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This summer I had the pleasure of returning to volunteer at the LA Catholic Worker’s Foot Clinic.  Every Friday they serve the homeless at their center on Skid Row.  Lovingly called the “Hippy Kitchen” this is a center for hospitality, offering clinics and meals and more.

The LA Catholic Worker House is a sister community to our Open Door here in Atlanta.  We have had a couple of opportunities to visit each other’s foot clinics and share our knowledge and trade ideas.  I had such a wonderful time and hope I have the chance to return again soon!


Still buzzing from the Radical Herbalism Gathering in England, I have packed up the Bus and now begin a 2 month expedition around this wild and wondrous county.  I will be visiting and serving in free clinics and foot clinics along the way and look forward to sharing my adventures with all of you.
~With Love, Lorna
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Along the Eastside Hiking Trail of the Beltline

Suggested Donation: $20 (or become a $5/mth sustainer and enjoy plant walks all year long!)

A Homestead Event – Registration Here!

The land around you is chock full of edible and medicinal plants – come discover what’s in your back yard and how to properly identify plants while enjoying a walk along Atlanta’s Beltline.

Discover the bounty spring  has to forage – even in the urban landscape. Plus this workshop is by donation only, and the entirety of your contribution goes to help the underserved receive herbal healthcare via The Herb Bus.

Cost: This class is by donation only and funds go to help underserved populations receive herbal healthcare via Herbalista Community Health Network(Suggested One-Time Donation $20. Or, donate $5 monthly to become a Sustainer and enjoy plant walks throughout the year for free!)

About the Instructor:
Lorna Mauney-Brodek is a traveling herbalist, medicine maker, wildcrafter and teacher.  Much of her herbwork supports organizations dedicated to promoting diversity, environmental responsibility, and social justice. Growing up “americana,” her health practices reflect the abundantly diverse influences of these lands to blend western medical herbalism, traditional chinese five phase, ayurveda, and southern folk.

She maintains a clinical practice and apothecary in East Atlanta as The Herbalista and teaches at various venues around the southeast, including BotanoLogos, the Blue Ridge School, and The Herb Kitchen.


Now available for your downloading pleasure!

The Herb Cart Service Manual is a ‘how-to’ manual, designed to help others get their grassroots healthcare projects off of the ground.  The Herb Cart is a mini-mobile herbal care station that provides earth-based care to underserved communities in the Atlanta area.  In this manual, we provide detail on how we stock and staff the cart, share example forms, checklists, dispensing considerations, and more.  It is a work-in-progress, and we will be updating the manual as our project grows and evolves.

Viva la Herb Cart!

~Herbalista Lorna


March 25th, from 11am – 4pm

at the Big House on Ponce

368 Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA 30308

Please join us at the Big House each month for access to an array of health services, including Herbal Therapy, Yoga, Reflexology, and more.  Services are on a first come, first serve basis, but while you wait your turn, please take part in the free health education classes we will have running throughout the day or take the opportunity to make new friends.

Receive what you need, give as you are able.

All Services from 11:00 am  – 4:00 pm:

Herbal Aide


Endless pots of Herbal Tea

Referral and Resource Services

Bonfire Circle

Open Class Schedule:

11:00 – 11:45 – TBA

12:00 – 12:45 – Common Herbs with Gretchen

1:00 – 1:45 – TBA

2:00 – 2:45 – Kitchen Nutrition

3:00 – 3:30 – TBA

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we launched our Grow a Row program.  What better way to share your love for community than to become involved in its health and wellbeing.  The idea for the Grow a Row Program was born just a few months ago, over cups of tea at Herbalista Headquarters.  Duane Marcus of the Funny Farm has always been an avid supporter of our work at the clinic AND the organic growing scene here in Atlanta.  We realized that we could start a program that not only helped to provide more herbs to our free clinic, but gave farmers the resources they need to expand into medicinal herb growing.  Atlanta region herbalists would have a source for local materials, the public would see more herbs at farmers markets, and our clinic will have more support in its mission of providing earth-based care to underserved communities.  If we can grow a local market for medicinal herbs everybody wins!


On Saturday, February 14th, we gathered together local farmers and herb enthusiasts at the Funny Farm in St. Mountain (just east of Atlanta) for our first info session.  We toured the Funny Farm, let folks meet the Bus, and review 9 herbs in depth that we use large quantities of and would appreciate folks growing for us.  Here is a link to the info packet we handed out.  We had a great turn-out of almost 30 participants!  It is so inspiring to see this enthusiasm for herbs and service! While we are currently reaching out to local farmers with room to grow, we also need help from volunteers who want to be involved in the harvesting and processing of these herbs.  If you are interested in getting involved, please write us at



Thank you Duane and Robin for your heartfelt support, for sharing your wisdom, and for your constant dedication to the earth and her inhabitants.


Please join us this February at the Big House for access to an array of health services, including Herbal Therapy, Yoga, Reflexology, and more.  Services are on a first come, first serve basis, but while you wait, please take part in the classes we will have running throughout the day or network with other friends.   All services are free and open to the public, but donations are most welcomed and appreciated!


All Services from 11:00 am  – 4:00 pm:

Herbal Aide


Hot Tea

Referral and Resource Services



Open Class Schedule:

12:00 – 12:45 – Herbs with Gretchen

1:00 – 1:45 – Mental Health with Orion

3:– – 3:30 – Yoga with Lynn Brandli (no mats required)


Brought to you by Herbalista ~ Building Community through Herbalism!

It’s all about Atlanta today.  So earlier I posted a link to our foraging database, for medicinal plants around the atlanta area.   And now here is the link to a listing of Free and Low Cost Clinics in Atlanta.

This list is by no means all-inclusive and is quite literally a work in progress.  The information provided on this list has been culled from the internet, by word of mouth, and through personal contact. If I have personally interacted with a resource, it has been underlined, so I can better vouch for the information provided. Over time, we hope this list will grow and descriptions improve as we get better acquainted with the different providers and services.

If you have had any experience with these services and would like to suggest modifications to descriptions, or if you can recommend additions to the list, please notify us at

You don’t have to live on a pristine mountainside or disappear into the wilderness to be an herbalist and have a meaningful relationship with your local plant medicine.  In our megapolis, we are surrounded by plantain and dandelion growing through cracks in the sidewalk, mimosa trees sprouting in abandoned lots, and honeysuckle and kudzu clambering up telephone poles!  Take a look around.  Discover what’s growing in your yard ?  Who are your green neighbors?

Check out our Forage page at the Herbalista website and see our month-by-month photo gallery and guide to the medicinals growing all around us in Atlanta.  You’ll be surprised by our medicinal abundance.

Never ingest anything you have not positively identified.  For practice with proper plant identification join us on guided plant walks throughout the season or use a reliable field guide such as, Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants by “Wildman” Steve Brill. Please harvest responsibly and review Wildcrafting for Beginners by Howie Brounstein who reminds us, “Wildcrafting is stewardship.”


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