Current Instructors

About Mimi Hernandez
Mimi Hernandez comes from a background as an herbalist and as an ethnobotanist. Her teachings weave together science, tradition, and intuition in ways that speak to diverse learning communities. In her home range, Appalachia, Mimi is probably best known for providing cultural heritage outreach to local mountain residents through mountain root lore. Mimi draws upon her rich ethnic background & the Latin American Granny healers in her life. She believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential and it is her life's work to advocate for traditional and professional herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding. She has had the remarkable opportunity to honor this work through past and present leadership roles within various educational communities including a former appointment at Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University, a current position as the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild, and a founding member of the One World Healing Community. 


About Dr. Sarah Hardy, ND

As a registered naturopathic doctor in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Dr. Sarah partners with women who want a natural, whole person approach to health as they prepare for pregnancy and journey through motherhood.

She is a caregiver, passionate about nature and the healing wisdom that is within each one of us. In her practice she nurtures that healing wisdom and helps women reconnect with their natural rhythms and rediscover the ways they can feel nourished and energized.

During her studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, she was drawn to the simple wisdom of the Nature Cure approach – using whole foods nutrition, lifestyle counselling, hydrotherapy and medicinal herbs to support each individual’s healing process.

Amidst the busy-ness of life, Dr. Sarah is thankful for nourishing time with family and friends, for energizing time in the woods and by the sea and for creative time with paint, a few brushes and a canvas.


About Lupo Passero


Intimately connected with the plant world from an early age, Lupo Passero has studied botanical medicine from a variety of perspectives. A mother twice blessed, Lupo has a first hand passion for helping the family enjoy healthy and holistic experiences with pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. Her humble beginning with herbs and flower essences in the 90's inspired her to learn more and go on to teach others. Lupo spent over a decade developing an intimate relationship to the diverse medicinal plants of the Appalachians Mountains of North Carolina, where she lived for many years ans studied herbalism at the North Carolina School of Natural Healing. 

It was in the healing community of Asheville NC where Lupo began her career in herbal education offering classes and workshops on traditional herbalism and flower essences at various institutions (including The Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism and The One World Healing Institute). Her classes involve a variety of topics including folk history, modern botanical science, plant identification and making herbal remedies. In 2009, shortly after moving home to CT Lupo launched Twin Star Herbal Education which offers a plethora of classes and workshops on herbalism, energy healing and women's studies.  She continues to share her passion for the natural world both locally and internationally, offering workshops in Costa Rica and Southwest France.


About Paul Bergner

Paul Bergner has practiced as a nutritionist and medical herbalist since 1973. He has edited the Medical Herbalism Journal since 1989, and written seven books on herbalism, nutrition, naturopathy, and Chinese medicine. From 1996 to 2012 he supervised two teaching clinics in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition in Boulder, CO. 

About Dr. Sheila Kingsbury, ND


Dr. Sheila Kingsbury is a Naturopathic Physician, Registered Herbalist and Lactation Consultant.  She has been in private practice working with women and children for the last 12 years in the Seattle, Washington area.  She has been a medical herbalist for the last 20 years.  She is currently the Chair of the Botanical Medicine department at Bastyr University and frequently speaks at various Herbal and Naturopathic conferences across the country and in Canada.  She has four children of her own, who have provided endless amounts of experience in working with the pediatric population.  She teaches Pediatrics and Botanical Medicine courses at Bastyr as well as the History of Herbal Medicine and Lactation courses.


About Kathleen Maier

Kathleen Maier, AHG, PA has been a practicing herbalist for over twenty years. She is currently director of Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA where she offers a Three Year Clinical/Community Herbalist training program. Sacred Plant Traditions free clinic was one of the first on the east coast and is still growing strong. She also sits on the United Plant Savers Board and was the recipient of their first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. Kathleen’s studies of plants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of medicine we know today with traditional energetic systems. She is co-author of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas.