Sage L. Maurer is an independent practitioner and teacher of folk herbal healing, plant spirit medicine, earth-centered spirituality, and ethnobotany. In 2001, Sage founded The Gaia School of Healing in New England, and has trained hundreds of apprentices over the past 17 years. She currently lives and teaches in Westminster, VT surrounded by singing white pines and nettles.
Since childhood Sage has developed strong relationships with plants who continue to guide her teaching and healing work. For the past two decades Sage has practiced shamanic plant medicine as the roots of her practice, carrying pagan traditions of earth medicine and magic into herbal healing. Sage's journey with plant spirits began in childhood through reconnecting to ancient traditions of plant use in Europe, woven together with pagan traditions of earth worship and ceremony. The school began with free classes on Celtic sacred plant use, infused with plant spirit medicine from her home garden.
Learning primarily from the plants directly, Sage explores both sacred and medicinal uses of plants around the world. She was also formally trained and certified in traditional Western herbal medicine at The Blazing Star Herbal School and at The Boston School of Herbal Energetics. She has received much inspiration and beautiful teachings from herbalists including Tonya Lemos, Mary Pat Palmer, Rosemary Gladstar, Susan Weed, Anne McIntyre, Rosita Arvigo, Pam Montgomery, Deb Soule, and many others. In late 2004 Sage moved to Oahu, Hawaii to study anthropology, ethnobotany, and tropical plant medicine. During her time on the islands, she experienced the healing power of Hawaii's medicinal plants. At the University of Hawaii Sage trained for two years with native Hawaiian herbalists, igniting her passion for tropical plant medicine. Sage then went on to study medicinal plants of Central America and the Amazon, spending time over the last 5 years learning from rainforest plants in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Brazil. Though tropical plants continue to call Sage to travel, local plants of New England remain her greatest teachers and guides at home. Sage teaches 9 months of the year from her home base in Vermont, focusing on local New England medicinal plants, as well as cultivated medicinals from Eurasian traditions. Sage also offers plant medicine retreats in Costa Rica during the winter months.
Sage holds a degree in anthropology with a concentration in ethnobotany from The University of Hawaii, and a masters degree in environmental education. She continues to study ethnobotany, deep ecology, and sustainability, committed to fighting for social and environmental justice around the world. Sage believes deeply in the protection of the earth, working against globalization and colonization by Western culture and ideologies.
Trained in The Wise Woman Tradition of herbal healing passed on from our grandmothers, she seeks to help reawaken our ancient memory of healing with plants, and renew our connection to the earth. Sage is devoted to changing the way natural and alternative health care is provided, and honoring the earth-centered traditions of the world. Currently working on a book devoted to the native and medicinal plants of the Northeast, she hopes to renew interest in protecting the wild medicinal plants of her home.
Sage spends the rest of her time following her bliss in Vermont with her partner Tracy, beloved dogs, and 18 chickens. When she is not teaching or facilitating journeys with plants, you'll find her submerged in dirt in the garden, covered in clay, or painting in the studio.