History of ASHH; Two Decades of Experience:
Peggy Ellis founded ASHH, originally the NC School of Natural Healing in 1991. There she created the herbal studies curriculum for the school to which her husband Craig later added massage and energy healing programs. A life long lover of nature, she received Certification in Herbalism from Rosemary Gladstar at the California School of Herbal Studies in 1985. Peggy maintained medicinal gardens and a private herbal practice for over a decade. In response to a deep calling to follow their spirit path, Peggy and Craig Ellis sold their programs in 2001 and left for the Himalayas. Craig Ellis sold the massage and energy healing programs to Theresa Wilkes who purchased the original name of the school. Peggy sold the herbal studies programs to Ceara Foley, a graduate of hers and personal friend. Foley expanded the staff and curriculum and renamed the school, NC School of Holistic Herbalism, to reflect a renewed commitment to personal and planetary health. In 2007 we changed names again to celebrate our bioregion rather than promote political boundaries and to differentiate from herbal programs initiated in 2003 by Wilkes. ASHH is the oldest herbal studies school in the Southeast, allowing us to fine tune every aspect of our school. Several of our graduates have gone on to comprise faculty at other local herbal schools. ASHH is Asheville’s most pioneering and innovative school.