Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, A.D., D.N.-C., R.H., is an herbalist, nutritionist, yoga teacher and educator who has been making holistic health approaches palatable to the modern mind for over 40 years. His latest book, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs, co-authored with Michael Tierra, brings to life Ayurveda in an understandable and practical way. Khalsa is a founding faculty in the Ayurvedic Sciences program at Bastyr University, and a faculty member in the Botanical Medicine Department at the National College of Natural Medicine, where he trains naturopathic medical students, and teaches Ayurveda. He is also a frequent contributor to mainstream and professional publications in the natural healing field, and is a contributing editor to Let’s Live, The Herb Quarterly, and Great Life. He is president emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, and director emeritus of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
Anna Mezger-Sieg Bradley has dedicated her life to connecting herself and others to nature through the art of nature awareness. She is a clinical herbalist, ethnobotanist, musician, indigenous skills enthusiast, and mentor. She began her formal training in herbalism in 2010 and began studying with the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in 2011, where she is now the acting Clinical Director. She has a particular passion for herbal first aid and has acted as camp healer/first aid at many adult and children’s outdoor programs. Anna has been a member of the herbalist and triage team with Occupy Medical for several years. In 2009, she co-founded a nonprofit called Whole Earth Nature School that connects children in the Eugene area to nature. Through her education with Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School, she has a specific interest in uses of plants other than food and medicine such has basketry, cordage, fire making, and enjoys bringing other plant uses into her workshops and plant walks. Anna has led and taught plant walks and herbal workshops in the Eugene area for over 10 years, including Mount Pisgah’s Wildflower Festival.