About

La Loba Earth Medicine

 …is the result of many years of exploration and friendship between Kristen Dorsey and the local plants of the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachia. Kristen is a practicing herbalist who walks the path of shamanism. Kristen is the primary instructor for the La Loba herbal education series at the North American Bushcraft School. Kristen built the La Loba Community Apothecary as a labor of love over many years. She has been studying shamanism and plant medicine since the 1980s. 

La Loba Community Apothecary

…is maintained by Kristen Dorsey and Sera Drevenak of the North American Bushcraft School (NABS). Kristen & Sera make the Apothecary medicines and have an herbal apothecary of over 200 herbs, tinctures, and oils. This community apothecary is located at the NABS and is part of the education program offered there.  Kristen wild harvests many of the herbs for the apothecary with the assistance of students and NABS staff.

Kristen has attended over 120 hours of core and advanced shamanism training programs with Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS) and is a graduate of the 126-hour Advanced Shamanic Training Program “Next Steps” offered by FSS staff Dana & Shana Robinson of Shaman Tracks. She continues her study of shamanism by working with her own Guides and by working directly with Peruvian shamans several times per year.

 Kristen is a graduate of the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine and holds certificates in medicinal herbalism and herbal apothecary. Kristen continues her herbalism training by studying under many of the great herbalists of the day. Kristen has also completed a 1 yr aromatherapy course of study with the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Kristen is a member of the American Herbalists Guild.

Cultural Anthropology is the scientific study of human beings as social organisms interacting with each other in their environment, and cultural aspects of life. Kristen has recently returned to school to complete her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and hopes to obtain her graduate degree in Ethnobotany.

Kristen is also an artist and creates hand-painted drums and wearable art that honors Spirits, Teachers, and Guides. Her art studio is based in Wilmington, NC where she lives when she is not teaching at NABS. You can see samples of her art on the ART tab on this website, and also on her Facebook page “She-Wolf, La Loba” art from Nature.