Julia Onnie-Hay is a certified holistic health counselor, yoga teacher and herbalist with a small community practice – Bless Botanicals – focused on reconnecting people with the healing powers of plants through educational experiences. She holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from New College of Florida and a graduate certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Julia has studied folk healing traditions in the Peruvian Amazon, Ghana, Jamaica, and throughout the United States, including the Big Island of Hawai’i, northern California, and North Carolina. She earned her certification as a Family Herbalist from the Florida School of Holistic Living and is a lifelong student of herbalist elders and the plants themselves. Julia is a co-founder of the South Florida Herbal Community, a grassroots network of herb lovers that sprouted up in spring 2013.
In addition to her work and studies with plants, Julia is nonprofit program administrator with a decade of professional experience in leadership development (youth and adult), food justice issues, and drug policy reform. After four years developing and delivering holistic health programs for at-risk girls through her position as director of the Healthy Girls Initiative with the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, she now works as the Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST) Manager for Miami-Dade County with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Julia also holds certifications in permaculture design, teaching yoga to at-risk youth, and as a birth doula. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised there and on the small island of Salt Cay in the Turks & Caicos Islands, Julia is based at the Earth ‘n’ Us Farm in the Little Haiti neighborhood of beautiful Miami, Florida. Learn more about Julia at her website.
Julia’s 2017 Florida Herbal Conference classes:
Undercover Herbalist: Integrating Herbalism into Schools & Youth Programs
Have you ever felt like a weed popping up between the cracks in the sidewalk? This workshop is about helping the next generation of herbalists sprout in the some of the most unlikely environments. Since the dawn of the 21st century, there’s been a national conversation about the childhood obesity epidemic. Schools, nonprofits, municipalities and faith communities across Florida have been making efforts at providing healthier places for kids to learn and grow. Where does herbalism fit into the movement to foster a healthier generation? In this workshop, herbalist Julia Onnie-Hay will share lessons learned from ten years of administering nonprofit programs aimed at promoting holistic health for at-risk youth, illuminating simple, subtle and safe ways to connect kids and adult staff “in the system” to medicinal plants
Dieta: A South American Approach to Herbal Study
Curanderos (healers) aligned with traditional Amazonian shamanism work with many different medicines, spiritual lineages, songs and practices. A common way of working with medicinal plants is the dieta, in which the patient/student “diets” with one carefully selected power plant. In this workshop, herbalist Julia Onnie-Hay will guide us through the basics of how a dieta works based on her apprenticeship to Peruvian ayahuascero Don Juan Tangoa Paima. The intention is for each workshop participant to be empowered to craft their own dieta with a Florida plant as an herbal study approach back at their homes after the conference.