Supporting Faculty

is to inspire the self-empowerment of the students and clients. She is a Holistic Health Minister, a gardener for over 30 years, the Director of EverGreen Herb Garden and School of Integrative Herbology, a certified Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbal Practitioner, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and a mentor for Herbal clinicians for the AHG.

Candis is an innovative, capable, well educated herbalist with experience in growing and processing herbs for medicinal use, well versed in wild plant identification, identifying dozens of herbs in the High Sierras and throughout the foothills of California as well as other states. She is notable for her capacity to teach in a way that makes the information accessible to the students and easily applied to their lives.

Candis gardens regularly and continues to read and research the area of herbs and holistic health. She has had an active clinic since 1984 and has seen hundreds of clients over the years. Her experience and practical advice is a gift that she brings to her clients, students and family.

Candis has helped to set up the Herb Gardens at Soil Born Farm in Sacramento, an organic non-profit organization dedicated to providing clean food for the community and for educating people about this. Candis teaches at Soil Born Farms locations, in Sacramento and at there farm in Rancho Cordova.

Candis has also been teaching at the Sacramento Natural Food Coop since 1989 and has written the herb article for the co-op Reporter since 1989 as well.

​Candis Cantin
Herbalist, Holistic Health Minister, Certified Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbal Practitioner


Rev. Candis Cantin Kiriajes has over 30 years of practical experience as a counselor and a teacher of holistic lifestyle principles. She is the artist and co-creator of the Herbal Tarot Deck & Book Set and the author of the Pocket Guide to Ayurvedic Healing. Candis has been very active in teaching Integrative Herbology for over 28 years. Her main focus in teaching 

Renee is also the author of The Living Earth Handbook: Creating Sustainability from the Inside Out, winner of the Nautilus Book Awards Gold in Science and Cosmology in 2017. This book reflects Renee’s broader interests in the connections between human consciousness, quantum physics, and Nature’s intelligence. 

She regularly teaches workshops on creating living soil, understanding and working with water, and shifting into conscious connection with nature. After spending 6 years creating the Bluebird Farm Medicine Garden, Renee is now experimenting to create an extreme, drought-resistant Medicine Garden at her home in the Sierra Foothills. 

Her website is NaturalCollaboration.com.


​​Alene Sidle
Vitalist Herbalist, Wild crafter, Gardener, Chef


Alene’s deep love for plants and healing goes back to her childhood when she would go into her yard and experiment in making “potions,” that later also grew into a keen interest for food, cooking and gardening.  It was in high school in Costa Rica when she formed a deeper connection to nature and plants. Her interest led her to a permaculture farm to learn about growing food and rain forest plant remedies that fully ignited her passion for the plant path. 

Alene has been studying herbal medicine for the past ten years. Her first formal study of herbal medicine was with Adam Seller. She did Kathi Keville’s herbal apprenticeship

​which ignited her passion for growing medicinal gardens. She also took Kathi’s aromatherapy seminars, and continued on to a more advanced class with Kathi and Dr. Christopher Hobbs. She studied flower essences and earth based wisdom with Marza Miller, which gave her a deep grounding with the earth and the elements. She studied herbal energetics with Matthew Wood. It was with Michael Cottingham in Voyage Botanica that she studied wildcrafting and medicine making with an emphasis of plants in the Southwest. She also studied with Heather Luna for several years before attending the Footprints in Medical Herbalism program at the Acorn School of Herbal Medicine. Since then she has been working as the pharmacy manager for the school, helping with administration and serving in the free clinic. 

Alene is the creator of Zea Mays Botanicals and enjoys creating herbal remedies and recipes. In her free time Alene loves gardening, wildcrafting, hiking, cooking, making medicine and is continually in search of a way to be of service to her family, friends and community. 

With her interest in natural medicine ignited, she decided to formalize her education by completing a Bachelor of Naturopathy Degree from Southern Cross University (Australia) in 2007. Her main herbal teacher during those four years was Dr. Sue Evans who encouraged her not to be a “brown bottle herbalist’ but to go out and form relationships with the actual plants by tasting, growing, wild-crafting and directly experiencing. After graduation, she completed her naturopathic internship at Ruth Trickey’s Melbourne Holistic Health Group and practiced as a naturopath in Byron Bay specializing in Women and Children’s Health.

Since she moved to Nevada City she has continued to learn and be inspired by local herbalists, mentors and the plants themselves. Between 2011-2016 she completed herbal apprenticeships with Kathi Keville, Candis Cantin and Dr. Christopher Hobbs. Since 2012 she has worked behind the counter at HAALo offering her services as a community herbalist, homeopath and teacher.  

Jahwei maintains a private practice as a clinical herbalist, naturopath and holistic nutritionist and enjoys helping people reach optimal health by stimulating their own vital force to heal and minimizing any obstacles to cure. She loves teaching and is grateful for the opportunity to learn from her clients and students alike. Her approach is heart-centered, practical and seeks to incorporate wisdom from both traditional and scientific systems of medicine.

As well as being a wife and mother of three beautiful children, Jahwei is an avid wild-crafter, herbal educator, organic gardener, medicine maker, food lover, world traveler and creator of Remedy Garden Botanicals.

Renee Wade
Gardener and Permaculture Designer

Renee Wade is a certified Permaculture Designer with a BA in Ecological Agriculture. Her focus is on creating landscapes that are functional parts of the larger ecosystem; these are landscapes rooted in living soils with the ability to cycle nutrients, catch and retain water, grow healthy and nutritious plants, and nurture both humans and wildlife. 

Jahwei Chen-Graf, B.Nat (SCU)
Clinical Herbalist and Naturopath

Jahwei’s immersion in the world of medicinal herbs began over 20 years ago in the Swiss Alps where she spent her summers wild-crafting with her mother-in-law, Rosanna, a folk herbalist. Glorious hours were passed in the mountains harvesting plants and later turning them into teas, syrups, ointments and tinctures. Jahwei tested out these traditional herbal remedies on her family and friends and when they reported improvement she was pleasantly surprised at the power of these simple plant medicines. What’s more, she discovered that just being outside- in nature, connecting with the plants is powerful medicine in itself.