Hi, I’m Emily.
I believe in the power of…
- slowing down to practice awareness and attention
- nurturing our senses, including a sense of wonder
- cultivating our connection to the earth and all beings
Each bite of food, each sip of a drink, each drop of herbal medicine connects us to the entire world.
Your cup of tea (or your cocktail!) is more than a cup of tea. It is the plant your tea came from, the sun and rain and wind that touched it, the insect pollinators, the soil microbes, the farm worker who picked the leaves, the breath you take as you stop to sip, the enchanting interplay of tea with your body, mind, and spirit. We are all interdependent.
These are the perspectives that I bring to my work as an herbalist, naturalist, educator, and writer.
From workshops to recipes, I enjoy weaving together art and science, left brain and right brain … and the heart and hands.
Whether we’re learning about plants or making drinks, I also value your experience and perspective. Rather than teaching one “right” way to do things, I feel privileged to be a bridge, to help spark your own relationship with your senses and the world around you.
That said, I do have experience to share!
Communications and education have long been at the core of my work. I am the Communications Director for LearningHerbs.com, and have about a decade of experience as a food and drink writer and recipe developer (you might have seen my work at The Kitchn and KCET). Prior to delving into food and herbs, I was an art librarian at the Getty Research Institute and worked in artists book publishing at Granary Books.
In 2015, I published my first cookbook, Wild Drinks & Cocktails, with Fair Winds Press. I am currently working with co-author Rosalee de la Forêt and Hay House Publishing on a book about strengthening your connection to nature by foraging local plants for food and medicine.
I am deeply grateful for my teachers, who include my parents, ancestors, plants, animals, rocks, mindfulness teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (I grew up in his sangha), farm worker leader Cesar Chavez (a childhood hero), herbalists Rebecca Altman, Kiva Rose, and Rosalee de la Forêt, and cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello. I also studied art history at Hampshire College, library and information science at San José State University, food preservation at University of California Cooperative Extension, and Japanese psychology with ToDo Institute.
A native Texan, I now call Los Angeles home. I live in the Mount Washington neighborhood with my husband and hiking partner Gregory, our cats Eames and Eero, and panoply of wild coyotes, skunks, raccoons, bugs, and birds.
(photos of Emily on this site are by Oriana Koren)