2017 Speakers

We are delighted to welcome new and familiar friends who will be sharing their stories with us at Herbfeast 2017. Here’s a little introduction…


Alex Duffy

Fear Feasa – Shaman and Spiritual Healer

Alex Duffy is a Fir Feasa with a lifetime experience of research into consciousness, including a decade long apprenticeship training in indigenous wisdom traditions of Ireland. He also holds a Masters in Sustainable Development with his thesis focussing on education for sustainability. His passion and work is centered around the reconnection and re-enchantment of humanity with nature.


thomas-easleyThomas Easley

RH(AHG), Director of Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine

Thomas is a Traditional Western Herbalist. While he loves bioregional herbalism he use herbs from all over the world, including Ayuveda and TCM. However he applies them in the Western tradition. You won’t hear Thomas talk much about Chi, or Prana, or even Doshas. He respects other cultures’ systems of medicine, but chooses to focus on the deep and rich tradition of Western Herbalism. Keeping with that approach you will hear him talk about humoral imbalances and constitution, Eclectic and Physiomedical approaches to disease, modern Naturopathic therapies, functional blood work ranges and even the occasional reference to Sheldon’s Somatotypes. Thomas also emphasizes using foods as medicine and uses intensive diets as well as stress reduction techniques, nutritional supplements and exercise to help his clients achieve their health goals. In addition to herbs, diet, supplements and lifestyle approaches, Thomas also uses drop dose botanicals and occasionally homeopathic remedies or flower essences.

Thomas believes that herbal medicine has the potential to change the world. Unfortunately, much of what is taught about herbs and supplements is driven by marketing and not based in tradition or science. His approach draws on his extensive clinical experience which spans 15 years of full time practice and over 10,000 clients.

fred-gillamFred Gilliam

Author, Lecturer, Wilderness Skills instructor, Fred the Forager

“This has been my full-time role for the past few years and is an extension of the business I developed in my spare time for 10 years prior to that, delivering courses including wild food foraging (featured by BBC Countryfile Magazine), wild food cookery and herbal remedies, wilderness survival skills and traditional rural crafts. Additional roles include public speaking and writing projects in the media (BBC radio / magazine articles) and lecturing at public events (e.g. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution ‘Passions in Botany’ lecture series).
The Wild Side of Life has a plant (botanical) focus and is about inspiring the connection between nature and people through plants and fungi.”


Rosemary Gladstar

Herbalist & Author

Rosemary Gladstar has been practicing, living, learning, teaching and writing about herbs for over 40 years. She is the author of eleven books including the recently published Medicinal Herbs; a Beginners Guide, Herbal Healing for Women, Gladstar Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Well Being and The Science and Art of Herbalism, an extensive home study course.

She is the founder/director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary, Founding President of United Plant Savers, and former director of The International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference. She is also the co-founder of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company.

Along with creating community and loving people, herbs are her passion and joy in life. Rosemary lives and works from her home, Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, a 500 acre botanical preserve in central Vermont.


Kirsten Hale

The Crazy Herbalist

Kirsten Hale is a trauma-informed herbalist living on the traditional homes of the Multnomah, Clackamas and Chinook peoples in Portland Oregon. Her practice is dedicated to survivors of personal and cultural trauma and deepening our relationship with the bodies and lands we call home. 


Gina McGarry


Gina McGarry  is  a professional Herbalist for over 30 years, having studied with Rosemary Gladstar, medicine people of the Cherokee, Modoc and Shoshone Nations, and other renowned herbalists along the way. She is a passionate researcher of Celtic ethno-botany and biochemistry, intent on weaving together the science and the spirit of herbalism. She operated a Free Clinic in the US for 15 years, where she served people with AIDS, Cancer and a vast array of other health issues, gaining broad experience in the healing power of herbs.
Gina maintains her school and practice in Mullingar.