Samantha means the listener, & I am grateful to have been aptly named. Though I have taken courses, attended conferences, received formal training, & read ravenously in independent study,

listening is the living heart of my education.

The hundreds of people who have honored me by sharing their honest vulnerable stories & experiences have taught me more than any training, classroom, or book ever could.


My empathy & intuition is supported by a studious devotion to scientific inquiry via independent study.

In addition to what is listed below, I have been an avid independent student of anthropology, biochemistry, depth psychology, Tao, Traditional Chinese Medicine, permaculture, western herbalism, trauma resolution, epigentics, & more..

My own path to healing has also been an invaluable education.



Trainings + Conferences


Planned Parenthood Peer Mediation & Preteen Sex Educator Training 1999

Heart & Hands Midwifery Intensive with Elizabeth Davis 2006

Midwifery Today Conferences 2007, 2010

Planned Parenthood Patient Advocacy Training 2009

Mothertree Birth Doula Internship 2009

DONA Birth Doula Training 2009

Portland Plant Medicine Gathering 2012, 2013, 2014, (presenter) 2015

SQUATfest 2013, 2015 (presenter in 2015)

Holistic Peer Counseling 2013

Medicine of The Feminine ~ Indigenous Wisdom of Peru 2013

Dandelion Seed Herbal Conference 2014

Matrona Quantum Birthing Consultant Certification 2014

Holistic Home Abortion Provisions 2015

Matrona Holistic Doula Certification 2015

Beginning Shiatsu Intensive 2015

Holding Space for Pregnancy & Infant Loss ~The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, & Death 2016

Lightening In A Bottle (presenter) 2017

YONIFEST (presenter) 2017

Imagine (presenter) 2018




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