CoreyPine began wandering the woods and fields in the late 1980s, identifying plants and learning about how the human body heals. After studying on his own for several years, he studied with 7Song at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. After moving to Asheville in 1996, he started teaching and opened a clinical practice in the downtown area. He wanted to provide his clients with custom formulas, so he started making larger batches of tinctures.
After studying with herbalist Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in Bisbee, Arizona, CoreyPine founded the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine in 1999. He began selling Pine’s Herbals in some local stores, and has been expanding both his school and herbal business ever since.
CoreyPine is the author of the ebook Herbs for Pain and is in demand as a speaker and practitioner. He has taught at a number of herb schools and conferences throughout the United States and Europe.
When not delving into tomes of herbal lore or spending time with his family, CoreyPine can be found meandering through the woods, watching birds, and harvesting plants and mushrooms for dinner. He has also developed a passion for photography and takes more photos than his friends and family really care to look at.
Before discovering her love for plants, traveling was Michaela's greatest passion. It was while work-trading on farms, first through Central and South America and then across the United States, that she began to discover the world of permaculture and herbs. She was charmed by Asheville and the Southern Appalachians while apprenticing under Joe Hollis of Mountain Gardens in 2017. Michaela is inspired to continue discovering ways we can create communities of people and plants that help each other grow healthier and happier in unison. She feels as if the plants have begun to let her in on their magic and is deeply driven to honor that connection.
In addition to working as Production Assistant at Pine's Herbals, Michaela is working to grow her herbal product business, Bee the Change Herbals and is currently studying to become a holistic herbalist through the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine.
In her free time she enjoys reading, experiencing live music and finding new favorite spots with her partner in the city and surrounding mountains that have become their home.