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Howie Brounstein has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including at such herbal establishments as the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is the co-owner and a primary instructor of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and has a busy clinical practice in Eugene, Oregon. He is well known for his brilliant in depth teaching style and his passionate love of plants.

Steven Yeager has been studying our local flora and ecology since 1995, both wildcrafting and preparing herbal preparations for himself and the community. He enjoys botanizing and exploring Oregon’s wild places. He was the manager of the Columbines and Wizardry herbal business and has been a teacher in the Apprenticeship Program since 1997. He is laboratory and quality control manager at Mountain Rose Herbs. In 2011 Steven became an elected trustee of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and is currently participating with many of the AHPA’s committees.

Heron Brae is a northwest-born botanist, herbalist, rewilder, and wildcrafter. Since 1997 she has studied plants through the Wilderness Awareness School, Columbines School of Botanical Studies, Colette Gardiner, and Evergreen State College, where she earned a BS in botany and ecology. She lives in the woods near Ashland, Oregon, and spends her time working towards interdependent ways of living with wild plants through restoration forestry, crafty harvesting projects, community building, and independent ethnobotanical research. She guest teaches regionally in various venues, specializing in wild foods tending and rewilding culture.

Mel Kasting is the administrator and a graduate of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. In addition to Columbines, she has taken online classes though the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism and has interned with Howie Brounstein and other herbalists in the Eugene area. She spends her off hours seeing clients, wildcrafting, and medicine making for her business, Artemis Herbs.

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