Kris is the Founder, Program Director, and Head Instructor of Herbal Wisdom Institute. Kris began her herbalism career in 2009. She has worked as a clinical herbalist in private practice, she has worked along side naturopathic physicians, and she also spent several years working with a major herbal product manufacturer.
Kris began teaching herbal medicine at Yavapai College in 2015 where she recognized the need for more comprehensive herbalism courses in her area. She started Herbal Wisdom Institute in 2016. Kris is the host of a podcast titled Herbal Wisdom and she also has been a guest speaker for Yavapai Regional Medical Center, The United States Forest Service, the MS Society, and other corporations and groups.
Kris studied Western Herbalism at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona 2008-2009. In this year-long program she developed a deep understanding of herbal medicine and its traditional and conventional clinical use. In 2010 she studied medical herbalism in an additional year-long intensive, Foundations in Herbal Medicine by Tieraona Low Dog MD. This program was focused on the clinical use of herbs in specific health conditions commonly present in each of the body systems.
Kris is member of The American Herbalists Guild, United Plant Savers, and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Program Director, Instructor
Earth Medicine Guide
“ I want to leave the bounds of the made world and take you out to smell wild minerals of the wet dirt, to fill your mouth with the spice of tree resin, to feed your soul with wildness, to drum your heart into a rhythm that allows YOU to hear, feel, see, sense, experience the magic and sacredness of the natural world. I want to show you how to see with more than your eyes, see with your body, your heart, your sensual nature. I want to feed the senses and bodies of my people with the holiness of Earth medicine – with the place where the earth wisdom, sacred wildness, and Spirit touches the spark of life within each heart, body and soul.”
I am Darcey Blue – Devotee of the Sacred Wild. Nature is my greatest ally and teacher, the Earth my sanctuary, and seeding Sacred Wildness my purpose.
I am a rewilding woman, Earth Medicine guide, shamanic herbalist & wild crafter. The Land is my Beloved, I am a devotee of all that is wild & sacred on this beautiful, inspirited Earth.
I am here to guide to the healing wisdom and medicine that the Sacred Wild in nature hold for you, and the wisdom of spirit that is expressed within and through each of us, as medicine keepers for these transformative times. I am here to plant the seeds of a new way for our People and our Wild Communities
I work with those who are eager to learn from the Wild, Inspirited Earth, a way as old as time itself, and who are ready to take responsibility for and transform their relationship to self, body, spirit, nature, and the Earth.
I have studied plant medicine & shamanic lifeways and practices for over 14 years in the US and in in Peru. I am a Mesa Medicine Carrier, Wilderness First Responder (Jan 2017), Earth Medicine & Nature Guide and Shamanic Herbalist. I studied plant medicine with Rosemary Gladstar, Charles Kane, and Paul Bergner at the North American Institute for Medical Herbalism. It is my deep love of the wild Earth that fuels my passion for healing and teaching about sacred wilderness, spirit, deep connection and relationship with nature, and healing.
My own journey in life has been catalyzed by cultivating the ever deepening relationship with the wildness in the world, and the wildness within my own body and spirit- through the plants, the land spirits, and solitary time in wild natural places- sitting with the wild beings, wildcrafting plants, and journeying with spirit and soul.
Michael studied at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona where he graduated in 2010 with his Degree in Western Herbalism and a Certification as a Holistic Nutrition Specialist. His passion is making herbal medicine and medicinal products and is knick-named by his wife as the “Medicine Man”.
Michael spent 4 years working and mentoring at SW Herb Shop in Mesa, AZ where he gained experience working with clients, formulating products, and understanding herbs on a deeper energetic level along with developing his knowledge of their traditional uses. He is now the co-owner of Herban Evolution, a line of traditional herbal remedies locally produced in Prescott Valley and proudly distributed at Herbal Wisdom Institute.
Michael teaches hands-on medicine making classes focused in herbal body care products, creating organic and chemical free soaps and lotions, medicinal tincture formulations, and herbal oils and salves.
Michael is a husband and a father to one daughter. They love to be in nature hiking and exploring, and have spent time traveling in their RV. Michael’s dream is to live in a tiny home on some property with a lake, lots of trees and some animals. He is very passionate about sustainable living and living “off the grid” for conservation of resources for our environment.
Herbalist & Instructor
Eunice Pineda teaches Herbalism courses to the Spanish speaking community. Eunice is an herbalist and Reiki Master and enhances the course with traditional hispanic herbalism traditions.
Eunice infuses her herbalism practice with a deep love for herbs of the Mexican tradition. She has a spiritual connection to plants and people and teaches her students to find excitement, passion, and respect for our healing herbs.
Eunice is a wife and mother of three girls. She enjoys medicine making and she is an amazing cook!
Bilingual Herbalist & Instructor
Bella is an herbalist, bodyworker, intuitive healing practitioner and a beekeeper. Bella brings her vast plant knowledge to Herbal Wisdom Institute and shares this with others through leading plant identification and harvesting walks. Bella’s specialty is making herb infused honey from her own bees and plants in her local area.
Bella has been practicing intuitive healing and bodywork 'officially' since 2001 as an OBT (Oriental Bodywork Therapist) with training at SWIHA (Southwest Institute of Healing Arts) in Tempe, Arizona. Her studies included Zen Shiatsu, Reiki, Reflexology, Polarity, Aromatherapy, and more. Through her years of experience she has come to the understanding that physical conditions come from something deeper and are manifestations of an internal issue or struggle.
“We can choose to ignore these 'signs from the soul' or treat them with medicine and drugs, or denial and avoidance. Or we can decide on a long and healthy life, and address them head-on for a full mind-body healing. This is always my preference and I'm willing to work with anyone who truly wants a deep and long-last healing with the healthy life and life style that it includes.” - Bella Donna
Vicki is a a graduate of our Foundations in Western Herbalism certification course and is an avid outdoors woman with a love of our local desert plants. Vicki leads plant identification walks and teaches botany and other herbal courses.
Vicki is also a licensed massage therapist and an energy worker in private practice. She blends those modalities with her healing herbal knowledge for a well rounded approach to client care.