OUR GOALS AS INSTRUCTORS
At the Artemisia Academy, we strive to make herbal & holistic health education:
1. Accessible, Applicable and Relevant
That means we teach people where they are at (not where we want them to be), and we teach skills, herbs, and recipes that can be used in everyday life for our student base.
Most of our students live in cities, not on a farm or in the rain forest, so we try to keep our approach as down to earth as possible.
2. Knowledgeable, Qualified, and Thorough
We teach from our own experiences, and are not afraid to say, “I don't know,” when something is outside of our own knowledge base.
We ask our students to fill in the gaps, or be a resource for our own learning, and to let each class be a cooperative learning experience.
We encourage students to look up answers online during class, and to research answers for themselves and report back to us if something is outside of the scope of the class material that day.
3. Compassionate, Open & Authentic
Through our collaborative teaching style, we encourage everyone to share and be vulnerable, too.
We believe that there is no such thing as a stupid question, and make sure that everyone feels comfortable to learn, share, and ask questions.
"I've been so impressed with each of my instructors while completing the Herbal Apprentice Program. Not only are they extremely knowledgeable and good at what they do, but also kind and empathetic human beings. They embody a holistic approach to herbalism and healing, and I wouldn't want to learn from anybody else."
Nicole, 2022 HAP Graduate
Emily is a certified plant geek who loves connecting people with their own personal plant allies and their healer within. She has been studying holistic health since 2007, from farming apprenticeships in Hawaii to the Herb Pharm in Oregon. Emily studied clinical herbalism & nutrition at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism (now the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism). There she learned the importance of teaching from a vitalist perspective, that every body has the ability to heal itself with supportive diet, herbs, and lifestyle practices. Her hope is to pass on the knowledge of sustainable living with practical entrepreneurial skills, so that herbalists can create thriving practices that fully support themselves, their land, and their community.
Jaimee Simundson is a herbalist and homesteader living on Chumash land in so called Santa Barbara, California where she runs a small herbal apothecary called Elderflower Ranch. Her herbal journey began as an intern at Herb Pharm, learning about growing herbs and herbalism, which led her to attend Hawthorn Institute of Herbalism & Ayurveda in Southern Oregon. She is currently working towards a Postpartum Doula certification to support parents and babies in life after birth. Within the community of Santa Barbara, she is Herbal Production Manager at Pura Luna Apothecary and Herbal Medicine Making Instructor at Artemisia Academy.
Ivy Meyer is the holistic hair and skincare instructor at Artemisia Academy. Her journey began with holding information sessions on her back patio, teaching friends how to dye with Indigo, sharing in the fun and magic of the natural dye process. She then decided to become a holistic esthetician, having dealt with "problematic" skin her whole life. In 2020, she completed the Herbal Apprenticeship Program at Artemisia Academy and learned how herbs can be truly transformational in conjunction with other approaches. Now she combines her love of skin care, natural dyes, and herbalism to reconnect with the natural world and show others how they can slow down and connect with themselves.
Jiling Lin is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac), herbalist, and yoga teacher in Ventura, CA. A first generation Californian with her ancestral roots in China and Taiwan, Jiling bridges her love of travel with a deeply grounded relationship with place. Running her clinical practice locally while teaching globally, Jiling provides the best integrative medicine and experiential education to empower thriving health and environmental stewardship in our bodies, communities, and world to co-create a wild beautiful Earth of ecological diversity and flourishing full-systems health, both internally and externally, individually and collectively.
Mary has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, has studied Permaculture and Herbalism and has worked in both retail and wholesale nurseries. She has been growing food, flowers, and herbs in her current 2 acre garden since 2004.
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