Do you know about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
Come learn from diverse, local practitioners–and each other– about caring for this common form of depression.
Saturday, February 24 – 4-6 p.m.
Hosted by Franklin Community Co-op
at 170 Main St., Greenfield
Our accessible, store front space
Rachel Bensen is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Graduate School of Nursing. She has a background in environmental science with a focus on public health which adds to her practice of caring for individuals, families and communities. She is particularly interested in food as medicine and alternative therapies to complement western medicine treatments. In this discussion of Seasonal Affective Disorder, Rachel will be focusing on sleep hygiene, daily exercise, light therapy and also discuss screening for and diagnosing SAD.
Tony(a) Lemos has been running Blazing Star Herbal School training the next generation of herbalists since 2000. Blazing Star is dedicated to teaching traditional herbal medicine in a way that supports a more sustainable future for all members of the green world and shows respect for the integrity of nature. We offer a unique perspective on herbalism, weaving social and political aspects of health and healing through the study of medicinal herbs and food practices. Inspiring students to find their own healing path by creating a personal relationship with the plant world. The school also serves as a local and national resource for education and networking. She is also an activist and has been at the forefront of the food politics movement since the late 1980’s.She also presents at conferences locally and nationally including venues such as the the Northeast Women’s Herbal Conference, Green Nations Gathering, The Flower Essence Conference, The Northeast Aromatherapy Conference, NOFA, UPS and several other conferences. She maintains a small practice in clinical herbalism and Spiritual Healing – She has been studying seeds and various seed healing techniques from an Ecuadorian Curandera for the past 5 years and has been integrating that into her healing practice also.
Jade Alicandro Mace practices community and clinical herbalism in western Massachusetts. She sees clients in her private practice in Greenfield and Northampton, and runs a low-cost community herbal clinic at Blue Dragon Apothecary in Greenfield. She also teaches avidly, leading workshops and herbwalks, and also offers a 8-month apprenticeship and seasonal class series in bioregional herbalism. Learn more about her work at www.milkandhoneyherbs.com.
Emma Donnelly is the director of Blue Dragon Apothecary, a holistic health center, where she manages the retail shop. She coordinates the practitioner’s rooms, community education and cultural events. Emma’s been working closely with clinical herbalists in Western Mass for over 5 years. She completed Mary Ryan’s 6-month training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Plant Spirit Medicine and acupressure at The Shang Shung Institute of America in 2004. In 2013, Emma completed 200 hours of herbal study in the Goldthread Farm to Pharmacy program. Emma’s been studying herbalism and traditional Chinese healing practices since 2005. She co-owns Harmonics Gardens LLC, with herbalists Maria Biello and Gerald Clark. Emma finds no greater joy than growing healing herbs in organic gardens.170 Main
170 Main Street, Greenfield, Ma, 01301