Deborah Lee Ph.D. NLP, FEP

Holistic Health Practitioner and Educator



Working as a wilderness trip leader and director in the mid 1970’s – 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 w/holistic path instead. The first step began with a Chinese Acupuncturist. Very soon the path became to 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; yoga; meditation; daily walking or hiking 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 psychology education and a counseling background, with a passion for environmental health and nutrition. It’s been a wonderful, healthy adventure.

 Since that diagnosis (and before) I’ve studied mind/body health extensively and have given over 4,500 classes and programs through-out the US and Europe. As both a Holistic Health Practitioner and Educator, I love to share my understanding of how to be healthy by nurturing the body, the mind and the spirit. My classes and workshops are joy-filled. Come, share my passion for radiant health, and (of course) for Nature.

 When I am not leading classes, seeing clients, or forcing myself to work on the computer; you will probably find me gleefully working in the gardens at Four Winds Farm, hiking, cycling or enjoying life with people I love.



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 restructuring).

Deborah is Past President of Illinois Herb Association and the Muddy River Herb Guild, member of International Herb Association, 6-year Board Member of Illinois Specialty Growers Association (part of the Illinois Farm Bureau); and a 15 year University of Illinois Master Gardener.

She is available year-round for speaking engagements and workshops. She presents a variety of programs on medicinal, culinary and wild edible herbs.

Deborah’s specialty is Holistic Health and Herbs: Medicinal, Culinary and Wild Edible and Heritage. She uses both medicinal and culinary herbs every day including herbal beverages and teas, herbs in food, essential oils, flower essences, tinctures and capsules, herbal soap, toothpaste, salves and more. Health is Deborah’s lifestyle and herbs are a constant habit.
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.
Deborah’s intent is to help empower people to take charge of their health and learn about herbs…from the ground up.






We and the Earth are One.
When we heal ourselves, we heal the Planet.

~ D. Lee

Links & Associations

Body Mind Spirit – Wellness Center at 1704 N. 24th Street, Quincy

Tri-State Local Foods Network –  FWF (and me) is part of this group and I have a page on the website

Terripin Farms – They rent 4 acres from me and grow organic vegetables for 2 CSA groups (community supported agriculture); plus 2 farmers markets and restaurants: Quincy and O’Fallon. Brad and Jessica Whiston

ISGA– Illinois Specialty Growers Association. Illinois Herb Association and other Specialty Growers

Illinois Master Gardeners – U of I site for Master Gardener and Gardening Info

International Herb Association – Member

FES Flowers – the business side of the educational organization below

Flower Essence Society – I’m listed on this site as a Flower Essence Practitioner. This site is listed on the above one; but this link allows quicker access to practitioners.

Transition Quincy –  Charter (active) member of this community organization

Gem City Toastmasters – Active member of this Quincy area public speaking group.