Staff at Moonrise

Staff at Moonrise

The Moonrise Herbs family is comprised of very knowledgeable and fun people!  Here's a little tidbit about each of our staff members:

 

 

Irene

                                             Irene Lewis, Herbalist & Proprietor

Irene was sparked into herbalism when she was taking classes on natural resources at Columbia J.R. College, located in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in 1987. When her teacher would casually mention some of the uses of plants by the local Native Americans while the class was out in the field studying, Irene was intrigued.

She began reading books, and taking classes on herbalism and aromatherapy. Irene has become a sponge that is never fully saturated. She has spent more than 20 years soaking up all the information she can about wild weeds, natural healing and aromatherapy.

In 1990 she founded a business known as Irene’s Dream Simply Herbal. She created herbal soaps, lotions, salves and creams under her own label and also as private labels, for other companies. Her products have sold nationwide. They have also traveled the globe, and Irene has vicariously traveled along with them.

Moonrise Herbs was one of the first stores to carry Irene’s products. In 1997 Irene became a staff herbalist at Moonrise and worked two days a week sharing her knowledge and teaching classes on a variety of subjects.

In 2004 Irene became the proprietor of Moonrise Herbs. She still teaches classes and is available for private consultations. Irene also still finds the time to create and sell her well-loved comfrey balm.

Raquel

Raquel

Raquel Nelson, General Manager/Web Manager/Buyer

Raquel began her herbal journey relatively late in life. She has had a lifelong interest in the natural modalities of healing but it in 2008, she had the marvelous good fortune to attain the assistant bookkeeper position here at Moonrise Herbs and there began her herbal education in earnest.

Formally, she has taken Jane Bothwell’s Beginning with Herbs and graduated from Jane’s 10-Month Herbal Intensive in 2010 and was blessed to have been able to work with Jane at Dandelion Herbal Center for over a decade. Since her initial herbal courses, she has had the great fortune to take classes and workshops with a myriad of noted herbalists, including Rosemary Gladstar, Mindy Green, Pam Montgomery, Karen Uphoff and Kevin Spelman...and more!

Informally, she views every single day as an opportunity to learn more and more about herbs, formulations, nutrition and energetic healing…just to name a few. She is so thankful for every Moonrise customer for asking all those wonderful and challenging questions that continue to further this great journey of knowledge!

Raquel has lived in
Humboldt County almost her whole life and couldn’t ask for a better place to call home! She spends her tiny slice of free time with her partner, Mike, playing with her cats, Mer & Dax, and reading as much as she can.  .

 

 

Kody

Kody

Kody Hilton, Herbalist/Customer Service

Kody’s first role as a healer was working with animals. From a very young age, she knew this was her calling. After college, Kody enrolled in a Veterinary Technology program and received her certificate as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2005. Over the years, she has worked with many different types of animals in the veterinary setting, ranging from domestics, exotics and wildlife.  One of her favorite experiences was working at Animalkind Holistic Veterinary Clinic, where herbs were a primary focus.

Fast forward many years and her deep plant journey began when she moved to Humboldt County from the San Francisco Bay Area. All of a sudden she could walk out the front door and be surrounded by medicinal plants! Kody was hooked and began learning as much as she could, making medicine and immersing herself in this new exciting world!

In 2013, she decided it was time for some formal education and enrolled at Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine to complete an Intensive Herbal Energetics Program. That was followed by classes with Jane Bothwell of the Dandelion Herbal Center and Jon Carlson with The Vitalist School. Currently, Kody is attending a course called Body Systems at the California School of Herbal Studies and considers herself an eternal student- always listening to what the plants have to share!

 

In between all this learning, Kody enjoys sharing her knowledge through personal conversations while vending, community based workshops and plant walks. She continually makes medicines for the Rising Light Botanicals product line, which will soon be expanding to include a line dedicated to the needs of our animal companions. This combines her two deepest passions - herbalism and animal well-being!  It is a pleasure to do this work and she feel blessed to be chosen by the plants to share their medicine with you.

 

 

Arika

                                                                      Arika Schroeder, Herbalist/Customer Service Specialist

Arika began walking the path of plants around 2014 when she became aware of Jane Bothwell & Dandelion Herbal Center.  Since then, she has participated in the Beginning with Herbs program, the 10-Month Herbal Studies Program and the Herbal Clinic course, as well as the Shamanic Herbalism program.  From 2016 - present, she has assisted Jane in many of her herbal programs. 

When she is not studying, Arika enjoys spending her time with her magical wolf Tracker. Spending conscientious and intentional moments with friends and family, soaking up as much sun as possible, sharing space with the natural world, cooking delicious meals, and simply enjoying being alive. 

With a great deal of focus on the human being living an actualized and well life, she loves to serve her community, friends, and family and is honored to be part of the Moonrise team! 

 

Heather

HeatherHeather Jackson, Customer Service Specialist

After moving to the area to further her studies in Psychology & Botany at Humboldt State, Heather joined us here at Moonrise in the summer of 2021.  Her passion for healing was inspired by her grandparents who worked in midwifery, homeopathy and nursing and her own love of natural ways was reignited later on when she herself experienced seizures and other medical issues.  Heather brings a lot of knowledge and experience working with supplements and has previous study in Nutrition & Dietetics and Holistic Health from Ventura College.  She hopes to be able to help and inspire others in their own journeys of healing. 

Alex

alex ammonAlex Ammon, Herbalist/Customer Service Specialist

Alex has been studying herbs since 2014 when she began attending Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. During her time there, she immersed herself into a plethora of massage modalities, energetic healing techniques, and the wonderful world of plants.  Through herb walks and online classes, Alex continues to learn from clients, friends, herbalists and everyone who comes into Moonrise!

In her free time, Alex is dancing, hiking in the redwoods, cooking for her friends & family, or traveling.  Her sweet pup accompanies her most places and she is so grateful for the experiences she has had to get her to this very present moment.

 

 

Ava

Raquel

Ava Guillen, Herbalist/Botanist/Customer Service

Ava started walking the plant path when she made the commitment to Cal Poly Humboldt as a botany major back in 2019. In attempts to bridge two realms of plant knowledge together, she started studying herbalism in 2020 where her studies took her through a variety of courses such as Sajah Popham’s Alchemical Herbalism and Sarah Wu’s Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path. Born an earth sign, she feels it’s her life’s purpose to be a student of the earth and to continue exploring the deep wisdom this planet has to offer. 

 

Today she is delighted to be part of the Moonrise Herbs family and to connect her community with the magical and fascinating world of herbal allies. Outside of Moonrise you may find her surfing, playing music, geeking out over all things nature (especially over small beings like lichens and mosses) or reading a book alongside her black cat, Isis. 

 

 

Jess Meadow

jess meadowJess Meadow, Herbalist/Customer Service

Jess is passionate about holistic living and medicine as a pathway to create a world rooted in an ethic of care that prioritizes health, nourishment, vitality, and balance.  She developed her relationship with plants through living closely to the earth, exploration and studying Ayurvedic medicine at the Ayurvedic Living School. Jess is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner that had the privilege to study herbalism with KP Khalsa, the president of the American Herbalist Guild and director of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Jess is a mother, heart dancer, willow basket weaver, and founder of Living Rhythm.  You can follow her on Instagrams @livingrhythm and check out her offerings at livingrhythm.net

 

 

Ilea

IleaIlea Woods, Bookkeeper

Ilea came to Moonrise Herbs not only with a B.S. in Business Accounting with an Art History minor, but also as a life-long student of the arts, and with a wealth of knowledge of alternative healing.  She loves stones and crystals, reiki, sound healing, and more!  An ardent photographer, Ilea is rarely seen without her camera. 

Though not seen often on the sales floor, she is a central figure to the Moonrise Herbs family, and has the uncanny ability to stay calm in almost any situation; considering the frustrations most people have balancing their checkbooks, we here at Moonrise admire her ability to wade through all that never-ending paperwork and still stay sane!  Truth be told, we're not sure she's not a patient deity sent down to teach us by example.  ;-)