ABOUT US

the plant path we walk

THE PEOPLE WORKING FOR THE PLANTS at

The School of Evolutionary Herbalism

Here's an intro to the story about how the school got started etc....

FOUNDER

Sajah Popham

Hey I’m Sajah, co-founder of The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, Natura Sophia Spagyrics, and author of Evolutionary Herbalism. I’m a father, an herbalist, spagyricist, medical astrologer, and a man simply trying to live on this Earth in a good way and make a positive difference.

"My mission focuses on integrating the science and spirit of herbal medicine, developing a system that is equally holistic, healing and transformational."

I consider myself a vitalist at heart. My approach utilizes plants clinically, not only for physical healing and rejuvenation, but for the evolution of consciousness. Rather than focusing allopathically on what plants are “good for,” I focus on who the plants are as sentient beings, and how their medicine heals the body, psyche, and soul. 

This connection between the physical and spiritual properties of plants is of particular interest and is a major focus on my work. The study and practice of medical astrology and spagyric alchemy has greatly aided in this undertaking and has formed the foundation of my plant path. 

I strive to embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves.

I live in NW Washington with my wife, son, and more animals than I can count, where I teach at my school, makes spagyric medicines, and practice my healing art.

FOUNDER

Whitney Popham

I’m Whitney, co-founder of The School of Evolutionary Herbalism and Natura Sophia Spagyrics. I’m a mother, an herbalist, a shepherdess, and a gardener cultivating beauty & resilience.

My people are Scandinavian, Azorean and Celtic immigrants to North America. I was born on a small island in unceded Coast Salish territory in the Pacific Northwest coast of Washington.

I come from a long line of people who have tended the land. Planting seeds, tending gardens and livestock, gathering and making medicine are all in my bones and a deep part of my ancestry and my upbringing.

I grew up with plant medicine in our home and our gardens and in the forests around us. From an early age, I knew of the wild medicines that grew around me and how to use them. And as my mother sowed this love of nature into my heart and taught me the ways of living close to the land – these are the seeds I strive to keep alive for the next generations as well.

"My work as an herbalist is to be in service to Holy, to the plants and to the people. I'm simply a vessel for the plants to reach those who are seeking healing."

I’m here to be a gardener, tending the plants and caretaking the precious wisdom of the medicines that have been passed down through generations, sowing seeds of their healing far and wide, to feed life and nourish the beauty that is within all living beings.

Though my background is as a clinical herbalist, currently I spend most of my time mothering and farming, raising a little child and sheep, beekeeping, growing food for our family, running the herbal farm and making herbal medicine for our other business, Natura Sophia Spagyrics with my husband Sajah – all on our beautiful homestead in the mountains & rainforests of Northwest Washington on Nooksack land.

meet the team

at evolutionary herbalism

HERBALIST & OPERATIONS MANAGER

Elisha Storey

Elisha is an herbalist from the coastal islands of British Columbia, Canada. She has been working with us now for 7 years and has been following this herbal path for 14 years. She’s grown her herbal reservoir from various herbalists, including all of our own programs here at the school, as well as apprenticed with us personally in our spagyrics laboratory.  And she’s mentored and apprenticed with various herbalists from around North America including Betty Norton,  Jasmyn Clift/Kevin Kunslzer from the Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies, Chanchal Cabrera, Vermont herbalists Guido Mase/Larken Bunse and Betsy Bancroft from the Vermont Centre of Integrative Herbalism, and lastly with Todd Caldecott from The Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine.

She works as our main manager here, running the Evolutionary Herbalism ship & our wonderful crew, and she also runs a small practice & herbal apothecary providing herbal support for folks in need. Her passions lie in foraging and wildcrafting plants that grow in her surrounding ecosystem and making her own herbal medicines where she can, otherwise sourcing wild and/or organic products from the herbalists she knows and trusts. With her extensive study in herbal medicine; her wish is to support and convey how natures medicine can be implemented into a holistic lifestyle but also in an inclusive and accessible manner to empower people to take better care of themselves and provide support to those who feel helpless. You can learn  more about Elisha & her practice at her website here.

HERBALIST & TECH SPECIALIST

Michele Marlow

Michele is a Clinical Herbalist based out of Oklahoma City, OK.  She has been with the school for 4 years as a Virtual Assistant/Tech Specialist.  She began her journey into alternative health in 2002 when her youngest daughter was diagnosed with severe autism and related health complications.  After being told by mainstream medical professionals that her daughter would never be able to finish public school and would likely need to be institutionalized by the time she was 12, Michele decided to think outside the box and was drawn to all that alternative health had to offer, specifically herbal medicine.  Michele’s youngest son was  also subsequently diagnosed on the spectrum in 2006, so she continued on a path devoted to helping her children with these different alternative health modalities.  She credits all that she has learned over the last 20 years with the successes of her children, one of which no longer has an autism diagnosis per medical criteria; her daughter is that child. For the last 10 years and counting, Michele has actively helped families with children on the autism spectrum for free. This has led to alternative health specialties in neurological, gastrointestinal, mitochondrial, and autoimmune conditions and disorders.

Michele obtained her clinical herbalism certificate from Kathleen Maier’s 3-year program in Charlottesville, VA. Instructors who have also taught her, and who she believes have shaped who she is as an herbalist include Matthew Wood, Margi Flint, Steven Horne, Rosemary Gladstar, Lorna Mauney-Brodek, K.P. Kalsa, Phyllis Light,  and Paul Bergner. 

When she isn’t working for the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, she spends her time creating a permaculture-focused/regenerative-driven farm for herself and her family, as well as a therapy garden for her youngest son who loves to garden with her.  Her hope is to create a space for autistic non-speaking individuals like him to have an outlet, safe therapeutic haven, and a place to gather and communicate in their own way.  You can learn more about the farm here.

HERBALIST & student support MANAGER

Christine Young

Christine practices out of Colorado and is a Clinical Herbalist and Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. She was the child running around barefoot all over the neighborhood picking the wild onions and strawberries that grew around and constantly coming home with little patches of poison ivy from running through the woods. Her mother who still lives in South Korea had a fondness for eating whole foods and definitely had an influence on her love of art, food, and plants. She continues to visit her family in South Korea and is learning her grandmother’s traditional ways of cooking with different roots. 


Christine’s path into holistic health and herbalism decades ago when she was trying to figure out her autoimmune issues. She received her AAS in Holistic Health and her BS in Integrative Healthcare where she took courses in Clinical Pathophysiology, TCM, Ayurveda, Botanical Pharmacology and Medicine Making. From there she was hooked on learning as much as she could about working in community with plants and the mind body connection. After an internship with the United Plant Savers she went on to study at the School of Eclectic Herbalism, the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism under Lisa Ganora and took advanced courses with Paul Bergner. She actually met the EH Team when taking Matthew Wood’s 6 month Advanced Clinical course.

Christine now works as the manager of the Student Support team going on 4 years, works with clients where she incorporates mind body practices along with nutrition and herbalism, teaches classes, and leads workshops. She also enjoys cooking with wild foods, growing her own herbs and vegetables, and making her own herbal medicine.

HERBALIST & STUDENT SUPPORT assistant

Madeline de la Serna

Once Madeline became aware of the healing potential of herbs, as well as the beauty of the human to plant connection, her life slowly began to unfold in new directions, and she started the journey on her own path of healing and self-discovery. While a college student at UC Berkeley, she used to spend time out on the local trails as an escape from the classroom, and soon came to realize there were far greater teachings to be had in the surrounding nature beyond anything she’d learned in the classroom thus far, with some of the wisest teachers being the plants themselves.

Madeline’s herbal medicine path continued a few years later at the Berkeley Herbal Center, joining the two year Foundations & Therapeutics program, followed by a year-long clinical internship at Berkeley Herbal Center’s community clinic under the guidance and mentorship of the school’s founder, Pamela Fischer. Madeline gained experience in working with clients, diagnostics, formulation, and learning about the day-to-day operations of a busy herbal dispensary, clinic, and school. After her time at the clinic, she taught classes to the first year students and also served the Berkeley Herbal Center as the Academic Director.

During those years, Madeline also found the School of Evolutionary Herbalism and slowly started making her way through each of the programs, and eventually joined the EH team in early 2020 as a Student Support Assistant.

Madeline resonates with cultivating an awareness of the cyclical patterns of nature, and aligning oneself closer to the rhythms and seasons of the year, the elements, planets, and the cosmos. She enjoys spending time furthering her experiential studies of astrology and spagyrics as ways of better understanding the patterns woven within oneself and throughout nature. Madeline feels that we all carry an innate capacity within ourselves to heal and grow, and that the plants can be great allies to guide us through this process.

Madeline recently became a mother, and after taking some time off to focus on her new baby & family, is now back for her third year with the Evolutionary Herbalism team, and is also dreaming up her plans of starting up her clinical herbal practice again in 2022.

HERBALIST & student support assistant

Jocelyn Perez-Blanco

Jocelyn, Founder of Herban Garden, is an educator, herbalist, urban naturalist, Flower Essence Therapist, conservationist and avid gardener with a background in biology, animal husbandry and agriculture. Her work infuses the values of community-building, accessible learning, and the betterment of the environment through educational services, namely, providing consultations for everything from incorporating herbs into your life to tending to your houseplants and outdoor gardens. Via many free or low-cost interactive webinars, and workshops, and outdoor activities, she helps her students explore the many facets of plant identification, gardening and horticulture, herbology, ethnobotany, phytochemistry, and ecosystem management. 

Jocelyn is the Assistant Director of Herbalists Without Borders, is the Secretary of the Board, as well as the NYC Queens Chapter Coordinator. She serves on the American Herbalists Guild Board of Directors, and is their Chapter Liaison. She is an educator and guide for NYCH20, and the organizer for the Herbalist Meetup Group of NY. She is currently engaged in several field studies and reforestation projects as a Super Steward, Trail Maintainer, and collaborations with NYC Parks and the Natural Areas Conservancy, as well as compiling research for an upcoming book and interactive app. Her classes have been recommended by The New York Times.

HERBALIST & CONTENT LEAD

Ayelet Mintz

Ayelet is a Jewish queer herbalist with a passion for plants and how they can help you feel your best. After receiving their degree in integrative nutrition at Huntington University, they proceeded to Arbor VitaeSchool of Traditional Herbalism, where they completed their studies alongside herbal masters such as Matthew Wood, Rosemary Gladstar, and Anne McIntyre. They apprenticed under Lata Chettri-Kennedy in New York City’s bustling apothecary, Flower Power Herbs and Roots, Inc., where they had the opportunity of serving the local community. A Brooklyn retiree, Ayelet now lives in Tel Aviv, where they run a clinical practice, offer workshops, and teach community classes. A lover of words, plants, and weaving magic between the two, they are the Content Lead for The School of Evolutionary Herbalism. You can learn more about Ayelet and be in touch with them on their website, theurbanherbalist.net

HERBALIST & SOCIAL MEDIA CURATOR

Emily Doyle

Jocelyn, Founder of Herban Garden, is an educator, herbalist, urban naturalist, Flower Essence Therapist, conservationist and avid gardener with a background in biology, animal husbandry and agriculture. Her work infuses the values of community-building, accessible learning, and the betterment of the environment through educational services, namely, providing consultations for everything from incorporating herbs into your life to tending to your houseplants and outdoor gardens. Via many free or low-cost interactive webinars, and workshops, and outdoor activities, she helps her students explore the many facets of plant identification, gardening and horticulture, herbology, ethnobotany, phytochemistry, and ecosystem management. 

Jocelyn is the Assistant Director of Herbalists Without Borders, is the Secretary of the Board, as well as the NYC Queens Chapter Coordinator. She serves on the American Herbalists Guild Board of Directors, and is their Chapter Liaison. She is an educator and guide for NYCH20, and the organizer for the Herbalist Meetup Group of NY. She is currently engaged in several field studies and reforestation projects as a Super Steward, Trail Maintainer, and collaborations with NYC Parks and the Natural Areas Conservancy, as well as compiling research for an upcoming book and interactive app. Her classes have been recommended by The New York Times.

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