Kelsey Barrett is a western clinical herbalist, organic gardener, and traditional food enthusiast. She believes embracing plants as part of our larger community gives us greater opportunity to reconnect to our health in meaningful ways.
Kelsey initiated her herbal studies on a pilgrimage to France, gathering wisdom from traditional European medicine masters. She expanded her engagement with the plant world through an apprenticeship in organic farming at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, followed by three years of study in Western Herbalism at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, California. She sharpened her herbal application skills in a three-year mentorship with Dr. William Morris in Ding lineage pulse diagnosis as presented by Dr. John HF Shen. Kelsey served as a Director at Ohlone for three years, and on the core faculty team at Ohlone teaching European and clinical herbalism, and pulse and tongue diagnosis. Kelsey's herbal and environmental insights have been published in Vogue, Edible East Bay and GOOD Magazine. She is now based in Ojai and has a private practice across California, counseling students and clients on creating life-changing strategies for wellness.
Prior to her work with plants, Kelsey worked as a designer in the fashion industry for eight years in New York and LA, for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Everlane. Her natural love of and skill in product design informs how she approaches healing work and medicine making, as an act of creating and manifesting beauty.
Kelsey believes that each of us has capacity to receive intuitive and practical wisdom from the natural world for our healing and transformation.