Meet Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes , instructors at Blue Otter. Both Karyn and Sarah are clinical herbalists and maintain their own private practices as well as running their school. Each brings their clinical experience and unique teaching style to the program We offer Mentoring Sessions. These private sessions give practitioners and students the opportunity to have focused time to address the questions and issues that arise in their journey with the plants. Online and in person in Tacoma, WA Energetic Herbalism Intensive - Part Two At Blue Otter an energetic approach to viewing the world, plants and healing infuses all of our teachings; whether we are talking about medicine making, working with clients or physiology. We offer classes online and in person. Karyn and Sarah are also available to teach for your school or community group.

We live in and teach from a Native American perspective; from a paradigm that the plant people were the first beings, our elders and teachers, and that they hold the oldest knowledge. We are committed to passing on this knowledge and fostering these relationships between people and plants and all of nature.

  • Herbal First Aid for Protests – 6.09.20

    Join Sarah Holmes and her guests Olympia Beltran and Dixie Pauline for a discussion of how to utilize herbal first aid at protests and gatherings. Olympia and Dixie have many years of street medic experience and have done this work together in support of Run4Salmon.
  • Mental Health During the Pandemic – 4.14.20

    Continuing our “Support During the Pandemic” series, Emiliano Lemus talks about taking care of our nervous systems and staying balanced emotionally during the Coronavirus epidemic. We’ll discuss herbs for stress, anxiety, the blues, grief, fear, boundaries, and more.
  • An Indigenous Perspective on Wildcrafting

    Join host Karyn Sanders as she shares her perspective on wildcrafting, or gathering plants from the wild; exploring the politics and ethics of this practice.
  • Interview with Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Sarah Holmes interviews Robin Wall Kimmerer about her new book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.
  • Honoring our Ancestors and Strengthening Community – October 31, 2013

    Listen in to Sarah Holmes as she talks about honoring and connecting with our ancestors, how this can help us to strengthen community, and the plants that can support us in this work.
  • Self–Care for Caregivers – September 12, 2013

    Join Sarah Holmes for a discussion of supporting caregivers with herbs and essences.
  • The Herbal Highway – September 5, 2013

    Karyn Sanders, talks in depth about various herbs.
  • Interview with David Winston – August 8, 2013

    Karyn Sanders interviews David Winston. Originally aired July 14, 2011.


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