289.Armchair to Action, Becoming an Herbalist with Leslie Shalduha-Herb Chat

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Leslie Shalduha. Sassy Lama Apothecary

Leslie Shalduha works and lives in Corvallis. Her experience with herbs is about 20 years. It was a long journey. Many herbalists are unable to pinpoint when she made the transition from an interest in herbs to becoming a herbalist. Her focus is on using herbs and food to support, nourish and strengthen the body, mind, and soil. She teaches how to incorporate them into daily life in a way that feels comfortable and nurturing.

Leslie started her career in the Navy as a server and bartender in high school. She also worked in office work, as well as being a carpenter’s apprentice, carpenter, and secretary in her early years. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Child & Family Studies 2008, she was hired at Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School to work as a lunch lady. She designed and implemented a farm-to-school, organic, and from scratch food service program. Leslie is currently the General Manager of Bellhop Restaurant in Corvallis. She has also worked in management and volunteer positions for a variety non-profit organizations. She worked at a Montessori school in Ohio as well as an early childhood program. She designed and managed a compost and garden program for the children and staff. She also worked closely with Oregon Farm to School. Her passion is to help people find resources that can nourish and sustain them.

Leslie is a self-taught individual. However, she completed 2 years at Vital Ways School for Holistic Herbalism & Clinical Nutrition, Portland. She also took the Foundation Holistic Herbalist class.

Leslie has lived and traveled throughout the United States, except for a few years in Germany. Because she was raised by an Army father and then joined the Navy as a teenager.

Leslie resides in Corvallis, Oregon with her mother and daughter. Sassy Llama Apothecary is her business. She spends her free time in the kitchen, where she loves to cook and use herbs. Or on the road, looking for plants and places that will nourish her soul.

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