Join us on an all-inclusive, eleven day journey across the ancient island of Ireland. We will visit many of the known and hidden places of botanical interest where you will encounter Ireland’s rare and unusual flora including our native medicinal herbs and the ancient traditions of their use, all the while, travelling through stunning landscapes where you may commune with ancient stones, holy wells and sacred trees of Ireland.
Sept. Radical Roots Tour Co-Host Bios
Kathleen Maier, AHG. PA has been a practicing herbalist for over twenty years. She is currently director of Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA where she offers a Three Year Clinical/Community Herbalist training program. SPT’s free clinic was one of the first on the east coast and is still growing strong. She is a founding Board member of Common Ground Healing Arts, which is a collective of practitioners that offer their services to Charlottesville on a donation basis. She also sits on the United Plant Savers Board and was the recipient of their first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. Kathleen’s studies of plants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of medicine we know today with traditional energetic systems. She is co-author of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas.
Lorna Mauney-Brodek of The Herbalista Health Network
Lorna is a traveling herbalist, medicine maker, wildcrafter and teacher. Much of her herb work supports organizations dedicated to promoting diversity, environmental responsibility, and social justice for which she received the American Herbalists Guild Community Service Award in 2013. She completed an herbal residency with Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine and clinical studies at both the Blue Ridge School for Herbal Studies and BotanoLogos. In addition to facilitating the Herbalista Health Network, she offers a sliding scale herbal clinic in East Atlanta, leads the Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic serving our friends on the street. Lorna believes that in order to preserve our access to herbs we have to make them part of our everyday lives, from our kitchens to our medicine cabinets.
Testimonial from US based herbalist/ author Rosemary Gladstar for the Sept. 2016 & May 2017 Plant Lovers’ Journey to Ireland arranged and guided by Wild Routes Ireland.
“Chris and Tara were amazing guides on our first Plant Lover’s Journey to Ireland! Chris did an outstanding job creating an itinerary that was not only inspiring, but incredibly fun. We woke up every day with a new adventure planned. As nature and plant lovers, we spent a great deal of our time outdoors in the beautiful countryside, Walking through sacred woods, ancient groves, and visiting sacred sites. Tara, being Irish to her core, was able to share with us the magic of her homeland and enrich our journey with her stories and ceremonies. But what really made the trip for most of us, was the opportunity to meet so many wonderful Irish people ~ artists, musicians, storytellers, the Irish herbal community ~ all were invited to be part of our journey.”
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