Jean Schneider

Spirit Worker, Clinical Herbalist

Thank you for visiting my website. I hope the following gives you more information about my journey and my practice.




My connection with nature and plants was formed at an early age. I grew up in the country in Southern Wisconsin and had a lot of freedom to roam and discover. I started intuitively connecting with spirits of nature. Of course this was not what other people did around me and as I became a teen, I ignored this part of my life. During college my connection with spirits on and of the land became a part of my life once again. I studied about the land, the water and the plants for my environmental science and botany degree. My first jobs out of college took me away from all of this again, into the corporate world of profits and long hours. While the money was good it was not the work of my life.  In 2005, I was brought back to the land, the water and the plants, called by the spirit of the place where I live.



For over a decade I have been teaching classes about spirit work, herbs, plants, trees, food and medicine from the land. How to live more simply and within natures cycles.  How to become a part of nature instead of living apart from it. As a healer, it is important to me to empower people to be a participant and a leader in their own healing path. Most of my classes are focused in this way.

Clinical Herbalist


I received my formal clinical herbalist training from Red Root Mountain School of Botanical Medicine. More information about my training can be found below. I enjoy working with people with chronic illnesses and infections including Lyme Disease and offer both spirit and herbal work as a part of my practice.


Spirit Work


I began studying spirit work over a decade ago after attending several powerful trainings. My personal practice centered on my own healing and developing relationships in the Spirit realm. After feeling I had worked through many layers of my own healing, I began more intensive training to become a practitioner and worked with clients in a part-time practice. I opened my full-time spirit work and Clinical Herbalist practice, Nativa Medica in Madison Wisconsin. As a lifelong learner, I continue to attend trainings to deepen and expand my work.


As a spirit worker, I work with the unseen. The belief that the world is vitally alive and all things have Spirit is a common thread in traditions around the world. One of the most significant aspects of my spirit work practice is based on developing a relationship with the Earth, the Spirits of the land, the Ancestors and other Helping Spirits. I have a deep interest in understanding ancestral stories, lore, traditions and Beings in indigenous cultures, both those of lost traditions and current ones.


I don’t use the words shamanic or shaman very often. I have found these words have many incorrect definitions and perceptions associated with them.




I have been delving into my own ancestry in the Northern Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland and the Norse/Germanic traditions and Celtic and Scottish ancestry.  Through surviving texts and connections in the ancestral and spirit realms, a re-emergence of these traditions have come about. Both my spirit work practice and my herbal practice have opened up to me in different ways within these traditions and both aspects of my practice have grown as a result. I have woven these traditions into my teaching and my healing practice.

Formal Training

My formal training is as follows. I have the deepest respect and gratitude for the teachers who have mentored me and helped me to develop a stronger relationship with Spirit. My Helping Spirits and the Ancestors continue to guide and teach me along the way.


Spirit Work


Betsy Bergstrom, Heart Centered Shamanic Healing

Compassionate Deposession Training

Advanced Compassionate Deposession Training

Curse and Thought Form Unraveling for Practitioners

Space Clearing, Blessing and Psychopomp

Norse Mystery Tradition

Egyptian Mystery Tradition - Amduat

Heart Centered Compassionate Deposession Teacher Training


Mary Mueller Shutan

Spiritual Cleansing



Cord Work

Two Year Advanced Spirit Worker Training


Daniel Foor

Ancestral Medicine


Angie Buchanan, Drake Spaeth, Earth Traditions

Psychopomp I


Cheri Haines

Crystal Energy Balancing


Kathy Eich

Spirit Work: Shadow and Chakras, Space Clearing and Extraction

Spirit and Shamanic Work 


Clinical Herbalist


Red Root Mountain School of Botanical Medicine, Kathy Eich, Madison WI 


500 Hour Clinical Herbalist Training

One Year Mentorship with Kathy Eich

Advanced Apprenticeship

Complimentary Plant Medicines and Protocols for Working with Cancer 

Liver’s 3 Phases of Detoxification

Herbs for the Endocrine System-Coordinated Communication 

Diseases of the Central Nervous System

Plants for the Female Reproductive System

Advanced Materia Medica; Formulation and Working with Consultation Forms

Materia Medica - Midwestern, Mediterranean and Southwest Herbs

Kidney: Blood Cleanliness, Quality, pH and Volume 

Humoral Medicine: The Quality and Temperament of Blood, Parts 1 and 2 

Heart Mini-Series

Greek and Eclectic Tissue State Course, Fused with Cellular Biology

Digestive Class 

Alternative Approaches for Autoimmune Conditions

Thyroid Course

Chronic Respiratory Conditions 

Lymph: The Quality Assurance System 

Aromatherapy Part 2 

Aromatherapy Part 1 

Intermediate Course Part 2

Intermediate Course Part 1

Beginning Herb Course 


American Herbalists Guild


Infectious Disease and Herbal Therapies Certificate for Clinical Herbalists, Seven Springs, PA

Chronic Lyme Disease and Co-Infections, Rebecca Snow

Clinical Approach for Lyme Disease, Rebecca Snow

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Rebecca Snow

Arboviruses and Neuro-Invasive Disease, Paul Bergner

Botanicals, Biofilms and Chronic Infections, Paul Bergner

Herbal Medicine and Novel Influenza, Bevin Clare

Natural Therapies for Shingles, Mimi Hernandez

Tissue State Environments that Lead to Infections

Clinical Aromatherapy and Infectious Disease, Jessica Baker


Herbal Pharmacology Part I and Part II Certificate Training, Guido Mase

Clinical Assessment in Herbal Practice Certificate, 

Treating the Five Spirits: Western Herbs and Chinese Medicine, Brendan Kelly

Herbal Support for the Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Camille Freeman

Clinical Assessment of the Tongue, Susan Kramer

Navigating Depression as a Tool of Transformation, Kat Maier

Common Blood Tests and Their Use for Client Assessment, Claudia Joy Wingo

Mushroom Spirit Medicine, Christopher Hobbs

Differential Diagnostics, David Winston

Formula Mastery with Herbal Pairings, Bob Linde

Tongue Assessment for Western Herbalists, Larken Bunce

Skills for the Critical Assessment of Herbal Research in Clinical Practice, Erika Galentin

Clinical & Laboratory Assessment for the Herbalist, Rebecca Snow


Brendan Kelly

Lyme Disease and Herbal Protocols

Dr. Will Morris

Herbal Medicine for Epidemics

Tammi Sweet, Heartstone

Anatomy & Physiology


Matthew Wood

Pulse & Tongue Analysis Training, Madison WI

Plant and Animal Spirit Medicine, Madison WI

Taking A Case, Madison WI

Plant Walk at the Token Creek Conservancy, Madison WI


Chronic Lyme Disease Summit

Other influencing teachers in my herbal practice include David Winston and Jim McDonald where I have received many hours of recorded and written teachings.


Permaculture Institute of Australia

Permaculture Design Certificate Training


University of Wisconsin

Bachelor of Science: Environmental Science, Botany and Psychology (Magna cum laude)



Teaching Experience


Nativa Medica

Boundaries, Protection and Clearing Work; Sovereignty Part 1

Spirit Work Emergence 6 month series

Plant Spirit

Energy and Space Clearing 

Learn to Journey

Medicine Making

Ceremony for the Ancestors

Managing Your Personal Energy Field

Spirit Drum, Monthly for two years 

Herb Day for Kids

Mentoring for practitioners and clients


PBS Wisconsin, Garden & Landscape Expo, Madison WI

Sacred Smoke, Plant Smoke for Cleansing Healing and Ritual

Lyme Disease Infection and Prevention

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, City of Madison, Madison WI

Japanese Knotweed and Lyme Disease

Sacred Smoke, Plant Smoke for Cleansing Healing and Ritual

Introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine


University of Wisconsin Madison, F.H. King

Medicinal Herbs and Farming

Wild and Cultivated Medicinal Plants


Herb Day, Southern Wis Chapter of the AHG (American Herbalists Guild)

Plants for Energy Clearing Work


Herb Faire, MHS (Madison Herb Society)

Medicinal Herbs and Lyme Disease


Wisconsin Retired Educators Association

Lyme Disease Prevention and Infection


Westin A. Price Foundation, Wisconsin Chapter

Herbal Strategies for Digestive Ailments

Lyme Disease Prevention and Infection


Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence

Herbs and Weeds you are Already Growing


Dane County Land & Water Resources Dept.

Lyme Disease Infection and Prevention


Southern Wis Chapter of the AHG (American Herbalists Guild)

Co-Founder of the Chapter, 2016

Various medicinal herb and plant spirit talks 2016-2018


Eco-Action Tuesdays, Monona WI

Preserving Herbs for Medicinal and Culinary Uses


Libraries: Madison, Monona, Waunakee, DeForest, Prairie du Sac, Cross Plains

Herbal Strategies for Headaches and Migraines

Lyme Disease Prevention and Infection

Garden Wellness, Growing and Using Herbs for Health


Harmony Valley Farm, Viroqua WI

Fall Herb Preservation


Sun Prairie Garden Club Annual Meeting

Growing Herbs for Wellness


Herb Day, MHI (Madison Herbal Institute)

Lyme Disease Prevention and Infection


Herb Collective Gardens, Madison Area Permaculture Guild

Monthly herb walks and talks May through September for 6 years


Madison Area Permaculture Guild

PDC Training (Permaculture Design Certificate) 2013


North side of Madison, WI

Token Creek Springs,

ancestral lands of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

3919 Gray Road, DeForest, (by appointment only)

(608) 513-0016

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