In this enlightening episode of Voices of our Herbal Elders, I delve deep into the world of plant medicine with renowned herbalist Karyn Sanders, a teacher’s teacher and co-founder of Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. Tune in to explore the profound wisdom that Karyn shares as she discusses her journey with plants, the significance of deep listening, and the transformative power of embracing fear. Discover the magic of connecting with plants, and how they can guide us on a spiritual journey towards self-discovery and growth.
Don’t miss these highlights from the conversation:
The Power of Deep Listening
Karyn, a teacher’s teacher, emphasizes the importance of not only asking plants for their medicine but also allowing them to show us the way. Deep listening and cultivating a genuine relationship with plants are key aspects of her herbal practice.
Rosemary and Karyn discuss the idea that fear is an integral part of life. They encourage embracing the kind of fear that leads to personal growth and transformation, rather than being held back by it.
Karyn touches on the spiritual and transformative qualities of plant medicine. She highlights that all plants, not just hallucinogenic ones, have the potential to take us on a spiritual journey and expand our consciousness.
The interview touches upon the idea that personal growth often involves facing challenges and confronting fear. Karyn shares her own experiences of growth, including times when she had to give up things of great value to her.
May the past, present, and future of herbalism come alive in this insightful exchange.
About Karyn Sanders
Karyn Sanders has worked with plants for most of her life. She was first trained in Native American traditional plant medicine by her grandmother. In her mid-teens she apprenticed with a Mexican curandera and has subsequently studied with various traditional teachers as well as Western herbalists.
Karyn has been teaching and practicing herbal medicine from an energetic perspective for over 42 years. Karyn co-founded the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine in 2003. She also created, produced and hosted The Herbal Highway, a radio show (and now a podcast) that has aired weekly since 1997 on KPFA, 94.1FM out of Berkeley, California.