Calyx is a Vitalist western herbalist, holistic nutritionist, forest-dweller, wildcrafter, writer of poetry and prose, and mother of two. She was born and raised in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania.
She honors the naturopathic Vitalist tradition by acknowledging the innate wisdom that is within all of us, guiding us to heal and harmonize our bodies, minds, and spiritual hearts. She sees the human body as an ecological microcosm, and that through reconnecting to the wild we can heal the land as well as ourselves. In her practice, she integrates the long, rich history of traditional herbalism with modern, scientifically sound research.
Calyx graduated with honors from the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism’s Fundamental and Advanced Medical Herbalism intensives, and completed the Clinical Program for Herbalism, Flower Essence Therapy, and Nutrition. She also holds certifications in Holistic Aromatherapy and Reiki. She has over 2,000 hours of training in her field.
Certified Aromatherapist through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
Certified Reiki Practitioner
Jaybird is a naturalist, certified permaculture designer, tracker, wilderness first responder, ecological steward, wild tender, craftsman, furniture maker, and photographer. He spends his days making, experimenting, teaching, mentoring, and living close to the earth within it’s natural cycles.
Born and raised in the woods of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he spent his childhood exploring the wonders of the forest and on the water, shooting archery, and building with his father. The foundation of his knowledge and inspiration came from his father, who was brought up trapping, hunting, and gathering in southern Appalachia, and by his Mamaw and Papaw, who routinely walked out the door and returned with a wild salad. He’s taken that knowledge to heart and expanded upon it through his studies in botany, ecological stewardship, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and primitive skills.
By living close to nature, he believes we can reclaim our natural place in the ecosystem, tending the earth in a manner that strengthens biodiversity and creates a truly regenerative and sustainable future for all life forms.
Certified Permaculture Designer
Certified Wilderness First Responder
Certified Tracker through Cybertracker Conservation, an international organization devoted to documenting and certifying the wildlife tracking skills of local experts
Zach is a naturalist, plantsman, outdoorsman, and ethnobiologist. He dedicates his work to the continuation and furtherance of ecological knowledge and to the reawakening of humans into symbiotic lifeways. He was raised in the northern piedmont region in the mid-Atlantic, growing up in the Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania tristate area. He currently lives in southeastern Pennsylvania near the lower Susquehanna River. Zach is also a nurseryman growing native root foods, medicines, spring ephemerals, and tree crops. He is a forest gardener, prescribed burner, and ecosystem regenerator.
Zach has learned much through osmosis from mentors, peers, and other teachers including nature herself. For a few years he traveled throughout the lower 48 states, living for a time in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, western North Carolina, the Klamath-Siskiyous in southwest Oregon, and the Allegheny Front around West Virginia. During his travels he camped, hiked, and learned as much as he could about the plants and ecosystems he experienced. He believes there is no substitute for direct experience, and encourages folks to get out there and interact. Taste the herbs and roots, smell the flowers and the air, and feel the earth beneath bare feet. Acting as symbiotic stewards of the nature we see around us, we come to understand and internalize the reciprocal relationship within the heart of our own being's nature.
He acknowledges the roles native peoples have on this Turtle Island, and stands in solidarity with the decolonial, rematriation, and food sovereignty movements. He strives to illuminate the interface between culture and landscape, and tends bioregional first foods in honor of the ancestors of the indigenous people as well as the land herself.