Jon Michael Carlson
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Empowering People Though Education and Compassionate Care


At a time when the herb industry in the U.S. is becoming increasingly fad oriented and corporate, the need for self-reliance and socially-environmentally responsible healthcare has become vitally important.

I began teaching classes in wholistic health and herbology in 1998 to offer the community new opportunities for health care, self empowerment, and connection to the natural world. My intention is to be a guide to the human body and our bioregion, as well as to be a resource for both traditional and modern herbal knowledge.

As we gather and prepare edible and medicinal plants together we maintain our contact with the vital life force inherent in our environment and each plant. It is this vitality and sense of connection to all things that keeps us whole and healthy.


Jon Carlson is the Founder and Director of the Vitalist School of Herbology.  His experience as a Teacher, Clinical Herbalist, Ethical Wild-Crafter, & Medicine-Maker spans the past 20 years.  He has served as adjunct faculty at Prescott College, a guest teacher at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, Herb Pharm and the Ashland Charter High School, and offers classes regularly through the North Mountain Nature Center.  Blending traditional practices and modern research perspectives with his expertise of western flora, Jon's mission is to be a community resource and share his medicine, counsel and enthusiasm for medicinal plants.  Jon resides in Ashland, where he wanders the woods, eats weeds, makes medicine, teaches, and sees clients for private consultations.


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I am a Clinical Herbalist, Teacher, & Ethical Wild-Crafter. I offer a variety of classes through my school, The Vitalist School of Herbology, ranging from single day Plant Walks and Introductory Courses to 9 month comprehensive programs in Clinical Herbology. Additionally, I am a community resource for handcrafted herbal medicines and health consultations.
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Presently I am engaged in expanding the scope of my teaching practice to include Advanced Seminars for practicing herbalists and other health practitioners.
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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Anything written by the late herbalist Michael Moore
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
The Tao te Ching
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Chinese Customs

We are having fish heads for lunch today. 


Christine's folks are visiting us from Phoenix, AZ this week and were delighted to have discovered fish heads for sale at the co-op.  Mrs. Yee is from Guangdong, China; though she has spent the last 40 years in the U.S., she still retains a lot of her traditional Chinese ways, such as fish heads!

"I love fish…


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At 6:02pm on February 25, 2010, Kimberly Wagner said…
Hi Jon!
Has your herbology class begun yet? And what day of the week do you meet?
Thanks and blessings!
Amara (Kimberly)
At 10:21pm on October 18, 2009, Savana Rose said…
Hi! Would love to take a plant walk with you sometime!
At 9:52pm on October 6, 2009, Linda Cotrufello said…
You eat weed's amazing that we import supposed super foods when we have them right in our back yard.
At 9:52am on October 6, 2009, Linda Cotrufello said…

Welcome to the Ashland Resource Center.

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-Johnny & Linda
At 7:21pm on October 4, 2009, Laura Marinelli, LMT said…
sure i'll be your 4th friend! and i come with a little sidekick too most of the time. hope you are well, i am liking my shiny new press.

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