A visual artist, herbalist, holistic arts educator, former pro-boxer, and environmental activist, Vanessa’s work is a dynamic blend of her vast personal experiences over the last two decades. Her unique approach is rooted in the belief that healing happens through reclaiming an intuitive connection to ourselves, the natural world, and our own “inner-wild.” As the founder of Sacred Warrior, she inspires personal relationships with the plants and animals that share our ecosystem and curates embodied experiences in her workshops, herbal apprenticeships, and rewilding retreats.
A fierce defender and advocate of the land, Vanessa embodies the practices she teaches. She has spearheaded land-based education programs to inspire ecological awareness and land stewardship. As an inspirational speaker, she has spoken at the United Nations, Brown University, and the Muhammad Ali Center. Her work has been featured in Aligned Magazine, Ravenous Zine, Culture Trip, and more. She leads ongoing courses and workshops in NYC and throughout the Northeast and runs Rewilding Retreats in New York, Costa Rica, and Scotland. Her upcoming book,Awakening Artemis: Deepening Intimacy with The Living Earth and Reclaiming Our Wild Nature, will be published December 2021 with Viking in the US, Penguin in the UK, and Ullstein Press in Germany.
Nathalie is an herbalist, mother, bilingual psychotherapist, and contemplative practitioner descended from a long lineage of Afro-Cuban healers and Spanish intuitives. Her work is guided by a joyful spirit, ancestral wisdom, contemplative training, and lived experience with cancer and death. Nathalie is skilled at creating space for liminal times of initiation and transformation. She weaves contemplative practice, ritual, and movement into her personal herbalism practice and teaching. Nathalie is committed to teaching and practicing herbalism from a trauma-informed, justice-oriented, and decolonizing framework. In her free time, Nathalie loves cooking for her family, savoring moments of stillness, and playing in the woods with her toddler.
Àdhamh Ó Broin
Àdhamh hails from Cowal in Argyle and is of mixed Irish and Highland descent. He is the first person in 80 years to raise a family of fluent speakers of his local Gaelic dialect which remains on the verge of extinction. Àdhamh has absorbed a huge storehouse of lore over many years traveling the length and breadth of the Scottish Highlands, spending time with the few mainland tradition bearers who now remain. This experience has fostered a particular concern with the maintenance of the native cosmology of the Highlands and in particular with the manner in which the natural world has come to be viewed as incidental to the human experience. Although globally renowned for his work as Scottish Gaelic advisor to the Outlander film production, Àdhamh’s daily preoccupation keeps him much closer to home and the long-overdue decolonization of Scotland’s people through reconnection with the carrying stream of indigenous culture, language and spirituality.
Andrea has always been sensitive to all living things but never imagined the depths that would be revealed through the practice of herbalism. Andrea teaches many of our online herbalism courses and is also a licensed social worker, and avid yogini. The lessons of herbalism are being continually woven into practices of care for herself and others, and she loves supporting that process for new communities of students
Jessica is an herbalist and pianist. She also worked as a counselor, a preK-12 educator, and an editor for psychological scholarly writings. In October 2020, she released an album entitled Sky Improvisations inspired by the world between us and the stars. Her studies as an herbalist focus on trusting intuition, learning from plants, and spiritual connection to ancestors. Jessica comes from Tagalog and Ilonggo lineage and is learning the precolonial mythology and folklore of her motherland, what today is called the Philippines. She hears her soul clearly and feels portals to liminality when she is listening to the Land. As an educator, Jessica hopes her guidance will help students towards reciprocal connection with the earth through the plant life around them, to discover plant lore, and to be inspired to create from this connection. Mabuhay & Ingat ~ To Life & Take Care.