THE GAIA CENTER FOR HERBAL STUDIES was founded in 2005 by Mary Light, ND MH LMT . 


Herbal Advisory offered without charge



and during our Monthly Saturday Open Houses,  11- 3.   No Charge for general advisory.  Referrals for Advanced Health Consultations  do carry a fee, for those who wish to receive the professional insight of complex detail for in- depth healing programs.  Professional Advice for herbal medicine usage: dosage, frequency, preparation.

NOTE TO STUDENTS:  Training within our programs and within this clinic is a pathway to fulfill clinical requirements.




GAIA CENTER has a Core Faculty of  teachers, and an Adjunct Faculty of over a dozen teachers, offering a  range of possible teachings in Care for Special Populations, Self Care , Oriental Medicine, Addictions and Trauma, somatics, specialized herbal medicine, and other topics for clinical practice.    We regularly welcome Guest Teachers who have established practices in the community, with long range experience in a variety of healing arts.  Please see more information below about our philosophy for offering teachings, how we choose teachers, and how we work with students to give them the teaching experience we highly value as an educational pathway. 


EDUCATION AND COUNSEL is the 8th Pillar of Natural Medicine and Herbal Medicine Practice.    The School administers a training program to fulfill American Herbalists Guild Registered Herbalist requirements. Gaia Center makes  referrals to other schools and businesses for our successful teachers.  


Mary Light ND,  MH, LMT    has been in clinical private practice for 20 + years as a traditional, classical naturopath,  clinical herbalist and a licensed massage therapist. 

She Founded, directs Ann Arbor School of Herbal Medicine, with MASSAGE THERAPY, TRADITIONAL NATUROPATHY and HERBALIST programs.  She has been in professional private practice since 1994, on the east coast and as of 2005, in Michigan.  Please see a more extensive bio if you want, at https://www.naturopathicschoolofannarbor.net/classes-clinic


CURRENT STAFF ASSISTANTS INCLUDE :  Luann Brennan, Jules Louvus, Elaina Strickland, and Daniela Lopez- and a big thank you to all of them for their committed work, study,  and assistance .



A teacher in our Massage Therapy and Naturopath programs, Carole began her natural medicine studies in 2009.  She currently has a private practice in Plymouth, Michigan, and a core practice with the Shipshewana community in Indiana. Carole teaches various segments in our Core Naturopathy program and in our Holistic Human Biology and Energy Anatomy program, and is a core faculty member in the NSHA MASSAGE THERAPY program.  The mother of 3 grown daughters and an avid world traveler, as well as the recent proprietor of an organic farm ,   she pursues continuing education in many healing arts subjects, including herbal studies and energy medicine.  Carole completed both the ND and Massage Therapy program within our School.


ROWENA CONAHAN, Herbalist and LMT, Founder, Nature Learning Community   GUEST TEACHER     Rowena Conahan has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and is a certified Montessori teacher and professional storyteller. She has attended Tom Brown’s Tracker School in New Jersey, and Wilderness Awareness School’s Art of Mentoring class and Kamana Naturalist Training program. During the last eight years, Rowena has taught nature classes, and has helped groups of volunteers to build three hand-built shelters. She leads edible and medicinal plant walks through the Washtenaw County Park System and Gaia Center.  The founder of Nature Learning Community, Rowena  leads classes, coordinates community business and events and serves on the board of directors.  She teaches in our Massage Therapy and Herbal Medicine  departments





Tricia is a 2012 graduate of NSHA, and owner of Mama Nature's Apothecary in Warren, a family centered herbal consultant service.  Among her regular teachings in the Warren area is a workshop called "The Wisdom of the Elders", about the fine uses of elderberry and elder flower.  While continuing to pursue further education in the herbal medicine field, she teaches various herbal and naturopathy segments in our programs, and while not busy with a natural health career, she enjoys time with her husband, daughter and son, and wolf dog in nature. 



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