Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Program Director and Primary Instructor

Patricia has more than twenty years’ experience as a clinical herbalist and teacher. Her book, Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachian(2006) is one of the foremost resources on the topic of regional native plant medicines. A professional member of the American Herbalists Guild since 1997, she has a clinical practice in Clayton,  Georgia.

Patricia advises the Atlanta Botanical Garden on medicinal herb programming, served three terms as a member of the Governing Council of the American Herbalists Guild, is currently co-chair of the AHG Symposium Committee, and is the co-founder of the Georgia Herbalists Guild.

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

Mimi Hernandez


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


Cara-Lee Langston is a South African-born nutritionist, herbalist, wildcrafter, and educator. After moving to the Southern Appalachians she started Wildcraft Kitchen, an educational company that inspires healthy connections to food and nature.

This summer, Cara-Lee launches a series of children’s nature camps in partnership with Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center, to learn more about her upcoming events,  follow her on Facebook.

In addition to a Certificate in Medical Herbalism from the Botanologos School of Herbal Studies, Cara-Lee has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health.


Lorna Mauney-Brodek​

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.

Charles & Pam Leonard

Native North Carolinians Pamela and Charles Leonard came to organic herb farming by a circuitous route. Both have degrees in art. Pam worked as an artist, art critic, and gallery manager. She then spent a number of years in the legal field where she was a mitigation specialist investigating capital murder cases and directed a restorative justice project. Charles worked in advertising before teaching graphic design and design history for 35 years.

Farming seemed like the next illogical step!

Pam’s interest in herbal medicine deepened after completing an herb program at BotanoLogos; she and Charles decided to launch a second career that would nurture them, and improve their small corner of the world through sustainable, organic agriculture. As Pam said at the time, “How hard can it be?”

In the years since they’ve found out.

They founded Gentle Harmony Farm in the Yadkin River valley near Winston-Salem in 2009 and began by cultivating cover crops to improve the soil and planting test rows of herbs. With encouragement from herbal partners like Jeannie Dunn of Red Moon Herbs, they now have five acres of artisanal medicinal herbs under cultivation and have been USDA certified organic since 2012. Seedlings start in the greenhouse and are transplanted, tended and harvested by hand. Gentle Harmony Farm sells both fresh and dry herbs directly to Red Moon Herbs and other companies, and to many herb practitioners in the area.

Visit the Gentle Harmony website.

Jeannie Dunn

Jeannie Dunn is the owner of Red Moon Herbs in Asheville, NC, where she and her staff create herbal products from local, abundant plants harvested in peak season in the Wise Woman tradition. Jeannie has been wildcrafting and making herbal extracts, oils, and salves for over a decade. Her herbal roots extend to the back-to-basics lifestyle she knew as a child on a multi-generational family farm in Efland, NC. She enjoys downtime in the woods hunting for mushrooms and usnea and other sustainable finds with Michael and their two kids, Sofia and Sam.

Red Moon Herbs, a small herbal products manufacturer makes fresh extracts from prolific herbs harvested in peak season. Red Moon usually processes very common plants that many of us know as weeds, but continues to passionately pursue ways to foster sustainability for high-demand plants such as ginseng by transitioning to using alternative parts of the plant and encouraging growers to plant wild-simulated forest-grown plants.

Zaire Sabb

Zaire Sabb is a mother, healer, activist, advanced doula, herbalist and child of Ifa.

From an early age this native Floridian has had an intense connection to the spiritual and the physical. She has honored this connection by dedicating her life to healing through training in both traditional western healing modalities as a nurse and ancient ancestral healing as a priestess of Ifa/Orisha. This mother of two is dedicated to helping women not only find their voice but to reclaim it.

Her ultimate goal is to integrate both allopathic and spiritual medicine in order to rebalance the womb, heart and spirit. Her professional history involves being a Critical Care RN specializing in Pediatric Cardiac Transplants as well as a clinical researcher for the FDA, and is a clinical educator for new RN’s. She also has participated in medical missionary work in 4 different countries. Zaire is also an advanced doula with a focus on complicated/ high risk pregnancies, where her passion and training as an herbalist comes full circle.

Zaire is a second year student at Botanologos with Patricia K. Howell .

She will be teaching “Know Normal” on August 25, 2018.

Jessie Dean

Jessie Dean, owner of Asheville Tea Company, is a West Asheville mom and lifetime outdoor enthusiast who is “on a mission to turn Asheville into a town of craft tea drinkers.” People love their craft beverages in Asheville, but before Jessie started her venture it was really hard to find a local craft tea. Asheville Tea Co. uses fresh ingredients from local farms, tossing in green or black tea with certain blends, to create unique and flavorful concoctions.

“The thing that is unique about Asheville Tea Co. is that we are focused on local sourcing,” she says. Jessie is optimistic that in the near future, every element of her formulations — even the green and black teas, which are not native to the United States — will be sourced locally. “I have been working with Table Rock Tea Co. in South Carolina, and they are growing Camellia sinensis,” she says. “So, within the next few years, I am hopeful that we will be able to have local green and black tea even.”

For her foray into small business, Jessie Dean draws on deep entrepreneurial roots. “I was inspired definitely by my family. My mom and her sisters run a candy store, and it’s a third generation family business. My dad runs his own craft business,” she says.

As for tea, Jessie credits her British-born husband with her passion for brewing the perfect cup of tea. “Tea culture is a big part of life in England,” she explains. But it was the thriving craft beverage scene and a great farm-to-table scene in Asheville that convinced Jessie that there was a market for her local, small-batch teas. “Local teas are much more fresh and flavorful than teas sold at the store. So, we are really working hard to support local farms and local business.”