Spring is a time for new beginnings, for leafing, blooming, and growing. Each plant needs firm roots and rich soil in order to succeed. Let‘s spend an evening looking at a few of our western herbal ancestors who influence us in our herbal medicine today. Using one modern and one ancient tool we will begin to examine how herbalism and healing have informed and continue to form one another. Draw your own conclusions and leave with an interesting perspective from which to approach your own healing and practice.
Shannon Anderson has been in practice as an herbalist for 10 years and is a past NCHG board member. She encountered the herbalism of the Benedictine monks in the late 1980s at the College of St. Benedict and caught its trail again while earning her MA in English with a focus in Medieval Literature. That lead her to some of our herbalist ancestors such as Hildegard Von Bingen, Galen, and Hippocrates. She taught writing composition at St. Cloud State University and later worked in corporate IT. She studied with herbalists Matthew Wood, Julia Graves, Lise Wolff, Dennis Anderson, Martin Bulgerin, and others and has been a lifelong student of animal medicine. She teaches natural medicine classes in several school districts and enjoys teaching and performing Middle Eastern dance. She is currently writing a work of fiction. Shannon lives with her family in Minnetrista, MN.