THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – Episode 42 (Special Edition): Meet Herbalists Katja Swift and Ryn Midura

katryn-tatsThis Special Episode of The Walking Herbalist Podcast features herbalists Katja Swift and Ryn Midura. This awesome husband and wife duo are proprietors of The CommonWealth Center For Holistic Medicine! You can check out their website here!

Mindy and Marc chatted with Katja and Ryn in April 2016 on their newly acquired land in Royalston Massachusetts.


Join us while we discover how this amazing couple first met, how they got into herbalism, the struggles and successes of starting and maintaining an herbalism practice, and much, much more!

Enjoy the show!




THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – Episode 26 (Special Edition): Live from Herbstalk!

Marc and Mindy record live from Herbstalk 2016! Join us for a cruise around this magical herbal gala, where we talk to the teachers, small business owners, and patrons that come together for the yearly festivities. We meet up with Tom & Pat Zabel and Sue Kesner (parents of HerbstaIMG_5025lk founders Steph & Henry!), and find out what they think about the big event. We stalk out Catherine Iagnemma (Herbstalk’s Assistant Organizer) and her boyfriend Ian Schaplowsky (and Marc hits Ian with some hard questions, such as “what are his favorite guitar chords and why?”) [If you want to know know more about Steph, Henry, and Catherine, listen to The Story of Herbstalk!]

The music you hear is Graveyard Shuffle by Connor Magnuson, an Herbstalk volunteer who was providing music in the front lawn. Connor also showcIMG_5028ases the artistic side of Herbstalk with a poetry reading: “I want you to have my baby, Yarrow”. In fact, its hard to throw a smudge stick without hitting a musician at Herbstalk! We got to talk with Henry’s band, The Ways and Means Committee. Listen to their music here, or check out their facebook site for an upcoming events schedule (of which they have many!). Herbalist Kim Almeida also steps out onstage with her band, the Unstables. Ian is also a guitar player. And by now, we know you are aware of Marc’s love of the strum-strum!

IMG_5074We know there are many we missed, but we did manage to corner a bunch of vendors, teachers, and attendees (all listed below). Listen to what they have to say! We sure hope you enjoy this attempt to capture the spirit of Herbstalk on The Walking Herbalist Podcast!

Natalia from Sweet and Sacred (
Melanie from Fir & Elm (
Hannah Sparks from Hannah’s Herbals (
Maisie Raftery from Natural Awakenings (
Kim Almeida from Ecotone Herbals (
Madelon Hope from Boston School of Herbal Studies (
Caleb Dean from Cambridge Naturals (
Liat Racin from Tamim Teas (
Katja Swift & Ryn Midura from The Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism (
Iris Weaver (
Emma O’Brien from Lavandoula (
Danielle Laberge from Growing Habits (
Nina Judith Katz from Meridians of Health (
Todd Danforth – Photographer (
Gavin Mccarthy (
Sue from Chicago
Lynn Iverson of Eirs Garden
Bryan Rincowski

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – Episode 18 (Special Edition): The Story of Herbstalk

This Special Edition of The Walking Herbalist Podcast showcases the Story of Herbstalk (, a magnificent herbalism gathering that descends upon Somerville, MA on the first weekend in June every year. Herbstalk, now in its 5th year, is a two day event with a large marketplace including vendors of plant and herbalism products, as well as a menagerie of classes and plant walks.  Founder Steph Zabel, her Husband/Partner/Co-Founder “Chief of Practicality” Henry Kesner, and their “Right Hand Woman” Assistant Organizer Catherine Iagnemma discuss all aspects of Herbstalk, from its conception in the mind of Steph, through its original planning stages, to the event itself, as well as what the future may hold for the team. This year, Herbstalk will take place at its usual location at the Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA, June 4 & 5, 2016. All are welcome at the Marketplace (which is free). Tickets will be on sale for class admission.

Herbstalk is not the only interest for this dynamic trio. Steph is an herbalist and also the owner of Flowerfolk Herbs, which offers a wide variety of herbalism services. Catherine, a practitioner of energy medicine, is also a voice-over artist (you can tell!) And Henry is a drummer in the Blues & Roots-Rock band The Ways and Means Committee, which you can hear at this year’s Porchfest in Somerville, MA (May 21, 2016). We hijack one of their songs (“Murmuration of Starlings“) for this show!

As always, The Walking Herbalist encourages our listeners to support your local businesses. We hope you enjoy this very special episode!