Marlene Adelmann is an herbalist, published author, and the Founder and Director of the Herbal Academy, international school of herbal arts and sciences and The Herbarium, a virtual membership publication for herbalists. Through the school and online herbal classes, Marlene has brought the wild and wonderful world of herbalism to nearly 40,000 students across the globe. Marlene spent several years studying herbalism and learning under some of the most revered, modern herbalists. She continues to practice herbalism through ongoing correspondence courses and teaching others.
Marlene’s passion for herbalism started with her studies in Culinary Arts. In 1989 she opened her own catering company and through her passion for food and good healthy living that she began learning about herbs and how to use them both for food and medicine. She has been a vegetarian for 25 years and teaches cooking classes promoting eating close to the source. She believes that learning to create health through the foods you eat is life transforming. “When you truly understand that your food choices are powerful and life affirming, you can exercise control and restraint without deprivation.”
A humanitarian for most of her life, she cares passionately about children and their welfare. When she was raising her own children she also worked in a social services program helping underprivileged children. One of her goals for the Herbal Academy is to sponsor social programs that help the most vulnerable citizens of our society–our children. Alongside these goals, Marlene is also in the process of developing projects and programs that bridge the gap between herbalists and everyone else to create collaborative, meaningful community amongst all.
Marlene is a member of the Authors Guild. She is a contributor to a number of publications including Mother Earth News Magazine, Taproot Magazine, The Essential Herbal, Aroma Culture, Natural Herbal Living Magazine, Plants are Magic, and From Scratch Magazine and has been featured in Heirloom Gardener Magazine, Plant Healer Magazine, and Sheknows.com.
“Learning about herbs is like turning a light on that you didn’t know existed. It brings all of nature, the wonder, the beauty and the awe right smack dab into your lap and there it will remain forever. How cool is that? Right there in your lap you have the key to better health, understanding of all of nature and inspiration to do better for the sake of all living creatures and plants.”
– Marlene Adelmann