Our current collective:

Rachael Reeves has been studying herbal medicine for over 15 years. She has studied with Howie Brownstein, Phyllis Light, Colette Gardner, and Michael Moore. She is a North Carolina native who is deeply at home in and inspired by Southern culture, especially its rich history of herbal healing. She co-founded the herbal program at the Common Ground Health Clinic in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and worked there for 8 years as a staff herbalist. She is also the mother of an amazing 4-year-old daughter and very sweet baby boy.

Jen Stovall grew up in the North Georgia piedmont and spent her summers in the Southern Appalachians surrounded by the verdant abundance of medicinal plants. Although she didn’t know it at the time, some of those plants would grow to be some of her most significant allies. Driven and inspired by her thirst for autodidactic education, she left Georgia at seventeen and traveled extensively throughout the US and internationally. As the wind blew her hither and thither, she became entranced by the beauty and mysteries of plant medicine and sought more formal training with many amazing teachers including 7song, Michael Moore, Phyllis D. Light, Patricia Kyritsi Howell, and DeAnna Batdorff.

In 2004, Jen moved to New Orleans and has spent the years since then learning to love the swamp and getting to know the sub-tropical plants that grow in it. In 2011, Jen opened the collectively run Maypop Community Herb Shop, which many people in the community rely on as their primary source of healthcare. She also graduated with a BSN-RN from Louisiana State University School of Nursing and obtained her NADA Ear Acupuncture Detox Specialist & Trainer license, both of which continue to inform her herbal practice.

At present, Jen works as a Community Herbalist & Health Educator, using a blend of Southern Folk Medicine and Western Herbalism in her classes and with her clients. She has found herbalism to be both a potent tool for pursuing social justice in the world, and a powerful manifestation of the ethical and ideological path she walks in her personal life. She believes that health care should be accessible to everyone and that the most powerful strategy for this is educating and empowering people to choose their own path to health. She is constantly renewed and inspired by witnessing the magic spark that occurs when people are introduced to plant allies through consultations, herb walks, medicine making, & health education.

Meet our staff:

Stevie Ray has always created altars and amulets from plants and other natural findings, and her love of beauty and ceremony carries over into her newer path of making medicines to heal the physical body. She works at Maypop and shares her everyday adventures with her two year old son, Buck.

 

 

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Casey Casey Leigh was initiated as Manbo Asogwe – a priestess of Vodou – in 2011. Although her path to Spirit has taken many twists and turns, study of the tarot has been a constant for over 20 years. Casey currently lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana, giving readings, teaching classes and doing the things people do in New Orleans. Stay up to date on her website.

 

 

Our original collective:

Wendy Hounsel has been working with plant medicine for 15 years as a community and clinical herbalist. She is also a registered nurse, and works within both the herbal and biomedical communities to foster mutual understanding and to increase collaboration between them. She believes that health care is a fundamental human right, and that working with plants can play a vital role in regaining power over our health. She has studied with herbalists Corey-Pine Shane, 7Song, and Phyllis Light, as well as distance-learning with Rosemary Gladstar. She co-founded the herbal program at the Common Ground Health Clinic in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and was a staff herbalist there for three years. Before graduating from Louisiana State University School of Nursing in 2011, she helped found Maypop, where she worked as a shop herbalist, taught classes, and had a private herbal practice. Wendy has received training in NADA ear acupuncture and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. She left New Orleans in 2013 and currently lives in Eugene, OR, where she is an herbalist at Occupy Medical, a free primary care clinic. She also works as a cardiac nurse.

 

Amy Seifert has been studying and practicing western herbal medicine since 2004.  She worked for 7 years co-running the herbal program at the Common Ground Health Clinic and has incorporated this clinical experience into her private community herbalist practice.  She is passionate that all people should have access to quality healthcare and that this includes accessible education about disease, health, nutrition, and wellness. Amy grew up in Girdwood, Alaska and spent her formative years tromping through the rich, dark woods and mountains of alpine tundra.  Her love of nature eventually led her down the path to plant medicine and holistic health.  She has studied at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the Appalachian Center for Health Studies, and the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism.  The countless brilliant herbalists Amy has learned from over the years, in schools, brief encounters or writings, continue to challenge and inspire her work.  She is a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists’ Guild.  She has also been trained in NADA ear acupuncture. Amy believes that when people begin to learn about plants as medicines they gain empowerment in their own healthcare, which is essential in truly holistic medicine.  Knowledge of herbs can be the beginning of a healthy body, mind, spirit, earth, and global community.  Amy feels strongly that herbalism has always been a folk medicine and must continue to be a tradition that belongs to the people.