Hi there, my name is Magnolia.
My native habitat lies in the coastal redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains where I grew up. My work is as a western herbalist and psychotherapist whose practice is rooted in mindfulness, eco-feminism, liberation theory, mind-body connection, and the healing relationship of self with community and ecology. I’m passionate about ethnobotany, village building, homesteading, nature connection, re-wilding, regenerative ecology, and using wise ways of the past as our collective way forward.
I continue to deepen my work against capitalism and oppression; I continue to deepen my work towards honoring earth and earth justice, honoring interdependence and social justice, and paradigm shift. I hold a license in massage therapy, masters in somatic counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, a bachelors in chicana literature. I studied horticulture at the local CC, permaculture design with the regenerative design institute, and western clinical herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar, Michael Tierra, and the Ohlone Herbal School in Berkeley. In my free time I enjoy long hikes with my dog, group singing, puttering in the garden, dancing to loud music, movement and yoga practice, cooking elaborate meals, reading fiction, and playing a wide variety of musical instruments.
My own upbringing taught me the essential value in having close mentors and village, connection to nature, and meaningful rights of passage as young people explore their emerging identities and paths in the world. I feel enthusiastic and blessed to be part of providing those things for groups of young people through the Stepping Stones Project.