I gained my Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine in 2002 from The Canterbury College of Natural Medicine. I have also trained in Natural Fertility Management and have worked extensively with reproductive health issues, endocrine and digestive disorders, and fatigue. I'm passionate about plant medicine.
I have always had a strong connection to nature. As a young St John Ambulance cadet I spent weekends assisting in rest homes with elders, and I remember visiting the Weleda medicinal gardens and being enthralled by the scent of lemon balm as we walked through a huge patch of the vibrant herb. I did my last year of high school in Indonesia and at 21 worked on an ethnobotanical research expedition in the Sumatran rainforest witnessing indigenous people who totally depended on the plants for their healthcare. I was in awe of their integration with their environs.
Motherhood inspired me to learn more about wellbeing within a natural context – homeopathy, yoga, whole foods and herbs became a part of everyday life. I founded Moontime Aotearoa
, an enterprise offering washable menstrual cloths in the early nineties (no longer my business), and have a long involvement in environmental activities. Co-producing 2 Degrees, a feature documentary about climate justice released in 2013, added to my insight and skills. In 2016 I completed a three year, advanced 2000 hour Compassionate Practitioner training in Ashtanga Yoga with senior teacher Dena Kingsberg
and this is now foundational in my life and work.
A co-founder of both The Nelson Herbal Dispensary, and Wellness Movement, I live in the Victory neighbourhood and have a strong community ethos. I am also a shareholder in a native bush sanctuary in the Pelorus Valley and love to ride horses in the mountains. I'm also very keen on cows and sea turtles.
I practice in the Wellness Clinic and currently teach private yoga sessions only.Member of the NZ Association of Medical Herbalists