Annie McCleary M.ED. - Annie offers the wisdom of over thirty-five years of direct connection with the local wild herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees. Her teachings focus on field identification, wild edibles, herbal home remedies, sustainable harvesting practices, and communicating with the spirit of the plants, and are grounded in her deeply intuitive connection with the plant people as well as years of study.
She is founder and director of Wisdom of the Herbs School which offers Wisdom of the Herbs Certification Program, the Wisdom Tutorial Certification Program, and community wild plant walks. She is the author of Wisdom of the Herbs. Her experience includes founding and operating an herbal extract business for 15 years, growing Echinacea purpurea and goldenseal organically on a Vermont farm, and as a founding member of Transition Town Montpelier, creating resilience in community.
"We are called to remember how to eat where we live, how to forage and make our medicine from local plants. We are called to create resilience in our communities, to re-skill and relocalize everything. And we are called to remember how to communicate with all our relations - the plant people, the water, the wind and the stars. All this, not because we will win or save anything, but because we as humans must walk with integrity, no matter where the road leads us. Above, below and within all that we know and do, we are called to look for the gift - there always is one - and to be kind, and to offer gratitude."
From the Introduction to her book, Wisdom of the Herbs (revised 2017)
Annie’s teaching method is direct, authentic, humorous and full of soul. D.G. Wisdom Student
Annie embodies what it means to be a traditional herbalist. She teaches from the heart and knows the plants as intimates. Barbara Raab, herbalist, professor of horticulture at UVM.
Her wealth of knowledge and appreciation for each plant that we studied made me feel like I was being introduced to many of her dearest friends. L. M. Wisdom Home Tutorial Student