Hi! I’m Christine. I’m a permaculturist, herbalist, and Earth-caretaker trying to live authentically and sustainably. I’m not all the way there yet, but I’m driven by my connection to the Earth and I try to keep that in mind with all that I do. I want to help others do that, too. I believe that our psychological and physiological health, as well as a decent future for the planet, depend on our ability to remember and re-establish a meaningful connection with the land.
My partner and I are in the midst of making some of our long-held dreams come true. We finally have our own 23-acre property where we plan to homestead and raise our daughter to love the natural world. Additionally, I’ve recently stepped fully into my role as a community herbalist by creating my own business, Light Footsteps LLC, where I teach about herbs, create handcrafted herbal products, and am in the process of developing a small permaculturally-oriented herb farm. Someday soon, I hope to do consulting as well. This business will work in tandem with our nonprofit, Permintic, so that people can come to us to learn about many aspects of living a holistic, healthy life.
This new direction was quite a breakthrough for me — you can read about my decision to follow my dreams in this post: Fears, Risks, and Following Our Dreams.
I’ve been studying herbs and sustainable living for about 10 years now, although the plants have been teaching me my whole life! My more traditional list of qualifications includes: M.S. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University (reached PhD Candidacy before my life shift); B.A. in Psychology from the College of Wooster; and a PDC from Midwest Permaculture. I’m nearly finished working on a certificate in herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar, and I’ve taken numerous courses in herbalism through the Wise Woman University (Susun Weed’s project), LearningHerbs.com, and more. I am a member of Herbalists Without Borders and the Indie Business Network.
Now that I’m a mother (as of 10/30/13), I’m also interested in sharing my knowledge about natural pregnancy and childbirth. I had an awesome homebirth and have undergone training with the Sacred Pregnancy organization.
Read more about me in my interview on Backyard Farming Connection.
Let’s Exchange Energy…
Learn more about our herb farm and educational learning center, including upcoming classes and workshops at www.lightfootsteps.com.
Visit my Etsy shop here.
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org