Dr. Rosita Arvigo
Rosita's relationship to herbs has spanned her lifetime, across North America into Mexico and Central America. Born to immigrant parents in 1941 Chicago, as a young adult she travelled to the mountains of Southern Mexico to learn survival from (and with) the land. Herbs as food and medicine were an imperative knowledge, and she soaked up the wisdom of the locals with her own fascination. Settling in the jungle of Belize in 1977, she eventually formed a relationship with an lifelong indigenous healer, Don Elijio Panti, with whom she apprenticed for 12 years. She also worked with an herbal midwife, Miss Hortence Robinson who imparted both indigenous herbal
and pregnancy/birth/postpartum care. She continues to live and teach just up the hill from the land she first loved in the Cayo district of Belize. Rosita has a great combination of an open and generous heart, a feisty spirit, and endless curiosity about the world around her. Because of this, her story is fascinating, action-packed, and full of meaningful life work. The progress she has made with the indigenous healers of Belize, work to protect the rainforest, focus on educating the children of Belize, and helping raise awareness of the profound healing possible by working with the uterus and abdomen is incomparable. As a colleague once said, "'Aint no moss gonna grow on her!". You can find Rosita giving talks about herbalism worldwide, teaching bodywork, spiritual healing and herbalism in Belize and around the world, leading herb walks at the Chicago Botanical Garden, writing manuals, articles, herb and fiction books, playing with her grandchildren, tending her garden, telling stories about her many (often hilarious) adventures, conspiring with other herbalists and bodyworkers, and so much more! She may one day slow down, so catch her if you can! Learn more about her story here, and read her page-turning autobiography, Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer.
Ginger is the owner/operator of Texas Medicinals, and her home and apothecary are nestled into the heart of East Austin. You can find her remedies in many local shops as she has been a gem to the community for over 20 years! When her daughter was young, she started a program for young girls called, "Little Green Witches" and has added an herbal school for adults, "Sacred Journey School of Herbalism." She grows and sustainably harvests most of the herbs in her tinctures and teas. Find her schedule of classes, schedule an individual consultation, or see what's new here!
Ellen Zimmermann, M.A., Certified Herbalist founded EZ Herbs in 1995. Ellen is a Certified Herbalist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Marriage and Family Therapist and an avid gardener. She has successfully blended these professions to fulfill her mission of educating others on how to best use the plants and herbs we can grow in our own environment. "I live in Harmony with Nature on my 5 acre Botanical Sanctuary. I love to share my home, garden and tranquil property as I bring the garden into the herb shop and into the classroom on a daily basis. I am committed to “Sharing the Wisdom of the Plants” with all, and I love to do just that." Ellen's offerings (complete with a video tour of her garden!) can be found here.
"I am a weedcrafter working hard to get an herbalist into every home. My practice focuses on using herbal therapeutics and bodywork (massage and other treatments) to restore the body to balance. My first love is being outside and spending time with the plants, especially bioregional medicinals. My practice consists of seeing clients, teaching at and directing the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine, and offering a fully stocked herbal apothecary with custom formulations to clients and students. I believe strongly in honoring, respecting, and protecting the Earth through all my work. I have been practicing, collecting herbs, and teaching since 2001. Nicole is a lifelong teacher and student of herbs...find out what she's up to here!
We are so blessed for these women! You can find some of their powerful remedies in my office.