Resiliency through a Systems Approach to Well-Being
The framework that we are promoting is Resiliency through a Systems Approach to Well-being. This means we learn to look at the whole system including the physical -emotional, the social. the economic and the spiritual dimensions to see where the system is breaking down and where we can apply interventions that would give the most leverage to restore resiliency to the system.
We are a group of graduate students who are mentoring with Don Ollsin RH, AHG to develop our skills as practicing herbalists.
We are offering Herbal Well-being Consultations by donation (pay what you can) that are supervised by Don Ollsin.
Master Herbalist, Don Ollsin is one of 250 herbalists registered with the American Herbalists Guild and one of only 20 professional members who offers mentoring services. He has been studying, practicing and teaching herbalism for almost five decades. He is a pioneer in the field of herbal medicine and was honoured in 2015 as an Herbal Elder of Canada by the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations.
"We support the wellness of the individual and their environment with herbs, nutrition and a systems view of life including Shamanism, Ayurveda and Dreambody (Process Oriented Psychology).
We help individuals to see where and how their choices are supporting their well-being and how they can modify their choices to bring about a more balanced state.
We do not diagnose or treat disease.
We practice with the systems view of wellness, including input from the biomedical model when needed. Our goal is to help individuals, the environment, the social system and the spirit to heal."
Virtual Well-being Consultations:
We are offering synchronous well-being consultations on every other Tuesday starting at 6:15 PM Pacific Time and lasting approximately 50 minutes.
These consultations will be conducted by one of our mentees and supervised by Don Ollsin and observed by other mentees present. All of the mentees will collaborate on your case which will be looked over by Don.
We use Zoom to conduct our consultations. You will need a webcam and microphone and speaker plus good internet connection.
We will be screening appointments to choose the appropriate clients for the best training for the mentees. If a group session is unavailable you may have the option for a private session if you wish.
All your personal information will be kept private.
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Herbal Collective Mentees (not all mentees are shown here)
"How have we become so separated from the natural world? How do we return to our own natural rhythms? How do we remember how to listen to the wisdom of our bodies?
I began my formal herbal education with Darcey Blue of 'Shamana Flora' in 2015 and went on to Study with Don Ollsin of 'Grassroots Revolutionary Herbalism' in 2016. I am now a part of Don Ollsin's 'Herbal Mentorship Collective' and focusing on further developing a Materia Medica and learning the art of the Herbal Consultation. I am currently Studying Leadership in the context of Deep Ecology and am passionate about growing and curating the finest quality of herbs. I use entirely organic methods and materials in my garden and apothecary and hope to integrate more biodynamic and permaculture practices in the future.
My intention is to support you in your process of nourishing your well being.
Herbalism offers us an invitation into that process. When we choose herbs as our medicine we become responsible for both sustaining our medicine and deepening our relationship to the plant world that sustains us. Herbal medicine can be a doorway into a greater understanding of how connected we really are.
Our bodies, like every thing, are in a constant relationship with our environments and all of the beings that we live alongside. The world itself dreams and we are a part of that dream.
What if our symptoms, our dreaming bodies, are powerful allies that can inform us of who we really are at the heart of our being and becoming? Our healing can then be a deepening into what it means to be truly alive."
Lauren Palsa RMT, RYT
I am an experienced practicing massage therapist, yoga instructor, and birth doula with a thriving small business in Willoughby Ohio. Deeply connected to the land as the source of my own health and sense of wholeness I have begun to bring the plants to the people in my practice. Often times by literally placing plants on the body! This powerful combination of bodywork and herbal allies have opened up vast opportunities for healing, learning, true enjoyment, and connection with source. I am (and will always be) still learning the languages with which to facilitate collaboration between person and plant souls. It’s an incredible honor and I am actively inviting in all those ready to work with me, both plant and people. I hope you’ll join us!
Available: Thursdays 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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My journey with plant medicine and natural healing modalities began in 2010 when I studied Ayurveda with Dr. Naina Marballi in NYC. I was led down this path as I witnessed my parent’s then-ongoing experience with Western medicine treatments for cancer and I thought, there has to be another way.
Since then, I’ve been connecting with plants as medicine, allies and food; plants are true partners in prevention that gently support health and are capable of bringing about harmony. I wholeheartedly believe “you are what you eat” and that is not limited to the foods we eat.
I completed Don Ollsin’s Grassroots Herbalism Foundational training in the Summer, 2018 and joined the mentorship collective shortly thereafter to gain experience working with clients and participating in wellness consultations, under Don’s mentorship.
I believe in a compassionate, deep listening approach to integrative wellness that respects the whole person and their unfolding. I practice and teach kundalini yoga and meditation, practice Reiki and also lead group and one-on-one personalized gong therapy sessions. These nourishing practices inform my lifestyle recommendations in the wellness consultations.
I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
“You are the best expert about your body” - Aviva Romm
I first dove into the world of holistic healing while studying midwifery and traditional birthing practices in Vancouver in 2003. I was instantly drawn to the idea that we have the inherent ability to heal ourselves with the support of the earth. Throughout my continuous journey of learning and discovery, I have been shown that by working to healing ourselves, we can also begin to heal our communities and ultimately the world. We are truly all connected.
I completed two courses with Grassroots Herbalism and Don Ollsin, steeping me in the old wisdom of herbs, Ayurveda, Dreambody and Shamanism from 2004 to 2006.
I then had two of my own babies and moved to the Sunshine Coast and began mentoring with the late Robin Wheeler, learning the art of aromatherapy, making herbal medicines and caring for plants, until she passed in 2012. These experiences brought me into deeper understanding of our ecosystems, authenticity, the ways in which knowledge can be built and shared, and the natural wildness that surrounds us.
I currently produce health and body care products for the boutique retail store, EcoFreako, an environmentally conscious company based on the Sunshine Coast.
My intention is to grow in confidence to share the knowledge that I have acquired to help and support you on your whole healing path as well as the Earths. Thank you for this opportunity.
I live on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.