CoreyPine Shane

CoreyPine, RH (AHG), Holistic Clinical Herbalist, is Director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and 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 has taught and led plant walks across the country, including the Medicines from the Earth Symposium, International Herb Symposium, Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, AHG Symposium, Wild Herb Weekend, Midwest Herb Fest and the Montana Herb Gathering. 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.

Josh Fox

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.

Kat Shaw

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.

Jamie Sparks

Jamie is the Founder and Director of Herban Farmacy, Asheville’s first Community Supported Herbalism (herbal CSA). She is also a massage therapist, offering therapeutic body work with herb-infused oils created and blended with her own hands. Jamie teaches programs to adults and children at herb schools, public schools, and various earth skills gatherings in the southeastern part of the country. She has also volunteered her time as an herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic and offered first aid and medical support at various gatherings.

Jamie’s herbal journey began with an ethnobotany class in 1995. She was reminded of our deep connections with the earth, and from that point on wanted to continue to be constantly reminded of that connection, as well as spread that wisdom. She continued to deepen her knowledge about the magic of plants as she earned a BS in Plant Biology at Ohio University, apprenticed with Juliet Blankespoor, studied at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, and worked with 7Song of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and the Ithaca Free Clinic.

She continues to be awestruck by the plants of Southern Appalachia and is happy to call this region home. See for more on herbal shares in the CSH and educational opportunities.

Anna Claire Lotti

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).

Marc Williams

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

JJ Bloomfield

JJ is the Administrator at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, and runs the administrative office processing applications, coordinating teachers and staff, and managing all of the spinning plates that go into running BRSHM.

In Spring of 2015, she moved to the Asheville area from San Francisco where she was born and raised. After a seven-year career in animal welfare, she is now living in Barnardsville, growing her own food and building up her Apothecary.

JJ is the founder of Red Tent Wisdom, an organization that offers women’s circles in Asheville NC at New Moon and Full Moon to cultivate community, support, wisdom and trust. Her other passions include primitive skills, herbalism, building community, animal welfare and revolutionizing the way we exist on this beautiful planet.

Luke Cannon

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

Mimi, 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.

Dave Meesters

Dave grew up in Miami, Florida and attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He moved to Asheville, North Carolina in the winter of 1998. In 2003, his formal herbal training began with an apprenticeship with our very own CoreyPine Shane at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, and since then his experience has included organizing and staffing a free clinic in New Orleans in the months after hurricane Katrina, and starting and practicing at a free clinic in Asheville’s homeless day shelter.

Dave has plans to be involved with another herbal free or low-cost clinic in the future, but until then he sees clients privately and provides free care to the mountain folks in his rural Appalachian neighborhood, most of whom would rather see an herbalist than a doctor.

Dave sees herbalism as a way to provide a more appropriate, accessible, pleasurable and effective form of health care than the dominant model, and as a means to bond and integrate ourselves with plants, the garden and the wilds. His herbalism is wedded to a life-long resistance to capitalism and the forces of domination and alienation, especially from Nature. His practice and his teaching reflect a deep evolving holism attained by listening to, honoring, embracing and collaborating with the whole of Nature, and by his study of the threads connecting holistic physiology, energetics, ecology, gardening, systems theory, magic, alchemy and permaculture.

Janet Kent

Janet is an herbalist, educator, gardener and writer. The child of two naturalists, Janet grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, learning the amazing diversity of regional wild flowers at an early age. She began studying the medicinal uses of plants when she moved to a rich Appalachian cove high in the mountains of Madison county, North Carolina 12 years ago. She lives there in her hand-built mud/straw home where she and her partner Dave Meesters maintain an ever growing herbal apothecary and medicinal and native plant nursery, Medicine County Herbs.

They also host a full immersion residential herbal apprenticeship program, The Terra Sylva school, each summer. Janet views herbal medicine as a means of reconnecting to the long tradition of herbalism in rural Appalachia and as a way to empower people to take their heath into their own hands.

In recent years, she has focused on herbal approaches to mental health and self-published a book, Ease Your Mind: Herbs for Mental Health in 2014. She believes in teaching others to grow, harvest and make their own medicine, thus making holistic health accessible to everyone.

Katie Vie

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.

Katie Swedrock, ND

Katie earned her Naturopathic degree from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona after completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Geneseo. After graduation from medical school, she completed a year residency and practiced as a primary care physician in the state of Arizona.

She has started and run a successful health advising business in Miami, FL and now continues to consult in Asheville. She has been teaching in the field of alternative medicine for over 10 years and is currently on faculty of two other universities.

Joel Wind Fox Boyle

Joel Wind Fox Boyle is a Certified Clinical Herbalist through the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. He has completed courses in Native American healing through The Good Medicine Society, worked as an herbal extraction technician for Gaia Herbs, and is an avid organic farmer and gardener.

He currently teaches classes and plant walks as an educator for Chimney Rock Park and works with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Western North Carolina Alliance, Botanical Gardens at UNC Asheville, and United Plant Savers. Joel also teaches programs for the Firefly Gathering, AB Tech, and Warren Wilson College, and he is a regular instructor for the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism and the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine.

Joel has been running Wind Fox Herbal in Black Mountain since 2007, which has specialized in helping individuals recover from “incurable” diseases. Wind Fox Herbal is currently researching methods to make herbal extracts more potent and effective.

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