Focus, level of experience and intent vary enormously from one student to another, from one workshop to another. What never changes is promoting the safe and effective uses of medicinal herbs.
Teaching, whether it be in a one-on-one setting, an intensive, a class or a workshop, face-to-face or online, allows us all to draw upon herbal traditions, individual experiences, science, and beyond, to ensure the preservation of medicinal and culinary traditions.
Feel free to get in touch with me for lessons or one-on-one or group workshops. Individual requests are most welcome.
I am a professional Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and am also available for one-on-one mentorship for those interested in expanding their herbal practice and understanding. I'm happy to work with those people who want to continue the practice of herbalism with themselves, family and friends and also those seeking to move along a career path.
Generally speaking, topics particularly dear to my heart include: everyday medicine for home and clinic; herbs for the mouth (in any number of states and sizes); clinical skills ~ expansion and development; herbs for seafarers & their pals; making herbal sodas, syrups and cordials, and holistic herbal approaches to any number of health concerns.
"I often think back to the workshop weekend that you [Leslie W] and Leslie A did at jim's a couple years ago, as a turning point in my herbal experience. It was a nice supportive environment with lots of practical skill, valuable and constructive discussion time with peers, and was the first time I really thought to consider myself an herbalist. Whenever I have doubts around helping people or seeing clients, I often say to myself, "well, the Leslies think I can do it!" and that remembrance helps a lot. (Also, time and experience!)" Ginny Denton
"I just love the way both of you teach” Jackie Delisi
"I have enjoyed my interactions with Leslie Williams and Leslie Alexander. They are the best kind of teachers because their teachings are not the final word on a subject. Two direct results of taking classes with them is that I am enjoying the learning process again, and suffering less from “imposter syndrome”. I am feeling confident that I have a lot to offer potential clients. My notes are less about what herb is great with what condition and more about inviting myself to be curious. I’m starting to approach clinical cases as puzzles and being comfortable with not solving it in one sitting. I appreciate their teaching dynamic and perspectives. They admit to mistakes and best of all, they laugh at them. Yet they adhere to a strict guidelines of ethics and do set boundaries. This signature style of teaching feels familial, removing the hierarchical power dynamic of teacher over student and instead it is reminiscent of elders sharing and receiving knowledge from the community." BrookeSackenheim