Instructors

Christa Sinadinos

Christa SinadinosChrista Sinadinos has been studying and working with medicinal herbs since 1989, and has practiced clinical herbalism and aromatherapy since 1994. In 1998, Christa founded The Northwest School for Botanical Studies in order to teach courses on botanical medicine. Since then, hundreds of students have completed her professional and clinical herbalist training programs. She incorporates Western and Chinese constitutional therapies into her practice and teachings and works with clients ranging from infants to seniors. She maintains an herbal demonstration garden containing more than 200 species and an herbal pharmacy.

Christa is currently writing a reference book containing detailed monographs on medicinal herbs, entitled The Essential Guide to Western Botanical Medicine. She also published the Herbs at a Glance and the Alpine Meadow Botanicals Compound Guide. Christa has contributed articles to Medical Herbalism, Plant Healer Magazine, and Starwest Botanicals Newsletter, and is featured in Herbal Teas by Kathleen Brown. Christa was the proprietor of the herbal extract business Alpine Meadow Botanicals for twenty years. 

Christa has lectured for the California School of Herbal Studies, Dandelion Herbal Center, American Herbalist Guild, Medicine of the People Conference (Traditions in Western Herbalism), California Native Plant Society, California Women's Herbal Symposium, Humboldt State University, Mad River Community Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, and Moonrise Herbs

Christa studied with Michael Moore at the Southwest School for Botanical Medicine, with Adam Seller at the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine and Nancy Anagnost. Perhaps more than any other teacher, Christa has learned the most from her patients, and spending quiet time in her garden and in nature. Christa lives in Humboldt County with her husband, Howie, and their son, Jayden.

For more information: Christa's Curriculum Vitae 

Candice Brunlinger

Candice BrunlingerCandice studied herbalism through the Northwest School of Botanical Studies with Christa Sinadinos and through the Dandelion Herbal Center with Jane Bothwell. She has taken online corespondent courses with 7 Song, Aviva Romm and Rosemary Gladstar and has had the opportunity to briefly study with many other amazing herbalists through intensive workshops and classes. She graduated Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, has a small clinical practice and an herbal product line, Herbal Infusions. She is an herbalist at Humboldt Herbals and teaches herbal themed workshops and classes in the community including the Beginning with Herbs series at Humboldt State University. Candice is inspired by plants and integrating a holistic lifestyle. She loves to make medicine, cook, garden, be in nature, practice Tai Chi and Qi Gong and is enjoying the new and fulfilling experience of motherhood.

Selena Rowan

Selena Rowan was raised in the ridge tops of the Santa Cruz Mountains before making Humboldt County her home in 2006.  Selena trained with Christa Sinadinos at the Northwest School for Botanical Studies, with Traci Webb and Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa at the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda (NWIA), and is now apprenticing with Greta de la Montagne, AHG, of the MASHH Clinic Collective (Medicine for All Seeking Health and Healing, a collaborative effort of herbalists from Portland to San Francisco - http://mashhclinic.wordpress.com). She had the pleasure of learning organic farming practices for several seasons with Janet Czarnecki of Redwood Roots Farm. Selena earned a B.S. in Biology with a focus in Applied Botany from Humboldt State University.

Having been raised by an engineer and a sociologist, her love of science shines in her role teaching botany at the NWSBS and the NWIA. She serves as a staff practitioner for the Wellness Crew at the Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium.

Marina Gomes

Marina Gomes is a biologist and has been studying herbalism and healing arts since 2012. She graduated as a clinical herbalist from the Northwest Institute of Botanical Studies. She also studied herbalism and ayurvedic life style at the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda for two years. She has a small farm with her family in Eureka, CA where she grows herbs for the products of her small business - Farm Apothecary.