wild places. My most vivid memories are the scent of the desert Sagebrush after a rain, sweet pine resin floating on the crisp fall breeze, and putrid marsh mud bubbling beneath my boots. That connection early on was transformative in my curiosities and passions later in life. Remembering the clarity and calm that I always felt amongst the plants, and my persistent curiosity for getting to know my local plant community, I left my home in Salt Lake City to study Clinical Herbalism at the North American Institute for Medical Herbalism (Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism) in Boulder, CO.

Two years later, my life was completely transformed. My diet transitioned from vegan to paleo-ish. I experienced profound physical and emotional healing. Life was (and continues to be) exciting, inspiring, and purposeful. Most of all, I gained a broader linguistic perspective and expanded my community to include all beings. Having studied language I realized that the way plants heal is through interpersonal communication. In our culture this often happens on a subconscious level since we’re not given tools to interact. Acting as an interpreter I began working to reconnect my human community with the plant allies by focusing on the heart as a primary mode of consciousness. This role fills me with deep love and passion, and I’ve come to view it as a spiritual purpose in life.

Jon Oleson
Western Herbalist, Flower Essence Clinician, Plant Communication Guide​​

I started down my current path following a spiritual healing crisis. After graduating college (BA) in Middle East Studies and Arabic, I found lucrative employment with the National Security Agency (NSA) as a translator. The final two years of this post-collegiate endeavor was spent in and out of Iraq, where I worked as a private contract interpreter for US liaisons on military bases. One day I reached a breaking point. My heart hurt. I met depression for the first time in my life. I was mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausted. Time was ripe for change.

In my younger years I spent much of my free time in the Great Outdoors. I am grateful to my father for the appreciation he taught for just being immersed in