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.