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. She moved to Asheville in 1998 to further her study of plants and nature in the Appalachian woods and at ASHH (then named the North Carolina School of Natural Healing). From her off-grid, solar powered home, Ceara continued making plant medicines, teaching classes, and holding monthly women’s gatherings. In 2001 she took over as director of ASHH and began working to greatly expand the school’s offerings. Since then Ceara Foley has taught thousands to reconnect with their inner and outer environments, both through ASHH, and at a variety of colleges and conferences throughout the Southeast. She has also served as president of the North Carolina Natural Products Association, founder of NC Plant Savers, Co-founder of the NC chapter of the American Herbalists Guild, and is the land steward of Soulflower Botanical Sanctuary.
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!
Dov Shoneman is a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. Growing up in North Carolina he was introduced to the power of plants as medicine at a very young age. He apprenticed for three and half years with Lesley Tierra, and completed Christopher Hobbs’ apprenticeship program; both are Acupuncturist’s and internationally renowned authors on herbal medicine. Dov earned his master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at Five Branches University, in Santa Cruz, CA and additionally has studied in China at Zhejiang TCM University in Hangzhou, China. There he spent time with western and TCM trained doctors specializing in orthopedics, dermatology, endometriosis, gynecology and cancer. Dov currently lives in West Asheville with his family and continues to practice acupuncture, teach and share his passion for health and education.
Dr. Patricia Jordan
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.
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.
Joel Wind Fox Boyle
Joel Wind Fox Boyle runs Wind Fox Herbal in Black Mountain, NC where he has assisted many people overcome their various health challenges. Wind Fox has experience working with various forms of cancer, autoimmune disorders, antibiotic-resistant infectious diseases, and many other varying afflictions – providing relief and hope for clients both locally and across the continent of North America. Wind Fox is certified as a Clinical Herbalist through the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism (in 2007) where he continues to teach and inspire future generations of herbalists. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit Wind Fox Herbal online or contact Wind Fox directly.
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.
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.
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.
Thea Summer Deer
Thea Summer Deer is an herbalist, intuitive, educator, licensed minister, singer-songwriter and published author of Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth. She began practicing midwifery and teaching Holistic Childbirth Preparation in 1978 and was a founding mother of the South Florida School of Midwifery. Her involvement in alternative medicine spans 35 years as owner of Mindbody and Evolutionary Press, and as the Executive Director of Resources for World Health. She is a graduate of the Botanologos School for Herbal Studies and received her doctorate from Venus Rising University in Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies. Thea has worked and studied with various practitioners for over thirty years including: Susun Weed, Pam Hyde Nakai, Beverly Laughing Eagle, Willie Whitefeather, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D., and Patricia Kyritsi Howell. She offers Healing Herbal Retreats & Intensives in a peaceful mountain garden setting. Thea is in private practice in Asheville, NC.