About

Lindsay Kolasa is a small business owner, Community Herbalist, 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 on the side in the Bay Area.  She eventually left the graduate program to learn more about herbalism and plant medicine, her true passion.

Originally from New Orleans and Mississippi, she has since lived in Eastern Europe, San Francisco, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of 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.  She moved back to Mississippi in the Fall of 2012 to start Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary, and to begin teaching and speaking about herbal medicine, ecology, and traditional food ways. She now lives and works out of Chattanooga, TN.

Training

2004

* February to August — Permaculture Design Certification with Guillermo Vasquez (SF, CA) through Group 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) — Apprenticeship with Kathie Ananda (yoga) 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 (worked as the Retreat Manager)

2011

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