Who we are
We are a multi-disciplinary group of plant enthusiasts who are dedicated to raising awareness about plant consciousness and our inter-connected mutual relationships with all living systems. Although please know, there are all human terms when we describing our plant realm. It could be very different. And this we accept whole heartedly. We also remember that we give special attention to our place on this planet, that it is not above Nature, but rather one with Nature.
In 2016 we came together in response to our direct perceptions of environmental changes and unconscious activities towards the Nature-that-surrounds-us (which of course includes the plant kingdom). We believe here at Plant Pioneers our growing collective and diverse skills may bring solutions that can start to help heal our planetary home.
Plant Pioneer projects and programs are ecologically principled, educationally interactive and technologically oriented towards environmental stewardship and the treatment of Nature with the utmost of respect and integrity.
Thus, at Plant Pioneers, not only are we a resource in sharing basic human-plant harmonious solutions, with hands-on educational programs and engaging projects, such as Music of the Plants, Sacred Geometry Metaforms and generative music in Garden of Sounds, we are also a place where plant intelligence research from around the world is disseminated [see Resources].
Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, RN, Clinical Herbalist, Wild Crafter and co-founder of Plant Pioneers.
As launching co-founder, Marguerite sees this as an eco-centric educational platform where at her work invite’s people to become interested in plants. Her focus is in outdoor encountered based learning activities that develop listening skills with ‘the-Nature-that-surrounds-us’ with interactive games and exercises that greatly serve the learning process. Through plant phenomena observation, the learning material she offers is in environmental remedial empathy exercises. At its foundation is Nature conservancy and community resiliency with a variety of learning applications such as: the art of herbalism, hands-on citizen science activities, un-wildcrafting; electronics; and the physiological and intuitive tools we house within each of us.
Strong experiential tools used are the visuals of Cymatics - a plant generated geometric formation thru sounds that come from another tool called Music of the Plants - a plant sensitive synthesizer when connected to a plant liberates its signals into sound; body Dowsing; use of Stethescopes and/or a Pinard (a fetal heartbeat tool) to listen to trees and measurement.
2019 Training for the trainer: “Developing Cognitive Agility”
Bring Nature communication to everyone!!! Better navigate the outdoor field, anywhere, any time. Be in reciprocal relationship with the-land-that-surrounds-us. Develop your innate ancestral gifts. Empower electrical and intuitive listening tools. Be the-skillful-one with the voice of Nature. This, is the life we were meant to live. Marguerite believes, having one-on-one Nature experiences will liberate our blueprint so we may thrive WITH Nature.
Resources and people that support Marguerite’s work: mentor and teacher Kate Gilday; Deep Ecology principles; Goethe; Wise Woman Ways; Non-Duality Contemplation Rupert Spira; biologist Dr. Lynn Margulis; plant scientists Suzanne Simard, Paco Calvo and Stefano Mancuso; ecological theorist Eleanor Gibson, Dr. Craig Holdgrege of the Nature Institute; Stephen Harrod Buhner; Sarah Root of Earth Keepers; Julia Graves of the Language of Plants; and Prof. Jem Bendell’s 2018n paper - Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy.
Lacy Johnson - co-founding Plant Pioneers member; she was born and raised in Texas and moved to the Catskill area in 2015. The move led her to her current studies in herbalism. She is a first year herbal medicine student who in her spare time likes to be outside with her husband, Josiah, and Husky dog, Moqui.
Founder and CEO of Dragonfly Effect Naturals and co-founding member of Plant Pioneers.
By the time Adam turned 18 years old, he had been involved in a small start-up company with a new twist on the traditional multi-level marketing model which attracted over 50,000 members in under 3 years. A couple of years later he helped found a raw vegan food company. He has run his own freelance film and website development company, Adam Riva Films, since he was in his teens. He is a health freedom activist, a journalist, and a public speaker. He is also editor of DragonflyEffectNews.com, a philosophy-oriented news website that has attracted more than 1.5 million article views.
Bonnie Kavanagh is a second generation nurse and herbalist with over 35 years experience in health care. Bonnie is a graduate of the Rosemary Gladstar Art and Science of Herbology Apprenticeship and now teaches this program and other herbal and gardening classes at 7 Arrows Farm in Attleboro , Massachusetts where she is the community herbalist. Bonnie has been a presenter at many conferences including the Northeast Women's Herbal Conference, the Mid-Atlantic Women's Herbal Conference, the International Herb Symposium and the Rhode Island Herbal Conference. She loves to introduce people to the many benefits living a plant inspired life can offer. In addition to her herbal work Bonnie is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Fairland Farm, LLC a privately owned cranberry farm in Southeast Massachusetts. Bonnie is a member of the board of directors for the Hope Street Farmers Market and is passionate about educating people on the benefits of supporting local agriculture and artisan food businesses in her community. Being a part of the Plant Pioneers Movement is a dream come true for this consumate plant lover.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Cristina Toro is a professional artist who lives in upstate New York. She has exhibited widely and received many honors including a New York Foundation for the Arts painting fellowship. Her paintings deal with intuition, the invisible world of the heart, natural medicine, and plant magic.
Judith Millar is a practicing herbalist, educator (public school & university), and environmental educator. She maintains a home based client practice in NJ, and offers classes in foraging and herbalism.