, balance in my relationships, enhanced self-esteem, an ability to wake up before 10 am),…. The message was loud and clear: herbs, a healthy diet, are BIG key players in health.

I have been rooted in the holistic community since May 2009, and have been passionately exploring and advocating a different way to live. I studied Holistic Nutrition under the tutelage of many inspiring teachers at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I have a practice in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where I help people become informed consumers, whole food fanatics, and energized citizens. Nutrition, herbal medicine and iridology are the tools and resources I use to get people back to health.

One of my most inspiring teachers was Darko Prce, M.Sc. CNP, RNCP, ROHP, who had the conviction and compassion to create in me the strength to pursue a career in holistic health.  He knew that miracles are within the hands of a practitioner equipped with heart, the knowledge of plants and nutrients, and the patience to continue the path of understanding and sharing!

I enrolled at the East West School of Planetary Herbology in October 2013.

My professional goal is to be able to support my Hamilton community in helping for health to not be such a mystery.  My way of achieving this goal is to continue to host workshops that educate people, build up my Youtube channel to reach the people who need these messages most, and continue to involve myself in my city. Visit me at

My name is Nathan Shannon. I was born in Meeker, Colorado, which is in the northwest part of the state.  I moved to central Wisconsin before I started school and lived there until I was 21 at which time I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, which is where I still live.  In 2003 I began studying Asian Bodywork at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe.  The styles of Asian Bodywork I initially studied were Acupressure, Tui Na and Zen Shiatsu.  After receiving my initial diploma I began seeing clients full time and I continued on with my Asian Bodywork studies, specifically Tui Na and Acupressure within the Chinese martial arts community in Arizona.  I also studied and began practicing Craniosacral therapy and different forms of Specialized Kinesiology.  I found it helpful and effective to integrate both Asian and American bodywork modalities. 

My involvement in Chinese martial arts exposed me to Chinese herbal medicine both as a patient and a student.  I quickly realized that Chinese herbalism was very effective and efficient however I have always preferred to work with plants that I knew from my local environment…If only there was a way to utilize them along with classic Chinese formulas while keeping to Chinese medical principles and theory! After learning that this is precisely what the East West Herb Course teaches, I knew that it was the school for me.

I began the East West program in 2012 and just finished all of my course work and all three East West seminars this April. I will now be working to obtain professional membership in the American Herbalists Guild.  I have a full time practice in which I practice Planetary Herbalism in conjunction with Asian Bodywork and Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (a healing technique which utilizes a form of acupressure and energy psychology/ neuro-emotional therapy).

I intend to continue building my herbal medicine practice, and begin teaching community classes in herbal medicine.  At some point I will be working to collaborate with other local herbalists to offer herbal medicine to veterans in need of care in a free clinic setting. 

When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, wild crafting herbs, camping, hiking/walking my dog, practicing martial arts (Xing I Quan) and practicing things related to my animistic spiritual beliefs.   


My name is Hung Ting Ting from Hong Kong. I am 33 years old and I danced ballet for 14 years. After earning a Bachelor’s of Fashion Design, I became a jewelry designer for several years.

A mild health problem brought me to natural healing, especially to Western herbs. After the successful experience, I began to pursue my study of natural healing and taking different courses, including herbal medicine and homeopathy.  I met many great teachers, including Dr. Michael Tierra, Lesley Tierra and some other famous herbalists and homeopaths.

By studying at East West School, I experienced significant improvement in my practices. The course materials and textbooks written by Michael and Lesley are so amazing that I have to read them over and over again. By doing so, I manage to learn new knowledge every time.

I am thankful that I have the ability to prescribe organic herbal medicine for my two young children when they were sick. I am pleased that they have never taken any drugs since birth. Nowadays, people can get enormous and various health information easily via the internet. I am so blessed that I have a clear mind to learn the truth of herbs and know what to do to protect my family’s health.

I am thankful that I am doing my herbal practice, helping people with organic Western and Chinese herbs with good results. Many magical cases in my clinic encourage me to work even harder.

I am excited to launch organic herbal soup bags with an East West School alumni, Peggie. Our products will be rolled out in May 2016. We hope our organic soup bags can bring good health to every family. Our motto is “Sparkle your health with Organic soup.” Our company’s name is Bonum Trees. Bonum (meaning “highest goodness” in Latin) is our philosophy in spreading the goodness to everyone’s health through the use of nature’s gifts – plants and herbs!

Last but not least, Michael, Lesley and all East West School teachers and friends, thank you for teaching me and helping me during my journey of herbal study. I have been inspired by all of you and you all have brighten up my life. I love herbs and herbs love me!

I lived in Baltimore most of my life.  I was drafted into the military and joined the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was deported for 6 months off the coast of Vietnam.  After  that experience, I started attending college at UMBC and obtained my BA degree in Psychology.  I started my career as a substance abuse counselor, which is my main occupation.   

I run and work out daily to keep in shape.  This led me to wanting to learn how the muscles function and to address aching muscles. This path led me to attend and graduate 14 years ago from the Baltimore School of Massage. I have maintained my career as a massage therapist by working with professional athletes, University of Maryland athletes and private clients.

In my quest for massage certification CEUs, I attended a Qi gong seminar. While there I was introduced to herbal tonics and a company in California to purchase them. In the process of purchasing the tonics a technician told me about a school up the coast that was pretty good.  The owner of the company happened to be Ron Teeguarden. The school up the coast was and still is East West School of Planetary Herbology.  This confirmed for me that our steps have been measured for us , it’s up to us to take the first step.

I started the foundation level last year and I’m looking forward to starting the intermediate level this month. I have learned a lot this year, but I also realize I have a lot to learn. Not only have I learned about the energy of plants, but also my spiritual energy.

Upon completion of the advanced course next year, I plan on developing an institution to treat and teach people about the benefits of herbs. I will also grow and develop formulas for usage, with my biggest focus being on mushrooms. I believe that we are put on this earth to help as many people as possible.  Learning the spiritual energy of plants will help me continue this process.

One of the best things I like about East West (other than the instructors) is the feeling of flower power.  For those who were too young to experience it or those who have forgotten, to me it means having Peace and Love for the planet (plants, animals, and the environment) and to encourage Peace and Love for all people. This was a way of life (a movement) in the '60s and at East West I feel it is alive and well.  I finally found my tribe.  

Hi, my name is Anne Roe and I am 33 years old. My origin is Germany, which I left five years ago to travel the world and find the most important person in my life: me. What a ride! I initially biked around New Zealand, where I am now settled and married.

And I found my life purpose: getting people healthy and happy.

I completed my diploma of Sports and Economics in Germany as well as my first Yoga Teacher Training.

On my travels I discovered a passion in different kinds of body works and trained as a Massage and Bowen Therapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner. With over five years' experience I now run my own practice where I combine ancient wisdom with modern science, helping other people on their life journey.

I started with East West School at the end of 2012 and am very much enjoying the course. I have recently invested in the latest German technology for evaluating the nutritional status through hair follicle analysis. The knowledge about different herbs around the planet will help to make positive nutritional and lifestyle recommendations, which assist the body in regaining balance and optimal health.

I am passionate about any kind of movement and guiding people to become intuitive with their bodies. Yoga is an amazing tool to help this! I love connecting with Mother Nature, reading and studying, socializing, travelling and harvesting organically grown veggies out of my garden!

My goal is to combine different modalities and bring both science-based medicine and traditional healing wisdom together. I would like to work extensively with eating disorders and body image and the role of natural medicine in this area to help people stepping into their potential and to realize how much more there is to life.

Currently, Chloe is the generator of a heart-centered hub for the alliance of ethno-botany, expressive movement, alternative art, and Earth medicine via transformational workshops and women's Red Tent facilitation presently thriving on community-expressed needs for the cultivation of plant wisdom, somatic liberation, storytelling, and earth-first thinking. Rainbow Bliss Botanicals and Happy Healthy High Horny Herbs are two of Chloe's current projects that strive to integrate consciousness, ceremony, botanical medicine, and sacred dance through honoring the divine intelligence between people and plants.
Fueled by cosmic ancestors, a BS in Sustainable Ecosystems and Soil Science, and undergraduate studies in Dance Performance and Choreography at Arizona State University and University of Waikato, New Zealand, I believe in a collective vision of expressive healing and Ecology as religion. For the sake of all creatures, I hold a vision to utilize Earth medicine with compassion to inspire health and leadership. Chloe values studying cognition-enhancing botanicals, plant therapeutics for pain management, and natural medicine for trauma/addiction recovery.

Chloe is in her 3rd year of studies at EastWest and aims to be a certified Planetary Herbalist with training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Meridian Therapy, and Eclectic Herbalism. In May 2016, Chloe is planning on traveling to China with East West & the Tierras to generate a deeper understanding of TCM and to advance her studies. 

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Chloe loves to blog and has an active website and retail store at:


Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee didn't allow for much exposure to things like herbalism, just the vestiges of southern folk medicine mixed with the health food store accounts of rare radicals like myself. So, in 2006 I traveled to Yreka, California to study herbal medicine at The Blue Otter School of Energetic Herbalism. From there I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where I was fortunate enough to land a job working at Herbs, etc., the longstanding herbal supplier founded by Michael Moore a generation or two before I was born. 

In order to serve our customers better I enrolled in the East West Herb Course so that when people asked me about the Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs we offered I might be able to give them real answers.  In 2010 (about a year into the East West program) I quit my job, left New Mexico, and effectively halted my herbal studies to pursue my other passion in life, music.   After four years of learning to play the violin, I found that the dust gathering on my Herb Course Book 2 was getting unsettlingly thick.  So, entrenched in a degree program at City College of San Francisco, I began doing the herb coursework again.

As the year readies to change to 2016 I am finding myself well into Book 3, one semester away from receiving an Associate's Degree at CCSF, playing gigs regularly with my band, Ghost Note Ensemble, and beginning the registration process for a Tuina massage program next year. I've taken my time with my education.  I began the East West Herb Course five years ago and it will have taken me four years to earn an A.A., but this time has been dense with gifts.  The classes I've taken in music, herbal medicine, chinese medicine, environmental science, and sustainability have all refocused my vision.  My goal for the present and future is to integrate Chinese medical theory, bioregional herbalism, bodywork and exercise science, and sustainability into a cohesive practice worthy of supplementing the health of people so that people can restore the health of the planet.  I view human and planetary health as one dynamic force and hope to do whatever I can to encourage this vision in the world.

At the encouragement of Kristi Shapla of the East West School I recently started a blog where I have been posting my recent papers for public viewing:

In 1999, I graduated from California State University, Fresno,  with a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude; and in 1994, from Fresno City College, CA, with a Degree of Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Highest Honors. I maintain my active California RN License, hold a Public Health Nurse Certification, and also have presented group projects of published nursing research through my membership in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
I've worn several hats, working in private and public agencies such as California Children’s Services, County Tuberculosis Clinics, and High Risk Infant Specialty Clinics in various roles, helping homeless adults with communicable diseases, drug- and alcohol-exposed infants, preemies, teen mothers, and children with special needs and developmental challenges.
After taking a couple years' break to reconnect with my family, I realized I had forgotten who I was, my roots! So I rediscovered a passion I've had since childhood, and decided to redirect my career as a nurse-herbalist in holistic nursing.
My Great Uncle Jim was an Eclectic ahead of his time. I grew up playing on his small farm in Upland, CA, and browsing through his collection of herb books covering his shelves. I watched him use vibration and UV light devices he made himself on people's feet, and provide people with produce and herbs they needed from his own farm. Now I am realizing that every plant and tree he had was a significant, powerful herb. Uncle Jim did not turn grey until his stroke at age 90, and then he turned grey overnight. When I was a teenager, and he could no longer help himself, I would care for him. I cut his nails, washed his feet, and when I brushed his teeth, both I and my mother (also an RN) were surprised to see shiny white molars poking through his gums. He died at home at age 93. My Great Aunt Delta who Uncle Jim treated for cancer died that same year, at age 94.
On my other side of the family is my Grandma Evelyn, who outlived three generations of the homeopathic physicians who treated her.
I signed up for East West School of Planetary Herbology in May 2012, and have never had so much fun in all my life! I've enjoyed every single minute, and every single dalliance, never tiring of talking about the amazing healing properties of herbal formulations! Having attended the new Medicine Making and Meridian Therapy tracks at the East West Herb Seminar this Spring, I've been focusing on what will become lifelong practices of Qigong, and using food as medicine. These have proven to be invaluable missing pieces essential to my own personal healing. 
As a nurse-herbalist, I'll offer my skills on the health care team to support the client taking charge of their own healing. I'll be a bridge of communication to promote continuity of care, to combine modern advances with what is most pure and simple. I'll assist the medical doctor to help titrate down the client's prescription medication regimen as herbs clear underlying root imbalances. I plan to do this by providing custom-made herbal formulations that are readily adjusted, lifestyle recommendations, foot massage, reflexology, and teaching easy Qigong techniques that are specific to the client's needs.

I’ve lived in Tinmouth, Vermont, for the past 36 years amongst the hills, < fields, and trees.  There’s such a diverse amount of plant material here that will keep me busy for a long time to come.

My interest in herbs began in high school. It was a time when there really wasn’t much in the way of good herb books to reference.  We were on our own just as Michael Tierra was. A friend and I would explore the green world around us; smelling, tasting and smoking as we felt inclined. We always had an interest in what was around, whether it was plants, trees, mushrooms, or even the rocks beneath us.  In college I was able to snag courses in plant taxonomy and mycology. These were some of the most satisfying things I did in college.

Career-wise, I’ve been a carpenter/builder for the first half of my life. If lineage has anything to do with life, I’m at least a fourth or fifth generation carpenter.  Wood is such an interesting material. Even when it is done growing, it still has a life to it in the way it looks, and feels. Herbs are now becoming an extension of wood into the healing properties beyond the physical ones.

My first foray into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) came nine years ago.  I had been a student of tai chi and was introduced to Master Chen.  That became an important step on my path in healing. The result created huge changes in lifestyle. I completed his External Qi Healing course and continued to attend many other workshops just to be with a true master.  I met the Tierras at his Universal Consciousness Festival last year, which may have been more than coincidental.  I was wondering what would be next. As events unfolded, I enrolled in the East West Herb School in March and haven’t doubted my decision one bit.

Now seems to be the time to continue to pursue herbs and healing.  I’m grateful for all the work the Tierras have done to organize the knowledge of TCM herbs in English.  Now I get to benefit from all of this herbal knowledge while I feed my family and build many houses. I never would have gotten that far on my own.

It seems to me that the present American medical system is on the verge of collapse. There must be some sane solution to maintaining health.  I know many people who aren’t being helped by the present system. Some of them are the spouses of open-minded doctors. So this school is truly giving me a much better understanding of how the world works and the richness of the intertwined relationships of people, plants and the energy of the earth. East West is giving me more, better tools to use to help people live satisfying lives. This how I see myself spending the other half of my career.

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