Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Program Director and Primary Instructor

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG), is a clinical herbalist, teacher and author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians, one of the foremost resources on the topic of regional native plant medicines. She is the founder & director of the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies and serves as Herbalist in Residence at the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center in Rabun County, Georgia.

Patricia has been a Registered Herbalist member of the American Herbalists Guild since 1997 and is currently co-chair of the AHG Symposium Committee, and Admissions Coordinator for the Guild.

​She is the co-owner of Wild Crete Travel LLC, a small tour company specializing in unique custom travel experiences to the Greek island of Crete . Visit Patricia’s website.​

Mimi Hernandez

Inflammation in Chronic Disease

Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH (AHG), draws upon her rich ethnic background and the influence of her Granny Healers to inspire her work as a clinical herbalist, educator and ethnobotanist. She believes strongly that keeping plant wisdom alive is essential and has dedicated her life’s work to serving as an advocate for both traditional and professional herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding.

Mimi is the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild and formerly served as the Director of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

Cara-Lee Langston

Nutrition Basics for Herbalists

Cara-Lee Langston, director of Wildcraft Kitchen, is passionate about the connections between nature, good food (especially if it grows in the wild) and wellness. She is known for her experiential workshops introducing children and adults to the health benefits of cooking with locally grown and wild ingredients. Past collaborative partnerships include the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, John C. Campbell Folk School, Wander North Georgia, Organic Growers School, and Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center.

In addition to a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health, she holds an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University and a Certificate in Medical Herbalism from the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies. Originally from South Africa, Cara and her family live in Rabun County. Learn more at Wildcraft Kitchen.


Lorna Mauney-Brodek​

Medicine Making, Botany and First Aid

Lorna is a traveling herbalist, medicine maker, wild crafter and teacher.  She is the founder of The Herbalista Health Network and has been part of the BotanoLogos faculty since 2008. In her work as an herbalist, she encourages her community to embrace locally abundant plants as a vital part of the healing process.

Her curiosity has led her on plant rambles across the Tuscan hills, the high-deserts of the southwest, the Pyrenees and beyond, but she always returns to her first love, the abundant herbs of the Southern Appalachia Mountains. She studied herbal medicine with Michael Moore at the Southwest School for Botanical Medicine, Patricia Kyritsi Howell at the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, and completed her clinical training at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and Appalachian School for Holistic Herbalism. Lorna treasures equal access to healthcare and community-based economics.

​She is the winner of the 2013 American Herbalists Guild Community Service Award for her work with the Herb Bus and Herbalista Free Clinic in Atlanta. On Wednesday evenings, she can be at the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic of The Open Door Community, providing foot care to our friends on the street.  Visit Lorna’s website.

Linda Gooding, Ph.D.

Immunity Basics

Dr. Linda Gooding is professor emerita of Microbiology and Immunology at Emory University where she taught and directed a laboratory doing NIH-funded research on viruses and the immune system for more than 30 years.  Over the years, her teaching career has expanded into ‘adult education’ programs in the community where she has also taught meditation and Taoist spiritual philosophy. When the opportunity arises, she loves to teach about how science supports herbal approaches to viruses and the immune system with Patricia Kyritsi Howell.


Jen Stovall

Social Justice and Harm Reduction in Herbal Practice

 Jen Stovall, a Georgia native, spent her childhood summers exploring the abundance of wild plants in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and the piedmont region. Inspired by the beauty and mystery of wild plant medicines, she began her journey to learn more about herbalism. This led her to study with many of the top herbal teachers in the US: 7song, the late Michael Moore, Phyllis D. Light, Patricia Kyritsi Howell and DeAnna Batdorff.

In addition to her herbal training, Jen holds a BSN-RN from the Louisiana State University School of Nursing, and a NADA Ear Acupuncture Detox Specialist and Trainer license, both of which continue to inform her herbal practice.

In 2011, Jen opened Maypop Community Herb Shop, a collectively run apothecary and clinic in New Orleans that has become a primary source of health care for the local community.

Jen is a full-time a Community Herbalist and Health Educator, using a blend of Southern Folk Medicine and Western Herbalism in her practice. Learn more here.