Instructor Biographies


Betsy Nelson

Betsy is a native Minnesotan and has always been ‘herb curious’, finding and tasting plants, flowers and herbs. She has degrees in Psychology and Studio Arts, and then went on to a carreer as a restaurant chef, her last restaurant gig being the Head Chef at the Aveda Spa and Retreat Center. Currently, Betsy works as a freelance food stylist and recipe developer, and has authored a cookbook ‘Tasting Minnesota’ as well as writing recipes for local magazines and food clients. Thinking about food as medicine has led her to study Western Herbalism and Ayurveda, and incorporates this knowledge into her cooking. Betsy has completed an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor program with James Bailey and an Ayurvedic Chef Training at Hale Pule in Kauiai with Myra Lewin, ‘Herbalism for Women’s Health’ with Erin Poirier and is nearly complete with Lise Wolff’s “Thee Seasons of Herbal Wisdom” course.

headshot 3Erin Piorier, Registered Herbalist, AHG, CPM

Erin Piorier is a Traditional Western Herbalist who has been serving the Twin Cities community with plant-based medicine for fifteen years.   Erin is available for private consultation and provides her clients with handmade wildcrafted herbal products gathered from the fields and forest of the upper Midwest or grown in her organic garden.  She is committed to safe, collaborative, natural health care that treats the whole person.

Erin teaches extensively. She enjoys  both introducing beginners to the world of plant id and medicine making and digging into the big questions of herbal medicine and helping advanced students take their herbal work to the next level.  Erin is also a traditional midwife who offers homebirth services. She integrates her herbal practice into the care she provides childbearing women. She also offers classes and consultations focusing on health for women, babies, children and the whole family.

Erin is a mother of two children and lives with her family in St. Paul.  You can find her writing about plants on the web where she blogs about plants at and in the pages of the Plant Healer Magazine.

lise wolffLise Wolff, Registered Herbalist, AHG

Lise Wolff has studied herbalism for twenty-nine years, with herbalists from Susun Weed to Matthew Wood with whom she apprenticed in 1995.  She is a professional member of The American Herbalist Guild and received her MSc in Scotland.   An active practitioner, Lise supplies her apothecary primarily with herbs she gathers and prepares.  She maintains a private practice in South Minneapolis and is available for private consultations.  For the past eighteen years she has taught beginning and advanced herb classes in the Midwest based on actual case histories. Lise’s primary focus is on the most prolific plants available commonly called weeds, that insistently volunteer their nutrition and healing powers everywhere we walk.

In 2010 and 2011 Lise taught at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing as a part of the School of Nursing curriculum for the Doctor of Nursing Practice.  Fall 2010 Lise was appointed to the academic faculty of St. Katherine University. As adjunct professor, she teaches the Herbology course for the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies.  Beyond herbalism, her other great loves include her husband and her son Nick.

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