HOLISTIC HEALING NIGHT.
WITH HILLARY BRANOFF & HEATHER THURBER.
ABOUT HILLARY. Hillary is a Certified Massage Practitioner and Ayurvedic Body Therapy Specialist. She is also a Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Born in 1975, Hillary suffered from ill health from birth as the result of being raised on processed and fast foods. At the age of twelve she became interested in the correlation between the food she ate and her health. Using nutrition, Yoga, and Ayurveda, Hillary eventually cured herself and commenced her formal training in Ayurvedic body and lifestyle care. She completed the Ayurvedic Body Therapy programs at the California College of Ayurveda in 2010 and Massage Technician Training at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in 2011. In 2001 she completed both Yoga Teacher Training and Traditional Thai Massage Training. Hillary is most passionate about soothing the nervous system with Ayurvedic body therapies as well as the transformational detoxification process of Pancha Karma, advocating self-love through nourishing foods, rest, nature, and laughter.
Our Herstory. When asked to describe Hillary I think of pure light. She is joy walking, a childlike vision of youth, exuberance, and health, a walking billboard for her services. You see her & think, "I wanna feel like THAT." I met Hillary first in the hot springs Guadalupe Canyon, and then went to her in the canyon of Topanga, for deep Ayurvedic Healing which transformed the way I ate and my relationship to food and my body. I suppose Hillary & I meant to connect in canyons, for now I offer her to you from the red rock canyons of New Mexico. Like many women aligned with the earth, I have a chronic disease, which leads me to seek out some pretty miraculous healers. The earth is sick, so why wouldn't we be, and asked to heal ourselves as we heal her? Sickness has been my invitation to a deeper more nurturing relationship with my body, and Hillary was my guide. Her joy & love for humanity is infectious, the good kind of infection, the kind that heals. We'll talk herstory, your dosha type & what it means, aligning holistically with the seasons, how to love & listen to your beautiful body, holistic nutrition & honoring food as medicine, & why that lifestyle choice is life-changing.
ABOUT HEATHER. Heather Thurber is a 20 year traditionally trained herbalist, medical aromatherapist, organic farmer and Kripaulu-trained Ayurveda practitioner. Working with women and children since 1994, Heather's healing mission is "to educate and inspire optimal life fulfillment and fundamentally transform lives in which individuals consciously utilize and tune to their inborn abilities to heal and live in balance". Heather offers plant medicine consults, Ayurveda bodywork services and gardening mentoring at her farm on Martha's Vineyard.
Our Herstory. On my home, the sacred of island of Martha's Vineyard, I had heard a lot about the magical natural healing ways of Heather Thurber. I saw the sign for her land, Breezy Pines Farm, every morning during my walks at Sepiessa Point, the sweet water in the woods. Finally riddled with Lyme, I army crawled my way into her studio and entered the womb of her dark healer's room and fell into her deep ancient practice. I was sold. She has since taught gemstone & herbal medicine at our Waking the Wild Woman Gathering, and continues to heal her community day by day, and when she's not doing that she's healing herself by being knee deep in her garden, where she feels most at home. We'll talk to Heather about the vital work of a community healer, her path & purpose, continuing the ancient lineage of medicine women in the modern world, which herbs & gems heal which ailments, plus your questions.