An integrative approach to healing ourselves and our world: honoring people, plants, planet

Early Spring Ephemerals at The Pocket: Virginia Bluebells, Spicebush, Dutchman’s Breeches, Bloodroot.

At Crabtree Farms, Chattanooga’s community-focused, urban, sustainable agriculture farm.

Feb 4th, 1pm-4pm, $40

Step into the new year with the clarity of eating from a place of mindfulness and balance. Holli Richey, Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and a psychotherapist practicing in Chattanooga, will guide participants through an afternoon of learning more heart-fully the art of eating from a conscious place.

This workshop will combine tangible ways in which to eat more mindfully, while also engaging in a serene and centering group eating experience.

Holli was a creator and facilitator of a year-long mindful eating program at Center for Integrative Medicine. This workshop will be an experiential, condensed version with lots of applicable tools to nurture a balanced practice of eating forever.

Why Wilderness?

Tellico Wild reconnects people with the wilderness.

In August 2015, Tennessee’s Wildside adventured into the Tennessee Citico Wilderness to film naturalists and people seeking a day of reconnecting with their wild side. Bill and Laura Hodge organized the event, sponsored by Wild South and SAWS. I was honored to have Tennessee Wildside come along to film the edible and medicinal plant hike I led to Fall Branch Falls. This is one of my favorite areas in East Tennessee’s Wilderness region. Medicinal plants abound right at the trailhead and throughout the entire hike. In August, it is a cool, moist day in the 70s, a refuge in the southern heat.

It’s winter now as I post this, but at the end of February, the earliest of spring ephemeral wildflowers will soon emerge. Once the days start getting longer after the winter solstice, I’m already dreaming of spring wildflowers. I post this now to remind us of the beauty to come, and urge people to get out and enjoy our precious wilderness areas in 2017. I’ll be leading some edible and medicinal hikes this year. Stay tuned!

And PLEASE! contact TN Congressman Chuck Fleischmann to tell him to sign the Tennessee Wilderness Act. It takes an act of congress to protect Wilderness forever, which is a forever “thank you” to those who made it happen. Wilderness is where you can lose your urban worries, and find the wild heartbeat in your soul. Don’t you think we need that right now?

To watch the 5 minute video on Tellico Wild, including some of my hike, click this link:

I hope you make it out into the wilderness this year. You can be transformed in just one hike.


mortar & pestle, 1920 materia medica book

My mortar & pestle, and a 1920 Domestic Medical Practice text. This book contains a materia medica, which are the materials of medicine. In 1920 there were mostly herbs.

What a way to begin the New Year!  I will be offering a FULL BLEND of holistic psychotherapy consisting of psychotherapy plus herbal medicine at the Chattanooga Center for Mind-Body Therapy. This is very exciting because I will have my full herbal apothecary on-site to formulate and blend personalized medicinal formulas for clients when appropriate to help support healing. Herbal medicine can be a valuable help to ease emotional, mental and physical stress, which can be included in a person’s pharmaceutical regimen without conflicting with the meds. I’m always happy to work with a client’s psychiatrist and primary care provider to ensure safety, efficacy and best standard of care.

I will continue to provide Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and EMDR treatment, and will soon provide classes and groups at the new location. Stay tuned for classes, groups, and plant walks by subscribing to blog.

Chattanooga Center for Mind-Body Therapy is located in the same building as Nutrition World on Lee HWY near the HWY 153 intersection. 6245 Vance Road, Suite 109, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Call (423)244-5918 to schedule an appointment.

Plus, I will still be at Erlanger’s Southside Community Health Center at least two days a week to provide psychotherapy for clients with Medicare, TNCare and TriCare, (423)778-2700.

I look forward to seeing you!



Join me for an edible & medicinal wildflower walk at North Chick Creek near Ivy Academy, April 16th, 10:30 am. We will caravan from Ivy Academy. $5 per person/$10 per family. For more information go to Cumberland Trail’s Facebook Page and The Friends of the Cumberland Trail website.

Standing at the base of Fall Branch Falls in the Citico Creek Wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest with a young naturalist. Photo by Pat Byington, 2014.

Standing at the base of Fall Branch Falls in the Citico Creek Wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest with a young naturalist. Photo by Pat Byington, 2014.

Looking for some exploration in our big backyard? TN Wild is hosting the Tellico Wild Festival in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with lots of fun, nature-loving things to do Friday, July 31st – Sunday, August 2nd. I’ll be leading an Edible and Medicinal Plants Walk on Saturday. The Edible/Medicinal Hike is currently full with a waitlist, but there are many great hikes, boating adventures, and learning events going on throughout the weekend. This is the place to cool off in the heat of high summer, while also supporting the coolest regional land conservation group around. TN Wild advocates for the passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander, which increases the Wilderness designation of land already held by the National Forest Service. The Poster for TN Wild’s Tellico Wild event. And detailed list of events each day of Tellico Wild Festival. 

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