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maya blow

MAYA BLOW is a wife, mother, herbalist, classical homeopath, organic farmer and educator practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied undergraduate history at Clark Atlanta University, studied herbal medicine at the California School of Herbal Studies in Northern California and completed four years of homeopathic medical school at the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy in San Francisco Maya has also studied Afro Botany through the NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health as well as studies Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ayurveda through the East West School of Planetary Herbalism.  Maya has been studying, practicing and making herbal medicine her whole life and brings to her practice an innate sensitivity, empathy and powerful intuition towards her clients. 

 

Besides her passion for holistic and alternative medicine, Maya is an artist and avid crafter. Maya teaches nature studies, gardening, herbal medicine making, permaculture design and many other homesteading and DIY classes.  She has been making and teaching art for two decades and continues to draw her inspiration from her love of nature. Some of her hobbies include organic gardening, animal husbandry, foraging for wild food, fermenting and canning, making herbal medicine,  and dying with plants. She currently  spends most of her time making and selling her hand crafted herbal medicine and cultivating her organic farm in northern CA where she lives with her husband and sons, chickens, bees, sheep and jersey milk cows.  Maya is also the founder and director of the Soul Flower Farm School of Earth Medicine for Herbal Studies and Permaculture Design. 

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Bae laurel o'connor

BAE LAUREL O’CONNOR  (they/them, she/her) is an artist, creator, mover, plant lover, and overall geek born and raised in the Bay Area, CA. Growing up as a more than binary being, Bae never identified with their friends who wanted to be princesses—they really wanted to live with the earth worms.  Fortunately, Bae travelled to New Zealand at the age of 17 and learned about sustainable agricultural living. The beauty, vibrancy, and depth of their gap year in Aotearoa continues to feed Bae’s earth dreams. 

 

Bae laurel went on to attend  Williams College in Massachusetts, earning a bachelors degree in Studio Art and American Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Studies. There, Bae laurel explored different creative forms and developed a love for film, dance, and animation.   After graduating, Bae returned to earth by way of herbal medicine. They were blessed to apprentice (aka get woke) with Abi Huff of Stinging Nettle Apothecary in Sonoma, CA. This path of healing led Bae to deepen their passion for plants, animals, and tending to the land. Bae further ignited this spark at Starhawk’s Earth Activist Training and went on to live this passion at Rolling Rivers Farms in Orleans, CA. 

 

Bae laurel is continuing to develop their roots as an earth steward through connecting to their creativity, their ancestors, the land, and the love that is. 

Top photo by Mila Belle

Maya's bio photo by Bethanie Hines

Bae's bio photo by NB Zhong

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