Elderberry School Alumni

We are honored to have amazing folks for alumni. Here are some of them, in no particular order. If you have studied with us and would like to share what you are up to, please contact us with a picture and a bio.

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Lizzy Simpson

Lizzy attended the Herbalist Training Program in 2009 and returned for advanced classes in 2011. 

 

"I would also personally say that my attending Elderberry in 2009 was one of the best times of my life and instilled in me a lifelong love of herbal medicine and plant magic. Connecting with a group of people that just wanted to nerd out about plants was so much fun and I looked forward to class every week. I spent a lot of time outside of class in the woods with my classmates too! I had just moved to Portland when I attended Elderberry School  and being part of that community gave me a sense of home and belonging that I still cherish today."

Lizzy joined up with Laura Kennedy to found Rise Up Remedies, a women-owned certified organic herb farm and small batch herbal apothecary located just outside of Portland, Oregon. Their mission is to provide herbalists, herb shops, healers and the herbally curious with the highest quality, vibrant herbs and home apothecary products while facilitating connection to earth, ourselves, and each other. They offer You-Pick, local pick up, and ship their herbal products all over the country.

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Alison DeGrazzio

Alison DeGrazzio works as a licensed esthetician and is the creator & owner of the all natural skin care line, Kitchen Witch Apothecary. Alison incorporates her love and knowledge of herbal medicine when creating products for Kitchen Witch and also when consulting clients with their skincare needs. You can schedule a visit with her at dulcederm in Portland, OR.

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Danica Marsh

With knowledge gained over the year studying with The Elderberry School, Danica is now exploring the world of natural pigment. The herbalist training program was such an incredible foundation for understanding and appreciating all that the plants around us have to offer. She can be found either outside, relishing in the presence of nature, or in her studio, working with botanical dye and enjoying one of the many special gifts of the natural world. See her work on Instagram at @danica.l.marsh

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Anna and Ryan

Anna Wilson and Ryan Falk are land stewards and regenerative agriculturalists on Brown Bottle Farm located 30 minutes from Portland, Oregon. They grow produce, herbs, and mushrooms for their community in Oregon City using Certified Naturally Grown techniques. 

 

Ryan and Anna attended Elderberry school of Botanical Medicine in 2013. The experience was fundamental to their current careers and world perspective. The immersive, intellectual, supportive, and empowering course led them to continued studies in mycology, herbalism, and vegetable farming. Mycorrhizal relationships created from this education shaped the trajectory of their life mission-  providing healthful foods, nourishing relationships, and deep connection to nature. 

 

Elderberry School taught them to respect and observe plants and mushrooms for their energetic uses, physiological impacts, and spiritual significance.  They learned to thoughtfully work with plants and people, important skills in identification, and ways to process those medicines. Post Elderberry they started a small handmade incense business using foraged herbs, mushrooms, and resins. It was during this time they transitioned from a farming apprenticeship at R-Evolution Gardens in Nehalem, Oregon to their own farm established in 2016. 

 

Nowadays they pine over what seeds they want to grow, how they'll give back to their soil and community, and selling produce locally. They've also hosted educational events, notably the Radical Mycology Convergence, mushroom forays, and cultivation classes.

 

For more information about Brown Bottle Farm and Anna and Ryan visit their website:

www.brownbottlefarm.com 

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Elona Trogub

Elona is a chef and farmer by trade. She took her herbalist education and applied to starting a greenhouse business where she produces organic, digestion supporting blends and individual varieties of microgreens year-round in Carson, WA. You can find Gorge Greens in most New Seasons, Peoples Co-op, Food Front, Know Thy Food and many more locations throughout Portland, Vancouver and the Gorge. If you’re looking for a great deal, check out their farm-direct Porch Drop subscription at gorgegreens.com 

Her latest project is developing the deli and cafe for Treebird Market in Hood River, a local and organic focused grocery store and is writing a book and teaching classes on the intersection of cooking, farming and herbalism.

Find Elona on IG @witchnkitchn

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Keath Silva

Keath is an herbalist, bodyworker, medium and writer who holds compassionate space for one's authentic self to emerge and thrive through private healing sessions, mentorships and poetic writings.

Connect with Keath's many offerings at www.keathsilva.org 

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Kelsey Langston

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kelsey had the privilege to grow up barefooted in lush forest, snacking on huckleberries and chasing faeries. Being held by nature during pivotal life events, Kelsey has always been fascinated by the personal unearthing and healing possibilities of immersive wilderness experiences and medicinals. 

 

Completing the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine Herbalist Program, Kelsey quit her career in the trades to follow her naturalist threads of curiosity, melding her knowledge of local plants with her own natural perfume line. Since graduating the Herbalist Program, Kelsey can be found outdoors birding, practicing bushcraft skills, medicine-making and stewarding the land. Kelsey’s curiosity led her into an intensive Wilderness Survival Program, which inspired her to join a Forest School Teacher Training Program, which she completed while teaching pre-K through 4th grade at an outdoor school. By working with children outdoors, she further developed her love for nature, plant medicine, facilitating adventure, and supporting people where they are at.  

 

Kelsey has since gone back to school for Early Childhood Education and Outdoor Education at Colorado Mountain College, and lives in Carbondale Colorado teaching at an outdoor adventure preschool and kindergarten, teaching young generations how to tap into the magic of the green world.

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Lesley Beth

Lesley Beth is an artist, herbalist and student of nature living in Portland, Oregon. They attended The Elderberry School in 2014 where they met and learned with a dozen magical soul mates. Their current work includes illustration, folk magic crafts, herbal medicine, tarot readings, and land-based healing. Their art is inspired by their relationship with the land on which they reside and is intended to inspire experiences of interconnectedness with the natural world. They can be found on Instagram (@void_bath) and at voidbath.com.

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Melissa Szaro

After graduating from the Elderberry School, herbalism remained a big part of Melissa’s life. She went on to work at Fettle Botanic Supply and Counsel, and then Wildish Botanicals, two herb shops in Portland. Before the pandemic, she taught classes on herbalism and plant spirit meditation at herb shops and for the Elderberry School. 

 

These days, she is a blog contributor at The Herbal Academy and a copywriter for the NW School of Aromatic Medicine. In 2020, she helped co-create Herbs for Activists, a community led volunteer project providing free herbal medicines and self-care items to marginalized communities. 

 

She spent the last couple years building her small herbal business, blossom + thorn, an herbal apothecary and natural skin care line. When not working on one of her many passion projects, you’ll find her rock climbing, practicing yoga, gardening, or out in the wild with her dog, Rudy.  

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Stephanie Raven

Dr. Stephanie Raven is a naturopathic physician and herbalist who has a clinic in Missoula, MT.


"When I was studying naturopathic medicine I realized I didn’t just want to learn about medicinal herbs from a PowerPoint. I decided to take a year off of my studies and attend Elderberry School. It was such a wonderful experience being able to learn about herbal medicine in a hands-on way. The knowledge I gained at Elderberry School deeply informs they way I practice today.

"In my practice, I primarily focus on helping patients with digestive complaints, chronic pain, mental-emotional health complaints, and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Making natural medicine affordable is one of my top priorities. My practice is a hybrid model of insurance billing and sliding-scale for non-covered services. At Aralia Health, our mission is to offer accessible, community-centered natural medicine and create a collaborative health experience with our patients."

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Brunem Warshaw

Brunem is a clinical herbalist and wellness educator who weaves scientific and intuitive approaches together to support people in healing themselves with the assistance of plant medicines. They have been studying for over a decade and practicing clinically since 2012. Brunem is also a queer nonbinary femme with invisible disabilities who is descended from Irish and Ashkenazi Jewish ancestors. Their clinical practice focuses on serving their communities with navigating trauma recovery and complex chronic illness. Brunem accepts herbal clients located anywhere within the United States. Their website welldeepremedies.com has more information about how to connect with them.