2019 TVHS Instructors

DeAnna Batdorff

DeAnna Batdorff began her career in service in 1987 and founded the dhyana Center of Therapeutics, Inc.  She is an Ayurvedic and Tibetan Practitioner and Educator, Massage Therapist, Western Herbalist, Nutrition Counselor and Clinical Aromatherapist. She specializes in autoimmune disorders and all things health related from pregnancy to rites of passage.  She presently oversees the dhyana Center in the heart of Sonoma County. Providing “by donation” Clinics, a Self Care Sanctuary (Bathhouse), Ayurvedic Treatment Center, Yoga classes, an Apothecary Bar and a Community Classroom, DeAnna is committed to inspiring all people to heal, learn and grow through elemental theory, understanding of how the body works and the connection between the mind, body and spirit.  She lovingly credits all of her teachers along the way, Michael Tierra, Marcel Lavabre, Dr. Lobsang Rapgay, Swami Niranjananda, Dr. Lad and Ed Bauman.  DeAnna has supported well over 150,000 clients and students and considers them to be the best teachers she could ever have.  Whether you choose to be a client, student or both, DeAnna invites you to come experience Ayurveda in a heart-centered environment providing ancient Vedic wisdom at the forefront of integrative health care. The dhyana Center offers a variety of courses and workshops aligned with professional Ayurvedic education standards to help you take charge of your health care and be of service to your community. As a school where your personal path is always honored, students feel the difference the moment they enter our doors. Come explore where your learning journey could lead you! Whether you dream of becoming a practitioner, or for your own health, explore the basics of Ayurveda, the lymphatic system in the body, cooking, self-care techniques, and how elements manifest in your physical and emotional body.

 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.

Cindy Christ

Cindy Christ is a certified herbalist, aromatherapist, soapmaker, formulator and educator. She practices her love for phyto-therapy by blending the art and science of botanicals in her apothecary Following Seasons Botanicals. She is the founding director of the California Chapter for the International Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. She is a production manager for the Guilds annual conferences and is also on the certification team. The HSCG is the only professional organization representing the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry. Cindy is also the founding director for the Soapmaking Historical Guild which demonstrates and teaches 1800’s traditional open fire soapmaking in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The SHG is the only organization practicing the art of open fire soapmaking in the U.S. When Cindy isn’t busy with Guild activities you can find her in her apothecary formulating, distilling, making soap and developing instructional courses for a variety of herbal schools and organizations. And if she isn’t there, she’s in the woods! You can find her apothecary Following Seasons Botanicals at a few of the best Farmers Markets in San Diego, and at larger events throughout California and beyond. www.FollowingSeasons.com



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
Jeff Higley
Jeff Higley has been involved in various types of farming since 1995. Over the years he has farmed vegetables in Southern California for CSA’s, farmer’s markets and restaurants and now farms with his wife Elise at their farm in the Applegate Valley of Oregon.  In 2013 Jeff and Elise began Oshala Farm on 113 acres of certified organic land. There they grow more than seventy different medicinal and culinary herbs, which they sell to a wide variety of wholesale and direct markets.

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

Photo: Harold Wissell

Lanny Kaufer

In 2016, Ojai herbologist and native plant educator Lanny Kaufer celebrated 40 years of leading “Herb Walks” and nature hikes in Ojai, Santa Barbara, and the surrounding area. A retired public high school teacher with a Biology degree from the University of California, Lanny specializes in making learning about edible and medicinal plants accessible and fun for people of all ages. Lanny acquired much of his plant knowledge in field study with well-known herbalists and ethnobotanists and has co-led workshops, field classes and expeditions with noted experts such as the late Chumash teacher Juanita Centeno, the late herbalist and author Michael Moore, author-herbalist Michael Tierra, author-herbalist Amanda McQuade Crawford, Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy, and Chumash educator Julie Tumamait-Stenslie. In 2015 Lanny began offering plant classes through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a branch of the California State University, Channel Islands, Extended University program. Lanny is the founder and organizer of the Ojai Herbal Symposium. For more information about him, visit HerbWalks.com.

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.

Shannon Pritchard

Born and raised in California, Shannon has resided in the Pacific Northwest for the past twelve years studying agriculture, natural building, beekeeping, and the magical ways that nature holds us. Falling into herbalism after befriending herbalist and bee-tender Benjamin Pixie, Shannon has spent the last six years wildcrafting and brewing concoctions that express the symbiosis of honeybees and the magnificent plant world. She and Benjamin host workshops and conversations to pollinate the hearts and minds of humans, in the hopes that we may better learn how to live in service to the wild, and that which feeds us. She is also a professional woodworker and poet.

John Slattery

John is a bioregional herbalist helping people develop deep and meaningful relationship
with wild plants. His work has been widely influenced by indigenous plant healers from
throughout the Americas, herbalist Michael Moore, and most importantly, the plants and
wild places of the Sonoran desert. He founded Desert Tortoise Botanicals, a bioregional
herbal products company, in Tucson, AZ in 2005 in order to bring his wildharvested
plant medicines to the people of the Southwest, and Desert Forager, a foraged foods
company, in 2014. He founded the Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship Program in 2010.
John is a practicing herbalist, educator, author, and forager. His first book, Southwest
Foraging, was released in 2016 on Timber Press. John’s next book, Southwest
Medicinal Plants, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2019.
You can find out more about John’s work at www.johnjslattery.com or follow him on
Instagram @johnjslatteryherbalist.

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