Scholarship Fundraiser

Herbalists Without BordersArborVitae is proud to have partnered with Herbalists Without Borders in order to provide you with a way to give tax-deductible donations to a Scholarship Fund!  Given the economic hardship many are facing thanks to the Novel Coronavirus/COVID 19 pandemic, our ability to grant scholarships to students in need is greater than ever.

Tax-deductible Donations

Donation-based classes are also being offered this summer to support scholarships

Those who donate will receive an email with a Zoom link on the day of the class and have access to the class recording for a limited time. Recordings of our past classes are also available by donation!


Upcoming Classes

Racism and Healing Part 2 – with Karen Henderson, Tiffany Robbins, and Richard Mandelbaum

This event has been postponed, we look forward to holding this important discussion and will announce a new date soon

Date TBA

Suggested Donation: $20-60*

How did racism and colonialism take root, and what does that have to do with herbal medicine?  And most importantly, what can we do to confront and challenge systemic racism within our own circles and beyond?  What are the actions, i.e. external work, we can and should be doing?  And what internal work do we each need to do in parallel?

This workshop will be participatory and build on the panel discussion on Racism and Healing held on July 1, 2020.   Everyone is invited and welcome – those who participated on 7/1 and those who did not!

All proceeds from this event will go towards ArborVitae’s James Still Scholarships for students of color and other marginalized or oppressed communities.

*If you’d like to donate but can’t afford the suggested amount, please reach out to  While donations for classes are not tax deductible, 100% of donations for this class will go to support ArborVitae scholarships.

Past classes: recordings are available by donation


Our community is offering a variety of wonderful services to help raise funds for scholarships

All consultations and services are virtual. Those who donate will be contacted to set up appointment or enrollment, unless otherwise noted.

Practitioners & Services:

Anne Wiesen

Anne Weisen, Partner at Design by Plants, Landscape Designer, Ethnobotanist and Herbalist. As an ethnobotanist I am captivated by the spectrum of pathways through which plants enter our lives. Plants nourish our bodies, stir our spirit, enrich our homes, and infuse our traditions, art forms and lexicon with beauty and meaning. I draw from this rich palette of plant uses to bring resolution to your garden goals and aspirations.

Palm Reading to Clarify the Arc of Your Life Path – with Anne Wiesen  SOLD OUT

Suggested Donation: $40-75 (valued at $75)


Gain insight to the challenges across your life path, the milestones and healing that you have already accomplished, and directions to fulfill the next level of your potential. Text or email me images of both palms of your hands very slightly cupped, and their backs, in good light so the lines are clearly visible without shadows. Include your mailing address or email to receive your written report.


Tarot Reading to Clarify Your Mythic Story – with Anne Wiesen  SOLD OUT

Suggested Donation: $60-150 (valued at $150) 


The Mother Peace tarot deck awakens our imagination to the archetypal currents underlying the present moment. The cards help us understand our challenges as a rich part of the human journey and direct our mind to positive and creative solutions. Readings are conducted via Skype or Facetime and include a written report.

Andrea Beaman

Hello, I’m Andrea Beaman. As a health coach, chef and herbalist, I teach others how to use food and herbs as the best medicine. Successfully healing my own incurable disease using natural foods, herbs, and other natural therapies was the catalyst that transformed my health and my life. I’m passionate about sharing this healing wisdom. Life is too short to be sick and feeling unwell. Let me show you how to use the home-cooked medicine that is in your kitchen right now to prevent and heal disease.

Food and Herbs as Medicine Course – with Andrea Beaman SOLD OUT

Suggested Donation: $60-129 (valued at $129) 


Gain a lifetime of knowledge on healing and prevention of disease using food and herbs as medicine!

Learn how to:

  • Prepare healing meals
  • Shop for medicinal foods
  • Access natural remedies that are in your kitchen right now
  • Boost immunity to stave off flus, colds and bigger illnesses
  • Select the right foods for your body
  • Prevent and heal many diseases naturally
  • Distinguish which herbs and foods are needed for each organ
  • Correctly use various cooking styles for each condition
  • Cook like a pro
  • Make medicine!

Amber Star Merkens

Amber Star Merkens is a holistic Certified Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and student of clinical herbalism. She guides parents with compassion and an open heart, helping them find joy as they navigate change and bond deeply with their new baby.

Welcome Home: Newborn Family Support – with Amber Star Merkens  SOLD OUT

Suggested Donation: $45-85


A 90 minute virtual visit from Amber Star Merkens to be used within the first month after giving birth. During visits, Amber often helps parents implement self care strategies, she supports them through feeding and sleep challenges, gives valuable tips on newborn care, traditional postpartum nutrition, and more. *This offer is transferable and may be given as a gift.

Fumiha Tanaka

Lineage of Japan, but also grown up in Indonesia and Singapore, Fumiha Tanaka is a clinical herbalist, artist and Reiki practitioner based in Brooklyn, New York. She has been practicing Reiki for about 5 years, after receiving Reiki one and two from a few different teachers such as Carols and Ana Gonzalez, Aki Hirata Baker, and Manu Del Prete. The sudden awakening to the calling of plants one day shifted her path quickly, enrolling her to Arbor Vitae to dive deep into the world of plant medicine and she is now a recent graduate of the school. She is passionate about this path to create the harmonious balance of body, mind, and spirit within an individual that leads to healing our mother earth. She is constantly in awe with the teaching of plants and enjoys connecting with the spirit of the plants by drawing and writing. She is available in both English and Japanese.

Herbal Consultation, Flower Essence Consultation, or Reiki Session – with Fumiha Tanaka SOLD OUT

Suggested Donation: $45-85


Herbal consultation:
Fumiha uses the method of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and Western herbalism to assess disharmony within individuals. After a one and half hour consultation, clients will receive a custom suggestion of lifestyle, dietary and herbal support to begin their healing journey together.
Flower Essence Consultation:
She has been taught by Claudia Keel the past three years and self taught based on Dr. Edward Bach resources. After a one and half hour conversation, the client will be given a custom formulated essence.
Reiki session:
The session will be a distant Reiki for now. Fumiha and client will meet virtually to set a time or discuss how they want to receive the session. Session time will be vary depending on the client needs.


Claudia Keel

Claudia Keel is a clinical herbalist and flower essence therapist with an additional specialty in food and nutrition therapy. She has a private practice in Germantown NY (Columbia county) and in Manhattan, NY since 1999. Claudia also teaches regularly about herbs, flower essences and traditional foods in practitioner study groups, workshops and conferences and offers private mentoring for clinical practice.

Flower Essence –or- Herbal Consultation – with Claudia Keel SOLD OUT

Suggested Donation: $100-$200 (valued at $160)


Richard Mandelbaum

Richard Mandelbaum RH is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Sullivan County NY, occasionally seeing clients in New York City as well. In addition to seeing clients he teaches classes in clinical herbal medicine, medicine making, and field botany, wild edible plants and mushrooms.  He is a founding partner, director, and teacher at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, and is also on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, NJ. In 2018 Richard was featured in the docu-series Remedy, Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness. Richard has been an avid student of our native flora for over twenty five years.  He has been practicing as an herbalist since 1997, blending use of our native medicinal plants with Chinese and Western herbal traditions. He is a graduate of David Winston’s School of Herbal Therapeutics in New Jersey as well as having studied at Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Retreat Center in Vermont, and in New York City with herbalist William LeSassier.  He has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild since 2003, and served on the AHG Council (board of directors) from 2012 to 2018, serving as Secretary and chair of both the AHG Policy Committee and the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Richard is also active in issues related to fair trade, sustainability, and social justice.  He lives in a straw bale home in Forestburgh, NY with his wife Gabrielle and daughter Rose

Herbal Consultation – with Richard Mandelbaum SOLD OUT

Suggested Donation: $100-$200 (Valued at $160)