Lindsay Kolasa is a Community Herbalist, Traditional Food Ways Educator, Soul-worker, and Yoga Teacher with a background in non-profit management and social service work. She was called to her path by a major health crisis in 2001 which required of her to embark on a healing journey. Her work and her teachings are a distillation of what she has learned along the way.
Originally from New Orleans and Mississippi, she has since lived in Eastern Europe, San Francisco, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of western NC. Each place offered up a unique set of teachers, botanical wonders, healing modalities, and traditional food ways.
As an herbalist, Lindsay’s main areas of focus are digestion, mental health, and trauma. She has taught at large conferences, such as the Southeast Women’s Herb Conference, and for small groups, such as feisty garden clubs.
While on the plant path, she also ran an apothecary in the red, clay hills of eastern Mississippi, where her family stretches back 7 generations. She now lives in Santa Barbara, CA.
2007 – 6-month Medicinal Plant Course with Adam Sellers – Pacific School of Herbal Medicine – Oakland, CA
2010 – 3-month Plant Medicine Series with Mary Morgaine Squire – Hot Springs, NC
2012-2017 – owned & managed a wild-crafted apothecary in Mississippi called Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary
2016 – 1-year Community Herbalist program with Phyllis D. Light – Appalachian Center for Natural Health – Arab, AL
***Workshops and intensives with Matthew Wood, jim mcdonald, Rosita Arvigo, Darrell Martin, Pam Montgomery, Juliet Blankespoor, Thomas Easley, and more…
Yoga & Meditation
2006 – Anusara Yoga Immersion with Katchie Ananda – Yoga Kula SF – San Francisco, CA
2007 – Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (200 hr) with Jonas Westring (Anusara, Biomechanics) and Sara Avant Stover (Yin Yoga, Women’s Health, Ayurveda) – Chiang Mai, Thailand
2008 – Anusara Yoga Immersion with Katchie Ananda and Madhuri Martin – Yoga Kula SF – San Francisco, CA
2008 – 1-year Yoga Apprenticeship with Kathie Ananda – San Francisco, CA
2009 – Anusara Immeresion III with Sianna Sherman – Yoga Kula SF – San Francisco, CA
2009 – month-long work-study at Tassajara Zen Center – Big Sur, CA
2009 – Reiki I and Basic Shiatsu training at Esalen with Jim Gallas – Big Sur, CA
2010 – lived/worked at the contemplative/Buddhist retreat center for a year as their Retreat Manager – Southern Dharma Retreat Center – Spring Creek, NC
2011 – 1-year correspondence course with Dharmagiri (Thanisarra and Kitisaro) – meditation and contemplation practice
Deep Ecology & Naturalism
2004 – Indigenous Permaculture Design Certification with Guillermo Vasquez through Grupo Maya – San Francisco, CA
2006 – Council Process with Jeanette Armstrong (Okanagan elder) at the Center for Ecoliteracy – Bay Area, CA
2008 – Group Facilitation Skills training with Community At Work – San Francisco, CA
2012 – 2-year correspondence course on Celtic Spirituality with Sharynne MacLeod — Dun na Sidhe
* My resume on LinkedIn can be found here.