Sydney Batson, Herbal Associate

Sydney is a graduate of Sacred Plant Traditions’ community herbalist training program. She holds a BA in religious studies from the University of Virginia and is particularly interested in studying the healing practices found in ancient Hindu and Buddhist texts. She is also a certified Reiki 2 practitioner in the Holy Fire tradition. She is interested in how the spirit and plant world intertwine and working within these realms to help people sustain better health and happiness.

“I am so thrilled that my path has led me to hear the call of the plants and study herbal medicine here in Charlottesville. I am committed to the life-long exploration of all the ways in which herbs can help us heal on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. I strive to practice herbalism with a holistic, preventative, and energetic approach.

I began working as an apprentice at the Elderberry in 2015 and since then have developed a deep love for this space and all that these women do in the community. They work from a place of passion, intelligence, and most importantly, love. I am honored to be a part of this inspiring group of students, teachers, and healers.”