A little background…
As luck would have it my own father knew quite a lot about edible wild plants. He laughed as he turned my sister and me onto chokecherries and would make spruce tip tea for us on backpacking trips when we were little. Looking back I know he was my first inspiration, showing that the great outdoors held tremendous magic.
While attending college in Durango I was influenced and inspired by a host of holistic practitioners, the Deep Ecology movement, Permaculture and sustainable living. Something inside wanted to connect the dots between the health of natural systems and the health of human beings. Herbs seemed to be a bridge and learning about them would water the seed of my growing curiosity. So, I moved from the San Juan Mountains to the city of Boulder, Colorado. There, I studied at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies (RMCBS), now the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. At RMCBS I had the good fortune to learn from some of the country’s most accomplished herbalists including; Paul Bergner, Feather Jones, Matthew Becker, Brigitte Mars, Susan Weed and many others. Also, it was there that I was introduced to Ayurveda by Dr. Alakanada Ma and Candis Cantin. After completing two years of programs there, I began creating herbal remedies in earnest and my love of this business led me to found Singing Springs Botanicals in 2003.
Seven years later, life circumstances had me searching deeper, for answers and a more systematic approach to holistic healing. l was drawn to study Ayurveda in depth. This desire led me to The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico to learn from Dr. Vasant Lad and Claudia Welch. After completing their Ayurvedic Studies program, I went to India to study with various Ayurvedic doctors and pharmacists and completed a pharmacy program at Greens Ayurveda in Kerala.
My journey with healing and plant-based medicine, and the ancient ways of Ayurveda continues to this day and the San Juan Mountains are again the perfect place for these pursuits. Time wandering in wild places, wildcrafting, and creating medicines nourishes my body, mind, and soul. I’m ever grateful for this path and it gives me a purpose to share it with others. We all need exceptional options for self-care, options that do no harm to the planet we cherish. I feel we need products made with thoughtful and considerate attention and reverence for the plants and their ecosystems. To offer such products is my intention.
I welcome any feedback about your experiences with products from testimonials, to concerns and questions.
I’m also happy to answer any questions you may have about the Ayurvedic Health Consultations, Ayurvedic Cleanses, Herb Walks, or Classes.
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NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Professional member.