I’ve had the good fortune of learning from people who have dedicated their lives to service and healing of humanity. These people have changed my life and helped me learn and grow in ways I never would have imagined. I value and honor each one for their wisdom, ethics, innovation and courage, and they are part of my living prayer. Teachers are listed in chronological order of when I studied with them.
Kenya and Carl Stevens of JujuMama, LLC
Kenya K. and Carl are relationship experts, love coaches, best-selling authors, world-class metaphysicians and parents of three, living in Asheville, North Carolina. They have an online Academy where they teach their own brand of Progressive Love and freedom-based relating, and offer certifications in i2Tantra, Life Coaching, Sun and Moon Manifestation Systems, Bagua Astrology, Feminine Power, 3 Way Mirror, and UPLVL Communications. Their Tantra lineage includes Ra Un Nefer Amen and Shantan Nityama. I honor Kenya, in particular, for bring a stalwart visionary who always stands firm in her vision for the future, even when it takes years for people to come around and understand how relevant and necessary the new ways of being she teaches are for humanity.
Jyoti (Jeneane Prevatt, PhD) is one of the founders of Kayumari, a spiritual healing community located in the Sierra Foothills of California, the North Bay of San Francisco, New York, Switzerland, Prague and the Brazilian Amazon. She is the Spiritual Director of the Center for Sacred Studies (CSS), a church dedicated to protecting ans sustaining the spiritual practices of first-nation peoples around the world as they join their hearts in a prayer for world peace, and convenor of The Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.
Jyoti is an internationally renowned spiritual advisor and psychological consultant. She has devoted her life to bringing unity to the planet by facilitating the development of alliances between individuals who are the guardians of Indigenous culture and traditional medicine ways. I honor Jyoti for the way she quietly and humbly holds her immense spiritual power, and her ability to connect ancient-wisdom carriers across the planet.
Pam Montgomery is the originator of Green Terrestrial Herbal Products of Vermont and was one of the founding members of the Northeast Herbal Association where she served as their president for four years. For a decade, Pam was on the Executive Council of the Board of Directors of United Plant Savers, an organization dedicated to preservation of our native medicinal plants. Pam has organized the Green Nations Gathering, Spirit Healing Conference and the Healing With Flowers Conference. She teaches workshops internationally on herbal medicine, Plant Spirit Healing, and spiritual ecology. Pam is the author of Plant Spirit Healing; A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness and Partner Earth; A Spiritual Ecology published by Inner Traditions. She produced Sweetwater Sanctuary Essences. She is one of the founding members of Organization of Nature Evolutionaries, dedicated to co-creative partnership with Nature. I honor Pam for her straightforward, no-nonsense approach to plant communication. When I am swimming in a sea of my own thoughts, I hear her voice in my head saying, “Let’s be very clear about what we’re doing here!”
From Carole: “I am a herbalist and a medicine woman, a healer and a teacher specializing in plant medicine. ‘Medicine Woman’ is a term used in many traditions. For me, it means offering myself in service to the People and to the Earth, standing in all that I am to the best of my ability and dedicating myself to a Path of Service. It means holding Sacred Ceremony for the People and all the Worlds of Grandmother Earth, attempting to live my life as a walking prayer. My life is dedicated to honouring the plant world.
I studied herbal medicine in England in the 1980s and at the same time undertook a training in traditional European shamanism, being initiated on this Path in 1987. In 2010 I completed a ten year apprenticeship with Arwyn DreamWalker from Arizona, a Medicine Woman of Native American and Irish descent and a lineage carrier for the Dineh people (Navaho). My own work is a blending of Sacred Traditions, primarily Native American and European/Celtic. In 1995 I came to Ireland with my husband Steve and our two young sons. Since then I have worked as a healer, a ceremonialist and a teacher, growing herbs and making medicines and essences. I teach herbal and plant spirit medicine and hold sacred ceremonies both in Ireland and abroad.” I honor Carole for the absolute BEAUTY of the plant ceremonies she holds, with her own way of quiet, unassuming power.
Kami’s work is focused on sustainable wellness practices and revitalizing our relationship with the plant world. She empowers people to use herbal medicine in their daily lives for home wellness care. Kami has also helped thousands of women to love their menstrual cycle with her menstrual health classes. She created Living Awareness Institute in 1995 with the mission of helping to inspire a culture of love and respect for the Earth. She created and taught herbal curriculum for the Integrative Health Studies Masters’ Degree program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is and herbal medicine instructor at: College of Marin, Napa Junior College, Solano College, American River College, and created Women’s Wisdom and Cultivating the Herbal Medicine Woman Within. I honor Kami for the way she holds herself in her work – no nonsense – and her dedicaiton, over many years, of helping people learn how to use herbs in simple, accessible ways.
Other mentors and teachers I’d like to honor by name are: Louis Bostwick (Rest in Power), Susan Hull Bostwick, Rosemary Gladstar, Miss Beatrice Waight (Rest in Power), Sarah Dole, and Kenny and Shiituii Chadbourne. Thank you all for your service, dedication and inspiration.