Paleo Herb Foraging Walk with Katja Swift, Paleo Herbalist

Katja Swift has been Paleo for over 10 years and gives fascinating (and funny) talks on herbs and plants! This is a special Meetup just for the Boston Paleo Group so bring your comfortable walking shoes and join us as we identify and learn about local herbs growing in the Boston Area!

Katja is an herbalist and teacher working to help adults, children, and families rebuild their relationships with their bodies and with their own ability to heal. By teaching people how to eat real food and use plants as medicine, she helps them to reestablish their connectivity to the earth, to themselves, and to one another. Katja believes that traditional medicine and modern medical practices can coexist as allies, and works to help people make good choices about which methods to use to bring about better health in their own lives. Katja presently runs a family practice in Brookline, MA. She has a beautiful eight-year-old daughter who would like to tell you all about linden, plantain, and dandelion.

Katja is the director of the CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, and teaches privately and publicly around the city, as well as for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The Center is located in Brookline.

Katja grew up the daughter of a nurse, and started working with the plants as medicine in the 90s. After training with Rosemary Gladstar, and later with Guido Mase and David Dalton, she ran a family practice herbal clinic in central Vermont for six years. During this time, she owned and worked a 150-acre certified organic farm, raising heritage breed livestock and market and herb gardens. She taught monthly at the local coop, and as a guest lecturer at Dartmouth Medical School and the UVM Medical School. She presented annually at the Northeast Organic Farming Association conference.

Katja worked actively to help pass anti-GMO legislation in Vermont: the Right to Know Seed Labeling Bill, which became the first such law in the nation, as well as the Farmer Protection Act. She also worked extensively with the Weston A. Price Foundation, as a chapter leader, educator, and researcher. Her journey with traditional nutrition research has wound from WAPF through to the Primal and Paleo food movements.

Katja has also published articles in the journal of the Northeast Herbal Association, and in Plant Healer Magazine. She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild, the Northeast Herbal Association, and United Plant Savers.

Katja moved to teach and practice in Boston in 2007.

Cost: $5/per person (please bring cash only to the Meetup)

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