Sabina Ibarrola is a green witch and a blossoming herbalist in the Wisewoman tradition. Drawing on her training in herbal medicine and earthspirit wisdom, Sabina is building her teaching and clinical practice, combining a passion for plants and plant medicine with a fierce dedication to collective liberation and helping people love their beautifully diverse bodies. She lives in Austin, Texas.
About my practice:
My spirituality and work as an herbalist are grounded in a deep ecological sense of the web of life, firmly rooted in respect and love for the plants, as well as a belief that healing ourselves is healing our communities is healing the earth.
I work mostly with plants that are local to me, making medicine in my kitchen from what I can grow in my garden or wildcraft in nearby natural areas. I believe that the plants that grow locally and in abundance have the most medicine to offer us (like liver-nourishing dandelion for us stressed-out citydwellers!). I work with both physical and subtle energies of the plants, and often incorporate flower and gemstone essences. I try to meet people where they are at, and I prefer herbal protocols and recipes that are simple and intuitive, easy to make and delicious to take. I offer consultations and workshops that are loving, kind, intuitive, nonjudgmental, and down-to-earth. I believe that our bodies are always already oriented towards healing, and that by working with the plants (and nutrition, and movement, and ritual, and connection…) we can support our smart bodies in being their own good medicine.
My practice is also informed by my experiences as a cultural worker, training in dance and theater, and immigration justice work: all coming together in a passion for body liberation, and a commitment to bringing care and attention to the impacts of oppression on our bodies/hearts/spirits/psyches.
I began studying with my beloved mentor Robin Rose Bennett in 2012. In 2015 I graduated from her three-year apprenticeship within herbal medicine and earthspirit teachings. This apprenticeship prepared and trained me well with skills and knowledge in identifying and wild-crafting medicinal plants, and experience in making herbal preparations for nourishment and healing. Through work/study exchange, I also gained valuable experience assisting Robin Rose with classes, weed walks, and herbal conference presentations. For a year and half, I had the honor of working a monthly sliding-scale herbal clinic with Robin Rose and other apprenticeship graduates at Robert Morrow Family Medical Practice in Riverdale, NY. Since relocating to Central Texas in 2017, it’s been my priority to immerse myself in learning and using bioregional medicinal plants. Through the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine, I’ve engaged in rigorous study of botany for herbalists and advanced plant identification, and in fall 2018 I will continue my studies through their Advanced Clinical Herbcraft program
Additional training includes: 2018 Community Herbcraft program, Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine; 2017 Outdoor Herbal Studies with Ginger Webb, Sacred Journey School of Herbalism; 2017 Wilderness Herbal First Aid certification with Sam Coffman; 2016 Forager’s Apprentice intensive with Eric Kelly of Charm City Farms, Baltimore, MD; 2015 New England Women’s Herbal Conference (workshops with Karyn Sanders, Phyllis Light; assisting with Robin Rose Bennett’s workshops); 2014 Queer Ancestral Healing intensive with Dori Midnight and Atava Garcia Swiecicki.