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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

As a life-long learner, my work leans on common sense and is fed by observation and awareness.

The heart of my work is stewarding connection to self, connection to other, and connection to the earth through the lens of trauma informed work. With a knack for community building and constructive conversation, I am able to assist in transformative processes for individuals and groups.

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 various forms of modern relationships.

With 10 years of social service work and another 10 years of working with clients through my herbalism practice, my understanding of the arc of the human narrative feeds my interest in creating a culture that is resilient.

I have experience in non-profit management, program development, group facilitation, and organizational development. I also have training in print journalism, geography, western herbalism, gut health, meditation, yoga, dream-work, ancestral/lineage-based healing, circle work, and soul-work.

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