Herbs have been a portal for Amanda, a gateway to healing and transforming outdated views to ones that better suit her life’s path. Learning and being around plants and flowers put her in the timeless state she remembers as a 4-year old playing outside, smelling the grass, and feeling the gentle spring breeze—all while experiencing an intense vitality and excitement for life.
Amanda has a background in bookkeeping and office management; all her jobs have involved various levels of teaching and client support. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University Hayward, where she studied factors that contribute to a person’s elemental temperament and world view. She has a keen interest in hearing others’ stories and understanding how their current perspectives have been shaped by past experiences.
Amanda is a lifelong student of esoteric and spiritual subjects, ranging from astrology to A Course in Miracles. A common thread in her studies is that people are already whole and healed, and one’s life journey is a process of remembering this truth. Flower essences are her specialty, as she finds they help unearth subtle, but profound changes that are waiting to be brought forward in a person’s life.
Herbs led her to Berkeley Herbal Center in 2015, where she recently completed an intensive 4-year training in clinical western herbalism, the two last years of which was spent seeing clients in the school’s student clinic. Under the tutelage of the center’s founder Pam Fischer, as well as the teachings from the staff of herbalists, Amanda examined a wide variety of factors that contribute to (and detract from) a state of well-being. She studied under David Winston and was trained by Will Morris in the art of pulse and tongue diagnostics. Amanda is a member of the American Herbalists Guild, as well as a member of the Flower Essence Society.
She is comfortable holding a space for those going through – or wanting to go through – a transformative part of their journeys. Amanda feels her role as a clinical western herbalist and flower essence practitioner is to offer suggestions and support, whether physical, emotional, and/or spiritual assistance is needed.
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