Allies and Influencers

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We’re not the only ones teaching skills and cultivating connection with the Earth. Fortunately, we’ve got lots of friends and allies who also share their talents and inspirations to help move human society back toward balance.

Check out these great organizations and individuals, many of them work with us as guest instructors and collaborators. If you’ve got a suggestions of another project that should be included here, let us know by emailing

Astounding Earth logo for naturalist classes and hike series in Western North Carolina

Legendary local naturalist Luke Cannon cultivates eco-literacy, sense of place and deep nature connection through experiential education and mentoring in his classes and programs through Astounding Earth.

Earth Skills Gathering organization logo

This website promotes earth skills and primitive skills gatherings, events, schools and programs throughout the United States and beyond.

dirt cheap builder logo

Dirt Cheap Builder provides Information and resources to build your own low-cost, earth-friendly, high-efficiency home.  This informative website includes methods, construction articles, and a building school directory.

The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain Logo

The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain is an Earth Sanctuary and Learning Community dedicated to healing the human-earth relationship.  Our educational farm and regenerative sustainability learning center reside on 38 acres in the Piedmont of North Carolina, eight miles west of Chapel Hill.

Forest Floor logo

Forest Floor Wilderness Programs provides the Asheville area with nature-connection mentoring programs designed to reconnect youth and adults with the natural world, while also serving as a hub around which nature-based community can form.

Rancho Mastatal logo

Rancho Mastatal is an education center, working permaculture farm, lodge and community rooted in environmental sustainability, meaningful, place-based livelihoods, and caring relationships. They are located in and on the edge of the last remaining virgin rainforest of Costa Rica’s beautiful Puriscal County.

Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism logo

The Southeast’s oldest herbal studies school, Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism offers holistic health education, career training, complementary care treatments, locally sourced herbal products, and a free library and resource center.  For more than a quarter-century, ASHH has been empowering people from all over the country to heal themselves, their families, communities and the planet.

Blue Ridge School of Holistic Herbalism logo

Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine teaches students to see in a new way, using the vision of traditional cultures from across the globe including Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and native plant medicine. Ultimately that vision is this: Treat the person with the disease, not just the disease the person has.

Chestnut School of Herbal MedicineChestnut School of Herbal Medicine logo

The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine offers several comprehensive online herbal medicine programs, including an Herbal Medicine Making Course, the Herbal Immersion Program, and an herbal Foraging Program.

Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts logo

Founded by a group of accomplished practitioners, Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts strives to help restore the ancient traditions by sharing its clinical experience and passion for Chinese medicine. They offer a Masters Degree in Chinese Medical Arts, as well as a low-cost student clinic in Asheville.

One Willow Apothecaries logo

One Willow Apothecaries is a gathering place for Earth-nourished healing, handcrafted medicine and alchemical gateways of education. Offering classes and consultations in intuitive herbalism, healing consciousness and Earth magic, One Willow Apothecaries is founded on a deep belief in the multidimensionality of medicine.

yummy yards logo

Offering full-service landscape and design solutions for anyone who wants to incorporate edibles and beauty into their garden, yard, or commercial property. Working with schools, individuals, and businesses, Yummy Yards is a permaculture-based company.

Edible Yard & Garden logo

EYG Landscapes (aka Edible Yard & Garden) designs and installs low-maintenance edible landscapes and rainwater harvesting systems. It incorporates fruit trees, berry bushes, perennial vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, cut flowers, pollinator plants and butterfly gardens. It has bases in Asheville, NC, and Decatur, GA, and thus works on projects all over North Georgia and WNC.

Eric Bell, ArboristEric Bell arborist in a tree with his baby

Eric is an arborist in the Asheville, NC area and a local consultant for tree removal, pruning and maintenance.  Additionally, he has a portable saw mill and can locally mill lumber.  Please email him at or call (828) 318-6385.


Mountain GardensJoe Hollis Mountain Gardens

Mountain Gardens is a botanical garden featuring the largest collection of native Appalachian and Chinese medicinal herbs in the Eastern US, organically grown at the foot of the Black Mountains in Western North Carolina. It offers for sale: seeds, plants, fresh and dried herb material, tinctures, and other preparations.


Useful Plants Nursery

Useful plants nursery Chuck and Debbie

Useful Plants Nursery is a permaculture-based nursery specializing in useful, phytonutritional, food and medicine plants well-adapted to the Southern Appalachian mountains and surrounding bioregions. Its plants are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides at its nursery located at Earthaven Ecovillage.