Of Celtic, Calabrian and Slavic descent, Bonnie Rose Weaver strives to bring the beauty of the mountains and the wonder of the ocean’s tides to the wellbeing of her fellow urbanites. Born and raised in the city by the bay (occupied Ohlone land), her practice of herbalism focuses on access to and education about plant medicine.
At the age of 21, Bonnie was sick and tired of taking inhalers to “treat” her/their sports-induced asthma. She/they took herself to the herb shop and blended a tea. She was able to breathe deeper and her lungs became stronger. She never took inhalers again; the power of plants was proven to her. She has since committed her life to sharing plant wisdom with others.
Bonnie Rose has studied with Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Studies, Peg Schafer at The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, Mark Disharoon and Alexis Durham at Herb Pharm, Caitlyn Galloway and Brooke Budner at Little City Gardens, Stella Lawless of Stella the Good Witch, Erin Langley of Ancestral Acupuncture and Karen Koltenow at The Sharon Art Studio.
Previous, Bonnie Rose owned and operated a seed-to-bottle apothecary and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program called 1849 Medicine Garden on 1/16th of an acre in San Francisco’s Mission District. Her book, Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis was self-published in 2016 after the closure of 1849.
Her/their work as a clinical herbalist and medicinal landscaper is interdisciplinary and is influenced by western and energetic herbalism, tarot, astrology, ancestral remembrance, and living on planet earth. Her/their work is informed by long bike rides, reading books, growing food, city living, flowers blooming, observing the seasons, watching sunsets, being sick, drinking tea, being angry, picking nettles, going to protests, watching the moon, watching the ocean and witnessing the interconnectedness of all things.
She is also an artist, working primarily with the mediums of pen, watercolor, digital design and clay. She is a sister, daughter, granddaughter, bike rider, cancer sun/virgo rising, English and Spanish speaking human.
Photo by Emily Mitchell
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"Bonnie Rose is a powerful, passionate woman who has so much knowledge to share, and is deeply connected to local community. Her medicines have allowed me to use personal ritual and herbs to open the doors to growth and healing that can arise out of crisis. I highly recommend her services.” - S. S.