Albuquerque Herbalism


Dara Saville, MS, Herbalist

Founder of Albuquerque Herbalism and Primary Instructor

Dara Saville has a Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master’s degree specializing in Geography of the Southwest from the University of New Mexico.  She is also a graduate of Dr. Tierona Low Dog’s Foundations of Herbal Medicine Program.  Her herbalism journey has included apprenticeships with local Herbalists Mary Lou Singleton, Bert Norgorden, and Beverly McFarland. Dara has also taken classes with many well-known herbalists including Rosemary Gladstar, Matthew Wood, Paul Bergner, Jim McDonald, Kiva Rose Hardin, Howie Brounstein, Margi Flint, CoreyPine Shane, and others.  Her combined experience has resulted in a passion for the plants of the southwest and the creation of the Albuquerque Herbalism program, which takes a bioregional approach to plant medicine. In addition to learning from the plants and working with students, she happily maintains her own medicinal herb garden at home and is the primary healthcare provider for her family of 4.

Bioregional herbalism is the art and science of working with plants growing where you live for the purposes of health and well-being.  More specifically, it focuses on seeking relationships with and learning how to use abundant urban weeds, common plants from our surrounding wild lands, and crops from our cultivated gardens.  This focus on locally available plants creates an herbal practice that is more affordable and truly sustainable.  It is also empowering to the practitioner because it promotes a deeper connection with the local landscape as you get to know wild plants and places, grow and harvest your own plant medicine ingredients, and prepare your own custom herbal remedies suited to your health goals and lifestyle.

2015 Classes at The Source:

Workshops fill up quickly.  Sign up soon.

Herbalism Series 2: Six class series Thursdays 6-8 pm starting July 30th – SOLD OUT

Kitchen Herbs as Plant Medicine: Friday Sept. 25, 6pm to 8pm

Herbalism Series 1: Tuesdays Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 6pm to 8pm

Body Bliss: Herbal Gift Making Series: November 7th and 14th, 6:30 – 8:30

For a complete listing of courses with Albuquerque Herbalism, click here.

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