Matthew Wood, RH (AHG)

"A Real Live Herbalist"

Matthew Wood

Registered Herbalist

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair 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

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. Photo by Tom Weaver.

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)

Find all of Matthew's Books here...

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Jon Baklund

Former Professional Remote Viewer - Martial Artist - Businessman

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 a 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

Administrator - Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism

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, Martial Artist and more... Her deep desire to learn and share continues to manifest in many ways. You can learn more and take the body-type quiz at Be sure to follow on social media to stay the most up-to-date - as her developments are always well ahead of her website.

Tara teaches Body-types and Constitutions with Matthew Wood.

Judith Hill

Medical Astrology - Herbal Medicine

 Judith Hill is an award winning author of ten books includingMedical 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 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. Learn more at

Judith teaches Astrological Medicine and Renaissance Medicine with Matthew Wood.

Phyllis Light

Herbalist and Healer

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 has 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 therapist 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. Learn more at

Phyllis teaches Holistic Herbal Assessment Skills with Matthew Wood.

Lori Rose, PhD

Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, 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! Learn more at LoriRoseHolistic

Learn how to make all kinds of Herbal Medicine with Lori - coming soon!