I’m a western clinical herbalist, organic gardener, and traditional food enthusiast. I believes in using, tasting, smelling, growing and embracing plants as part of our larger community gives us greater opportunity to reconnect to our health in meaningful ways. 

I initiated my herbal studies on a pilgrimage to France, gathering wisdom from traditional European medicine masters.

I expanded my engagement with the plant world through an apprenticeship in organic farming at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, followed by three years of study in Western Herbalism at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, California. I sharpened my herbal application skills in a three-year mentorship with Dr. William Morris in Ding lineage pulse diagnosis as presented by Dr. John HF Shen. I served as a Director at Ohlone for three years on programing and operations, on core faculty at Ohlone teaching European and clinical herbalism, and pulse and tongue diagnosis.  I’m not on core faculty at the Scarlet Sage School of Traditional Healing Arts. My herbal and environmental insights have been published in Vogue, Edible East Bay and GOOD Magazine. I’m now based in San Diego and have a private practice across California, counseling students and clients on creating life-changing strategies for wellness. 

Prior to my work with plants, I worked as a designer in the fashion industry for eight years in New York and LA, for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Everlane. My natural love of and skill in product design informs how I approach healing work and medicine making, as an act of creating and manifesting beauty.

Julia Graves

Julia Graves

Dr. William Morris

Dr. William Morris

I believe that each of us has capacity to receive intuitive and practical wisdom from the natural world for our healing and transformation.