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How does someone move from a deeply urban environment, go across the country and find parallels and solace in the plants and people of the forest? Linda will share her journey, in which the plants seemed to find her when she suffered from homesickness and loneliness. The plants provided healing and comfort in ways that nothing else could and eventually charted her toward a way of life, living and working with plants for food and for medicine. She now teaches others how to do the same. She believes that a life lived in connection with the natural world builds resilience in both humans and the ecosystems they inhabit.
Linda Shanahan is an herbalist with a foundation of knowledge that sprouted in the forests of Oregon over twenty years ago. After studying with amazing teachers in the Pacific Northwest and later in the Northeast over the next decade, she supported her herbal way of life by working as a nurse in critical care, hospice and community health. Since 2008 she has operated Bluestem Botanicals, a small certified organic herb farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with her partner Eric VanderHyde. It is here that she feels all of her worlds come together where she grows plants, makes herbal extracts, sees clients, and teaches classes in apothecary building and herbal community health. The mission of Bluestem Botanicals is to connect people to plants for food, for medicine and for a more resilient collective future for all beings. Linda and Eric work every day to make sure that this mission remains front and center, guiding everything that they do.