Abigail Childs

I grew up a free-range child and have, after much self-doubt, accepted that I am also a free-range adult. I spent most of my childhood in forests, fields, or waste-high in chilly New England river water. I’ve pursued a lot of different paths – teacher, gardener, butcher, cook, housekeeper, barista, web designer, writer – but nothing felt entirely true to who and what I was. I had always wanted to learn more about plants, so I started to study herbalism, informally at first and eventually as part of a program. It quickly became clear that herbalism was the perfect synthesis of my love of people, plants, and detective work, and clinical herbalism revealed itself as my calling.

While studying the mind-body connection, I realized how integral movement is in the healing process. I studied at Kripalu in 2021 and received my 200 hour yoga teacher certification. I teach online classes, privately, and at Sruti Yoga Center in Great Barrington, MA.

I’m a graduate of Chestnut Herb‘s Herbal Immersion program and the clinical practitioner programs at Evolutionary Herbalism and Blue Otter School. I studied sociology at MCLA in North Adams, MA and received a BA in education at UMass Amherst. My herbalism practice is a combination of Irish, English, and Northern European healing practices as well as Ayurveda, TCM, and Native American traditions. Both my yoga and herbalism practices seek to honor the individual, the community, and the land, pursuing the healing and regeneration of all three.