Kat Maier RH, (AHG) is the founder and director of Sacred Plant Traditions, a center for herbal studies in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of her greatest accomplishments has been to train many clinical herbalists who have gone onto to begin other schools, apothecaries or open practices. In clinical practice for over 30 years, Kat teaches internationally at universities, conferences, and herbal schools.

She is a visionary organizer of the first Gaia Gatherings, and founding member of Botanica Mobile Clinic, a nonprofit dedicated to providing accessible herbal medicine to local communities. This grew out of her school’s free clinic which was one of the first on the east coast and went on to be a template for other schools.


Kat is coauthor of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas and the newly released Energetic Herbalism: A Guide to Sacred Plant Traditions. As a passionate steward of the plants, Kat also served as president of United Plant Savers, and was the recipient of the organization’s first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award.

Gaia 2022 Keynote Speaker: Kat Maier

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