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.
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.
Dale Bellisfield, RN, HN-BC, RH(AHG)
Dale Bellisfield, RN, HN-BC, RH (AHG) is a Medical Herbalist and National Board-Certified Holistic Registered Nurse, trained in many traditions of healing. She is one of the few professional members of the American Herbalists Guild, the only peer-reviewed credentialing organization for medical herbalists in the country. She is also trained in integrative oncology, where she learned a targeted approach to cancer, working with both standard and natural therapies.
Prior to her recent move to Arizona in 2015, Dale had been the Integrative Medicine RN at Barnabas Health’s Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine in Livingston, New Jersey. She had been both part of their practitioner team and in private practice for the past 15 years, and was actively involved in patient consultations, staff education and community lectures. Additionally, she was the Integrative Medicine Specialist for the Montclair Breast Center, a pioneering and multidisciplinary breast surgical center, where Dale maintains an on-going relationship.
Dale works with a variety of patients and conditions in her clinical practice, and enjoys being the advocate for holistic approaches. She has been seeing patients for over 17 years in private practice. She teaches and lectures often on the use of herbs, supplements, therapeutic foods and lifestyle choices to both healthcare practitioners as well as the general public. She has taught extensively throughout the New York-New Jersey area, and has now expanded westward.
Dale is up-to-date on the safe use of herbal medicines, herb-drug interactions, and quality products. Dale was the first herbalist consultant to Hackensack University Medical Center, and is a frequent consultant to corporations and physicians on the healthful use of herbs and foods.
In addition, she has contributed the medicinal benefits of the recipe ingredients in Rozanne Gold’s Healthy 1-2-3 cookbook, which won the coveted Julia Child Award and was nominated for the James Beard Award. Dale is writing her own cookbook for enhancing breast health through diet. Her food-as-medicine approach forms the foundation for all her work.
As part of her holistic approach, Dale also provides Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery guided imagery program, and Reiki therapy. Both modalities help relieve anxiety and pain, and strengthen the immune system. These practices are used specifically for each person’s situation and goals.
She recently expanded her community work to become a hospice nurse where she is looking forward to incorporating integrative practices into comfort care at the end of life.
She has had remarkable teachers, including Robin Rose Bennett, David Winston, Tieraona LowDog and Donnie Yance. Dale is comfortable in both the scientific and holistic worlds. And she helps her patients and professional colleagues feel the same.