Missy Rohs is a community herbalist and dandelion lover. She grows and wildcrafts her own herbs with a focus on sustainable herbal remedies: those that grow easily in populated habitats, and those that can be harvested in the wild with minimal impact.
Missy’s path to herbal teaching began with grassroots labor activism and cross-border solidarity. As part of her activism, she joined the Black Cross Health Collective, which provided integrative first aid and aftercare for activists, and used that as a springboard to dive head-first into the world of herbal learning. Encouraged by her herbal mentors, Krista Olson and Colette Gardiner, she packed her bags to study with Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Upon her return to Portland, she began selling her tinctures at a farmers’ market and leading plant medicine workshops around town.
As the Arctos School has thrived, Missy has remained active in other parts of the herbal community, teaching at conferences, volunteering with Natural Doctors International in Nicaragua, and leading hikes for Bark. In between herbal endeavors, she can be found concocting delicious meals with her sweetie, snuggling with her cats, or fighting for social and environmental justice.
Gradey Proctor is a botanist and ecologist who has spent years studying the flora and fungi of Oregon's forests. Growing up in a place without intact ecosystems, Gradey fell hopelessly in love with the Northwest upon his arrival in the '90s. His longing to develop a sense of place has driven his passion for sustainably wildcrafting medicinal and edible plants -- and he loves supporting his community by teaching others to do the same.
Gradey studied at the Columbine’s School with Howie Brounstein to hone his botanical skills. Working with Bark, a nonprofit that advocates for and protects the Mt. Hood National Forest, added depth and breadth to his knowledge. Gradey’s insatiable love of plants has driven him to work with both adults and children in nurseries, farms, and gardens. His other herbal endeavor, the Medicine Garden, is an independent nursery specializing in healing herb starts. Learn about upcoming Medicine Garden events, CSA herbal shares, and plant sales here.
When not hanging out with plants, Gradey reads about plants, advocates for plants, listens to an eclectic assortment of music, and spends lots of quality time with his daughters, Scarlet and Madrone. You can often find them rock hounding or camping together.
recent guest instructors
lara pacheco is a Taíno, Latinx mamita that believes that our collective liberation is accessed through decolonizing ourselves by weaving into the web of ancestral medicine. Lara directly works through this realm with plants, fungi, music and dance. When not caring for her family, land, and all creatures, lara runs Seed and Thistle Apothecary, an educational resource, and co runs the Seasonal Wellness Clinic that works to provide access to herbal medicine and massage for marginalized communities and Brown Girl Rise, a youth empowerment program for young femmes of color.
Candace Larson is a field biologist with the Audubon Society of Portland, and is obsessed with the birds, plants, and fungi of the Pacific Northwest. Trained in wilderness first aid, street medic skills, and urban disaster response, Candace built her skills and dedication to keeping people safe in the streets and in the backcountry through her work as a wilderness fire lookout, a street medic for political demonstrations, a hike leader with Bark, and a birding guide with Portland Audubon.
Abigail Singer is a community herbalist and medicine maker practicing western energetic herbalism. She runs a small business called Spring Creek Herbs and works with people one on one to address the root causes of health issues. Abigail is inspired by vitalism and folk herbalism traditions in which health care is accessible, is connected to place, and honors each person's unique experience and capacity for healing. Abigail is a co-founder of the People’s Health Clinic of Portland, a multi-modality free clinic serving folks at the crossroads of economic injustice and other systemic oppressions. Having been active for many years in social and environmental justice, she believes that everyone has a right to compassionate, respectful, and empowering health care. Abigail has a deep love of the wild, and is passionate about bringing plants into spaces for healing in the city.
Abigail is a graduate of the Blue Iris Mystery School and a facilitator of The Work That Reconnects, a framework for processing collective grief. Over the years, Abigail has come to see grief work as a necessary and powerful tool for healing and transformation on personal, community and societal levels. She is excited to be working at the intersections of plant medicine, grief work, and movements for justice.
Jennifer Rose Marie Serna
Jennifer Rose Marie Serna is a Latina folk herbalist, farmer, mother, skill educator and owner of Wapato Island Farm. She has lived with her family on Sauvie Island for 14 years. Learning from her great abuelita, Grandma Mary, a Mexican yerbatera and family matriarch, Jennifer began her journey with plant wisdom, healing, and food as nourishment at a young age. She has been studying herbalism for most of her life, which has deepened and grown into a practice of curandera, ancestral healing, and folk tradition practices with food, medicine, and deep soul work. Jennifer’s vision is to continue lovingly tending and co-creating beauty with the sacred land as it supports her, her family, and the people that come to Wapato Island Farm for healing, learning, medicine and wisdom.
Silke Akerson is a mother, midwife, and herbalist with a passion for connecting people with plants and with their own self-knowledge
for healing. She was raised here in Oregon in a back-to-the-land family where plant medicine, home birth, home health care, and
home death are normal. True to her roots, she hopes to help people return to their bodies and to the land and plants around them, wherever they are. She practices as a midwife and herbalist in Portland, Oregon and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.