Organic Herbal Products
Tinctures, elixirs, and more.
As herbal remedy makers, we are accountable to the land as we observe her shifting and changing due to human impact. Therefore, in our formulas, we are replacing botanicals listed on the United Plant Savers 'at risk' and 'to watch' list with locally cultivated or invasive medicinal analogs. For example, barberry instead of coptis or goldenseal, and goldenrod instead of arnica.
Mandala Botanicals believes that responsible herbalism is inherently linked to issues of food security and public health. We are in solidarity with numerous food and health justice initiatives and contribute to them throughout the year.
Our tincture selection is available in 2 oz, 4 oz, and 8 oz bulk sizes.
Contact us by phone (802) 793-8983
Products available by mail out or pick up.
About Our Farm
Mandala Botanicals is located on ten rural scenic acres facing Spruce Mountain and Groton State Forest, four miles from Barre City in the town of Orange. We respectfully acknowledge that we are residing on land known to the Western Abenaki as N'Dakinna, referred to by non-indigenous people of this region as Vermont USA.
With reverence and gratitude for the opportunity to steward this parcel of earth, we are cultivating medicinal crops and in the early stages of creating a traditional healing and folk medicine learning center designed with permaculture, natural farming, and social justice principles.
Due to the construction zone while we build our house and outbuildings in 2015, we will be taking a year off from offering our nine month herbal training, the Local Healers Program.
Request our quarterly e-newsletter of classes, events, and updates by emailing: email@example.com.
A big thank you to our 2015 interns, Lroy and Anders, who have been helping tend, revise, and newly construct gardens; create a sacred well shrine; and build new infrastructure on the property.
Thank you to Dana Woodruff of Dandelioness Herbals for being a solid cohort on the farm. We are grateful for your hard work, knowledge, thoughtfulness, and vision.
It is a joy to work in the soil, sun, rain, and wind with one another in this way.
Internship Program details and applications for 2016 will be available at the turn of the year. If you have interest and would like more information, let us know, and we will be back with you at that time.
Herbal Cupping Therapy
Hello, I am Sandra Lory. I am rather fond of plants and have unwavering faith in the power of Mother Nature's pharmacy. I keep my hands in the soil and tend it as my home, classroom, and cathedral.
I am a clinically trained herbalist and professional member of the International Cupping Therapy Association (ICTA). Appointments are available in 30, 60 or 90 minute treatments and are $60 per hour. Home visits are available with a $2 per mile commuting fee. I also offer private herbal cupping spa parties. Each person receives an organic facial, aromatic herbal foot bath, seasonal herbal tea blend, and introductory cupping treatment. Cost is $50 per person, host is free.
My practice combines traditional cupping therapy and topical use of aromatic plants for physical healing and spirit cleansing. The combination of these two techniques unblocks stagnant energy and balances overstimulated pathways in the body. The opportunity awaits for you to enter sanctuary and deepen your relationship with nature, as plants are an integral part of every service I offer. Your session may involve herbal foot baths, compresses, or poultices. Other tools we may employ are astrology, divination, and flower essences. I may offer you herbal supplementation (teas, tinctures, etc.) and food as medicine suggestions as well. You may request any one or a combination of these modalities with your session.
I believe each person is an ecological expression.
About Sandra Lory
My birthplace is Chennai, India, and I was raised in East Hardwick, Vermont, where my parents settled after years of international relief work. My parents continue to teach me about the importance of social justice and community, the wisdom of nature, and the wild. Both are avid gardeners, and my father is a dowser. My maternal granny, Luiza Maria Antao, was a village herbalist from Goa, India, who raised the family in Nairobi, Kenya during the British colonial era. My paternal grandfather, Andrej Lazorcak, came from Slovakia to Pittsburgh's South Side, where he worked in the wrought iron industry and cultivated a garden to feed the family during the war.
My work incorporates awareness and action, impact and responsibility inherent in being a global citizen. I have been privileged to witness and learn about folk medicine internationally. Currently, I am working on a photo essay series that documents my transnational experiences with healing plants.
I have over 15 years experience with natural foods, urban agriculture, and community based work. In the 1990s I was involved with the community garden movement in New York City and Holyoke, Massachusetts, and I graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in Social Ecology and Visual Arts in 2001. For six years I have been working in Barre, Vermont as a food justice educator. I develop programs & curricula for Capstone Community Action's 'Nourishing Transitions' and Highgate Nonprofit's 'Good Food, Good Medicine,' addressing food insecurity with families through community gardening, herbalism, and food as medicine.
I am grateful to my teachers for their generous and timeless instruction. I've had the divine pleasure of working at Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center since 2002, under the tutelage of herbalist and author Rosemary Gladstar. I established Mandala Botanicals in 2003 after graduation from a year long apprenticeship with Rosemary. A brief synopsis of my studies in the healing arts the past 15 years include: Astrology and Herbalism with Atmo Abram; Village Herbalism with Amy Goodman-Kiefer; Mayan Abdominal Massage and Spiritual Healing with Miss Beatrice Waight; Clinical Herbalism with Guido Mase; Traditional Healing with Rocio Alarcon; Food Justice Education with Joseph Kiefer; Five Element Shiatsu with Hadar Sarit; Taoist Acupuncture with Josephine Spilka; Somatic Therapy with Bob Onne; and Traditional Cupping with Julia Graves, Peter Schnell, Gabrielle Simon, Mark Perido, and Kim Miller. I also draw inspiration from the late D.C. Jarvis, renowned Barre physician and Vermont folk medicine advocate. I am thankful for my supportive family, especially my sister, Yvonne; parents, Jim and Victoria; and wonderful husband, Zachary Tonnissen.
I have given workshops at the New England Women's Herbal Conference, the International Herb Symposium, as well as many local venues like public schools, teen centers, workplace wellness programs, and libraries.
My writing and photography have been featured in We'Moon, and in the books Fire Heart: The Life and Teachings of Maya Medicine Woman Miss Beatrice Torres Waight, and The Language of Plants: A Guide to the Doctrine of Signatures by Julia Hoffman Graves.
The Northeast Radical Health Care Network
Barre Community Gardeners Alliance and the Barre Community Garden at Metro Way
Herbalists Without Borders, Vermont Chapter
Good Food, Good Medicine Program
Transition Town Vermont
Onion River Exchange and REACH Carebank
Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center
Numen (A film about the healing power of plants)
Wisdom of the Herbs School
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
Seeds of Renewal
Miss Beatrice Waight
United Plant Savers
Photographs © Sandra Lory.
A Mandala is a universal pattern in nature.
It is the source and cycle of all things, the intersection of dualities, and the mirroring between microcosm and macrocosm.
The elements of nature and life radiate, grow and change in Mandalas. Healing arts throughout the world are expressed in the form of Mandalas.
The services of Mandala Botanicals are for educational purposes only.
They are not intended to substitute for the advice or treatment of your doctor/healthcare practitioner.
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