Susan Hess is a 1996 graduate of the prestigious Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine's 2-year Herbal Practitioner's Program in Washington, NJ.(Currently called David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies) She has also completed the schools 1-year Graduate program and studied extensively with director and ethnobotanist, David Winston AHG (Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild)
Susan has used her skills and training in the natural food industry and as a sales associate for Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. of Washington, NJ. Susan is qualified to consult with practitioners, retail stores and private individuals on the proper uses of medicinal herbal products. In 2000, Susan completed a clinical training at the Wellsprings Centre for Natural Healing in Fairfield, Connecticut with noted herbalists, Donald Yance, MH, CN, AHG (author of best-selling” Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer”) and Chanchal Cabrera, MINMH, AHG. She has also completed one year of apprentice studies with Jennifer Tucker, a well-known herbalist and author from Spring Mills, PA.
Currently, Susan is the proprietress of Farm at Coventry, handcrafting a fine collection of herbal products since 1997. She thoroughly enjoys growing medicinal and culinary herbs in her teaching gardens, as well as raising heirloom vegetables and seed saving. Susan is fully committed to using growing and harvesting methods that protect and replenish the earth.
After hosting a successful 6-month series of weekends with Minnesota herbalist and author, Matthew Wood in 2001-2002, Susan has continued to direct and expand her Class and Workshop Schedule of highly acclaimed teachers. Each visiting teacher offers his or her own unique perspective on herbalism or related subjects, inspiring each student to discover their own healing path into the world of wild and cultivated plants. In addition to creative and administrative responsibilities, Susan teaches her own informative 12 month foundation course entitled "Homestead Herbalism” now in it's fifteenth season. She also enjoys speaking to groups and schools locally on a wide range of herbal topics. She is pleased to be able to create an environment that serves to combine community, education and our native medicinal plants.
In 2007 Susan, along with kindred herbalist Jesse Tobin, joined together to embark on an exciting new educational endeavor: Three Sisters Center for the Healing Arts and the Hollerbier Haven Herbal and Healing Arts Guild. Both focus on the revival of the herbal and spiritual healing arts traditions of the Pennsylvania Germans (also known as Powwow). For more information about their project please visit their website: www.ThreeSistersCenter.com.
In her spare time, Susan enjoys research and study of various methods of traditional healing, writing, quilt-making, cheesemaking and tending her gardens. She is a member of the North East Herbal Association, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the Weston A. Price Foundation, an organization dedicated to restoring wise traditions in food, farming and the healing arts.