2018 TerraVita Herbal Symposium Instructors

William Broen
William Broen is a Southern California based bio regional herbalist  with a background in constitutional herbalism (including 4 years studying at the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine in Oakland, Ca) and California Ethnobotany.
William is currently the Southwest Regional Educator for Herb Pharm. He has also been leading herb walks and giving lectures on local medicinal plants for over 15 years, both on his own and through many institutions including the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and the UC Riverside Botanic Garden.
Howie Brounstein
Howie Brounstein has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including at such herbal establishments as the Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is the co-owner and a primary instructor of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and has a busy clinical practice in Eugene, Oregon. He is well known for his brilliant in depth teaching style and his passionate love of plants.

CindyChristCindy Christ

Cindy Christ is an herbalist, aromatherapist, soapmaker, naturalist and educator. She has been building her artisan’s apothecary, Following Seasons Botanicals, for a life time. Growing up in the unique ecosystems of San Diego County, and the gardens of her father and grandmother, Cindy spent time collecting and blending roots, barks, leaves and flowers from near and far to create her herbal potions and potpourris. She has used herbs throughout all the seasons of her life for support and nourishment for herself and her family. Over the last 20 years she has studied with several herb schools, attended numerous conferences, mentored by Kumeyaay Elders, developed nature programs for a museum, and continues her life time education as a student and educator of all things herbal. Cindy’s experience as an instructor include Grossmont Community College, Audubon, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego Natural History Museum, and Mission Trails Regional Park. Cindy is a professional member of the National Association for Interpretation, Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild, National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, board member of the San Diego Herb Guild, and the founder and director of the Soapmaking Historical Guild. Find Following Seasons Botanicals at local farmers markets, herbal symposiums, botanical gardens, and herbal gatherings.

Marica Coppess:  Bio Coming Soon!



Earthroots Field School leads classes year round on organic gardening, survival skills, herbal medicine making, cooking with whole foods, permaculture, bird language, animal tracking, natural building and natural crafts. All programs are outdoors and hands-on, to cultivate a sense of care and connection between people and the natural world. Earthroots programs take place in Orange County, California for kids of all ages, teens and adults.  Earthroots instructors use the art of questioning to inspire curiosity and bring awareness to how all of life is connected. Our 39 acre property, Big Oak Canyon, is becoming a regional demonstration center for habitat restoration, permaculture design and environmental education.
For more information and to get involved: www.earthrootsfieldschool.org

Shana Lipner Grover  
Shana Lipner Grover is a Clinical Herbalist and Health Educator, who has been working with plant medicine and nutrition for over 15 years. She is the director of Sage Country Herbs School of Botanical Studies and has written and teaches 350 hours of classes in San Diego and Orange counties on herbal medicine and nutrition with Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. She has taught throughout the western US at herb festivals and conferences, like Traditions in Western Herbal Medicine, and has been a guest lecturer for higher learning establishments including Bastyr University and CSULA.. Shana also has a high quality herbal line of products available at her Etsy store, Sage Country Herbs and she loves going for hikes and studying ecology as well as offering plant walks; teaching about edible and medicinal plants. She has a clinical practice in North County San Diego with a focus on empowering people and their health through nutrition, lifestyle, and herbal medicine.

Julie James  
Julie James is an herbalist, and director of Green Wisdom Herbal Studies, providing herbal education opportunities for people all over Southern California. After almost 3 decades of formal study, apprenticeship, consulting and teaching, she now focuses on expanding understanding of traditional Western herbalism, deep plant love, medicine-making, wellness and holistic nutrition. She has taught for numerous organizations and events,and has created a large body of herbal education curricula for adults and children. Teaching about plant medicines is her passion and her joy.
Visit her and check out the calendar of upcoming classes and events at www.greenwisdomherbalstudies.com

Kristy Martinez:  Bio Coming Soon!

Lily Mazzarella MS, CNS

Lily is a Clinical Herbalist, board-certified Nutrition Specialist and creator of the Seasonal Cleanse. She is the owner and lead practitioner at Farmacopia, a unique integrative clinic and herbal apothecary in Santa Rosa, California, where she has guided hundreds of clients in their journey to wellness. Accompanied by over 10 years of clinical experience, Lily’s practice is informed by scientific study, traditional constitutional systems, attention to the latest research, and an intimate knowledge of the “character” of hundreds of herbs, foods and nutrients.

She began her herbal education at Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, and went on to receive her Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Over the course of her career she has served as a consultant for various organizations, including the Ceres Project, Sonoma County Indian Health Services, Premier Nutrition Labs and has been sharing her knowledge and passion for herbal medicine as a core faculty member at the California School of Herbal Studies since 2006.

Benjamin Pixie:  Bio Coming Soon!

Kat Sanchez:  Bio Coming Soon!

*classes and/or instructors are subject to change

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