Gail Faith Edwards is an internationally recognized Community Herbalist with more than thirty years experience providing herbal support to people from rural Maine to her remote village in the Apennine Mountains of Southern Italy, where she spends several months each year. She refers to her approach to working with herbs as The Way of the Wild Heart and helping others learn to connect with nature in an intimate, healing and reciprocal way is an essential theme of her work.
Gail is the founder of the Blessed Maine Herb Farm (established in 1977) where she and her family cultivate three acres of medicinal herbs and create their MOFGA Certified Organic herbal products. She is the Director of the Blessed Maine Herb Farm School of Herbal Medicine, an active on-site learning center and offers an 12 month long Herbal Medicine Correspondence Course attended by students from around the world.
Gail is the author of a number of books on herbal medicine, Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs, Traversing the Wild Terrain of Menopause and Through the Wild Heart of Mary, Herbal Pharmacy; The Art of Herbal Medicine Making, and the newly released, revised Student Handbook edition of Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs; A Florilegia for the Wild Heart Tribe. Her collaborative book of prayers, Prayers for the Wild Heart Tribe, was published in April 2015. One of her great joys is leading the 10 day Earth & Spirit Tour to Southern Italy. Intended as a secure space where participants can come into meaningful contact with our common, ancient spiritual history, culture and inheritance, these journeys take place in October and April of each year.
Some of the places Gail has taught include the Sambhavana Clinic, Bhopal, India; The Gardens of Monte San Giacomo and the Garden of Minerva, Salerno, Italy; Private home, Gdansk, Poland; Yale School of Nursing; University of Maine and College of the Atlantic, among many others.
Gail is the mother of four home born, fully grown children and the grandmother of four grandsons.
You’ll find the 12 month-long Body Systems Correspondence Course here.
The Earth, Heart & Spirit Tour to Southern Italy is hosted by Gail and family every spring and fall. We stay in our ancestral village, hang with the locals, visit amazing archaeological sites, ancient shrines, caves, honor the Madonnas and Saints, absorb indigenous Italic mountain culture through the people, landscape, gardens, mountains and many medicinal plants. The orchids are in full bloom in spring time, and our meals are always a major highlight! We’re now accepting reservation for the October 2020 journeys. Our journeys are limited to seven participants. Visit the website for the complete itinerary.
Visit Gail in her Blessed Maine Herb gardens and take a walk with her to the healing spring in this five minute video portrait created by Lauren Shaw for Maine Women Living on the Land, a video and photographic documentary/exhibition. Watch the short film at the following link: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=458888188666