Matthew Wood, MS

Herbalist - Author

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Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "armchair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).


Matthew Wood, age 19, learning plant ID
Photo by Tom Weaver

Dr. Don Lawrence, Professor Emeritus, Botany Department, University of Minnesota, on the right, points to a spring wildflower, April 1973, "Field Botany." Matthew Wood in center on bike, Duncan McCutcheon to the left. 

Sunnyfield Herb Farm 

In 1992 Matthew moved to a little farm in Minnetrista, thirty-five minutes west of downtown Minneapolis. The seventeen acres consisted of fields, woods, swamps, prairies, and herb gardens. He called it "Sunnyfield Herb Farm" after the road out front. In 2003 a careless 'guest' burned down the guest house and Matthew thought it prudent to move. In 2006 he removed to a beautiful oak woods about ten miles away, in Maple Plain. In 2010 he moved to land in Wisconsin. He still calls his business "Sunnyfield Herb Farm." A friend continues to live on the old farm. 

International Lecturer and Author 

Matthew has lectured in all parts of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, New York to California, and Santa Fe to Sperryville, Virginia. He has also taught in Canada, Scotland, England, France, and Australia. He is known throughout the world as an excellent teacher of herbal medicine. He is also the author of six acclaimed books on herbal medicine, published by North Atlantic Books, in Berkeley, CA: 

  • Seven Herbs, Plants as Teachers (1987) 
  • Vitalism, The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences, originally entitled The Magical Staff (1993) 
  • The Book of Herbal Wisdom (1998) 
  • The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism (2004) 
  • The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants (2008) 
  • The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants (2009)

Leigh Arnoldy

Herbalist - B.M., Education

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Leigh Arnoldy's Website

MWIH Classes with Leigh

Leigh has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and she has been teaching music for over 18 years. Along with her appreciation of the arts, Leigh has been in love with nature since she was young, spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and identifying. At one point in her young life, Leigh fell into a pile of astrology books and hasn’t crawled out since. Leigh returned to her nature-loving roots and brought with her love of mythology and the esoteric.


In 2016, she became a student of the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism. Leigh also teaches local herbalism classes, ranging from kitchen remedies to the power of myth represented in aphrodisiacs. In her spare time, Leigh likes to create Spirit-based art, pick blackcap raspberries, make terrible puns, and sing 80s tunes in the car. She writes about the signatures and connections in the natural world and explores those spiritual connections on her website. 

Leigh is a co-teacher in the Doctrine of Signatures class with Matthew Wood.

Jon Baklund

Former Professional Remote Viewer - Martial Artist - Businessman - Co-Director of MWIH

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MWIH Classes with Jon

Jon Baklund is a remote viewing instructor that took his first training in late 1996 at Farsight Institute. Jon took to remote viewing quickly and continued through the advanced training, and then the instructor class. Working as a professional remote viewer for Farsight, and other organizations, Jon has vast experience in the metaphysical realm, intuition, psychic ability, and intention. Having instructed hundreds of people in remote viewing, Jon brings an interesting take to intuitive development.


Jon is the founder of Inomanti international and teaches the Inomanti curriculum online and in seminars. 

Jon teaches the monthly class the Real Spirit Journey and Intuition - Developing Your Inner Resources with Matthew Wood.

Tara Baklund

Preserver & Promoter of
Traditional Wisdom

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MWIH Classes with Tara

Overcoming debilitating health issues is extremely rewarding, which is why Tara continues her personal health studies and encourages others to take the steps to improve their health as well. Her book (currently being revised) is a guide to understanding one’s body type and the foods, exercise, and habits that help each body type to be more balanced. Trained Remote Viewer of the Inomanti System, Yogini, and Martial Artist.


Her deep desire to learn and share continues to manifest in many ways. 

Tara teaches Body-types and Constitutions with Matthew Wood and is the Director of Operations for the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism.

Francis Bonaldo, LAc


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Francis Bonaldo's Website

MWIH Classes with Francis

Francis Bonaldo has been a practicing herbalist for 15 years. He served as a member of faculty in the acupuncture department of Rosemont College (Montreal, Canada) from 2011 to 2015. He specializes in pulse evaluation and is co-author of “Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation-a conversation” with Matthew Wood and Phyllis Light. Francis wildcrafts over one hundred plants from the northeastern forests and prairies of the continent for use in his clinical practice and also commonly teaches beginning and intermediate classes in herbal medicine and pulse evaluation.


Francis holds a Master of Science degree in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from AAAOM (Minnesota). He has also completed an apprenticeship with Lise Wolff, M. Sc. (herbalist) as well as advanced studies with Matthew Wood M. Sc. (herbalist).

Francis is a co-teacher for the 2019 Pulse, Tongue, and Facial Assessment Course.

Dawn Lacska-Tommerdahl, RN

Nurse - Medicine Woman - Herbalist -  Aromatherapist

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Dawn Lacska-Tommerdahl's Website

MWIH Classes with Dawn

Dawn is an RN, Medicine Woman, Master Herbalist, and aromatherapist. She has been studying natural healing for over 25 years and has been treating people with herbs and essential oils for over 20 of them. She has had the opportunity to learn from some of the world's best healers. In South Korea, she learned from Sun Jung about Ginseng and traditional Korean medicine. In Minnesota, she learned from Dottie Running Horse, a Dakota Medicine Woman/Shaman who taught her how to use the medicines of her people. She also learned from many other healers including Matthew Wood, David Winston, Phyllis Light, Susun Weed, David Hoffman, and more. 


She started teaching because people wanted to learn about natural therapies from multiple traditions and how to use them to heal and create medicine. She teaches all over the country and has been asked to be a speaker at several large herb conferences like the Eastern Holistic Nursing Conference, American Herbalists Guild conference, South East Wise Woman Herbal Conference, North Country Herb Conference, Florida Herbal Conference, International Society of Natural Healers to name a few.

One of Dawn's favorite things to do is to make herbal medicine and personal care products with organic and wildcrafted herbs and oils. A product line was created when local herb stores asked if they could carry some of her unique blends. Everything Dawn makes is made in a GMP-compliant kitchen but she makes her products in small batches and takes the time to lovingly create each one. This is evident in the quality and freshness of her herbal medicines and aromatherapy products.

Dawn does natural healing consults as well and specializes in helping those with cardiac disease, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and immune issues. Her knowledge of how to blend both natural and modern medicines to optimize dis-ease management makes her customized treatments work well. Dawn also does consult with large companies who are looking to make natural products, she has consulted with companies making everything from energy drinks to make-up products.

Dawn co-teaches the Facial Assessment Course with Matthew Wood.

Judith Hill

Medical Astrology - Herbal Medicine

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MWIH Classes with Judith

Judith Hill is an award-winning author of 13 books including Medical Astrology, A Guide to Planetary Pathology; The Astrological Body Types; and Astrology & Your Vital Force. She produces The Renaissance Medicine Conference and was possibly the first to introduce serious Western Medical astrology to Szechuan, China.

She is a Chartered Herbalist with Dominion Herbal College. Hill created Medical Astrology 101, a self-study course available on her website. She has taught medical astrology workshops to medical health practitioners for many years and privately consults with physicians on mystery cases.


Hill has extensively documented the natal and transit influence of the Lunar Nodes upon the health and the medical impact of eclipses by sign and when conjunct natal planets.

An internationally recognized researcher, Hill published significant statistical research on astro-genetics and astro-seismology and maintains an international consulting practice.

Judith teaches Astrological Medicine and Renaissance Medicine and Medical Astrology Sun Signs with Matthew Wood.

Susan Leopold, PhD


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MWIH Classes with Susan

Susan Leopold, PhD, is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers and Director of the Sacred Seeds Project. Prior to working at United Plant Savers, she worked as a librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy.


She is an advisory board member of the American Botanical Council. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and the author of the children's book Isabella's Peppermint Flower, teaching about Virginia's botanical history. She lives on and manages a productive farm, the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary with her three children in Virginia, where she raises goats, peacocks, and herbs. She is an avid recreational tree climber, in love with the canopy just as much as the herbs of the forest floor.

Phyllis D. Light

Herbalist - Healer

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Phyllis D. Light's Website

MWIH Classes with Phyllis

A fourth-generation Herbalist and Healer, Phyllis D. Light has studied and worked with herbs, foods, and other healing techniques for over 30 years. Her studies in Traditional Southern Appalachian Folk Medicine began in the deep woods of North Alabama with lessons from her grandmother, whose herbal and healing knowledge had its roots in her Creek/Cherokee heritage. Phyllis’ studies continued as an apprentice with the late Tommie Bass, a nationally renowned folk herbalist from Sand Rock, Alabama, as well as other herbal Elders throughout the Appalachians and the Deep South. 


Her well-established reputation and knowledgeable expertise have allowed Phyllis to travel far afield of her Southern Appalachian home, lecturing and teaching about herbs, integrative and complementary healthcare, and traditional folk healing techniques. Consequently, she has taught and lectured at herb schools, universities, medical schools, hospitals, and health conferences. 

As a Practitioner, she has experience in both clinical and private settings including working in an integrative medical clinic. As a Consultant, Phyllis manages her own herbal consulting business advising businesses, schools, physicians, and manufacturers. 

In addition to Traditional Folk studies, Phyllis has studied Traditional Western Herbalism, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Body Work, and Energy Medicine. She continues to maintain an active herbal practice.

Phyllis has a master’s degree from the University of Alabama in Health Studies (education and promotion) and has taught CEU classes for allied healthcare workers including nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and currently sits as secretary of the organization. In addition, she is on the board of directors of the American Naturopathic Certification Board.

Phyllis teaches Holistic Herbal Assessment SkillsRespiratory System and Respiratory Immunity, Herbal Dosages, and often co-teaches Monthly Class: Herbs A to Z with Matthew Wood.

Chris McPadden


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MWIH Classes with Chris

Chris has been a practicing herbalist since 2002. His Ojibwe/Métis grandmother started him on his spiritual journey at the age of 4 when she started telling him about plant and animal medicine. 


His dad grew up on a homestead and knew a lot about wild foods. Between his dad's and grandmother's teachings, he was always outside! Chris uses an energetic approach to herbalism which animal medicine is a part of.

Chris co-teaches Animal Medicines with Matthew Wood and Amanda Nicole.

Amanda Nicole

Writer - Teacher - Herbalist

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Amanda Nicole's Website

MWIH Classes with Amanda

Amanda Nicole is a daughter of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She listens to the trees, sits with the land, and gathers medicine messages to share. As an author, poet, teacher, herbalist, mother of six, and Divine Daughter, it is her delight to hold space for others as their eyes and ears open to the Beauty and Medicine that is All Around Us. In 2010, Amanda purposefully began her journey with the plants.


She studied herbalism at Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine with Teresa Boardwine in Rappahannock County, Virginia, was blessed to continue her studies by sitting at the feet of Matthew Wood, and completed an herbal apprenticeship with Ashley Litecky Elenbaas of Sky House Herbs. 

Deeply grateful for her teachers, Amanda is blessed and held by the spirits of her Choctaw (Chahta) ancestors as she offers the sacred medicine of Spirit and Earth through classes, consultations, ceremony, the written word, and song. 

Her book, Flowers for a Girl: Plant Medicine & Sexual Trauma, is a poetic telling of her healing journey with the plants as teachers and companions. You can hear the plants speak through Amanda by listening to her podcast, Whispers: Plant Spirit Medicine

Loving books, chocolate, soft beds, warm baths, and the Tulip Poplar tree, Amanda is happiest sitting under a tree, surrounded by wildflowers, dusted with dirt, or immersed in wild water. 

Amanda co-teaches Animal Medicines with Matthew Wood and Chris McPadden.

Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue

Herbalist - Writer - Teacher - Priest

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Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue's Website

MWIH Classes with Seán

Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue is an herbalist, writer, and teacher, and an initiated Priest in two traditions. He lives in the mountains of western Maine. Seán’s approach to healing weaves together the insights of traditional western herbalism and contemporary science. He regards physical, spiritual, and emotional healing as deeply intertwined.


Prior to becoming an herbalist, Seán was a political organizer in movements for peace, human rights, and global economic justice, and a freelance journalist documenting the human and ecological impacts of U.S. policies in Latin America. 

He grew up near Boston, a short distance from where his great-grandparents first landed when they arrived from Ireland. Since childhood, he has been an avid student of Irish history and folklore. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1996 with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. 

Sean teaches the Psychological Herbal Assessment course and Holistic Pharmacology for Herbalists - both with Matthew Wood.

Lori Rose, PhD

Herbalist - Nutrition Professional

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Lori Rose's Website

MWIH Classes with Lori

Lori Valentine Rose, Ph.D., CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is a college biology, nutrition, herbal, and wellness instructor, national board-certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, board registered herbalist, national board-certified health and wellness coach, wife, mother, organic vegetable, fruit, and medicinal herb gardener, school garden planter, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer! 


She created, developed, and instructs the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the most thorough, affordable, degreed wellness program in the country. She loves spreading love and light, and helping others feel awesome on the inside and out so they can live their dreams and make this world more awesome!

Lori teaches Herbal Medicine Making Beginner to Advanced.

Lise Wolff, RH (AHG), MSc


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Lise Wolff's Website

MWIH Classes with Lise

Since 1991, Lise has studied with leading herbalists throughout the United States. She has practiced professionally since completing an apprenticeship with Matthew Wood in 1995. Lise is one of only 200 herbalists nationwide approved as a Registered Herbalist. This denotes a professional-level membership in the American Herbalist Guild. The Guild assures a standard of excellence for herbal practitioners through a peer review membership process. It is the largest professional botanical medicine organization in the United States.


Lise holds a Bachelors's Degree from Macalaster College. In 2008, she graduated from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, the highest level of academic herbal training.

In her practice, Lise focuses on the nutritional and healing powers of local plants, which she gathers and prepares for her apothecary. Lise maintains her practice in south Minneapolis and is available for private consultations.

Since 1995, she has offered beginning and advanced herb classes. Upon invitation, Lise has also offered courses sponsored by institutions such as Bakken Museum, Carleton College, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the University of Minnesota Compleat Scholar Program, and LearningLife non-credit program.

Fall 2010, Lise was appointed to the academic faculty of St. Catherine University. As an adjunct professor, she taught the Herbology course for the Master of Arts Holistic Health Studies until 2016.

Since 2010, Lise has been co-teaching a course a the University of Minnesota through the Center of Spirituality and Healing as part of the School of Nursing curriculum for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

Lise teaches Plant Walks - Meet Famous Plants Everywhere You Walk and co-teaches the 2019 Pulse, Tongue Facial Assessment course with Matthew Wood (tongue assessment) and co-teaches and cameos in Monthly Herbalism Classes: Herbs A to Z on occasion as well.

Judith Sims

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MWIH Classes with Judith Sims

I’m Judith Sims, an educational media producer whose work has been part of the curriculum at a national herb school for over a decade. My background includes producing feature reports for the PBS NewsHour and hosting a public radio interview program at the University of Minnesota.


I served as the president of the North Country Herbalist Guild (1999-2000) and now feel I can make a contribution to the larger herbal community with Pronouncing Plant Names - A Guide to Botanical Latin.

My interest in becoming the Henry Higgins of the plant world began at least by college, where I studied the Cornish (pirate!) dialect.

Then, after upholding the standards of pronunciation demanded by tv and radio broadcasting, I spent thirteen years moderating the televised version of The Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl. I checked the pronunciation of a lot of words! Now with the Guide, I believe I have created a definitive explanation of plant pronunciation that anyone can follow. I hope you enjoy it.

I have also studied herbs since 1993 with Matthew Wood.

In Memory of...

Jolie Elan, MS: Ethnobotanist - Ecologist

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Jolie Elan's Website

MWIH Classes with Jolie

Jolie Elan, MS was the founding director of Go Wild Institute, which offers educational and mentoring programs that weave science, myth, and spirit to awaken our nature and find balance in the great web of life. Jolie was a deep ecologist, herbalist, consulting botanist, and educator. She inspired thousands of people to deepen their relationship with nature. Jolie worked with ethnobotanical projects on four continents including developing the herbal medicine sector in war-torn Kosovo and restoring sacred forest groves in India. 


Jolie studied both herbalism and botany for twenty-five years and taught botany to herbalists for almost a decade. She acted as a spiritual companion for those who wish to increase their intimacy with the divine, especially through the natural world.

Jolie received her B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Environmental Studies, her Master’s degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University, and her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute.

Jolie taught our highly rated Botany course with Matthew Wood. Check out the de-light-full free intro, terrific extras, and full course.

Jolie also taught the fascinating Intelligence of Nature class and the companion class, The Language of Nature.

Jolie passed from this world in November of 2020, very soon after being diagnosed with cancer. So many were shocked and very saddened by her sudden departure. But, Jolie's classes live on! We are please and honored to have UpS President, Susan Leopold, PhD. available (as well as Matthew Wood) to answer student questions.

Read more about Jolie in "In Loving Memory of..."