Paula Diaz is an herbalist and lifelong student of the art and science of plant healing. Her budding herbal practice weaves together intuition, scientific research, and the traditional medicine of her ancestors. Paula is committed to openly sharing the wisdom of the plant kingdom as instructed by her elders. She is coordinator of the Florida School of Holistic Living South Florida Branch, co-founder of the South Florida Herbal Community, and is devoted to medicinal plant cultivation and conservation.
“I honor the the land I live on, reclaiming the sacred way of life of my indigenous ancestors. I make offerings — in gratitude to the land and all she sustains, in reverence to the waters and their deep curative power. I ask for permission from the plants, and I pray to their spirits to help you heal. This is sacred reciprocity. This makes good medicine.
I am a practicing herbalist, community educator, and intuitive energy worker. The plants are my most respected teachers and primary mentors on this path. The dance of my own health journey and my spirit guides have encouraged me to share my gift with the world. I love helping people feel empowered, fall in love with plants, and tune into the healing capabilities of their own body and spirit.
My practice is rooted in deep listening, prayer, rituals and offerings, and ancestral healing work. This is the way I learned from my elders by traditional apprenticeship. I also trained as a clinical herbalist for two years at a western herb school.
I offer one on one health consultations and limpias (energetic balancing sessions) in person or long-distance. I host workshops, skill shares, and healing circles about herbal medicine and related topics for private groups of people and organizations in south Florida and around the country. I am also available as a consultant for natural products formulation.”
Learn more at Paula’s website.
Paula’s 2018 Florida Herbal Conference classes will be posted shortly. Her 2017 classes were:
In times where herbalism in the US is expanding and growing, there is a need for us to rise up and acknowledge the disparities and inequalities within our greater herbal community. Some herbalists are working to bring awareness about decolonizing our network of herbal healers and clinicians. How can we be more inclusive in our herbal practice? How can we honor another culture’s traditions without appropriating them? This is truly a complex and controversial conversation.
Come and share your thoughts and feelings with us in this sacred circle where voices will be heard one at a time by our herbal peers, by the Creator, and your spirit guides. During the circle, remedies will be provided to allow us to speak from our true hearts, embrace our differences, and help transmute our emotions. Become inspired as we unite to explore how to be good allies to communities of color, acknowledge the oppression and colonialism embedded in our society, and work together to weave solutions of solidarity for the benefit of all beings. This is a sacred, prayerful, all-inclusive safe space where debating and bullying is not welcome.
Ceremony of Life: Keeping it Sacred Every Day
In today’s fast paced society, it’s easy for us to become distracted and disconnect from nature, our bodies, and our spirit. As herbalists who work closely with the plants, it is important that we have a connection with Mother Earth. By cultivating sacred relationships, we can deepen our connection with the plants and awaken our inner teacher. We will be sharing sacred practices that nurture this universal connection including creating an altar, healing with the elements, and honoring the plant nation.