Notebook: Place
What natural spots inspire you the most?

Every year I take a group of my students to the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in Ohio; the Sanctuary is a protected area of Appalachia, and home to some of the most incredible biodiversity I have ever experienced, particularly of medicinal herbs and trees.  When I’m there, I feel as though I have been transported back in time to before the area was settled and developed; the woods feel so ancient and sacred.  I love seeing the awe on my students faces when they see the amount of ginseng, goldenseal, slippery elm, linden and so many other medicines thriving on the land there, and every time I’m there I remember why I became an herbalist and just how important it is to protect these plants.

Share Your Thoughts

Erika B 381648817

May 15, 2018 - 8:03am

I live near Glacier National Park and have the ability to go on a hike every day. After breaking my back 5 years ago and using herbal medicine to help heal myself I have a new respect for the plants in the wild. There are 391 marked trails in my county alone and my husband and I are going to be hiking them all while we still have the ability. Exploring nature and the healing herbs around me has truly been inspirational for us.

Betsy A. Miller

May 31, 2018 - 3:37pm

That is so amazing- I’m so jealous that you live in such a beautiful space.  I visited Glacier National Park once when I was little and fell completely in love. Your healing journey sounds like such a powerful one- I’m so glad that you found allies in the plant medicines to support your recovery!


May 8, 2018 - 7:12pm

I like hiking with my husband. The silence and just taking it all in feels amazing!

Betsy A. Miller

May 31, 2018 - 3:38pm

Agreed!!! It’s such a great bonding experience :)

Monica R 1789565487

May 8, 2018 - 2:41pm

I love to go off the grid.  Hiking anywhere I can find solitude.  I live in the foothills and have lots of wildlife on our property.  I also love the high country.  It all helps me to reset a d balance myself.

Betsy A. Miller

May 31, 2018 - 3:39pm

It sounds beautiful where you live! You are super lucky :)

Carla R 290929629

May 8, 2018 - 8:49am

I like being at the beach, and also finding a nice quite spot in the woods so you can absorb all of nature and calm and become one with mother nature.

Betsy A. Miller

May 8, 2018 - 8:53am

Those are great places to connect with nature!


May 8, 2018 - 8:16am

I love nature. Period. I step outside in my own backyard to experience it. I am surrounded by beautiful, tall trees.  Next to my house is an area with plants I couldn’t begin to name. It’s home to all kind of critters. Early mornings are great for sitting out with my cat, Patches, listening to & watching different types of birds as the chirp a lovely melody.  My lab, Sarge, is never fast enough to catch the acrobatic squirrels that love to tease him. This is my sanctuary.

Betsy A. Miller

May 8, 2018 - 8:55am

That sounds absolutely amazing- you are so lucky to have so much nature around you at all times!

Ava S 1983596257

May 8, 2018 - 5:41am

Sounds beautiful. I didn’t know Ohio had a place with all those plants.

Betsy A. Miller

May 8, 2018 - 8:54am

It is absolutely amazing! Here’s a link to the sanctuary website so that you can learn more about it:

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