About

 I am a community and clinical herbalist, with the basis of my work in providing accessible and supportive healthcare for folks of all ages and backgrounds. The modalities I draw from are that of traditional Western herbalism, specifically the medicine of pre-industrial England, Scotland & Ireland, and southern folk herbalism, although I also use TCM methods of pulse, tongue diagnosis & energetics, and phytotherapy. For consultations, I offer sliding scale and ask for a donation for the medicine to cover the cost, and this helps because the majority of the work I do is volunteer and for free. I focus on the bodies’ innate drive towards healing oneself, and supporting body systems so there is space for the whole being to come into balance. I do not body shame or blame. 

In addition to clinical herbalism, I teach classes and workshops on natural dyeing of fiber and medicine making with a land tending perspective, using plants that are invasive and species that have traditionally relied on fire, coppicing and active engagement to thrive. My philosophy is based on building relationship with landscapes and understanding, history, context, and layers of complexity that make up place. My practice is located in Santa Cruz, on occupied Awaswas-speaking Ohlone Territory. I am also available via Skype, phone, and in-home visits and classes within the greater Monterey and SF bay area.

-Dorothy/Burl Wood, clinical herbalist, musician, textile artist

 

Education

2019      Clinical Herbalism and Case Study Course- Traditional Western Herbalism (current)
• Seven month long clinical course designed for advanced herbal therapeutic practitioners
• Extensive case study round-table discussion and mentorship
• Working to create free mobile herbal clinic

2017      Seven Month Community Herbalist Training, California School of Herbal Studies
• Intensive clinical program focused on working with clients, understanding disease pathologies and creating personalized formulas with herbal recommendations
240 hour curriculum including class time and medicine making in lab

2017      Herbal Medicine Making Intensive, California School of Herbal Studies
• Weekend herbal medicine making using alternative solvents and extraction methods

2016      Herbal Heart of Winter: Advanced Apprenticeship
Four month program at the Philo School of Herbal Energetics in Philo, CA
Focus on writing plant profiles, organ systems, diagnosis and theory

2016      Seven Month Heart of Herbology Apprenticeship Program
 At the Philo School of Herbal Energetics in Philo, CA with Mary Pat Palmer
70 hour certificate program that emphasizes localized plant cultivation, body systems, distillation & hydrosols, and traditional plant uses

2015      Nine Month Yerba Women Herbal Apprenticeship Program
At Motherland Botanical Sanctuary in Willits, CA with Donna d’Terra
90 hour Certificate in Herbology Program that included herbal medicine making, plant identification and cultivation, kitchen herb use

2008- 2012      University of California, Santa Cruz
• B.A. in Community Studies
Emphasis on Agriculture, Food and Social Justice

2010      Sierra Institute, Humboldt State University
Two month full time outdoor education program
Emphasis on sustainable agriculture and wilderness education

Other: Wilderness first aid certified, amateur radio licensed, ServeSafe food manager licensed