Working as a wilderness trip leader and director in the mid 1970’s through the early 80’s, I realized that a clean, healthy global environment must begin with personal health (mental, physical, and spiritual). In the late 1980’s while in Northern Virginia, I faced a life-threatening health problem. Allopathic doctors said I needed a liver transplant to stay alive. Prayer and Inner Wisdom, however, led me to choose a holistic path instead. The first step began with a Chinese Acupuncturist. Very soon the path became a life-long journey involving numerous natural health practitioners and teachers. Extensive help came from medicinal herbs (including many wild edible plants); a vegan, plant-based diet; daily yoga; meditation; regular hiking or biking outdoors; and much more. Also, one very special Naturopath in Arkansas for 30 years and counting! The winding trek led me to refine my career goals. I combined my psychology education and counseling background, with a passion for environmental health and nutrition. Life has been a wonderful, healthy adventure.
Since that early diagnosis (and before) I have studied mind/body health extensively. Plus specialized in herbs: medicinal, culinary and wild edible. I use daily: fresh, dried, in tinctures, salves, capsules, soap, toothpaste and more. Also essential oils and flower essences. Health is my lifestyle and herbs are a constant habit.
As the owner of Four Winds Farm and as a Holistic Health Practitioner, I am often leading classes or events, seeing clients, or forcing myself to work on the computer. Otherwise, you will probably find me gleefully working in the gardens at the farm, hiking, cycling or enjoying life with people I love.
Her Qualifications and Associations
Deborah has a Ph.D. in Nutrition, Masters in Environmental Education and, a Bachelors in Psychology. She is a licensed, ordained Minister; a certified Flower Essence Practitioner with the Flower Essences Society and a certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (a form of cognitive re-structuring).
Past President of Illinois Herb Association and 8-year Board Member of Illinois Specialty Growers Association (part of the Illinois Farm Bureau); Deborah is a member of International Herb Association, 20-year University of Illinois Master Gardener and former president of the Muddy River Herb Guild.
Deborah has given over 4,500 classes and programs throughout the US and Europe on topics of Natural Health. As both a Holistic Health Practitioner and Educator, she loves to share her understanding of how to be healthy by nurturing the body, the mind, and the spirit.
Her classes and workshops are joy-filled. Whether at Four Winds Farm or conferences, Deborah’s intent is to help empower people to take charge of their health…from the ground up. Come share her passion for radiant health and Nature.
Current Classes and Events
Deborah is available year-round for speaking engagements and workshops. She presents a variety of programs including medicinal, culinary, and wild edible herbs.
We invite you to share her passion for health. Our Calendar of Events page lists the programs Deborah will offer, both at Four Winds Farm and beyond. Classes at the farm offer participants a chance to get out in the gardens, identify and collect herbs and vegetables, then work closely with a small group of people to use them in various preparations to either eat or take home.