The Rebel Herbalist
In short, I am a licensed Registered Nurse as well as a Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Spiritual Director, Master Level Reiki Teacher, and Herbalist. I am mother to two children, Ashlyn and Torrin, and a wife to Mike, my high school sweetheart. We tend 3.5 acres of degraded forest, and raise a flock of approximately 20 chickens as well as our dog Mia and our three cats Bodhi, Lilith and Mandragora.
I have practiced earth-based religions for over 25 years, and have been initiated into the practice of magick since 2001. I am a solitary hedgewitch and wortcunner for most of my life, but am currently a member of the Indigo Hearth Coven.
I am deeply grateful to all of my teachers, and there are so many. I am sure there will be many more.
To anyone who considers me a teacher, I am grateful for your trust and companionship. You are certainly a teacher to me, too.
Through all of my work as a nurse and healer, and in my personal life, I have found that our true resilience and strength don't come from what we have as an individual, but from how we belong to each other. We heal when we feel seen, appreciated, supported and loved. When these needs are met, we can offer healing and wholeness to others.
I hope that my work will help us belong to ourselves, to one another, and to the world around us.
Many people ask me what it means to be a holistic nurse. According to the American Holistic Nurses Association:
“Holistic Nursing is defined as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal” (American Holistic Nurses’ Association, 1998). Florence Nightingale, who is considered to be the founder of Holistic Nursing, taught nurses to focus on the principles of holism: unity, wellness and the interrelationship of human beings and their environment.
Holistic Nursing is not merely something we do. It is also an attitude, a philosophy and a way of being that requires nurses to integrate self-care, self-responsibility, spirituality, and reflection in their lives. This often leads the nurse to greater awareness of the interconnectedness of self, others, nature, spirit and relationship with the global community.
Holistic nurses use holistic principles and modalities in their daily life and in clinical practice to remove the barriers to the healing process and create a space within and around themselves that allow them to be instruments of healing as they share their authenticity, caring presence and nursing skills to facilitate the birth, growth, recovery or end-of-life transition with all people who need their care. Holistic nurses work in all healthcare settings including hospitals, universities and private practices.”
As a holistic nurse, my priority is to care for myself and my family well and fully, so that I am healthy and clear and able to give my best to my clients. I am a community health nurse at heart. That means that I value education, prevention, relationships, and the health of the environment. I use many different modalities in my 1:1 work with clients, including yoga, meditation, herbalism, spiritual direction, and review of pharmaceutical medications. I will advocate for my clients with their healthcare providers, helping to answer difficult questions and giving guidance on navigating the labyrinth of the healthcare system.
In addition to 1:1 work and classes, I also lead retreats and trainings in a specialty I am currently developing called Holding the Fire. In this specialized training, we practice staying present even in big emotions so that we remain in integrity even during times when we could be hijacked by anger, fear, stress or overwhelm.
I hope you will join me for a class, or a training, or a plant walk, or a cup of tea. If you are looking for an advocate and companion on your journey to wellness and wholeness, I am currently seeing clients 1:1 via Zoom or in person at Symmetry Holistic Collective in downtown York, PA.