About

 

Lindsay Kolasa is a Community Herbalist, Traditional Food Ways Educator, Soul-worker, and Yoga Teacher with a background in print journalism, non-profit management and social service work.  A major health crisis in 2001 catapulted her onto a healing journey which required of her a new way of living.  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.

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 garden clubs.

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.

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.  She co-founded the southeast’s first monthly Herbal CSA program.

After almost five years of non-stop planting, harvesting, wild-crafting, teaching, and medicine-making, 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 and teacher.  She now lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her husband and little one.

 

Additional Training

2001

* The beginning of my journey through the dark night of the soul (my most intense training)

2004

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

2006

* June (5-day retreat) — Council Process with Jeanette Armstrong (Okanagan elder) at the Center for Ecoliteracy

* September to December — Anusara Yoga Immersion with Katchie Ananda at Yoga Kula SF

2007

* February to June — Medicinal Plant Course at Pacific School of Herbal Medicine in Oakland, CA

* December to January (08) — 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

* September to February — Anusara Yoga Immersion with Katchie Ananda and Madhuri Martin at Yoga Kula SF

* September to September (09) — Yoga Apprenticeship with Kathie Ananda in SF

October — Group Facilitation Skills training with Community At Work

2009

* September — month-long work-study at Tassajara Zen Center

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

* December — Anusara Immeresion III with Sianna Sherman at Yoga Kula SF

2010

* February to January (2011) — lived/worked at the contemplative/Buddhist retreat center — Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC (Retreat Manager)

2011

* September to June (2012)  — 1-year correspondence course with Dharmagiri (Thanisarra and Kitisaro) — meditation and contemplation practice

2012

March (2012) to 2014 — 2-year correspondence course on Celtic Spirituality with Sharynne MacLeod — Dun na Sidhe

2016

* One-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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