Lindsay Kolasa is a Community Herbalist, Traditional Food Ways Educator, Soul-worker, and Yoga Teacher with a background in non-profit management and social service work. She received her BA in Print Journalism at Univ of MS and later pursued her MA in Geography at SF State University. While studying at SFSU, she also began studying herbalism, meditation, and yoga while living in the Bay Area. She eventually left the graduate program to learn more about herbalism and wellness, her true passion.
Originally from New Orleans and Mississippi, she has since lived in Eastern Europe, San Francisco, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of western NC. Each place offered up a unique set of teachers, botanical wonders, healing modalities, and traditional food ways to enrich her offerings and life-work.
Her formal herb training took place at the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine (PSHM) in Oakland, CA (Adam Sellers) and the Appalachia Center for Natural Health in Arab, AL (Phyllis D. Light). She has also taken intensives with Matthew Wood, jim mcdonald, and Darrell Martin. Beyond that, the rest of her training has been in the forest and field with the plants themselves.
Lindsay’s main areas of focus are digestion, mental health, and trauma.
She moved back to her home state of Mississippi in the Fall of 2012 to start Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary, and began teaching and speaking about herbal medicine, ecology, and traditional food ways. After almost five years of non-stop harvesting, teaching, and medicine-making, she closed her apothecary to prepare for the arrival of her daughter. She continues her work as an herbalist and teacher. She now lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her husband and little one.
While in MS, she also started the Golden Triangle’s first Weston A Price Chapter (which she has since handed off to a new organizer that has continued whole foods goodness work).
One of her main goals in life is to cultivate and restore the “network of nourishment” through hands-on learning, class networking, and soul enrichment.
* The beginning of my journey through the dark night of the soul (my most intense training)
* September to September (09) — Yoga Apprenticeship with Kathie Ananda in SF
* October — Group Facilitation Skills training with Community At Work
* September — month-long work-study at Tassajara Zen Center
* December — Anusara Immeresion III with Sianna Sherman at Yoga Kula SF
* February to January (2011) — lived/worked at the contemplative/Buddhist retreat center — Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC (Retreat Manager)
* September to June (2012) — 1-year correspondence course with Dharmagiri (Thanisarra and Kitisaro) — Deepening meditation and contemplation practice
* March (2012) to 2014 — 2-year correspondence course on Celtic Spirituality with Sharynne MacLeod — Dun na Sidhe
* One-year Community Herbalist program with Phyllis D. Light at the Appalachian Center for Natural Health
* My resume on LinkedIn can be found here.