Elaine Sheff, Co-Director, Clinical Herbalist, RH (AHG)         
The author of several books on herbal medicine and healing, clinical herbalist Elaine Sheff has been passionate about sharing herbal knowledge for over 30 years. Her latest book is Naked: Botanical Recipes for Vibrant Skin and Healthy Hair. Elaine is the Co-Director of Green Path Herb School, located in Missoula, Montana, where she strives to inspire and empower students and clients to remember their connection to the earth, the plants and their own healing process. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and teaches workshops, and at conferences, both nationally and internationally. As a certified Instructor of the Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness Methods, Elaine has helped many couples to avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally. She has written numerous articles about her family’s journey with epilepsy and a special needs child. Elaine has written for publications including the Journal of Medicinal Plants and their Applications, Mamalode and Aromaculture magazine. You can often find her bent over an herb in her garden or marveling at small flowers in mountain meadows with her husband and sons. Elaine’s workshops have been featured at conferences including the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, Montana Herb Gathering, Northwest Herb Symposium, Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, Spokane Herbal Faire, Pacific Women’s Herb Conference, Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence, the Ecoexpo and the Mountain West Herb Gathering.

IMG_0665John Goicovich, Co-Director
John first started working with plants in the early 1990s on the coast of California. It was not until moving to the Rocky Mountains in 1993 that his interest became a lifetime commitment. John’s first love of herbs was always the connection between plants and people and the personal involvement in making one’s own remedies. John is a graduate of both the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is the co-founder of Meadowsweet Herbs.

nesbit-friendDr. Ian Nesbit, Anatomy and Physiology
Ian Nesbit received his Doctorate in Naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in 1994. He completed two post doctorate residencies in physical medicine and cardiology. He was primary professor of cardiology at Bastyr University for three years and lectures internationally on emergency medicine and public health. Dr Nesbit served in the Air Force Reserve and moved from Billings to Missoula after returning from Baghdad in 2003.

Sarah Holden, Botany

Sarah is a mother of two and loves raising her brood in western Montana with her husband and fellow plant nerd! Her primary focus is with plant medicine, she has a background in plant ecology and invasive and native species! In her herbal practice she empowers clients to take control of their foundational heath! Sarah enjoys skiing, lots of hiking, music and aromatherapy.

Kareen Erbe, Permaculture
Kareen is the owner of Broken Ground, a permaculture business in Bozeman, Montana, USA, that teaches people how to grow their own food and become more self-reliant. She has taught hundreds of students through her workshops, both live and online, and offers consultations and permaculture design services. She and her family live on a ¾ acre suburban homestead with large kitchen gardens, a food forest of fruit trees and berry bushes, a greenhouse, a pond, beehives as well as chickens and ducks. Kareen is a regular contributor to Rocky Mountain Gardening Magazine and can be reached through her website brokengroundpermaculture.com.

Heather EllsworthHeather Ellsworth L.Ac. MAcOM, Chinese Herbs and Medicine
Heather is a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist, herbalist and shiatsu practitioner in Missoula MT.  Heather was inspired by her mother, a nurse-midwife, at an early age and has been interested in medicine and women’s health ever since. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Biology with a Botany emphasis.  Then continued her studies in western herbalism with Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine and became a Certified Clinical Herbalist in 2003.  In 2009 she graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; she is also a Board certified Chinese herbalist.  After finishing her studies at OCOM she completed a year and a half post-graduate training in Portland, OR with Dr. Hong Jin DAOM, M.D.(P.R.C.) specializing in women’s health, infertility, and pregnancy support.  Along with seeing a variety of health conditions in her private practice she also created “Mama Group Acupuncture” which provided group acupuncture specifically for fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum women at the Alma Midwifery Education and Movement Center, in Portland.  Heather recently moved back to Missoula, MT with her husband and son in order to be near their family and enjoy this beautiful community.  In her free time she loves collecting and growing plant medicines and dancing.

Greta de la Montagne, RH(AHG), Ayurveda Herbs and Medicine
An herbalist, bodyworker, and Ayurvedic practitioner, Greta has specialized in herbal first aid for over 30 years. She has first-hand experience treating a wide range of injuries and ailments in children, livestock, and large groups of people. She operates Gentle Strength Botanicals and Massage Therapy near Arcata, California. Greta cultivates nearly all the medicines for her apothecary in the Michael Moore Memorial Medicinal Herb Garden. Her primary teachers are Michael Moore and Dr. Vasant Lad. She founded the MASHH (Medicine for All Seeking Health and Healing) Clinic Collective in 1997, Cascadia Health Educators in 2002, was a member of Black Cross Health Collective in Portland, Oregon, is a Wilderness First Responder and EMT trained.

Judith Poelarends, Flower Essences

Judith’s roots are in The Netherlands where she had a career as a scientific researcher in animal health. In 2007 her search for more meaning and happiness in life led to the discovery of flower essences. In 2008 she did a one-year class on flower essences and started doing consultations for people and animals. In 2013, during a flower essence workshop in Alaska, Judith met Steve Johnson, the founder of Alaskan Essences. She moved from the Netherlands to Victor Montana  in 2015. After Steve passed away in March 2017, Judith decided to continue the Alaskan Essences and she is now the Director. She enjoys teaching about flower essences and their amazing empowering qualities.

6 Comments on “Faculty

  1. This looks like an awesome start to a wonderful school of learning. I wish you great success! If I lived near you, I would want to attend this school. I will recommend it to others, if it comes up.

    • Thanks so much, Jan! It has been a really wonderful journey, the best work I have ever done.

  2. I’m visiting Missoula until May 30 and am interested in meeting with one of your faculty. I’m betting schools for a family member who graduated from high school last year and is in New Zealand working as an AuPair. A face to face would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Dick Hynson. 406-370-8327, [email protected]

    • Hi Dick,
      Yes, we’d be very happy to meet with you! I’ll email you personally and we’ll set something up.

  3. Hi, I’m very interested in your certificate program for 2019. I would need to temporarily relocate. Do you know of a way to get shared housing for the program period since I would not want to do a yearly lease? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you!


    • Su, you can contact our office as sometimes we know of housing available. But probably your best source is looking on line. Craigs list may be a good source or Airbnb.

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