Holly Bellebuono, MPA, CH, CPC
Since 1994, Holly has engaged her audiences with themes of personal transformation, purpose, and healing, providing guidance and inspiration for those seeking to improve their lives. Holly teaches about natural health, self-empowerment, creativity, creative business strategy, and the craft of writing.
As a traditional and certified herbalist, speaker, forager, award-winning formulator, apothecary, and writer, Holly is author of several books and an audio CD collection (below). Her next project with Shambhala Publishers will be a recipe book of nourishing herbal foods and drinks, due Spring 2016. Renowned for her warm, personable, and welcoming style, Holly speaks internationally for women's centers, universities, arboreta, libraries, botanical gardens, schools, conferences, and retreat centers. (more below)
Holly operates Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary LLC, a retail and wholesale apothecary on Martha's Vineyard. She has developed, marketed, branded, and sold her 70 original and award-winning plant-based medicines to tens of thousands of customers, including tinctures, salves, oils, powders, salts, and especially teas for which her apothecary is well-known. Her products are available in small stores and clinics around the country as well as in Stop & Shop and Whole Foods Market in New England.
Holly is the director of The Bellebuono School of Herbal Studies, providing training and certification in herbal medicine. Her classes, hands-on workshops, retreats and intensives enrich the student's deeper understanding of natural health and the philosophy of healing both on-line and on-site. The school's focus is herbal formulary--the actions and categories of plants in herbal medicine--and positive self-empowerment.
To document the traditional and indigenous healing practices of women across the world, Holly traveled extensively to interview women healers for her documentary book Women Healers of the World. In her book, she features 31 women from 20 countries and 16 healing traditions. Her book is the first to profile women healers and world healing traditions with rich photography, original watercolor artwork, and in-depth essays, and it is central to a deeper understanding of health care, women's empowerment, health policy, indigenous studies, and botany.
Holly studied with Welsh herbalist David Hoffmann as well as "old-timers" in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina; was a WOOFER (Willing Worker on Organic Farms) in England, Scotland and Ireland; served as Program Director for the non-profit advocacy group Appalachian Voices; and has taught for conferences, camps, universities, colleges, senior centers, hospitals and arboreta. She is a regular contributing writer for Taproot Magazine and Sage Woman Magazine and has been featured or published in Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, MVTV, JUNO British Magazine for Natural Parenting, Wayland Forum TV, Kiwi Organic Parenting Magazine, Appalachian Voice, Edible Vineyard, Well-Wed Magazine, Massage Magazine, Elephant Journal, Carolina Mountain Living, The United Plant Savers Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, NPR stations, Pacifica Radio, Mother Nature Network, PlumTV, and more. She is a member of United Plant Savers, North East Herb Association, and the American Herbalist's Guild.
Holly was awarded the Martha's Vineyard Women's Network Business Owner of the Year Award in 2009 and The Cape Cod SCORE Business Owner of the Year Award in 2015.
Holly travels from Martha's Vineyard where she lives with her husband and two children.
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