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 Far from major cities and surrounded by mountains and the beauty of nature, Blue Otter is nestled between Mt. Shasta and the Marble Mountain Wilderness. We are located half-way between San Francisco and Portland, just a half hour drive from I5. 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. In addition to planting in the creek and our woods, we have a half acre garden with many, many medicinal herbs for students to get to know and have the opportunity to tend.

Teaching energetic herbalism from a Native American perspective in the Marble Mountain Wilderness area near Mt. Shasta, California. We live in and teach from the 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.
  • Herbal Medicine and the African Diaspora – 1.14.20

    Join Sarah Holmes and her guest, Sobande Greer, for a discussion of herbal medicine in the African American community; past and present. Sobande is an herbalist, teacher and author as well as founder of the Natural Choices Botanica School of Herbalism & Holistic Health in Tennessee.
  • 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.
  • Support During the Pandemic – Part Two – 3.31.20

    Listen in while Sarah Holmes discusses self care and community care during the pandemic; a continuation of last week’s program.
  • Support During the Pandemic – Part One – 3.24.20

    Listen in while Sarah Holmes discusses self care and community care during the pandemic.
  • Folk Medicine During Pregnancy – 1.07.20

    Join guest host Renée Camila as she discusses safe herbs and practices to support the physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies during pregnancy.
  • 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.
  • Getting your Digestion Ready for Winter – November 21, 2013

    Sarah Holmes discusses strategies for good digestion. Replay from previous week due to last minute schedule change.


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