Ben LeVine is the Chief Herbalist & Co-Founder at Rasa, an adaptogenic coffee alternative company, where he formulates blends and manages sourcing, sustainability, quality control, and herbal education. In his own words, “the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism has played a huge role in my love affair with herbalism. It’s where I found my people and my passion, and discovered the power of plants.”
In addition to his studies at CSCH, Ben has an MSc in Clinical Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health and was formerly an herb buyer at the tea giant Celestial Seasonings. Ben currently teaches a series of classes on the international herb industry as well as a class on adaptogens for the CSCH Fundamentals program.
Fun Fact: Ben first met Lopa, the CEO/Founder of Rasa, at a CSCH Herb Faire. Lopa was trying out her new business idea and Ben was contemplating attending herb school!
Visit Rasa’s Website: www.wearerasa.com
Dana is an energy-based clinical herbalist, Chinese medicine practitioner and flower essence therapist fascinated with the healing power of herbal medicine. Dana is a registered herbalist (RH) with the American Herbalist Guild. Over a decade ago, she was diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosus, a rare autoimmune condition, shortly after her mother started battling terminal brain cancer. These consecutive events served as the catalyst for her inspiration to study and research links between emotional trauma and the development of physical disease. With over 8 years of combined herbal education and an immense desire to improve the vitality of others, Dana opened the Wildflower Clinic in Denver, Colorado in 2016. The Wildflower Clinic is a traditional Chinese medicine and western clinical herbalism clinic offering health consultations, customized herbal protocols, and flower essence emotional therapy. Her specialties include autoimmune conditions, fertility, endocrine/hormonal imbalances, and emotional trauma. She has extensive experience in TCM diagnostic assessment where she interprets the pulse, tongue, skin, and nails of her clients in order to uncover their root causes of imbalance. She is dedicated to the ongoing research of herbal medicine and advocates for the availability of natural health care alternatives for all individuals.
Visit Dana’s Website: www.wildflowerclinic.com
Orenda & Sage
Orenda & Sage was founded in 2015 by a community herbalist, Cadíz Gómez, while she was studying herbal medicine at the Colorado School for Clinical Herbalism. The name of this business encompasses the entire philosophy from concept to practice – “orenda” is an Iroquois term that refers to the power inherent in all people to affect change in themselves and in the world. Orenda & Sage’s mission is to empower people with tools and knowledge to make positive and educated changes in their wellness practices. The company focuses on encouraging people to take control of their health and wellness and demonstrating that making medicine is fun and taking medicine doesn’t have to be a chore. Orenda & Sage currently specializes in offering hand-crafted organic tea blends and small-batch organic herbal powders, seeking to create a fun and engaging community space for any and everyone interested in healthy living and wellness.
Visit Cadíz’s website: www.orendaandsage.com
Adrian Mintzmyer | Mountain Herbalism
Adrian is a botanist, herbalist, and wildcrafter with special enthusiasm for the Rocky Mountain herbs. He started Mountain Herbalism as a platform for doing herbal consults, hosting workshops, and teaching others about local medicinal plants. Adrian enjoys thinking of teaching as performance art, and incorporates song, dance, and mnemonic teaching techniques into many classes to improve student retention of the material.
As a white person of German, Czechoslovakian, Scott-Irish, and English ancestry, Adrian is working to better understand and address the forces of racism, colonization, and capitalism that impact the health of our communities. As an herbalist, he believes that the deepest healing can come from building reciprocal relationships with land. He teaches botany, ethical wildcrafting, and bioregional herbalism as a way to reconnect humans with their local ecosystems.
Visit Adrian’s website: www.mountainherbalism.com
Kate Miller | Alpine Botanicals
Kate Miller founded Alpine Botanicals in Nederland, Colorado. An artisan apothecary, healing space, and workshop venue, Alpine Botanicals offers products, services, and educational experiences to foster health and resilience. She focuses on bioregional herbal medicine, and strives to grow or locally source most of the apothecary’s herbal inventory. We are currently carrying some of Kate’s products for sale in our Apothecary in Old Town Lafayette.
Visit Kate’s website: www.alpinebotanicals.com
Malia Thompson | Late Bloomer Herbals
Malia Thompson is a member of the American Herbalists Guild and works with herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to educate and empower her clients to take charge of their own health. She is a certified herbalist and nutritionist with 1380 classroom hours in herbalism, nutrition, and flower essences for emotional support.
Visit Malia’s website: www.latebloomerherbals.com
Miriam Schaffer | Space and Thyme Gardens
Miriam Schaffer co-owns a gardening business, integrating the principles of organic farming, aesthetics, and herbal medicine in order to generate functional, ecological, and beautiful gardens. From her many experiences landscaping and farming, she has built a strong environmental ethos based on the importance of local and sustainable agriculture and healthier communities, believing that the health of the planet is intimately connected with the health of the individual.
Visit Miriam’s website: www.spaceandthymegardens.com
Alex Svoboda | Arise Botanicals
Alex Svoboda is a certified clinical herbalist who emphasizes compassionate and individualized care that strives to empower her clients and seek the root of their health concerns. She runs Arise Botanicals in Lincoln, Nebraska, offering workshops, classes, and health consultations. Some of her areas of specialization include stress management, burnout, trauma-informed care, reproductive health, and improving sleep.
Visit Alex’s website: www.arisebotanicals.com