Jon Oleson

Jon Oleson

Western Herbalist (CH), Flower Essence Clinician, Plant Communication Guide

Contact: [email protected]

Consultation status: accepting new clients, email for appointment, herb counter consults

Potential Classes: Plant Spirit Communication, Herbal Energetics, Flower Essences (intro and advanced/clinical)

Participates in the 50% off first visit for HAALo Angelica and Lotus Annual Memberships.

I started down my current path following a spiritual healing crisis. After graduating college (BA) in Middle East Studies and Arabic, I found lucrative employment with the National Security Agency (NSA) as a translator. The final two years of this post-collegiate endeavor was spent in and out of Iraq, where I worked as a private contract interpreter for US liaisons on military bases. One day I reached a breaking point. My heart hurt. I met depression for the first time in my life. I was mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausted. Time was ripe for change.

In my younger years I spent much of my free time in the Great Outdoors. Many weekends were spent hunting ducks in the marshes, stalking the autumn woods for deer, or floating down a river with fly rod in hand. I am grateful to my father for the appreciation he taught for just being immersed in wild places. My most vivid memories still are the scent of the desert Sagebrush after a rain, sweet pine resin floating on the crisp fall breeze, and the scent of marsh mud bubbling beneath my boots.

That connection early on was transformative in my curiosities and passions later in life. When I made the decision to leave my former career it was clear to me that my new vocation needed to be a personal passion. Remembering that clarity and calm that I always felt amongst the plants, and my persistent curiosity for getting to know my local plant community, I left my home in Salt Lake City to study Clinical Herbalism at the North American Institute for Medical Herbalism (Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism) in Boulder, Colorado.

Two years later, my life was completely transformed. My diet transitioned from vegan to paleo-ish. I experienced profound physical and emotional healing. Life was (and continues to be) exciting, inspiring, and purposeful. Most of all, I gained a broader linguistic perspective and expanded my community to include all beings. Having studied language I realized that the way plants heal is through interpersonal communication. In our culture this often happens on a subconscious level since we’re not given tools to interact. Acting as an interpreter I began working to reconnect my human community with the plant allies by focusing on the heart as a primary mode of consciousness. This role fills me with deep love and passion, and I’ve come to view it as a spiritual purpose in life.

When I’m not romping through the wilds like a forest elf or clambering down sinuous slot canyons, you may find me carving the bowl at the neighborhood skate park, shaking my booty to the local beats, crafting herbal medicine for my peeps, or dancing up a cliff side. Rock climbing continues to be one of my greatest passions outside of the wide world of plants.

Articles by Jon:

Embracing the Darkness

The Mechanics of Plant Communication

Yarrow: first aid ally

Tips for Harvesting Yerba Santa

The Way of the Kitchen Witch