Wisdom of the Herbs 2017
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Annie McCleary, director of Wisdom of the Herbs School, an herbal apprenticeship type program Annie McCleary M.A. Annie offers the wisdom of over twenty-five years of working and playing with wild and cultivated plants as food and medicine. She is Director of Wisdom of the Herbs School which she founded in 2003. Her teachings are profoundly holistic and are inspired by a deeply intuitive connection with the plant-people. Annie is an herb teacher, medicine maker, community herbalist and lover of plants. She is the former owner and founder of Purple Coneflower Herbal Extracts.

She is a member of the Initiating Team of Transition Town Montpelier, Vermont, and is engaged with several groups fostering locally resilient food systems to meet the challenges and opportunities of these changing times.

I really sensed your presence as an elder/teacher and the authority that you spoke from, the fruit of your decades of work with the plants, and medicine. W.P.

Teachings by Annie are beautifully woven to include so many perspectives, always tied to fundamental truths. A.Z.

Guest Teachers

Nicholas Neddo, primitive skills instructor - Nicholas Neddo grew up in Orange, Vermont, spending his childhood days playing outside and learning from the woods, fields, swamps and mountains. Nicholas has studied wilderness survival and nature awareness as a student, volunteer and intern at the Tracker School since 1998. He has taught at the Rabbitstick and Wintercount primitive skills gatherings and has worked as a senior backcountry instructor in Utah and Montana. Nicholas is currently an instructor at the ROOTS School in Corinth, Vermont. He is the author of The Organic Artist which will introduce you to a new world of natural creativity. Not only is this book an in depth tutorial on how to make paint, pens, inks, charcoal, paint brushes, paper, crayons, sketchbooks, pottery and printmaking tools from the wild, it is also illustrated with a gallery of truly handmade artwork by the author, from his own wild-crafted mediums.

photo of MauriceMo Bissonnette, primitive skills instructor - Maurice (Mo) Bissonnette has been trained in wilderness survival for over 10 years and has studied at the Vermont Wilderness School and Hawk Circle Wilderness Education center. Mo founded Numina Wilderness School in Addison County, and is also currently teaching wilderness skills around the state, including at Earthwalk Vermont and Wisdom of the Herbs School. He grew up in Jerusalem, Vermont and has been a student of nature since he joined the Bristol tracking club in 8th grade. He soon found himself raised in the culture of naturalists, trackers and elders living in old ways.

Fearn Lickfield, flower essence instructor - Fearn is co-creator of the Green Mountain School of Druidry with her husband Ivan McBeth. She is a certified flower essence practitioner, Geomancer, Ecstatic Dance leader, avid gardener, and Priestess of Gaia. As facilitator, teacher and grounded spiritual counselor she guides the healing and connection of people with the spirit of the Earth.

Sarah Shapiro, primitive skills instructor - Sarah Shapiro grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont but didn't appreciate it until she moved back in 2005. Since then she has discovered the power and joy of becoming familiar with the local plants and animals that contribute so deeply to human health and survival. Since being reintroduced to nature, she has dived in and learned and taught nature awareness and ancestral skills with adults and children in Central Vermont.




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