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Photo credit, Luisa Porter, Catfish Alley Magazine

Photo credit, Luisa Porter, Catfish Alley Magazine

Welcome to Lindsay Kolasa’s site ~
Herbalist, Naturalist, Soul-worker

My work leans on common sense and the soulful.

First and foremost, I am a life-learner.

I have a knack for organizing people and bringing people together for a common vision as well as starting new, soulful and innovative projects for social and environmental betterment. The heart of my work is stewarding connection to the earth through place-based education and learning.

I draw from many tools in my toolkit such as crafting, art, food, story, narrative medicine, herbalism, group facilitation, and journeys into the outdoors.

Due to my own health crisis that began in 2001, my path has been a long and winding one…of healing, break-throughs, insights, and awareness around trauma & recovery, the microbiome, trans-generational trauma, biodiversity, and tending the fractures in the relationship between humans and the earth.

My training is in print journalism, geography, western herbalism, traditional food ways, meditation, yoga, dream-work, ancestral/lineage-based healing, circle work, and soul-work. As well, I have experience in non-profit management, program development and organizational development.

I teach.  I consult.  I write.  I speak.  I create.  I organize.  There you have it (smile).

Feel free to explore the tabs to see upcoming workshops & retreats, to learn about my consultations, and to read blog posts on herbalism, whole foods recipes, and other gems.

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Here are links to some of my most viewed blog posts:

A Survivor’s Guide to the Essential Oil Craze

Long-lost, Long-leaf: The Return of a Forgotten Forest?

To Do List (poem)

Change (poem)

I Was Born to Do This (an exploration of psychosis)

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And, here are links to plant monographs that I wrote for Catfish Alley Magazine when I lived in Mississippi and ran Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary (2012-2017):

Dandelion:  the Teeth of the Lion

Poke:  a Deep South Herb for Deep Work

Mimosa:  If Happiness Was a Tree

Rose Medicine:  Cooling & Comforting

Sumac for the Kitchen & the Medicine Cabinet

Goldenrod:   A Plant That Makes Us Whole

Three Medicinal Mushrooms

To be healthy is to be whole and to be holy.
It is to acknowledge the great goodness that our bodies are linked to the bodies of other people, to the bodies of plants and animals, indeed to the earth, the sun and moon, and the other heavenly bodies. It is to receive the awareness, at once humbling and exhilarating, that we are a part of Creation, one with all that we live from and all that, in turn, lives from us.”

~ Wendell Berry