Larken Bunce, MS
Larken Bunce is a clinical herbalist, educator, writer, gardener, and photographer. She is founding co-director and core faculty at Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, which runs a full-time sliding-scale community clinic and a 3-year training program for clinical herbalists. Her practice and teaching draw equally from science and spirit, novel practice and tradition, clinic and garden, reflecting her diverse experiences in over 20 years in the field. She holds a Master of Science in Clinical Herbal Medicine from MUIH (previously Tai Sophia Institute), as well as certificates in Zen Shiatsu, Swedish/Esalen Massage, and Mind-Body Skills. She is currently working towards an MS in Mental Health Counseling, focusing on the intersections of liberation psychology, ecopsychology, trauma studies and somatic therapies. Larken is passionate about bridging traditional healing models with biomedical sciences and restoring Nature to culture through herbal medicine.
Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich
Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich is a community herbalist committed to accessible, inclusive herbal practice and education. She has been involved with organizing free, multi-modality clinics in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Arizona for six years, and is presently a clinical herbalist at Stonefruit Community Herbalists and co-director of the Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic. Before working as an herbalist, she spent a decade as a standardized patient, educating medical students about competent, anti-oppressive care. She sought out herbal medicine as an ally to support community organizers, activists, queer folks and others harmed and underserved by racism, capitalism and patriarchy. In her experience, healing work is intimately interconnected with understanding, coping with and resisting systemic violence and oppression. Vilde has been teaching about competence and herbal care for trans folks for four years.