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6th Annual

Pacific Women's Herbal Conference

Teacher Bios

(Please note: Teachers subject to change)


Amber Wirth

My name is Amber Daniele Marie Wirth, I am a multi-racial twenty-nine-year old woman from Western Washington. I live on a beautiful island in the Salish Sea called Vashon, originally home to sHebabS in the Tx!"l!ucid or the Puyallup People. My ancestors come mostly from the Philippines, France, Switzerland, and Germany. I am a child of an Aquarius Sun and a Scorpio Moon. This celestial alignment propagated the humanitarian spirit that is innate in me. I am a passionate educator who teaches 5th grade at a Title I high poverty school in Tacoma, WA. I teach from an environmental and social justice lens that honors and highlights the most vulnerable and marginalized people’s perspectives. Other passions I hold include but are not limited to: working with plant allies and medicines, attending ceremonies, gardening and tending the land, camping, taking nature walks/hikes, rock hounding, and reading.


Amber's Workshop:

  • The Profound Medicine of Herbal Body Oils


EagleSong Gardener

spins yarns and catches story. A weaver of heart and soul in the wise woman tradition, EagleSong is a seasoned generative gardener and community  herbalist with over 4 decades of practice. In an ever-simmering cauldron of possibility, recipes for cultivating life with meaning are skillfully crafted for those eager to bring more life to their life through Health From the Ground Up herbal apprenticeship, weekend classes, Garden Opens at RavenCroft Garden and her bio-regional Herb Walks.

Story medicine quickens a sense of our world as holy, mysterious and worthy of care...and anyone can do it! 


EagleSong's Workshop:

  • Hawthorn Tree: A Tale of Three


Erin Durrett

Erin Durrett has been a cantor for sacred liturgy for twenty-five years and is currently Director of Music Ministries at Church of the Holy Spirit (Episcopal) on Vashon Island where she also writes music for the Puget Sound Zen Center.  She was a founding member and assistant teacher for several years of the Seattle Medieval Women’s Choir for several years. She will be teaching Hildegard’s chant in Iona, Scotland in 2020 as part of an international conference on music as a medium of healing.

Erin loves working with people of all ages and teaching music from all periods, genres and cultures.  She has recently taught workshops on the Harmony of the Spheres, Chants of the Divine Feminine and using chants from all over the world as part of daily spiritual practice.


Erin's & Jane's Workshop

  • Plants and Chants: Feasting with Hildegard of Bingen 


Harvest Moon

Quinault Ambassador, historian, master basket weaver and renowned storyteller will engage you, teach you, stretch you and bring the northwest alive in a whole new way. 

Harvest Moon is a heart felt traditional  storyteller with the keen ability to reach a broad audience through her rich, multi-layered stories.

Stories that both entertain and educate delivered in a traditional form of oratory with high quality recitation, spirit songs and performance. 


Harvest Moon's Workshops: 

  • Tales from the Longhouse

  • Telling at the Friday night Fire Circle 


Jacquie Hill

I am a woman who was exposed to the Wise Woman Tradition in my late teens and never turned back.  My herbal practice has been anything but linear and has led me to many opportunities to grow, heal, incorporate, and engage in with plants.  After practicing folk herbalism for many years, which supported the birth of my 2 daughters, I pursued a more “formal” herbal education.  With both the folk and scientific working to aid me, I feel the desire to continue speaking, teaching, and engaging with the herbal community in any way that I can!


Jacquie's Workshop:

  • A Spoonful of Honey Helps the Medicine Go Down-An Introduction to Herbal Miels

Jane Valencia

loves welcoming women and girls into the magic of the green world that surrounds us. Through forest and garden learning adventures, writings, and illustration, she helps the herbal curious to get down and dirty getting to know the plants and their healing ways and to discover what the plants reveal about our truest nature. An instructor with the Vashon Wilderness Program, Jane is the creator/ mentor of VWP's herbal girls camps. Sacred plant medicine and traditional Western herbalism are her well-spring. Jane is author-illustrator of Paloma and Wings: a Kids Herbal Comic. 


Jane's & Erin's Workshop:

  • Plants and Chants: Feasting with Hildegard of Bingen

Jane Stevens

2020 Organic Farmer of the Year, Jane Hawley Stevens is dedicated to connecting people to Nature for their health and the health of the planet. 

Specializing in herbs since 1981, Jane developed her herbal wellness line, Four Elements Organic Herbals, based on herbs gown on her organic farm in the pristine Baraboo Bluffs of Wisconsin. Living her truth and experiencing wonders of the natural world inspires Jane to continue planting in the rhythm of planetary cycles and teach diverse classes on organics, herbs and living in Natures rhythm.


Jane's Workshop:

  • Gardening by the Moon


Jennifer Sundstrom

is an herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition, and sadhak on the path of sound.  One foot in the corporate world, and one foot in the esoteric realms, Jennifer lives the example of bridging spiritual life with daily work life. Sparkling and dynamic, Jennifer offers private/group classes on various herbal topics, and Sound workshops in the greater Seattle area.  Jai Ma! 


Jennifer's Workshop:​

  • Celebrating the Voice of the Goddess

Joan Cowden

Joan is an herbalist and teacher in Oklahoma, and an ambassador for the HeartMath Global Coherence Initiative. In a journey that includes paramedic work, sacred dance and mythic studies, Joan walks in the Wise Woman Tradition, and received her clinical training at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. Using food, herbs and alignment with earth rhythms, she helps clients and students re-attune to planetary energies, themselves and the plants.  She teaches herbalism as a way to intimately reconnect with our magical inner nature and to the life-web of the planet, in a dance of reciprocity that nurtures both.


Joan's Workshop:

  • Making Friends with Sleep


Julie Charette Nunn

Crow's Daughter is a shamanic herbalist and long-time teacher, herbal crafter, organic gardener/farmer, goat herd and successful business owner from Whidbey Island in Washington State. She teaches listening as a way to gain access to the abundant wisdom in nature, and supports people to open themselves to greater possibility by sharing their gifts. She offers shamanic herbal apprenticeships, wisdom circles, home study courses and individual mentorships sessions in the shamanic herbal tradition of the wise woman. Julie’s specialty is connecting people in nature to learn more deeply who they are.


Julie's Workshop:

  • Herbs of Heart & Meaning


Karen Joy Fletcher

Karen Joy Fletcher, MPH is a writer, Qigong teacher and ambassador of Chinese medicine and healing arts. She loves sharing her passions and the wisdom she’s gained through her teachers and studies in the East, West and the majestic forests and mountain around our Planet. She is a personal student of Grandmaster Xu Mingtang of the Zhong Yuan Qigong lineage, has studied and traveled extensively with him at Shaolin Monastery in China and throughout Eastern and Western Europe. She speaks Mandarin and also is a long-time student and interpreter for Master Chinese Medicine doctor, Dr. Zhao Fuxue. Karen co-leads Qigong & Wilderness treks in Western China, and also teaches Qigong and a playful and powerful nature-connection practice called Earthgym at schools, festivals, organizations and retreat centers throughout the U.S., Canada and China. 


Karen's Workshop:

  • Good Morning Qigong!

Keya Kai Guimaraes

Honoring her Polynesian, Chinese and Irish heritage, Keya is a certified herbalist and natural perfumer based in Kaua`i, Hawai`i. Having the privilege of working in 58 countries around the world, Keya brings a global perspective to her local plant medicine practice in the Pacific. Her formal training in Hawaiian Hula, Japanese Urasenke Tea Ceremony and Shinrinyuku, complements her advanced study and application of Western-based herbal medicine. As a distiller of hydrosols, Keya is passionate about flower and fern essences, using flower rituals to heal and transform our relationship to Mother Earth, and amplify the voices of the fields and forests.

Keya's Weekend Workshop:

  • Alchemy of Healing Fern Hydrosols

Rachael Witt

is a wild-crafter, wise woman herbalist, gardener, educator and an advocate for land stewardship. After years of studying plant ecology and ethnobotany in various places around the world, she came to the Pacific Northwest to root herself in herbal traditions and ancestral skills. Rachael is a student of the natural world and, in return, finds herself teaching both kids and adults the wonderful ways of wandering and connecting with place. Her path as a healer is weaving together the sacred and profane, hands on earth connection, beauty, and the art of simple living. She is studying the merging of traditional Chinese, Ayurveda and Western herbalism while growing, wildcrafting and infusing local plant medicine. 


Rachael's Workshops:​

  • Botanical Basics- A Beginner’s Guide to Plant Identification

Reishi Strauss

Reishi Strauss is a mushroom embodied into human form, landing earthside to help share the wisdom and knowledge of the Fungi Queendom. Born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia, Reishi has been steeped in the wise woman tradition for most of her life, until she moved across country to study Herbal Sciences at Bastyr University. Once in the Pacific Northwest, she became fascinated in the Fungi Queendom, and has begun to study the intersection and symbiotic combinations of mushrooms and herbs.


Reishi's Workshops​

  • The Fascinating World of Fungi

Susun Weed

Susun Weed, herbalist, author of the Wise Woman Herbal series, is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an extensive knowledge of herbs and health.

Ms. Weed is a grandmother of herbal wisdom and the voice of the Wise Woman Tradition, empowering women worldwide to reclaim their health and wellbeing through knowledge, simply and safely.   


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