Sage L. Maurer is an independent practitioner and teacher of folk herbal healing, plant spirit medicine, earth-centered spirituality, deep ecology, and ethnobotany.In 2001, Sage founded The Gaia School of Healing in New England, and has trained hundreds of apprentices over the past 17 years. She currently lives and teaches in Westminster, VT surrounded by singing white pines and stinging nettles.
Sage’s journey with plant spirits began in childhood, reconnecting to ancient traditions of sacred plant use in pagan Europe, and folk traditions of earth worship and ceremony. The school began with free classes on Celtic sacred plant use and magical herbalism, infused with Sage’s plant spirit guides from her home garden.
Learning primarily from the plants directly, Sage has explored both sacred and medicinal uses of plants over the past 20 years. She was also formally trained and certified in traditional Western herbal medicine at The Blazing Star Herbal School and at The Boston School of Herbal Energetics. She has taken much inspiration and wonderful teachings from herbalists including Rosemary Gladstar, Susan Weed, Anne McIntyre, Rosita Arvigo, Pam Montgomery, Deb Soule, and many others. Sage has been practicing herbal healing and plant spirit medicine for the past 17 years in her community, primarily in the New England area. Through personal journeying and plant spirit work since childhood, she has developed strong relationships with the plants she continues to learn from and use as medicine in her life, teaching, and healing work. For the past two decades Sage has practiced shamanic plant medicine, which she considers the roots of her practice, carrying pagan traditions of earth medicine and magic into herbalism.
In late 2004 Sage moved to Oahu, Hawaii to study anthropology, ethnobotany, and tropical plant medicine. During her time in Hawaii, she experienced the healing power of Hawaii’s medicinal plants and forests, while exploring ethnobotanical histories around the world more deeply. At the University of Hawaii Sage trained for two years with native Hawaiian herbalists, igniting her passion for tropical plant medicine. Sage then went on to study medicinal plants of Central America and the Amazon, spending time over the last 5 years learning from rainforest plants in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Brazil. Though tropical plants continue to call Sage to travel, local plants of New England remain her greatest teachers and guides at home. Sage teaches 9 months of the year from her home base in Vermont, focusing on local New England medicinal plants, as well as cultivated medicinals from Eurasian traditions. Sage also offers plant medicine retreats in Costa Rica during the winter months.
Sage holds a degree in anthropology with a concentration in ethnobotany from The University of Hawaii, and a masters degree in environmental education. She continues to study ethnobotany, deep ecology, and sustainability (both cultural and environmental), as well as learn from the different healing traditions of the world. Sage believes deeply in the protection of the earth, and working against globalization and colonization by Western culture and ideologies.
Trained in The Wise Woman Tradition of herbal healing passed on from our grandmothers, she seeks to help reawaken our ancient memory of healing with plants, and renew our connection to the earth. Sage is devoted to changing the way natural and alternative health care is provided, and honoring the earth-centered traditions around the world. Currently working on a book devoted to the native and medicinal plants of the Northeast, she hopes to renew interest in protecting the wild medicinal plants of her home.
Sage spends the rest of her time following her bliss in Vermont with her partner, beloved dog Nala, and 18 chickens. When she is not teaching or facilitating journeys with plants, you’ll find her submerged in dirt in the garden, covered in clay, or painting in the studio. To contact Sage you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.