Mendocino Herb Guild Evening Class Series

Join in on our monthly class series with various practitioners from the Mendocino Herb Guild!

Discounts available for Herb Guild members. Sign up for membership here! Pre-registration recommended for all classes, and drop-ins are also welcome.

Luna Hart will be leading us with Stepping into Spring with Grace on April 17th. Don’t miss this lovely class!

I’ll be offering Herbs and Practices for Vibrant Digestion on June 19th – Sign up here!

Coming up soon! “Ask the Herbalist” at Emerald Pharms Dispensary

The kind folks at Emerald Pharms Dispensary, the world’s first solar powered cannabis dispensary and located on the grounds of the epically beautiful Solar Living Institute in Hopland, invited me to visit and chat with customers on Saturday March 16th, from Noon-4pm, about what I love most – herbs! I’ll be cooking up some yummy herbal concoctions featuring turmeric for y’all to try. Hope to see you there!


Interview with Hope Najjar on HerbRally!

I’m stoked to share an interview I had with Hope Najjar that was published on HerbRally!

Click here to listen—> Interview on HerbRally

Photo by K. Vadelnieks ©

Meet Hope Najjar – a born and raised Californian with Chicana and Lebanese roots with  incredible energy and clear vision. Hope is opening Night Hawk Art and Healing Collective in our tiny town of Laytonville, part of the Eel River watershed in rural inland Mendocino County of far northern California. The Night Hawk Collective has goals as lofty as its name sake, and hopes to serve as a community hub, empowering the community through sharing traditional methods of healing and promoting self-care.

This community is on a precipice after over 5 years of historic drought and water crises, concurrent with historic fires (including the Mendocino Complex, the largest fire in California history), ecological fracturing, threatened extinction of our local salmon and collapse of local fisheries, and severe and sudden economic decline due to the third economic boom and bust cycle in the region’s history of extractive industries (in the past few decades we’ve experienced the collapse of the logging, fisheries, and cannabis production industries). Amidst all this, Hope is part of a generation of young folk here working hard to cultivate a community resilient enough to survive the current and future changes we face.

So listen with me, and join the movement for sustainable, enthusiastic, loving, creative culture and community as we traverse through the unknown and unpredictable experience that is our current time.

Collective Care Support Group


Day and Time: Fridays from 8:45-10:15AM and ongoing weekly

Location: Cultivate Wellness Studio at 44650 Highway 101 in Laytonville, CA.  (next door to Napa Auto Parts – look for the red door)

Cost: By donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

The Collective Care Support Group is an informal, weekly meeting providing holistic community peer support for anyone looking to:

manage stress and related symptoms

develop healthy coping strategies

incorporate simple herbal and holistic practices into their life

work together with our community to inspire and support each other

build solidarity and recognize structural and systemic causes for challenges we face on a personal level 

Email me at or call 707-992-5323 if you have any questions. Otherwise, feel welcome to just drop in!




Now taking appointments in Laytonville!

I’m now taking appointments for holistic health consultations at my new office in Laytonville!

I’ve joined Cultivate Wellness Studio, where I’ll be offering in person consultations on Fridays beginning in January. You can continue to book me for phone consultations any day of the week.

✨Learn more about how I can support you here, or click here to schedule your appointment.

cultivate wellness studio

Coming Home to California

Big News! I’ve returned to the deep woods of Northern California, where my heart of hearts has always resided. My partner, my two dogs, and I have settled near the small town of Laytonville in the interior mountains of Mendocino County, California.










Here we’ve joined a beautiful homestead called Buck Rock, named for the giant monolith looming over our cabins on the hillside above Woodman Creek, a tributary of the Main Fork of the Eel River.


I’m so grateful to the waters, the diverse plant life, the wild animals, and the amazing humans who have welcomed us onto this incredible land.



Now that we’ve settled in, Nine Sisters is actively seeking a new office in Laytonville, so please connect if you know of the perfect spot!  I may also seek satellite locations in Humboldt County as my practice continues to grow.

Please stay tuned for the details on our new physical location. In the mean time, I am available by phone and for local house calls! Additionally, contact me if you have interest in participating in or supporting a low-cost herbal support group. You’d receive tailored herbal and holistic health guidance in a supportive group setting at the fraction of the cost of a one-on-one consultation. Think community acupuncture, but with herbs instead!


I’m thrilled for this new chapter in our adventure with our amazing doggies, my partner Chris, and the family here at Buck Rock, and I look forward to tapping into the beautiful community here in Laytonville, Northern Mendocino, Southern Humboldt, and beyond. Neighbors near and far, please reach out, I’d love to meet you!



Feverish Gardens and Being Human

Summer is peaking here in Portland and our sustained 90+ degree days have been fueling all these hot crops I never use to succeed with back when I lived on the Humboldt Coast.

Just brought in a beautiful little crop of potatoes too.

I know the time I spend growing food could be traded for enough money to buy all this food from the store many times over (well, maybe not the tomatoes), but growing food brings me sanity, comfort, and meaning, which often feel in short supply in this modern life.

My garden is my sanctuary and place of respite, and reminds me that we can meet our own human needs when we have access to the resources, like land, that should be held in common and held sacred.

a few upcoming classes and events

{More classes have been added since this entry was posted – Check out the classes page for an updated schedule!}

I’ve got a few fun opportunities for you to participate in coming up this summer! I’ll be joining The Herb Shoppe crew as a practitioner in their booth at the Mississippi Street Fair, offering 15-minute mini consultations! I’ll also be presenting a hands-on workshop on growing medicinal plant starts from seed and cuttings at The Portland Nursery on Stark Street. Stay tuned for more classes to be scheduled at The Herb Shoppe soon.


Saturday, July 14, 2018 • 1-3pm: 

Mini Health Consultations at The Mississippi Street img_1757Fair 

Location: The Herb Shoppe booth, 3912 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR

Cost: By donation

Consult with Selena to illuminate patterns in your health and reveal your unique constitution using the practice of Ayurveda. Selena can offer simple herbal, diet, and lifestyle guidance to help you realign with your natural rhythms and feel your best.

Wednesdays, July 18-August 22, 2018 • Noon-4pm:

The Herban Resilience Class Series

Location: private garden in Outer SE Portland. Cost: $165-240 sliding scale.

Registration deadline July 13th. Click here to learn more!

Sunday, August 12, 2018 • 11am-1pmMedicinal Plant Propagation Workshop 

baby medicinal plantsLocation: The Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St, Portland OR.  Cost: $5

Join us to discover how you can grow your own medicinal plant starts from seeds, cuttings and root divisions. You’ll learn the best way to propagate plants like lavender, rosemary, sage, skullcap, mint, bee balm and more, and will go home with a couple new plant babies to nurture.