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About Silly Dog Studios: We're a family of wonder-filled and silly people, dogs, cats, trees, plants, and flowers that live and work together on land we deeply love and are grateful to be present on. If you're ever on Whidbey Island, stop by for a visit.
About the herbalist: My grandmother, LaVina Kane, who lived well right up to her 100th birthday, was an herbalist in rural South Dakota, which is where I grew up. She called herself a farm wife and gardener. I've spent 30 years living in the greater Seattle area, and the past almost decade on south Whidbey Island. My specialty--herbalist, essayist, poet, neighbor, friend, home canner, and accidental mystic--is working slowly, carefully (full of the caring of a whole place, not just individual worry), and in step with the land, forest, seasons, plants, and wise women here, and herbalists the world over. As an herbalist I listen to them and the ideas they inspire as I go, and then I infuse loved, trusted, local, abundant Whidbey-grown and -gifted plants, flowers, herbs, tree branches, and lichens into organic olive oil. I work with about 50 local plants, herbs, trees, and lichens now, and I'm interested in understanding these particular plants and their environments and ways of being better--and to grow ever closer to them--instead of trying to learn a little bit about all plants in existence. Beyond my grandmother, the forest, and the plants themselves, I learned many of my ways from local shamanic herbalist teacher Julie Charette Nunn, her farm, wild roses, trees, and goats. Our relationships with these neighbor plants, with ancestors and local women, and herbalists around the world, our love of this place, and my local plant-infused oils serve as the base for our herbal offerings. I'm interested in community, planetary, emotional, and spiritual wellness; working with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folks far FAR better than most of our ancestors did; and the unshaken wonder and playfulness within and around us. All emotions are welcome here. My name is Lori.