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. 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.
2012-2017 – owned & ran a wild-crafted apothecary in Mississippi called Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary
2016 – 1-year Community Herbalist program with Phyllis D. Light – Appalachian Center for Natural Health – Arab, AL
***Workshops with Matthew Wood, jim mcdonald, Rosita Arvigo, Darrell Martin, Mary Morgaine Squire, Pam Montgomery, Juliet Blankespoor, Thomas Easley, and more…
Yoga & Meditation
2008 – 1-year Yoga Apprenticeship with Kathie Ananda – San Francisco, CA
2009 – Anusara Immeresion III with Sianna Sherman – Yoga Kula SF – San Francisco, CA
2009 – month-long work-study at Tassajara Zen Center – Big Sur, CA
2010 – lived/worked at the contemplative/Buddhist retreat center for a year as their Retreat Manager – Southern Dharma Retreat Center – Spring Creek, NC
2011 – 1-year correspondence course with Dharmagiri (Thanisarra and Kitisaro) – meditation and contemplation practice
Deep Ecology & Naturalism
2008 – Group Facilitation Skills training with Community At Work – San Francisco, CA
2012 – 2-year correspondence course on Celtic Spirituality with Sharynne MacLeod — Dun na Sidhe
* My resume on LinkedIn can be found here.