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About our Instructors & Staff

Healing Tide, is functional medicine based community healthcare. 

We envision a world where access to healthy food, herbal medicine, education, nature, and support ushers transformation internally, community-wide and beyond. 

Healing Tide is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that seeks to live in harmony with the Earth,

while we explore traveling from a sustainable lens.

Currently, we are focused on producing seaweed wild-tending tours in Northern California.

Healing Tide acknowledges that we live in the Huchiun, Lisjan Ohlone, Carquin, and Awaswas territories. Healing Tide believes in rematriation of the Land, reparations, and restoration.  It is important to acknowledge the lands we live on, travel across, and visit. Healing Tide is in continued communication with local tribes. We donate seaweeds to tribal Elders, volunteer on the Ramaytush Muchia Te' Indigenous Land Trust Farm, and donate 10% of the proceeds of Healing Tide towards these Tribal collaborations. If you are a tribal member and would like to collaborate, please let us know.

 

​Director and Instructor: Tanya Stiller

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Tanya Stiller has been teaching for over 25 years as a clinical herbalist, nutrition consultant, gardener, permaculturalist, and ethnobotanist. She received her Botanical Medicine certificate in 1994 from The Oregon School of Herbal Medicine, ran a tincture and lotion-making company called Pixie Plants and has since been teaching herbal and foraging classes in Oregon and the Bay Area. 

Tanya attended the University of Oregon and received her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies, where her thesis was focused on “The Ethnobotany and Ethnomedicine of the Oregon Native American.” 

Tanya is a multi-generational Oregonian, growing up in northeastern Oregon on a small family farm, raising rabbits and sheep, and helping her family with the cherry orchard and farm. 

You can finding her teaching classes on botany, seaweed harvesting, foraging, and homesteading at Ancestral Apothecary, and many Bay Area Herbal Schools. She currently runs her Functional Medicine Herbal Nutrition and Health Coaching Private Practice; Healing Tide - and previously Tanya worked as a Garden Teacher at the Edible Schoolyard on the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School campus, and other Bay Area schools for the last 18 years. She lives at an Intentional Community house called Brigid Collective in West Berkeley.

 

Board Member: Ayako Nagano

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Aya is an attorney in private practice licensed in NY and CA at Midori Law Group, P.C. based in Berkeley, California. She serves as Board Chair for Transition U.S., to help weave a locally focused network of initiatives to co-create a more equitable, regenerative, self-reliant future across the United States – we envision a strong, diverse local economy with a greatly reduced dependence on fossil fuels, and a resilient, cooperative, rewarding community life. Aya also serves as Secretary of the Board for three 501(c)(3) non-profits: Common Vision, which installs school gardens all across California;  Transition Berkeley, a local Transition Town initiative to bring neighbors together to build a more equitable, sustainable, resilient future for Berkeley; and Nippon Kobo, which produces cross-cultural programs by luminaries in the Japanese American community. Aya also serves on the boards of Clean Water Fund, to develop strong grassroots environmental leadership and to bring together diverse constituencies to work cooperatively for changes that improve their lives, focused on health, consumer, environmental and community problems;  In November 2019, Aya was appointed as a council member to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a federal advisory committee reporting to the Office of Environmental Justice.

Aya also serves on the Steering Committee of the Green Leadership Trust, a coalition of non-profit board members of color, promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within Environmental movement. Aya is co-chair of ITRC (International Transformational Resilience Coalition) in California,working to build widespread levels of psychological and psycho-social-spiritual resilience for the adversities generated by climate change; and organizes the Plastic Reduction Working Group in the Berkeley / Albany area.

 
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Board Member: Sarah Green

Originally from the farms, forests, rivers and glacial lakes of Indiana, Sarah now calls the Bay Area home. She became a Health Educator at the National Holistic Institute in 2001 and began organizing around climate in 2015 including community events and youth empowerment circles.  She founded and operates Farm Girl Capital LLC, a register investment advisor in Albany, CA with a focus on community development and personal and planetary wellness.