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Ember Peters (they/she) is a clinical herbalist and educator committed to providing accessible client-centred herbal care and quality herbal education. Ember lives on the North Mountain of the Annapolis Valley in Unceded Mi'kmaq Territory. They are the founder of Wild Current Herbalism and the Maritime School of Holistic Herbalism. Ember recognizes community based holistic health as a tangible step towards collective liberation and resilience. Ember is a Registered Herbal Practitioner with the Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia (HANS).
Ember has had a busy clinical practice since 2014, focusing on providing accessible herbal care to people with complex chronic illness and trans/gender non-conforming folks. Ember's approach integrates scientific knowledge such as phytochemistry, the latest scientific research, and physiology/pathophysiology with energetic approaches such as Western energetic assessments and flower essence therapy. She is particularly nerdy about: trans and gender-non conforming herbal care, cancer, insulin resistance and diabetes, endocrine imbalances, hormones, chronic pain, menstrual imbalances, injury recovery, sleep issues, fertility autonomy and more. Ember views each person’s body as resilient and intelligent; where mind, body, spirit, experiences and symptoms are interconnected. Ember strives to provide a non-judgmental and compassionate healing space. She approaches clinical work with a client-centred, harm-reduction and trauma-informed lens, meeting each client where they are it in terms of capacity and goals.
Ember offers education from the beginner to advanced and practitioner levels, through Wild Current Herbalism, Maritime School of Holistic Herbalism, Emery Herbals, Wintergreen Botanicals, The Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, and the Herbal Academy.
Ember began formal study of herbal medicine in 2009 at the Living Earth School of Herbalism in Ontario with Michael Vertolli, and graduated from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) Clinical Herbalist training program in 2014, studying mainly under Larken Bunce, Betzy Bancroft and Guido Masé. They gained extensive clinical experience working full-time for two years at the British Columbia Compassion Club Society Wellness Center in Vancouver BC, offering accessible sliding-scale herbal care to people with complex chronic illness and cancer. Following this, Ember was invited to join the faculty at VCIH in the Family Herbalist and Clinical Herbalist training programs, where she taught for five years. They have taught widely about herbalism at conferences and schools including the American Herbalists Guild Symposium, the Dandelion Seed Conference, The Herbal Academy, The Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies, The Elderberry Academy, Wintergreen Botanicals, Emery Herbals, and the Canadian Herb Conference.
Ember has always been in a love affair with the woods, the sea and wild spaces. They are interested in challenging and dismantling the impacts of white supremacy, colonialism and capitalism on our relationships with each other, our bodies and with the land. She is deeply inspired by the stories that the land tells of living with human communities, and stories of community resistance and resilience. Ember views herself as an eternal student of the earth, the plants, her clients and students; forever deepening and growing their base of herbal skills and knowledge. Ember is a gender non-conforming settler of Ashkenazi Jewish and Greek ancestry.