10 QUESTIONS WITH HERBALIST & WELLNESS CONSULTANT MOLLY JO STANLEY
Molly Jo was raised and nurtured by the Appalachian Foothills. It was in the luscious, deciduous forests where she first began to learn the stories and powers of the local flora and the deep healing of moving meditations on trails and mats. As a student of environmental education, ecology, healing arts and yoga for over a decade, she is inspired by the inherent wisdom of the earth and ancient traditions. From the eastern deciduous forest; to the Sonoran desert where she received her diploma of Western Herbalism; to the redwood forests of the pacific northwest; and to the base of the great Rocky Mountains where she studied at the Shambhava Yoga Shoshoni Ashram, she has been immersed in ethnobotany: the study of the relationship between plants and people, as well as the therapeutic practices of yoga, breath, meditation and trail running.
Molly Jo believes wholeheartedly that the power of healing lies within us all. As we deepen our relationship to our own breath and bodies, as well as the land and plants that nourish, feed and heal us, we exponentially improve the quality of our lives and ensure a vibrant life of balance for all existence. As an educator and consultant, she aims to empower individuals, families, businesses, and communities to understand the core of their wellness and illness, and co-create a life which facilitates the health of mind, body, and soul for the good of all beings.
What’s your favorite book?
I have many, but Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard immediately calls out. I'd recommend passionate narrative to anyone.
The Shawshank Redemption.
Favorite TV show?
We don't own a television, but when we house/dogsit, we sometimes indulge in Cosmos (the original and the new) or Planet Earth. Or The Office.
When did you realize you wanted to share your passion/skill?
I knew I wanted to be an educator before I discovered the subjects I was passionate about sharing. In fact, through teaching and studying education, I connected more deeply to myself and to my path.
Did you go to school for your craft or teach yourself?
I have been blessed to study the subjects of Environmental Education, Herbal Medicine, Ethnobotany, Yoga, Permaculture and Nutrition under remarkable teachers, mentors and healers in a vast array of settings. I continually am seeking to grow my knowledge through self-practice, research, training and conferences.
If you could choose a spirit animal what would it be?
Toughest question yet. The fauna of our planet is as wondrous as it is vast, and I am in awe of all the species we share our home with. Recently, I have been feeling particularly inspired by and in reverence of Bee medicine. We need these creatures and their wisdom more than ever, and I would be honored to embody some of their majesty.
What makes you laugh until you cry?
How do you like to spend your weekend?
Swimming in clear mountain lakes, foraging for wild food and medicine, running along beautiful trails through forests, mountains and canyons, cooking and eating delicious, nourishing meals, dancing beneath the moon and the stars... Or just catching up on housework- watering the garden, harvesting plants, processing food and medicine...
What’s your favorite city and why?
Where do you find inspiration?
(See bio above) :)
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