2019 Breitenbush Herbal Conference Teachers



Autumn Summers, a Practicing Herbalist and a BA in ethnobotany. From her first herb class over 25 years ago, Autumn has been exploring the many facets of herbalism with a focus on plant, seaweed and mushroom identification and uses and growing medicinal and edible plants. She is passionate about sharing this empowering knowledge with others in an enthusiastic, hands-on way.


Erika Galentin

Erika is a Clinical Herbalist and an ITEC certified Clinical Aromatherapist consulting from Sovereignty Herbs in Athens & Columbus, OH. She holds a degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK and Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow, UK. She is a professional member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) and the American Herbalists Guild (USA). Over a decade of clinical practice has provided a platform for a deep and influential understanding of the efficacy of medicinal plants within a clinical environment, and having a deep passion for the history of botanical medicine in the United States as depicted by the American Botanical Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Erika has built her clinical philosophy around the principles and practice of Physiomedical and Eclectic traditions. In addition to clinical practice, Erika is both a student and teacher of horticulture, native medicinal plant conservation and ecology, and Goethean Science and Phenomenological approaches to studying plants. She is a guest instructor at the Ohio Herb Education Center, Gahanna, Ohio, guest faculty at the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, Lowgap, NC, and Course Contributor for the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies and the Herbal Academy. She also participates as a member of the Education Committee of the American Herbalists Guild as well as the Stewardship Committee of Appalachia Ohio Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of land and water in Southeast Ohio.

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Glen Nagel

I have been a practicing herbalist, naturopath and all around herbal wise guy for the last 30 years. My background as an herbalist began in the early 1980’s as one of the first herbal apprentices with Herbal Ed Smith and Sara Katz, Herb Pharm founders. I also studied with seaweed expert Ryan Drum Ph D and wise woman Cascade Anderson Geller. I have worked in the herbal industry and an herbal educator offering classes and courses in herbal medicine. I am a licensed naturopathic physician in Oregon and has practiced naturopathic medicine since graduation from the National College of Natural Medicine in 1993. I am a former assistant professor of botanical medicine at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington and an adjunct profession in botanical medicine at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. I have a lifelong interest in plants and nature and believe in teaching with humor and hands on experience. My passion is to have students learning directly from the plants. I live in Portland Oregon with my wife and 2 daughters and a garden of wild weeds.


Heather Irvine

A former foraging frolicker, who aims at answering some of often asked but tougher questions in herbalism, such as, how herbs work and what are the real versus theoretical safety issues.  Heather was not long ago collecting and growing hundreds of medicinal plant species for her small herbal product line: Giving Tree Botanicals.  

Now in the heart of Boston, she is offering herbal health consultations, classes and informal one on one herbal mentorship for interested persons who have immersed themselves in one or more aspects of herbalism or related topics and want to continue with guidance, regular one on one instruction and encouragement, with the possibility of attending occasional community-building events with other students. Fits your schedule and starts where you are!  

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Howie Brounstein

Howie Brounstein is the co-owner and a primary instructor of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. He has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including such herbal establishments as the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Howie has a clinical practice in Eugene, Oregon.


Julie James

Julie James is an herbalist and director of Green Wisdom Herbal Studies, providing herbal education opportunities for people all over Southern California. With over 3 decades of formal study, apprenticeship, consulting and teaching, she now focuses on expanding understanding of traditional Western herbalism, deep plant love, medicine-making, wellness and holistic nutrition. She has taught at various conferences, for organizations and events, and has created a large body of herbal education curricula for adults and children. Teaching about plant medicines is her passion and her joy.
Learn more at www.greenwisdomherbalstudies.com

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Lara Pacheco

Lara Pacheco is a Taíno, Boricua Latinx mamita that believes that our collective liberation is accessed through decolonizing ourselves by weaving into the web of ancestral medicine. Lara directly works through this realm with plants, fungi, music and dance. When not caring for their family, land and all creatures, lara runs seed and thistle apothecary, an educational resource, and co runs the seasonal wellness clinic that works to provide access to herbal medicine and massage for marginalized communities and brown girl rise, a youth empowerment program for young femmes of color.


Missy Rohs

Missy Rohs is a co-founder and instructor at the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies in Portland, Oregon.  She approaches herbalism with an eye towards personal empowerment, community building, and practical engagement with herbs. Her relationship to plants is guided by a strong conservation ethic and a deep love of Cascadia’s ecosystems.  She grows and wildcrafts with a focus on sustainable herbal remedies: those that grow easily in populated habitats, and those that can be harvested in the wild with minimal impact.

Missy’s path to herbal teaching began with labor solidarity, community organizing, and police accountability advocacy. From there, she joined the Black Cross Health Collective, providing integrative first aid and aftercare to activists, and she used that as a springboard to dive head-first into the world of herbal healing. Since then, she’s remained fully immersed in plant remedies, and her projects outside of Arctos reflect that—from volunteering as an herbalist clinician in Nicaragua with Natural Doctors International to leading forest ecology hikes and fundraising for Bark. To find out more about the classes that Missy offers, visit the Arctos School.  


Nicole Telkes

Nicole Telkes is a Practicing Herbalist, RH(AHG), writer, speaker, and naturalist from Austin, TX. She has a background in botanical studies, plant conservation work, community activism, and herbal first aid clinics. Nicole has spent the last 20 years traveling around wild and weedy corners of North America, studying and using bioregional native and naturalized medicinal plants, and wrote the book: “The Medicinal Plants of Texas”. Nicole is the lead teacher and founder of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in Austin, which has offered one-month to one-year onsite and online education in holistic Western and Folk herbalism since 2003. Nicole is a founder of the Traditions Not Trademark Free Fire Cider campaign, working to protect our traditional remedies for future generations. Nicole is also a Co-Founder of the Moonflower Herb Fest. nicoletelkes.com

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Steven Yeager

Steven Yeager is trained as a field botanist and wild harvester. Steven is QA/QC Director at Mountain Rose Herbs where he oversees laboratory operations including their identity program as well as assuring GMP and FSMA compliance. He serves on many board of directors, including the American Herbal Products Association, AHPA’s Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals, United Plant Savers, and the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Steven is co-owner of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, Oregon and has been an instructor with the school since 1997. 

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Thomas Easley

Thomas Easley, RH (AHG) is a Functional Herbalist, and founder of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. He started studying herbal medicine in 1996, and was in full-time practice from 2001 through 2015. He now keeps his clinical skills sharp by reviewing all of the cases for his school’s free clinic, and maintains an active part time private practice. In 2010 Thomas founded the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, which has full-time residential classes, and part time online classes. In 2017 Thomas coined the term Functional Herbalism, to describe his unique approach integrating Traditional Western Herbalism, Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Thomas is the co-author of The Modern Herbal Dispensatory, A Medicine Making Guide, and Modern Herbal Medicine.