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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.

Herban Resilience Series Registration Deadline Extended to July 13th

We’ve reopened registration through Friday July 13th, and have set a new start date of July 18th!

Join us for our weekly series for lively and intimate conversation and hands-on exploration of health, resilience in a time of crisis, community collaboration, and healing with medicinal plants.

In a quiet backyard garden setting we’ll touch in weekly on medicinal plants you can easily cultivate and prepare into healing tonics for your friends, family, and neighbors. Partial scholarships available to anyone in need.

Learn more here, and join the conversation on Facebook here!

Herban Resilience flyer 6-23-18


Closing words from the Allied Media Conference by adrienne maree brown

by adrienne maree brown

“we claim the power
of our outrageous grief
our righteous anger
our responsibility for our precious lives
our interconnected individual and collective joy
and our impossible magic

we embrace our edges
that they may teach us to grow
in right relationship to the living world
our human messiness
our weird and brilliant wonders
we know how to be
in so many incredible ways

with these gifts we can
foment a revolutionary now
that centers love, care, needs
creativity and magic

we plant the seeds of radical honesty
vulnerability, authenticity
and the kindness that eases inevitable change

we will not settle!
we will grow weirder and wilder
more interdependent
for our liberation
for our liberation
for our liberation!”

How will we claim our power today? How will we embrace our edges now? Let us foment this revolutionary now, together!


Tomorrow: Herb Walk at Powell Butte!

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Tomorrow is our walk together – it is forecasted to be clear, sunny, and warm, so please dress to protect yourself from sun and bring water. I took a walk here with students on Sunday, and there are so many flowers and herbs to see – it’s an ideal time to take a romp through the meadows at the summit!
DIRECTIONS: From SE Powell Blvd, turn south on SE 162nd St and follow it until it dead-ends at the park’s welcome center by the upper parking lot. Meet at the Powell Butte Welcome Center by the bathrooms.
No one turned away for lack of funds. We want you to join us!
More details at the class page here.