RACHEL EDWARDS Rachel Edwards is a practitioner of acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tai Chi Chuan, and Qigong and Shiatsu. She brings over 20 years of study and experience to the Hawthorn Center. During this time she has come to appreciate more deeply how these practices are mutually supportive and profoundly relevant in our time of reclamation. While acupuncture offers a somatic experience of integration by tapping into and restoring the body's natural circulation, medicinal plants similarly deliver essential information for the sake of regeneration and transformation.
Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong are then the form practices of this healing process. Through the slow, relaxed and steady repetition of intentional movements and postures, we align to the fundamental truth of the self as the interplay between earth and sky, continuously deepening our sense of interconnectedness, liberating our capacity for responsiveness and care.
Rachel welcomes others to join her upon this path of self-cultivation and awakening by offering clinical time at the Hawthorn Center as well as Tai Chi and Qigong instruction. Currently, she also co-facilitates a monthly gathering, Black Moon Harbor - a contemplative exploration of the lunar cycle, tracing the moon from the perspective of Chinese philosophy and medicine followed by writing exercises to integrate the material.
EMILY FRENCH Sweetgrass Herbals, Lincoln, VT Emily is a clinical herbalist, medicine-maker, educator, farmer, and wild-crafter with a deep respect for the healing plants and a commitment to empowered community education about local, nature-based, non-hierarchical health and healthcare. Her work revolves around her love for reconnecting people with the sophisticated art and science of plant-based healing that we've all known, somewhere in our bones, for thousands of years. With over 4,000 clinical hours of experience, Emily has a broad understanding of both acute and chronic health issues, and how to use the healing plants to help people move toward balance and vitality. Emily holds a degree in Clinical Herbalism from the Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine and a degree in Holistic Medicine & Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has served on the Council of the Northeast Herbal Association, worked as the Farm to Cafeteria Director of the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, and is the founder of Sweetgrass Herbals, based in Lincoln, VT. Learn more here.