Natural Highs Creative Businesses

Di Alvarez-Chao, Herbalism Enthusiast, NH Peer Mentor, Activist

My name is Di, and I've been a Peer Mentor with Natural Highs since 2017.  Although there are SO many wonderful pieces of Natural Highs that I adore, our incorporation of herbalism is my favorite. It is truly amazing that such powerful medicine surrounds us, often without our knowledge of how to use it or even our awareness that it exists at all. I created LotusCraft as a part of my senior project at New Vista High School in Boulder, Colorado,  but I had been selling herb mixes for a while before that. I absolutely love the process of creating teas-- deciding on the plants and calculating the perfect ratio, but even more so, what truly ignites me with passion, is hearing the feedback. Knowing that I made a difference whether it is as simple as a customer enjoying a tasty cup of tea in the evening, or as intense as helping someone through drug withdrawal. I will be moving to New Hampshire in the summer of 2020 to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through Americorps, therefore proceeds made from my little etsy shop will be fueling that part of my life journey. If you have an interest in tea, and opt to check out my shop, I offer my gratitude. ♥ https://www.etsy.com/shop/LakshmiLotusCraft

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LakshmiLotusCraft

Lily McGarey-Artist, Nature Lover, Etsy Entrepreneur

I was inspired by our use of herbal medicine in Natural Highs, which unfortunately, is not always something readily accessible to young people. I love being able to connect with plant medicine that is actually beneficial to our bodies and minds and find that experiencing these plants through art is a natural high! In my online business I sell art prints, notebooks with botanically inspired designs as well as some herbal body care.

Find my shop at etsy.com/shop/Botanicish and on social media @botanicish.

etsy.com/shop/Botanicish and on social media @botanicish

Naomi Graff - Artist, Activist, Aerial Dancer

Hello! My name is Naomi Graff and I have a desire to change the world -actually, I've had one since age 7. I am going to Nepal in November of 2017 to teach hoop dance to children as a form of therapy. To learn more about that or to contribute, you can visit this page: https://www.gofundme.com/hoop-nepal

Recently I won the Women Who Light the Community Award because of my ability to turn really awful events of my life into ways to create change. Everything that I go through inspires me to turn around and give back to the community. I have an art website and all of the profits go to my Nepal Trip. The art comes from a grieving period of my life--I lost both my dog and my cousin within 10 days of each other and I had no idea how to cope, so I practiced stippling. It became my best coping mechanism. I would listen to music so loud that I couldn't think, and complete piece of art. To buy that art, you can visit this website: nsgraff01.wixsite.com/earthart/shop

nsgraff01.wixsite.com/earthart/shop

Dakota - Birth Doula

My name is Dakota and I am extremely passionate about my work as a doula! I provide compassionate and non-judgmental doula services including prenatal and postpartum care, unlimited labor and birth support, placenta encapsulation services, information, referrals and advocacy, as well as ceremonial facilitation for the full spectrum of experiences in the childbearing cycle!

I initially trained and certified through DONA International, but am now certified with The Matrona as a Holistic Doula. I also attended midwifery school at The Matrona and did a home-birth midwifery apprenticeship with a CPM. I am currently focusing on my work as a doula, but am also a student midwife that is passionately and forever learning about pregnancy and birth. Lastly, I have also been trained by The Sacred Living Movement to hold Sacred Pregnancy classes and be a Sacred Fertility Doula.

I have attended births from the hot, thick air of Bali, Indonesia with midwives and families that barely spoke English to yurt-births on farms in rural Vermont to hospital births resulting in Cesareans. I have gathered many different tools from many great experiences, teachers and families on my path and I am humbled. I am humbled and ready to serve.

I am currently taking clients and I serve the Boulder County area! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation! I look forward to hearing from you!

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