2. Jody Noe
Dr. Jody Noe is an all-round incredible woman and healer. Not only is she a naturopath (N.D.) who runs her own integrative medicine practice, but she is a traditional Cherokee herbalist who spent years in training with her Cherokee elders. She approaches the body with the traditional indigenous view that all things are sacred, and spirit is in all things, including our beloved herbs and stones.
Dr. Noe specializes in integrative oncology, and is the author of a well-researched tome on the subject, Textbook of Naturopathic Integrative Oncology. Her energetic work encompasses a vast range of healing tools that are both allopathic and homeopathic, including herbs, diet, lifestyle, and spiritual counseling.
Find Dr. Noe online at drjodyenoe.com.
3. Corinna Wood
Steeped in the Wise Woman tradition, Corinna Wood is a voice for local foods and botanicals which feed both body and soul. Rather than practicing with plants from distant regions or traditions, Corinna’s attention as a community herbalist is on the weeds and wilds in our own backyards. She focuses on attuning women to the cycles of the earth, the plants, and the moon.
Holistic women’s education has been Corinna’s primary focus over recent years, and out of this effort she has led thousands of women from all paths of life into the green world of herbalism. Corinna shares her knowledge and her loving connection with mother nature by engaging women in the sphere of beneficial plants each spring during her yearly immersions.
Corinna Wood has been practicing, teaching, and carrying on the Wise Woman Tradition for over 30 years. Corinna co-founded Red Moon Herbs in 1994 and made herbal products from fresh, local plants for 20 years until passing on the baton to Jeannie Dunn. Corinna is also renowned as the founder and director of the legendary Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference. With extensive training and experience in herbalism and spiritual psychology for women, Corinna now teaches earth-based tools for inner growth and healing. See Wise Woman Studies with Corinna Wood.
A note from Corinna: “After many years of making and teaching herbalism for women’s health, it dawned on me that I needed my own healing kit for the heart, mind and soul! I applied all I knew of the wise woman ways towards my own deep inner health. I drew on my depth and breadth of knowledge––nature and her cycles, health and healing, nonviolent communication and feminist spiritual psychology. Now I support earth-based women with tools for inner growth and healing to ground you in your own innate wisdom, needs and desires. I'd love to support you along your journey ~ come connect!”
Corinna studied extensively with various world-renowned teachers before launching Red Moon Herbs, which has consistently carried out its mission of providing practical, useful, and abundant herbal preparations to the community for over twenty years. Corinna directed the late Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, which was one of the largest women’s herb gatherings in the US.
4. Rosemary Gladstar
If there’s one name that nearly everyone in the ‘herbie’ world knows, it’s probably that of Rosemary Gladstar. But not only is it a nice name to know (who doesn’t like rosemary, after all?), she herself is a wealth of inspiration and encouragement to all wise women who walk along the healer’s path. To list the accomplishments of someone like Rosemary is beyond our scope, but let’s just say the books of Rosemary Gladstar are to some a sort of “gateway” into herbalism.
Got a friend who wants to start making body care products for herself and her family, but doesn’t know anything about herbs? Give her Rosemary’s book. Have a buddy who gets indigestion after eating and wants to do something about it, naturally? Give them Rosemary’s book. Her writings are beautiful, easy to understand, and accessible, no matter your level of expertise.
Rosemary also acts as an advocate for the endangered and rare plants of the world. She is the founding energy behind United Plant Savers, an organization that raises awareness for and protects exotic species. Her work in this area has spurred a widespread movement towards using as many local and widely growing plants as possible, whenever we can.
Rosemary will be coming to speak to us in October at the Southeast Wise Women’s conference. As a headliner, she will be speaking on some of her favorite preparations and recipes with us, as well as sharing her thoughts on Preserving our Herbal Traditions.