You have the Power to Heal Yourself and Change Your Life
Welcome! I'm Heidi - Herbalist, Yogini, Ayurvedic Counselor and Medicine Woman. I've always had a deep love and appreciation for nature. As a child, I was drawn to the wild, mystical and magical, hence I earned the title "Witch" early. I loved playing in the trees and making "jewelry" out of flowers. When I was a teen, this wildness turned into rebellion and some crazy years followed. In my early 20's my own healing journey began, about 24 years ago now. It was then that I began to experience anxiety and extreme panic attacks. This was earth shattering for me, someone who had always been strong, independent and free was now debilitated by strange, overwhelming and scary physical and mental symptoms. Numerous episodes later, after numerous unsuccessful sessions with doctors and therapists, I decided I had to take my health into my own hands. I was suffering from digestive disorders which no one could officially diagnose - just a general label as "possibly IBS". I was constantly anxious and depressed. This eventually led to me also having OCD. In desperation, I returned to my roots - I found plant medicine. I live in a small town in the Midwest. We had to travel 45 minutes just to get to a small health food store and 2 hours to get to a larger one, so I cannot remember exactly how it happened, but somehow I found Rosemary Gladstar. The year was 1994. There was no internet, only magazines and snail mail. I ordered Rosemary's Herbal Correspondence Course and started the journey that would change my life. I fell in love with the magic of plant medicine, I was hooked! I was able to calm and soothe my nervous system enough so that I could get to the deeper work of why all of this was happening. And that's what really sets herbal medicine apart from contemporary medicine. It's not about masking symptoms and numbing yourself, it's about healing at a deep level - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It's about figuring out the root cause of your disorder or illness so that you can truly transform. Shortly after finding herbal medicine, I found Yoga. This allowed me to go even deeper with my healing. Years later, my journey and education continues and I am never done learning. I'm a life long student on this path. You may wonder why I use the term Medicine Woman to describe myself. It's really for lack of a better phrase, and I believe Shaman is highly overused in our society. I don't see myself as a Shaman, but what I do know is that my entire life I've had a connection with nature, finding solace, adventure and magic in the forests from the time I was very young. I've always seen the world as sacred and have always known that there was intelligence in all life beyond what we can see with our normal vision. Many of the tools that I use in my healing work are from Mother Earth - crystals, stones, plants. I consider them some of my best friends. They all have voices and I strive to listen. I believe that all things have a soul (actually the Taoists believe this as well) and that all beings should be honored and considered sacred. The plants, trees, rocks, animals - they are our brothers and sisters on this path. So are the stars, the Moon and the Sun. All those years ago, I never dreamed of making Herbal Medicine or Yoga my career, but that's exactly what has happened. In the last 24 years, I've had many herbal mentors that I've learned from. My education has included the Professional Herbalist training from East West School of Herbology, Ayurvedic Practitioner Training (4 years) from Yoga Veda Institute and most recently Herbal Medicine for Women with Dr. Aviva Romm. I continue to be awed by the healing power of plant medicine and humbled as well. I consider myself a lifelong student on this path. I'm truly blessed and I feel like it is my mission to share all that I've learned with others so that they may heal and live the life they deserve to live...a life of joy and radiant health!