Instructor Biographies

jessie beldenJessie Belden

Jessie is a mother, community herbalist, facilitator, and potion creatrix in Minneapolis, MN. She wholeheartedly
believes that using plant medicine, subtle energetics, and lifestyle modifications in concert, create a harmonized path towards healing both person and planet.
She has studied with amazing herbalists Rosemary Gladstar, Kiva Rose, Dina Goodwill, Darcey Blue and 7Song, as well as flower essence practitioner and astrologer, Martin Bulgerin and has been inspired by the writings and workshops of many more! Jessie adores teaching classes at The Medicine Tree, in South Minneapolis and also has been putting on her own 6 month Intro to Community Herbalism program for the past two years. To view some of her herbal creations, book an appointment, or see any of her current class offerings, please visit

Erica Fargione

Erica Fargione is an herbalist and educator, currently Herbal Studies faculty at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in downtown Minneapolis, where she has taught since 2007. In 2014, Erica started the first Herbal Studies certificate program in the US at a public institution qualifying for federal financial aid. She has a strong belief that herbal medicine training should be available at public colleges. Erica has a degree in Environmental Horticulture from the U of MN. She has studied and practiced Western herbalism for over 20 years. Before coming to MCTC, Erica had an herb farm and herbal medicine clinic in Southwestern Wisconsin where she practiced and taught herbal medicine.

Sharri KellerSharri Keller

Sharri Keller has been a wedding & portrait photographer for over 6 years.  Former co-owner of esteemed Satori Photography as seen in MN Bride and voted best of 2013 in  Her current business Terra Sura photographs weddings (recently nominated as top 21 wedding photographers in Minneapolis by Expertise), families, kids, newborns as well as assisting businesses with their branding.  Sharri is also a budding herbalist and has created a sister blogsite (Terra Sura Photography & Foraging) featuring Minnesota plants, ID, recipes, herbal self-care, etc.   Her love for photography and plants makes for stunning imagery with a holistic, fresh and inspired perspective.

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clare gardner nieto

Clare Gardner Nieto

Clare grew up in New Jersey on a 56-acre farm with a big garden and a healthy dose of horses, sheep, chickens, cats and dogs, surrounded by rolling hills and streams filled with what she now recognizes as edible and medicinal plants. After a childhood spent roaming the fields and forests and feeling the earth under her feet, she made the decision to move to New York City to pursue a string of careers including photography, stage management and project management. Clare moved to Minneapolis in 2005 and continued her career as an Interactive Project Manager managing digital strategies, website creation and online maintenance for companies ranging from local mom & pop shops to multi-million dollar corporations.

In December 2016, Clare decided to take a leap of faith—changing careers yet again—by following her passion for herbs and flower essences to become a full-time herbalist. However, she has not left her knowledge of the digital world behind. In building up her own business, Clare has made use of all of her tech knowledge and research capabilities. One of her current primary goals is to help alternative practitioners to increase their digital presence and savvy in order to enhance our online impression and help us to compete in the 21st century.

Check out Clare’s website at

headshot 3Erin Piorier

Erin Piorier is a Traditional Western Herbalist who has been serving the Twin Cities community with plant-based medicine for over ten 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-eight 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 seventen 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 5 year old son Nick, without whom a photo just isn’t worth taking.

Matthew WoodMatthew Wood, MS (Herbal Herbalism), Registered Herbalist (AHG)

Matthew Wood has been practicing herbalism for over thirty years and has taught in almost every state in America and on several continents.  He is the author of six books on herbal medicine (including The Book of Herbal Wisdom). He lives part time in Lakeport, California, and Martell, Wisconsin, east of St. Paul.








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