About

Lindsay Kolasa is a Community Herbalist, Traditional Food Ways Educator, Soul-worker, Dream-worker, and Yoga Teacher with a background in print journalism, non-profit management and social service work.  She was called to her path by a major health crisis in 2001 which required of her to embark on a healing journey.  Her work and her teachings are a distillation of what she has learned along the way.

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.

In her healing work and teachings, Lindsay’s main areas of focus are digestion, mental health, and trauma.  She has taught at large conferences, such as the Southeast Women’s Herb Conference, and for small groups, such as feisty garden clubs.

After almost five years of non-stop planting, harvesting, wild-crafting, teaching, and medicine-making in the red, clay hills of Mississippi, she closed her apothecary to prepare for the arrival of her daughter who was born in October 2017.  She continues her work as an herbalist, soul-worker, and teacher.  She now lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her husband and little one.

 

Additional Training

2004

* Indigenous Permaculture Design Certification with Guillermo Vasquez (SF, CA) through Grupo Maya

2006

* Council Process with Jeanette Armstrong (Okanagan elder) at the Center for Ecoliteracy

* Anusara Yoga Immersion with Katchie Ananda at Yoga Kula SF

2007

* Medicinal Plant Course at Pacific School of Herbal Medicine in Oakland, CA

* Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (200 hr) in Chiang Mai, Thailand with Jonas Westring (Anusara, Biomechanics) and Sara Avant Stover (Yin Yoga, Women’s Health, Ayurveda)

2008

* Anusara Yoga Immersion with Katchie Ananda and Madhuri Martin at Yoga Kula SF

* 1-year Yoga Apprenticeship with Kathie Ananda in SF

* Group Facilitation Skills training with Community At Work

2009

* month-long work-study at Tassajara Zen Center

* Reiki I and Basic Shiatsu training at Esalen with Jim Gallas

* Anusara Immeresion III with Sianna Sherman at Yoga Kula SF

2010

* lived/worked at the contemplative/Buddhist retreat center for a year — Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC (Retreat Manager)

2011

* 1-year correspondence course with Dharmagiri (Thanisarra and Kitisaro) — meditation and contemplation practice

2012

2-year correspondence course on Celtic Spirituality with Sharynne MacLeod — Dun na Sidhe

2016

* 1-year Community Herbalist program with Phyllis D. Light at the Appalachian Center for Natural Health

* My resume on LinkedIn can be found here.

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