About

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Hi! I’m Altaire,

I’m a Certified Clinical Herbalist, Nutritionist, Flower Essence Practitioner and Past Life Regressionist, with interests in Archetypal Psychology, Shamanic Principles and Quantum Healing. I combine these various modalities as needed to assist my clients in re-calibrating their lives toward freedom in their career/studies, relationships, lifestyle, finances and self-expression. I am currently based in Lugano, Switzerland but see clients around the world during my travels and am able to connect with clients online.

I enjoy exploring healing systems that demonstrate profound and lasting success at addressing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of being. My studies in Herbalism, Nutrition, Flower Essences and Past Life Regression are supported by additional trainings in complementary therapies: I have studied Hawai’ian Ho’oponopono conflict resolution with Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, trance and shamanic journeying with Dr. Hank Wesselman, spirit channeling with renowned medium Sally Rossiter, and traditional ayahuasca plant spirit ceremonies within the Corfan tradition. As every client is different, we will blend an appropriate variety of approaches to reach the agreed upon outcome, in alignment with their wellness goals.

Above all, my practice is grounded in nature and her plants. From the tropical rainforests of Central America to coral reefs of Southeast Asia to the mesas of America’s desert south-west, I have studied the medicinal and cultural uses of an incredible spectrum of flowers, roots, barks, mushrooms, seaweeds, resins and foods for nurturing the body, mind, emotions and spirit. I take every opportunity to study ethnobotanical knowledge from around the world, building a global repertoire of nature-based wisdom from which to draw inspiration, fully surrendering to the life-long learning that comes with befriending the plant kingdom.

Before exploring the healing arts, I worked in international aid and development, supporting environmental and cultural programs around the world. This experience allowed me to explore rich traditions of ecological knowledge, and I felt increasingly drawn to the medicinal properties of plants, which not only emerge from our ancestral past but which contain important keys for our collective future. I have been fortunate enough to work on environmental projects ranging from climate change education on island communities with UNESCO, to advocating for the environment in the UN Sustainable Development Goals with WWF-UK, to coordinating art and environmental programming at the Aspen Art Museum, to conducting research for National Geographic News Watch. I am currently a passionate contributor to the Steering Committee for the UN Mountain Partnership as a Board Member for the Aspen International Mountain Foundation.

EDUCATION

I have a Masters of Science (MSc.) with Honors in Climate Change & International Development from the Institute of Development Studies, UK. I also have a BA from the University of Virginia in Anthropology and Global Sustainability. I am a Certified Clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist with 910 hours of training in herbalism, nutrition, pathophysiology, flower essences and other topics, from the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, founded as The North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in 2003 by Paul Bergner, regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board. I am certified as a Past Life Regression Therapist by Dr. Linda Backman at the Ravenheart Center.

STATEMENT OF INFORMED DISCLOSURE

I am a Clinical herbalist with 910 hours of training in nutrition, herbalism, physiology, and related topics. I cannot provide a conventional medical disease diagnosis or treatment. My services do not replace those of a licensed physician. I advise all clients to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare provider. My consultations are designed to educate the client on the beneficial effects of nutrition, diet, supplements, herbs, and lifestyle changes. Clients are encouraged to take responsibility for their own health. Any herb has the potential to cause an adverse effect. If adverse effects or discomfort occur, stop taking the herb/s immediately and notify me. Some herbs may interact with pharmaceuticals. I am trained in drug-herb interactions. It is important to disclose all medications you are taking (including over-the-counter or recreational drugs), and that you discuss possible interactions with your prescribing healthcare provider. I may provide you with professional information about possible side effects of your medications. This does not constitute a recommendation to stop taking them. If you have concerns about side effects, please discuss them with your prescribing healthcare provider. Any information discussed during our sessions is held in strictest confidence. Exceptions, as required by law: impending suicide, homicide, child abuse.