Alan Muskat, philosophorager, stand-up mycomedian, and epicure of the obscure, has been going “out to eat” for nearly twenty years. Author of Wild Mushrooms: A Taste of Enchantment, he has popped up on The Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, The History Channel, PBS, CBS, and in The New Yorker, Southern Living, and Country Living. He’s even preached on Voice of America, ardently urging the masses to sample rather than trample the toadstools.
Muskat really knows how to pick ’em. For fifteen years, he sold hundreds of pounds of wild mushrooms a year to over fifty restaurants and hotels including The Biltmore Estate, Lantern, and The Grove Park Inn. He took Andrew Weil out to harvest his first “hen of the woods.” He has taught thousands and hasn’t lost a customer yet.
In 2007, Alan co-founded The REAL Center, a school for relationship skills and natural living. “Wild foods,” says Muskat, “are a way of feeling at home in the world: that we’re continually provided for and never alone.” Author of The Haggadah Vita, Muskat has also led wild food Passover seder banquets for over twenty years. And finally, his mother would like you to know that he graduated from Princeton.
Bloom Post is a Shamanic Intuitive Healer who lives in Asheville, NC. She is author of the book Shaman’s Toolbox: Practical Tools for Powerful Transformation and is currently studying for her Doctorate of Divinity in Metaphysical Studies with a focus on Spiritual Healing. Bloom has studied across the U.S. and India, and some of her teachers include an Appalachian Shaman, a Native American elder, Buddhist monks and nuns, as well as Hindu Swamis and Gurus. A Master Reiki Practitioner/Teacher, she also received her Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in India in 2005.
Bloom writes books, leads workshops and teaches classes, as well as speaking to groups and seeing clients in private sessions. Visit her website for more information.
Powerfully attuned to nature at an early age, Ceara Foley’s passion has always been connecting to the cycles of life. Her work with at-risk, inner-city children in Pennsylvania, Virginia and California sparked her love of healing through teaching.
Ceara serves as ASHH Director. She has led women’s spirituality circles since 1994, empowering women to reconnect with their inner and outer environments. In Oregon she worked with Medicine Flower creating aromatherapy products for mind, body, and spirit. Ceara serves as president of the NC Natural Products Association board, is a certified herbalist and beekeeper, steward of Soulflower Botanical Sanctuary, Co-founder of NC Plant Savers and NC American Herbalists Guild, and ASHH instructor in a variety of classes.
Over the last twenty years, Corinna Wood founded and directed Southeast Wise Women, the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference, and Red Moon Herbs. A gifted teacher and powerful visionary, Corinna has opened the hearts of thousands to the wisdom of the plants and their own bodies. Corinna apprenticed extensively with Susun Weed and has become an ally with Susun in carrying on the Wise Woman Tradition ever since. Corinna lives with her son at Earthaven Ecovillage in Black Mountain, NC, where she was one of the early members collaborating to bring a vision of sustainable living into manifestation.
Daisy Marquis studied and taught with Peggy Ellis, ASHH founder, when it was the herbal division of the NC School of Natural Healing. She then began teaching for NCSNH’s massage division under its new ownership in 1999. She served as the primary instructor in the Meditation and Energy Healing program from 2002 until 2007, when the school closed. Daisy founded the Shanti Collective, a school devoted to self transformation and awakening in Asheville, NC. There she was director and primary instructor offering study in the Ancient and Sacred Art of Energy Healing, yoga teacher training, and immersion studies in subtle plant medicine. We are honored to have Daisy offering her dearly loved and deeply praised Energy Healing Certification at ASHH!
Dr. Patricia Jordan
Courses: Herbs for Pets
Patricia Jordan is a graduate of the North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine. Having practiced conventional veterinary medicine for fifteen years, Dr. Jordan found Holistic medicine in 2000. She is currently finishing a Master’s Program in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, is a member of the American Botanical Council, NC Herbal Association, and Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association. She has her own botanical herbal formulas available online at Pet Well Being.
Hali Lynne Karla
Having a lifelong infatuation with both the aesthetic and potential of connectivity between spirit and physical experience, and driven by the desire for a daily living balance of creative expression, the magic of our natural world and the desire to help others find their own belief in the healer within themselves, Hali has found herself on a unique path with many roles. A hospice nurse and owner of The Soleful Nurse (offering mobile foot care and wellness education), Hali works under a strong belief that we are our greatest medicine and that the seeds of healing, empowerment, and expansion often start with the simple offering of kind, authentic Presence from one energetic being to another.
Jessica Godino has been connecting people with plants for over a decade. After training with wise woman herbalist Susun Weed, Jessica co-founded Red Moon Herbs. She believes that using medicines that come directly from the earth is the best way for us to remember our birthright as healers.
Jessica is also a licensed acupuncturist and co-owns Clarity Acupuncture in Asheville, NC. She aspires to bridge two worlds, and bring the perspective and wisdom of eastern herbalism to deepen our understanding of western herbs.
John Joseph Immel
Joseph Immel is the founder of leading Ayurvedic diet website, Joyful Belly. He promotes practical Ayurveda as a folk medicine tradition at diverse locations nationally, from local yoga studios to world renowned Yale University. He also writes for the Light on Ayurveda Journal.
Joseph studied Ayurveda in India and under Dr. Vasant Lad. In Asheville, NC he runs a donation-based clinic for Ayurvedic Care. Prior to Ayurveda, Joseph graduated from Harvard University, where he also taught mathematics, business and software development, and worked on public health projects with a particular focus on South Asia & the Middle East. He continues to manage a public health project using mobile communications for clean water in Bangladesh.
Joe Allawos, MS, has spent the better part of his adult life studying plants. He holds a Master of Science Degree in botany with a focus in Plant Systematics and is a full time Instructor of Biology at Asheville Buncombe College. In addition, he is owner and operator of Sugar Creek Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Big Sandy Mush, North Carolina. His pursuits in agriculture and botany have taken him from the high Andes of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Argentina, to the Amazon basin of Northern Brazil, to the deserts of Northern Africa.
More than a Botanist, Luke Cannon is a long time pursuer and teacher of the magic and medicine of plants. His passions to study and understand the beautiful ecological intricacies of the natural world have led him throughout the Americas and across the globe. His course of studies include the North East School of Botanical Medicine, the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Plant Biology at Cornell University, the Karuna Falls School of Permaculture (NZ), and John Young’s Art of Mentoring course.
During the last decade, Luke has instructed several wilderness awareness programs, led walks for the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, and served as a guest instructor at the North East School of Botanical Medicine, Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, and the Appalachian School Of Holistic Herbalism. Luke currently lives in Weaverville, NC, studying Appalachian ecology, and making his living as an ethnobotany instructor and director of a children’s nature program.
Traditional Herbalist Certification, Aromatherapy
Megan began studying herbalism at the Chicago College of Healing Arts. Megan’s deep passion for plants is founded on her connection with the plant spirits as well as her respect for their healing capabilities. Megan embarked on a journey, learning to grow plants from seed and create medicines from the plants based on the principles of plant alchemy. Before moving to Asheville she worked in the Apothecary of Whole Health Chicago creating custom Aromatherapy and Flower Essence blends for clients.
Megan most recently received her Masters degree at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts. She has dedicated herself to being a student of the plant world. She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild.
Melissa is an Appalachian born Community Herbalist and Educator. She has studied herbal medicine for over a decade with some of the most prominent names in herbal medicine, although she considers her greatest teachers to be the plants themselves. She currently works at the French Broad Food Co-op, where she has been serving the Asheville community since 1997. Deeply rooted in the mountain community, Melissa serves on the board of the NC Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild, the NC Plant Savers and the NC Herb Association. Her enthusiasm inspires people to get creative and have fun with herbs! This includes using herbs as both food and medicine, in our homes, and in ceremony.
Robin Allison serves on the ASHH faculty and is the current Apothecary Manager. Encouraging easy, intimate relationships with the plant life around us while relentlessly affirming the importance of understanding proper botanical nomenclature, Robin Allison has a passion for teaching and learning about the wild plants around him. Mostly self-taught, he has studied herbalism at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and at the One World Healing Arts Institute, where he also taught field botany.
He currently teaches about food and alcohol fermentation and is certified in Permaculture Design. He is grateful to have gained much of his knowledge and inspiration from time spent in the plant world with his friend and teacher Frank Cook.
Sandi Ford’s love of medicinal plants started over twenty years ago and her extensive teaching throughout the region began over a decade ago at ASHH. She has studied at The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, The California School of Herbal Studies, and The Australasian College of Herbal Studies. She received her Master’s in Holistic Nutrition Education. Sandi is the Assistant Director of Clinical Education at The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, maintains a clinical practice, teaches at various herb schools and local colleges, and is the Herbal Advisor for the Warren Wilson College Wellness Crew.
An avid gardener, Sandi designs and promotes edible, medicinal, and native landscapes. She teaches that it is our daily relationship with the plants as food, medicine, and friends that is truly healing and her passion for teaching and the plants is contagious.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters degree in Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute. She owns Clarity Acupuncture in downtown Asheville where she has been alchemizing herbal and crystal medicine for her patients for years. Sarah’s continued studies in mineral medicine are with Jeffrey C. Yuen, 88th generation Taoist priest of the Jade Purity Lineage. Her vision is to tend the re-emergence of stone and crystal medicine as the foundation of herbal medicine: a potent ancient practice for healing disease and, ultimately, as a significant tool in making miracles possible at this amazing time in our earth’s history.