My name is Sheri Hawn and I am currently an Advanced Student here at East West. What a journey of learning and self-discovery this has been. I grew up in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and spent many hours, as a child, wandering the land, picking plants and flowers and “making medicine”, which I usually fed to the dog! I come from a line of healers and nature lovers; I am grateful to my elders for helping me to see beyond what eyes can see in both people and nature. I have had a heart for helping people from a young age; my mom would say “You bring home all the stray cats!” meaning if someone was hurting in some way I was drawn to them. I started my healing career in Western medicine, specifically in Nursing, but eventually realized that was not the greatest fit.
I put my personal dreams on hold and started a family, a beautiful and challenging journey in and of itself. As my children got older it seemed an appropriate time to spark up those old callings and renew my passion for healing. I started doing a lot of self-study, absorbing as many books and seminars about herbal medicine as I could but that only took me so far. What I really wanted was to dig deep and have a teacher and mentor, so I began to search for a solid program that taught a variety of healing traditions, one where I could primarily learn from home but that also provided some sort of hands on opportunities. I found the right fit at East West School of Planetary Herbology. I am so grateful to Michael for his experience and wisdom but also for his vision for the future of herbal medicine. I am grateful to all of the instructors and their varied personalities and teaching styles, who at the yearly seminars have broadened and strengthened my knowledge and made me a better herbalist. While I am giving thanks… I want to give a shout out to my fellow students who have been the biggest blessing with encouragement, and sometimes down right lifesaving wisdom, what a joy to be on this journey with you. Last but not least to my Creator God, your love and creativity astounds me every day!
I love every minute of being out in nature, whether in the woods picking mushrooms and tending our woodland gardens, or in the garden with our many healing herbs and foods, it gives me great joy and peace. For the rest of my life, as I continue to learn more about the plants, I will share that ancient knowledge with others through free classes at the local library or through consultations, classes and hands-on workshops at Shiloh Woods Natural Healing Center. I am so excited as I step into this next season of my life.