CoreyPine Shane (He/Him)

CoreyPine Shane, RH (AHG), Holistic Clinical Herbalist, is the Director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, which he founded in 1999. He is the primary teacher and coordinates the curriculum. He has been helping clients since the early 1990’s by artfully blending Chinese and Western herbal traditions with a focus on local plants. As a seasoned wildcrafter, he has extensive knowledge of local plant identification and medicine making. He is an expert on herbal first aid and an experienced Street Medic and Wilderness First Responder.

He is the author of  “Southeast Medicinal Plants” (Timber Press) and has taught at schools and conferences across the country and in Europe. He has written extensively on herbal medicine and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild.

CoreyPine believes that laughter is an essential part of any medicine chest, which is why he is a part of the “Wise Guy” school of healing.

JJ Bloomfield (She/Her)

JJ is the Director of Operations at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and has been with the school since 2015. She manages operations behind the scenes to provide a container for students to learn and for teachers to feel supported.

JJ is passionate about learning how to live in conjunction with the natural cycles and seasons, living close to the land, and taking her cues from the plants and animals who surround her. In her spare time (ha!), she’s in Grad School for Clinical Counseling and enjoys time in the woods with her toddler, step-daughter, and partner.

For questions about the our programs, please email

Chelsea Best (She/Her)

Chelsea Best

Chelsea is the Administrative Assistant & Social Media Specialist at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine. She is the first point of contact for applicants, and a huge support to the school in helping things run smoothly.

Chelsea has been living in and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains for the past 4 years. She is currently attending the Holistic Herbalism Program and has been overwhelmed with excitement as she dives deeper into her herbalism journey. When she isn’t at school, she is tending to her garden, practicing yoga, drinking tea and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Kat Shaw (She/Her)

Kat Shaw is a trained Clinical Herbalist, Street Medic, and Wilderness First Responder whose mission is to provide accessible holistic healthcare in her community.  She has hundreds of hours of clinical experience in places as diverse as Rainbow gatherings, Earthskills gatherings, disaster relief & activist camps, and free herbal clinics. She operates Gather & Give Botanicals, where she offers consultations, classes, and pop-up first aid clinics as well as Asheville Street Feet Project, a free foot clinic serving underserved people in Asheville, NC. She attended the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, Botanologos School of Herbal Studies, and apprenticed at the Herbalista Free Clinic. She is a practical herbalist who works diligently gathering case studies and experimenting to discover which remedies actually work best in the field.  Her goal is to share this knowledge with others in hopes that we will all do more to take care of each other and the natural world.

Rebecca Vann (She/Her)

Rebecca Vann

Rebecca has been an herbalist for 20+ years having gained a wealth of knowledge in medicinal herbs and practices. Her work in herbal education as both a teacher and administrator, natural products labs, and various versions of cultivation has taken her along a path of herbal medicine that focused on Nutrition, Biodynamic Agriculture, Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Postpartum Care, Clinical Herbalism, Flower Essences Therapy, Bionetics, community building, program development, mentorship, and most recently distilling.

These days you can find Rebecca wildcrafting and cultivating the plants used in her potions and distillations over at her apothecary, aurum apotheca and teaching for Blue Ridge School.

Lauren Miller (They/Them)

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Lauren Miller (they/them) is the main body and voice behind Rites of Process.

Lauren is first and foremost a compassionate and emotionally adept human being. Second to that, they are a grief and trauma worker. Lauren has worked in trauma recovery for seven years, has been a somatic practitioner for four years and a practicing herbalist for three. Lauren is a white, queer, able-bodied and non-binary person living with complex trauma who believes in the intersections of personal and collective liberation. This means their lens includes trauma and how we live with trauma within the intersections of oppressive systems and institutions.

Lauren is certified Holistic Herbalist and Breathworker. They are trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and have received training in Neurogenic Releasing & Integration. Lauren receives regular supervision from two sensorimotor trained psychotherapists and a Master Herbalist. Lauren’s focus is on embodiment, trauma recovery and attachment work. Lauren strives to be trauma responsive in all of their work.

Lauren regularly teaches on ethics, therapeutic boundaries, trauma resiliency, systemically driven burnout and herbal intervention. They love when the work is joyful, real and full of nuance.

Josh Fox (He/Him)

Fox is a plant-enthusiast with a great love for teaching.

He is a licensed acupuncturist and herbal clinician, incorporating both deep knowledge of Chinese medicine and nine years of Western herbal studies into his practice at Fox Herbs & Acupuncture.
Josh is an experienced guide to our local abundance of plant food and medicine and regularly offers plant walks, workshops, and weekend retreats integrating physical and spiritual healing.

When he’s not working with plants, you might find him dancing, stilt-walking, or singing songs.

Brandon Ruiz (He/Him)

Brandon Ruiz is a community herbalist and urban farmer living in Charlotte, NC. He owns Atabey Choreto Medicinals and directs the CLT Herbal Accessibility Project and spends his time working in urban gardens, making medicine and working with his community. Brandon works mainly with plants of the tropics, specifically from the Caribbean and in Boriken (Puerto Rico), his ancestral homeland
Josh is an experienced guide to our local abundance of plant food and medicine and regularly offers plant walks, workshops, and weekend retreats integrating physical and spiritual healing.

When he’s not working with plants, you might find him dancing, stilt-walking, or singing songs.

Anna Claire Lotti (She/Her)

Anna Claire is a holistic clinical herbalist and medicine maker living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, by way of the beaches of South Carolina. From an early age, Anna Claire was inspired by and in awe of the natural world. She attended the University of South Carolina, earning a BS in Marine Science, with an emphasis on biology and marine mammals. Her studies next led her to explore graduate coursework in human nutrition, and finally, to the path of the plants.

Anna Claire is a graduate of the Holistic Herbalism and Advanced Clinical Herbalism programs at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, and she also completed a 450-hour herbal apprenticeship with CoreyPine Shane, RH (AHG).

Annie SewDev (They/She)

Annie SewDev lives amongst the southern Appalachian mountains practicing herbal medicine and massage therapy. They aspire to feel at home in their body and the natural world, and to support others with similar hopes.

Engaging with this work has taken various forms over the years: from health consultations, to working as an EMT with 911 response, to attending home-births, to providing first aid at food servings and gatherings.

Annie’s formal studies have taken place at the Chestnut School, St. Pete’s Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies, Florida School of Holistic Living, Central Florida School of Massage Therapy, and Orlando Medical Institute. Though it is often the informal studies that provide the most potent lessons. More information can be found at

Marc Williams (He/Him)

Marc Williams is an ethnobiologist. He has studied the people, plant, mushroom, microbe connection intensively while learning to employ botanicals and other life forms for food, medicine, and beauty. His training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture with a minor in Business from Warren Wilson College and a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies concentrating in Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University. He has spent close to two decades working at a multitude of restaurants and various farms. He has travelled throughout 29 countries in Central/North/South America and Europe and all 50 of the United States.

Marc has visited over 200 botanical gardens and research institutions during this process while taking tens of thousands of pictures of representative plants. He is also Executive Director of Plants and Healers International www.plantsandhealers.orgAppalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. He has taught hundreds of classes about the marvelous world of people and their interface with other organisms while working with over 70 organizations in the last few years and online at the website  Marc’s greatest hope is that this effort may help improve our current challenging global ecological situation.

Learn more about Marc’s Botany Everyday group at

Rowan Walker (They/Them)

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Rowan Walker is a community herbalist, LGBTQIA+ educator, ritualist and doula. They are nonbinary trans person of white Irish, Italian and Lithuanian trancestry. rowan provides compassionate support and low-cost education to queer & trans communities through plant medicine, ritual and transition support.  They are passionate about building radical queer community, rolling around in the flowers on sunny days, and learning to how better to support each other as the world burns around us all. rowan’s website is, their instagram is @hawthornandyew, and they can be reached via email at

Luke Cannon (He/Him)

More than a Botanist, Luke Cannon is an avid naturalist and long time pursuer and teacher of our astounding natural world.   His passion for exploring the ecological intricacies of our living planet have inspired his studies of plants, birds, insects, lichens, fungi and more.  Luke offers regular classes and walks in Western North Carolina to share his knowledge of the local ecology and his enthusiasm for building closer relationships with the wilds around us. Find him at

Mimi Hernandez (She/Her)

Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH (AHG) comes from a background as a clinical herbalist, educator and ethnobotanist. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild and formerly held the position of Coordinator of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical studies at Frostburg State University.

With roots in Asheville, NC, Mimi mentors community and clinical herbalists through One World Healing Community network and her formulas are featured through Mortar and Pestle Apothecary. Mimi’s courses balance scientific understanding with traditional reverence and intuitive awareness, and she draws upon her rich ethnic background and the Granny healers in her life.

Aside from her Latin American Grandmothers, her important mentors have included James Duke, Rocio Alarcon and Simon Mills. Mimi believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential, and it is her life’s work to advocate for traditional and professional herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding.

Paul Barros (He/Him)

Paul graduated from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina, and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He has also completed programs in western herbalism at The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine where he apprenticed under CoreyPine Shane.

Paul is committed to providing the best care he can by designing individual treatments for his patients, and continuing his education in the area of Chinese Medicine and herbalism.  His goals are excellence in health care, education, and cultivation in order to grow with his community and patients into a more embodied, robust and prosperous society. He sees his role as helping people to participate in their healthcare in a way that is empowering and exciting, and that will bring forth strength for the neighborhood and the surrounding ecosystem.

Paul believes that it is the fundamental theories of Chinese medicine, theories that are rooted in the natural systems of the earth, that have made Chinese Medicine so timeless and effective. He believes that happiness and harmony are simply emergent properties of a deeper perspective that is rooted in these natural systems, the same natural systems that inform the foundations of our medicine.

Paul lives off grid in the woods with his partner and children. In his spare time he is committed to his martial arts practice in jiu jitsu and boxing.

Katie Vie (She/Her)

Katie teaches the aromatherapy classes at BRSHM. She has enjoyed teaching aromatherapy, self care and massage therapy techniques in and around Asheville for many years. Katie is a seasoned massage therapist, and the creator and master blender of River Island Apothecary, a small batch all-botanical line of body care that includes her signature Archetype Anointing Oils. ​

Katie blends & teaches from her apothecary studio, and is an educational resource for people wishing to learn Aromatherapy through an artistic lens. She lives in a pristine forest where she takes long walks with her dog, and sits by bold creeks that sing to her.

Lisa Kula (She/Her)

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Lisa Kula is an herbal medic and community herbalist. She believes in a compassionate, non-judgmental and integrated approach to health and healing. She offers a unique skill set, including training in herbalism, emergency medicine, massage therapy, iridology and sexology as well as many years of experience in animal husbandry.

Always drawn to the wild, she has spent many years listening deeply to the quiet as
well as the chaos. She’s dedicated her practice to empowering herself and others with tools to care for ourselves as well as making the people’s medicine more accessible and understood.

She’s maintained a practice over the years, serving strangers, friends, family and the four-legged, along with working as a staff herbal medic at several different clinics and gatherings across the country. She currently co-organizes Asheville Street Feet, a free foot clinic. Lisa is a Certified Peer-Support Specialist and has been a volunteer with Trauma Intervention Programs of WNC. She lives in Marshall, NC with her son, her goats and her dog.

Some of her teachers include Matthew Wood, Christa Sinadinos, Lynda Emashowski, Paul Pitchford and of course the people, plants and animals she serves. She studied emergency medicine at Humboldt University, massage at the Heartwood Institute and sexology and public health at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Fransisco.