a haphazard resume...
well, initially let me say that I
really do feel that
what I've written and
what I teach
says more about me and what I do than a list of events
and quotes, but, to put an end to my stubbornness about credentialism, here is such a list...
events/schools I've taught at...
International Herb Symposium
The Great Lake Herb Faire
The Good Medicine Confluence
Traditions in Western Herbalism
(cloudcroft, new mexico)
(mormon lake, arizona)
(mormon lake, arizona)
Mountain Rose Herbs Rootstalk
Mountain Rose Herbs Free Herbalism
The American Herbalists Guild
(seven springs, pennsylvania)
Traditional Roots Conference
Michigan Integrative Medicine Conference
MidAmerica Herbal Symposium
United Plant Savers Planting the Future
(oxford, mi & la farge,
Columbines School of Botanical
Vital Ways School of Traditional Western
Herbalism (portland, oregon)
Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine
(lowgap, north carolina)
Lake Superior Herbalist Guild
Holistic Immunity Weekend
North Country Herbalist Guild
Ocean Springs Herb Festival
Detroit Bioneers Conference
University of Michigan's
Matthai Botanical Gardens HerbFest (ann arbor,
Toledo Botanical Gardens
Wise and Wild Conference
(traverse city, michigan)
Grass Roots: Herbal Healing for Everyone
(traverse city, michigan)
Yule Love It Lavender Farm's LavenderFest
Tollgate Center Michigan State University Master
Gardener Extention (novi,
Michigan State University Master Gardener Conference
Oakland County Master Gardener Conference
Green Street Fair (plymouth,
the practicing herbalist
(margi flint; contributor to the 3rd edition)
the 2010 herbal almanac (published by
the herbal journal (published by zoe hawes;
the canadian journal of herbal medicine
(professional journal of the
ontario herbalists association)
upland hills ecological
healing garden journal
friends of joe pye
some kind words...
herbalist & renewer of the humoural temperamant system
in western herbalism
"With people like jim I know the
future of herbal medicine is safe."
herbalist and radiant light of north american herbalism
"...a marvelous teacher, very insightful, brilliant, deep
and in tune with the plants from the heart. A very
herbalist and author of The Book of Herbal Wisdom, The
Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism & The
Earthwise Herbal (Books I & II)
"jim mcdonald is one of the outstanding herbal teachers
of the "second generation" of the Herbal Renaissance. He
is one of the people who "got the message" from the
variety of elders that worked so hard to bring herbalism
back from oblivion. jim studied with many of us,
mastered our knowledge, and added to the ongoing body of
knowledge with his own insights. All true teachers of
our art have to be practitioners, not just speakers, and
jim has been skilled herbal practitioner for over a
decade. And finally, good teachers, in order to convey
lessons to their students, not only have to be learned
in theory and practice, but entertainers – and jim
qualifies there. He is a fun speaker to listen to as he
conveys the age-old and newly discovered truths of our
art. And finally, he is not a divisive figure (not that
we have any of them in our ranks, let's keep it that
way) but always positive and contributing to the forward
evolution of the herbal way."
herbalist, midwife; mi
"...you are spreading the love of
plants, as well as the respect thereof. I just wanted to
thank you for nurturing the seed that was planted within
me. Your classes and approaches to plants are wonderful,
you let the plants themselves act as the teachers. They
are the best teachers, so much more than any book.
Continue to spread that love."
herbalist/southwest school of botanical medicine
"An intelligent, adventurous Michigan country herbalist
who offers many classes and online articles on
herballing, gathering and preparing in general."
Rosalee de la Foret
herbalist/education director at learningherbs &
"jim is one of my favorite
herbalists to learn from. He has a rare gift of sharing
his unique herbal insights through wonderful analogies
and his eclectic wit. Spending time with jim means a lot
of laughing as well as gaining insights into the plant
world you don't hear anywhere else."
"...way too much fun!
This seems to be the norm when learning about plants and
herbalism from jim mcdonald, who merges brilliance and
goofiness like no other."
herbalist and author of adaptogens
"jim is always interested in learning the uses of
little-known or underutilized herbs. He has wonderful
articles (look under the heading of seeds and stems) on
Purple Loosestrife, New England Aster, Apple, Mullein,
Calamus plus recipes, herbal insights and a nice
collection of herbal folklore from around the net."
Animá Medicine Woman & Practicing
"jim mcdonald is one of the most intuitive, adept and
intelligent herbalists alive today. His compassion,
insight and connection to the herbs are trademarks of
his work and provide inspiration to aspiring healers
everywhere. What is perhaps most remarkable about jim is
his ability to see clearly into the authentic nature of
each plant, and to then match them to the people who
most need them. He serves his clients, students and
peers with authenticity, humility and openness that is
astonishing in an age of commercialized healing and
industrial medicine and makes him an invaluable role
model for all of us. jim has influenced my herbal
understandings and practice more than any other single
practitioner or author and I am profoundly grateful for
his vital contribution to traditional western herbalism.
Beyond this, his emphasis on working with whole plants,
respectful relationship with the land, sustainable
harvesting and bioregional herbs is a gift to the earth
and the plants themselves.
He does write some positively awful puns, and seems to
enjoy them, but don’t let that distract you from the
genius of his work with the plants. After all, crows are
rather prone to odd tangents and overtly obvious humor;
just pay him with a shiny thing and some tobacco and let
him get to work."
herbalist, doula, weaver, united plant savers sanctuary
steward & all around creatrix
"jim is a playful,
beautiful, plant loving individual
he does consultations
and has a cat named chicken little" "
Leah & Chloe of Rising Appalachia
singers and strummers and
pluckers and fiddlers and percussers
of the herbalists
"you pretty much kick ass!!!!!!!!"
herbalist & really freakin' good medicine maker at
King's Road Apothecary
"(jim is an) amazing writer, teacher and
all around great herbalist, who distills complicated
information down to its essence really *really* well. Be
sure to check out his monographs, recordings and plant
walk videos, and if you ever come across one of his
classes in your 'hood you should definitely go."
founder of learningherbs & herbmentor.com, herbalist &
"jim mcdonald is well known as "the herb
walk guy." This may be because his plant walks at the
International Herb Symposium and other national
conferences are legendary. If you go on a 2 hour walk
with Jim, you'll be lucky to cover 4 plants. He believes
in taking his students on an in depth tour of each herb,
rather than dizzying participants with two dozen
species... He has a unique way of teaching people
how to connect with plants, and how to learn herbal
maumee valley herb society
"a very interesting
speaker, one you can listen to for several hours without
realizing how much time has passed. We hope to have him
speak to us again."
Darcey Blue French
herbalist/owner of blue turtle botanicals
"a great michigan herbalist and all around nice guy"
herbalist & owner of desert bloom herbs in silver city,
"an inspired innovative Michigan herbalist. (If you) wish
to find a really great local teacher, (jim) will be one
of your greatest assets."
herbalist, writer; ohio
"jim has a great spirit, enthusiasm and solid knowledge."
"When Jim explains energetics I actually get it."
owner of yule love it lavender farm, leonard, mi
"Our guests loved you, again."
and have been to some Alternative Medicine conferences"
"I think what you do is OK or even perhaps good."
(ok, yeah... I think that
one is weird, too. It came in an email after a
talk a did for a gardening group. Oddly, I think
it was meant to be a compliment. The diction of it
is so... unusual that I thought I'd add it so other
people can enjoy trying to interpret it. I didn't
include the person's name, but that is how she
identified herself in the email.)