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Welcome,

I'm so glad you're here.

My name is Emma. 

I'm a clinical herbalist and educator, radical birthkeeper, wise woman, mother, and the creatrix behind Black Spruce Herbals.

 

My work focuses on reclaiming our ancestral folkways, our intimacy with earth, and tending women, mothers, and families with herbal medicine.

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About.

When I was younger I became very interested in the idea and archetype of the wise woman. I wanted to be one, of course, and in my mind this meant: a medicine woman and midwife, in service to her community, both human and more-than-human.

I began learning to identify wild plants, and how to eat or use them as medicine. I looked into studying midwifery, but was turned off by the highly medicalized and regulated feel of it, so I dove deeper into the world of green wisdom ~ attending conferences, taking courses, walking with wise teachers and sitting at the feet of the plants themselves, growing medicinal plants, wild crafting, medicine making, seeing clients, building custom wellness protocols, teaching one off classes and year long programs, always sharing my medicine with family and community, always learning more, always deepening my relationships in all the ways I could over these last 13 years on the plant path.  

Then on Beltane in 2021, my daughter was conceived. I chose a wild pregnancy in full trust of my body, my baby, and nature's design. I had a lovely pregnancy where I focused on nourishing us with ancestral foods and tonic herbs, and went on to free birth Naia Luiane in one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The incredibly transformative initiation that is birth - beginning with conception and "ending" with postpartum - lit a fire of remembrance in me. I was reminded that I had always known that birth work was an integral part of the wise woman's path. So, heeding the call, I enrolled in and graduated from the Radical Birth Keeper School with the intention to weave together my many years of plant wisdom and love with a passion for serving mothers and families through the ceremony that is birth. 

Education & Trainings

2021: Radical Birth Keeper School, Freebirth Society
2020: The Complete Guide to Freebirth 

2017-2019: BS in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture, University of Washington
2017-2018: The Enchanted Forest and Hedgerow, Corinne Boyer
2016: Flower Essence Practitioner Training, Tree Frog Farm
2016: The Witches Gaze: Ecstatic Journeying and The Art of Faring Forth
2015: Shamanic Journeying for Herbalists, Lauren Herold
2015: Beyond Trauma: Neurobiology, Epigenetics, and Health Justice
2014: Natural Medicine Assessment Tools: Ancient to Contemporary, Gigi Stafne
2013-2014: Master Herbalist Certification Program, Green Wisdom School, Gigi Stafne
2013: Intermediate Herbalist: Field Study, Green Wisdom School of Herbal and Botanical Medicine
2011-2012: The Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies, Missy Rohs and Gradey Proctor
2010: Wild Edible Plants: Plant Identification, Wilders Guild
2009: Wild River School of Herbal Medicine, Laurel Pena

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