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
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.
Emma Radeka is a senior at the University of Vermont, pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Studies, a minor in Latin American and Caribbean 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 pleasure activism, gift economy, and ecological leadership.
During her two years of studying herbalism, Emma has interned with Spoonful Herbals, been a Teaching Assistant to Katherine Elmer’s UVM Plant-Based Healing Medicine course, and risen to a position of leadership within the UVM Herbalism Club.
Emma has eight years of education experience, including teaching dance classes, ski lessons, plant medicine workshops, and holding a Teaching Assistant role five times over during her college career. She is currently completing her capstone project in the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources, which is focused on place-based education. As a TA for an intro-level natural resources course in which she facilitates outdoor labs, and an outdoor educator for an after-school program at Flynn Elementary School, she will compare the pedagogy of both programs and the quality of learning that occurs as a result of assessment and structure vs. active free play.
In the spring of 2019, Emma participated in an immersive 4-month study abroad program in rural Costa Rica that focused on permaculture, sustainable development, tropical ecology, and community organizing for environmental justice.
Emma lives in the Old North End of Burlington and is an avid salsa dancer and skier. Her post-grad dreams include hiking the Long Trail, attending the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, becoming a midwife, and exploring regenerative agriculture and shamanism in South America.
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.