May 16, 2012 listen here
Ellen and I will be exploring the world of herbalism. In the modern world most people know only the culinary uses of herbs, but they are much more. The use of herbs as medicinal and magical helpers can be traced back to pre-history. Not only is Ellen a member of the American Herbalists Guild, she is also a Druid, and knows and teaches about the energetic ways that we can interact both with herbs and trees and other plants. Please call in and join us with questions.
Hopman is the author of a number of books and has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and has presented on Druidism, herbal lore, tree lore, Paganism and magic at conferences, festivals, and events in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and in the United States.
She has participated in numerous radio and television programs including National Public Radio’s “Vox Pop” and the Gary Null show in New York.
She presented a weekly “herb report” for WRSI radio out of Greenfield, MA for over a year and was a featured subject in a documentary about Druids on A&E Television’s;
“The Unexplained” (Secret Societies, February 1999).
She is a Master Herbalist and lay Homeopath who holds an
M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling and is a founding member of The Order of the White Oak (Ord Na Darach Gile, www.whiteoakdruids.org) and its former Co-Chief, a Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri, and a Druidess of the Druid Clan of Dana.
She was Vice President of The Henge of Keltria, an international Druid Fellowship, for nine years and has been at times a member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF).
Ellen Evert Hopman is a voice for Herbalists and Druids in modern society and is the author of a growing number of books.
Her first novel, Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey (Llewellyn, February 2008), was an exciting new project for her, combining a heart-warming fictional romance with practical Druid rites and rituals. The sequel is called The Druid Isle (Llewellyn, April 2010). The third book in the series is; Priestess of the Fire Temple: A Druid’s Tale (Llewellyn, March, 2012).
Her newest herbal is Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore (Pendraig Publishing, June, 2011)
Other books include;
A Druid’s Herbal for Sacred Tree Medicine (InnerTraditions – Bear and Company, June 2008)
Being a Pagan: Druids, Wiccans, and Witches Today
(Destiny Books, 2001),
Walking the World in Wonder – A Children’s Herbal
(Healing Arts Press, 2000),
A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year (Destiny
People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out (Inner
Traditions, 1995, currently out of print) and
Tree Medicine-Tree Magic (Phoenix Publishing, Inc., 1992, currently out of print)
She has also released video tapes and DVDs on the subjects covered in her books through Sawmill River Productions. See clips of her videos, her books and DVD’s, her blog and store at www.elleneverthopman.com