Photo by Luisa Porter of Catfish Alley Magazine

Photo by Luisa Porter of Catfish Alley Magazine

Lindsay Kolasa is a small business owner, Community Herbalist, and Yoga Teacher with a background in non-profit management and social service work.  She received her BA in Print Journalism at Univ of MS and later pursued her MA in Geography at SF State University.  While studying at SFSU, she also began studying herbalism, meditation, and yoga on the side in the Bay Area.  She eventually left the graduate program to learn more about herbalism and plant medicine, her true passion.

Originally from New Orleans and Mississippi, she has since lived in Eastern Europe, San Francisco, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC.  Each place offered up a unique set of teachers, botanical wonders, healing modalities, and traditional food ways to enrich her offerings and life-work.  She moved back to Mississippi in the Fall of 2012 to start Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary, and to begin teaching and speaking about herbal medicine, ecology, and traditional food ways. She now works out of Chattanooga, TN.  She also started the Golden Triangle’s first Weston A Price Chapter (which she has since handed off to a new organizer).  Feel free to visit her personal website.

Honorary Co-Founder

942608_10100707302017946_195655152_nMandi Sanders was part of the original founding of the apothecary and co-owner for the first two years.  She has stepped away from the business to grow her family with a third child!

Mandi is a community herbalist and La Leche League Leader who focuses on family health.  She is knowledgeable of natural birthing methods, an advocate for midwifery, a trained post-partum doula, and is a natural family living expert.  She has also organized local farm-to-table events and is active in the local food movement.