Episode 15: Rochelle Eisenberger

Rochelle Eisenberger of Empress Herbs

Rochelle is so rad. She’s an herbalist with a private practice and retail shop and will just wrap you up in her passion for plants and help you to heal.  I met Rochelle while teaching at Everyday Magic and was taken by her warmth and willingness to share about her winding path to owning an herbal medicine bar in downtown Durham, North Carolina.

In this episode, we talk about gentrification, chronic illness, Jesus and fundamentalism, yarrow (praise be to yarrow), and Reiki as spiritual draino. Rochelle shares about the personal experiences that led her to herbalism and how they shaped her beliefs around what healing really is.

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Show Notes

Connect with Rochelle:
Website
Instagram
Facebook

Rochelle’s shop is inside Everyday Magic and next to The Zen Succulent.

Rochelle mentioned the Weston A. Price Foundation and the work of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Learn more about your host Sarah M. Chappell and book an intuitive tarot counseling session here.

Episode 14: Milla Prince

Milla Prince The Woman Who Married a Bear on So You Wanna Be A Witch

Milla Prince of The Woman Who Married A Bear and Fireweed & Nettle Herbals is the witch of my dreams. She’s a fiercely smart and hilarious folk herbalist, activist, and writer who single-handedly changed my life. To be clear, I’ve met only Milla once. But once was enough. Her passion charges through her work and the vulnerability she shares with us as she navigates the joys and struggles of running a business while trying to save the world.

In this episode of So You Wanna Be A Witch we talk about how Milla made me cry, cultural appropriation and the longing of the landless, business plans and the lack thereof, burnout, and salt. Milla speaks honestly about the sticky bits of product-based businesses, alternative economies, and the medicine that she is offering to this world.

If you enjoy this episode, please leave a review on iTunes so more folks can listen to Milla’s message!

Show Notes

Connect with Milla:
Website
Instagram
Facebook

Milla mentioned Bill McKibbin and his book The End of Nature.

She references previous So You Wanna Be A Witch episodes with Amber Magnolia Hill and Asia Suler, as well as my rambling soliloquy. 

Milla and I met at Spirit Weavers in 2016, where she teaches.

Milla shared the work of her friend Ayana Young, who is the founder of the For The Wild non-profit and podcast.

Mugs are the most important thing in this world. Phoebe Wahl designs beautiful enamel mugs that are featured heavily on Milla’s Instagram. #muglife

Do you want to support the production of So You Wanna Be A Witch? I gratefully welcome your donations here.

Learn more about your host Sarah M. Chappell and book an intuitive tarot counseling session here.