Marie's Retreat Partners 

Kayla Becker

Kayla has been a passionate teacher, advocate, student, and practitioner of women's reproductive health and bodywork for over 30 years.  She has a practice in psycho-spiritual bodywork in Montpelier, Vermont and is an Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapist and Self-Care instructor.  Kayla is renowned as a practitioner for her healing touch and caring compassionate approach to women’s health.

Susan Comen

Susan is a Central Vermont vocalist who has performed the Medieval Music of Hildegard of Bingen and others for nearly 20 years with the Vermont groups Anima, Aurora, Northern Harmony, and others. In Sweden, with Northern Harmony, she studied and performed Kulning songs, songs that originated from the ancient Mountain herding women of Scandinavia. In addition to singing, she plays the Vielle- a type of Medieval Fiddle- as well as Swedish fiddle. She has been teaching students of all ages to find and express their voice through their own vocal instrument or through the violin for over 20 years. Susan lives on a rustic Hill Farm in central Vermont where she keeps Bees, weaves, and tends gardens of Flowers, Herbs, Fruits, & Vegetables.

Lisa Shermerhorn

Lisa Schermerhorn is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Energy Medicine Practitioner and Coach. She has studied Peruvian, Costa Rican, and West African Shamanism and is a Reiki Master. Lisa enjoys a private practice in Montpelier and Waitsfield, VT where she works with people struggling with health and healing challenges.  Lisa holds leadership and membership roles in several health related organizations. She is currently organizing a conference addressing addiction and trauma with natural healing techniques scheduled for the fall of 2019.

Joann Darling  

A Vermonter whose connection to this region spans 4 generations.  She learned to live off the land at a young age, hunting and fishing with her Dad.  Her Moms love for gardening was passed onto Joann, she has always found great satisfaction in growing her own food and harvesting in season wild foods and plant medicines.  Her greatest lessons have come from the land and the plants.  Joann is an adjunct teacher at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, and the production garden manager.  She is certified through the National Association of Interpreters, teaches Natural Dye workshops for the Marshfield School of Weaving, and the ROOTS school (Corinth, VT). Her work with Flax Fiber has been recognized by the Vermont Folk Life Center where she receives grant funding.  

Sandra Lory

Sandra Lory is a folk herbalist with clinical training and believes that herbalism is an important tool for social change that is helping to building a strong and powerful grassroots health care system.  Sandra has taken part in plant medicine projects in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and a refugee camp in Palestine, and she has been tracing back her own ancestral traditions in southern India and Slovakia. Sandra trusts in the plants with all her heart, and is grateful to spend each day in close relationship with them, whether traveling as an Herbalist Without Borders, cultivating food justice in Barre Vermont’s Community Gardens, or spending time in her home gardens and apothecary in the mountains of Vermont. She and her husband are starting an herbal learning center rooted in permaculture, natural farming and social justice principles. Find out more at

Amy Goodman Kiefer

Amy Goodman Kiefer is a Community Herbalist, an avid grower, medicine maker, practitioner and an herbal teacher, all informed by a passion for the plants and people. She has taught herbal classes for many years at conferences, Sage Mountain, Public Schools and throughout her community. Amy is a Co-founder of Vermont Herb Camp for Kids, and now she stewards the White Dove Herbal Sanctuary in Central Vt. with her husband, where they grow a diversity of plants and host herbal classes and retreats.