We are living in potent times, and our partnership with these facilitators is a sacred healing collaboration to engage our shared work in a time of climate emergency and social injustice.
Clinical/Community Herbalist, Co-Director of Spoonful Herbals and Railyard Apothecary
Katherine Elmer, MS grew up in the green hills of Central Vermont and revels in the opportunity to connect with clients around a shared love of place and nature through whole foods nutrition and herbal medicine. She is a clinically-trained community herbalist and lecturer on Herbal Medicine, Integrative Health and Food Systems topics at the University of Vermont.
She has a Master’s in Natural Resources from UVM and has completed professional training through the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. Katherine manages medicinal plant gardens on UVM campus and is the faculty advisor for the UVM student Herbalism Club. She also teaches regular community classes and herb walks in the Burlington area.
Katherine is the co-founder of the Burlington Herb Clinic at the Railyard Apothecary as well as an educational organization called Spoonful Herbals, which offers a local Herbal CSA share program, a Community Herbalism Apprenticeship, “Backyard Apothecary” consultations to farmers and homesteaders, and medicinal plant gleaning events (“Herb Mobs”) on area organic farms and public green spaces.
She is a proud mom to a 9-year-old son Liam, a 10-year-old labradoodle Maatje (pronounced Mott-yeh), and she lives in Burlington’s Old North End.
Gillian Kapteyn Comstock
Metta Earth Founder & Co-Director, Folk Herbalist, Herbal Remedy Maker, Sense of Place Guide
Gillian Kapteyn Comstock, MA, is the founding co-director of Metta Earth Institute and the Metta Earth project, which integrates regenerative farming, contemplative practices, community living, and sustainability education. Gillian offers mentoring, program facilitation, and leadership trainings.
As a holistic psychotherapist, certified permaculture designer, and advanced yoga guide, she synthesizes disciplines to support cultural renewal. She is dedicated to creating sanctuaries for others to experience vibrant presence.
With a passion for discovering the wild in mind, body, and earth, she has led yoga retreats, wilderness quests, and trainings in nature sanctuaries around the world.
For the last dozen years Gillian has intertwined this work with grounding in regenerative agriculture and focalizes this in the care of gardens and greenhouses, carbon farming and grazing processes with Icelandic sheep, Milking Shorthorn cows, and heritage breed chickens, as well as the growing and wildcrafting of herbal teas and medicines.
For more than two decades she has been a participant in the Assisi Institute community, which engages in a highly dynamic interdisciplinary investigation of Jungian psychology, creative process, mythology, and the new sciences.
A mother of three adult children and grandmother of five, Gillian has lived a life immersed in cooperative community, the gift economy, and innovative social processes resonate with natural systems and wild nature.
Plant Medicine Activism Coordinator, Marketing/Social Media, Content Designer, Earth Responder
Emma Radeka is a senior at the University of Vermont, pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a certificate in Integrative Healthcare. Her areas of academic study reflect her passion for healing the earth, ourselves, and our communities, with a focus on plant medicine, sustainable agriculture, place-based education, and community organizing for environmental and social justice.
Emma’s passion for education includes teaching dance classes, ski lessons, plant medicine workshops, and being a Teaching Assistant five times during her college career. Notable academic experiences have included completing a capstone report focused on accessibility in place-based education, organizing a meeting with Gov. Phil Scott to discuss the importance of gun control in Vermont, and developing plant medicine offerings for students via the UVM Herbalism Club. She also participated in an immersive 4-month study abroad program in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica that focused on sustainable development, tropical ecology, and community organizing.
After serving as a Garden & Education Intern for Spoonful Herbals in 2019, Emma joined Metta Earth as the Plant Medicine Activism Coordinator in the spring of 2020. She is currently working remotely from Rhode Island, where she is also converting a cargo trailer into a tiny mobile home.
Emma is the Artistic Director of the UVM Salsa Dancing Society, and enjoys to ski, sail, and mountain bike in her free time. She is passionate about volunteering with Migrant Justice and the BioSur Foundation of Costa Rica.
Seneca/Haudenosaunee Medicine Keeper, Herbal Remedy Maker, Story Teller
BrokenHorse is an author and historian; sacred activist and medicine keeper of European and Seneca/Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-o-son-ee) descent. He has been studying indigenous medicine for over 20 years.
Coming from a long line of peacemakers and great orators, BrokenHorse uses the written and spoken word and the power of indigenous tradition to decolonize, rematriate, and heal.
Resident Apprentice Herbalist, Plant Medicine Harvester, Herbal Skills Materials Kit Creator, Earth Responder
Juliana Lewis is the Resident Apprentice Herbalist and Plant Medicine Harvester at Metta Earth. Her passions include working with plants, nature education, and exploring forests.
Producer, Videographer, Tech Support, Earth Responder
Matt lived and worked at Metta Earth for the 2020 growing season, where they produced Metta Earth’s first online offering. Since departing, Matt continues to work with Metta Earth on the World Reach team, providing organizational consulting and online program production.
Matt graduated a 200-hour teacher training program with The New School of Yogic Arts in February 2019, and continued their education with trauma-informed teacher training workshops.
As a student, Matt co-founded and directed Dartmouth College’s Sustainable Living Center. Matt graduated with a BA in Geography modified with Studio Art, a custom major which enabled a holistic study of how people interact with both their built and natural environments.