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Herbal Arts Apothecary

Herbal Arts Apothecary was created to share the knowledge of botanical remedies, and to encourage simpler, more sustainable ways of living. My name is Morrie Shafer and I am an herbalist, historian, and holistic health coach. I am dedicated to the use of herbs, whole foods, and DIY practices in everyday life, and I believe that this knowledge should be accessible to all.

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What's new at Herbal Arts Apothecary
January 20, 2018

Thriving In Winter

Tailoring our lifestyles to the different seasons is an opportunity for a deep, rich experience of life. When we respect the natural rhythms surrounding us, we acknowledge that not every time of the year is the same. Everything around us exists in cycles, and this is something we can count […]
January 20, 2018

Announcing 3 New Educational Programs

I’ve often felt as though I was born in the wrong century (although I’ve come to appreciate that there are no accidents in this regard). Obsessed with “period piece” dramas, historical fiction, and things of yore, I’ve often felt like a Celtic maven incarnated too late, or a frustrated pioneer […]
December 30, 2017

The Journey Begins

I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember, excelling at the craft at various times in my life, and always amazed at the ease with which words flowed out of me and onto the page. So, when I decided that I wanted to start a blog, I […]


A modern approach to traditional healing

My name is Morrie Shafer. I was a city kid until I moved to rural Pennsylvania as a 10- year old. My life was suddenly filled with creeks, running through orchards and farms, and planting my own garden. I fell in love with nature then, and it was deeply transformative. At 14, my family moved to a more wooded area. I began hiking and developing an interest in the plants I would see growing on my many adventures. At 15, I became a “natural foodie” and began cooking my own meals. I went to college at Penn State University as a nutrition major, but quickly decided that feeding red Jell-o and canned green beans to hospital patients was not my idea of health. I decided then to pursue my other love, history, and went on to earn my Master’s Degree, focusing on different aspects of the discipline, but eventually earning dual degrees from Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Job prospects for advanced degree historians were abysmal in the 90’s, so I gravitated back to my original interest in the natural world and holistic health.

I spent the next few years studying with Rosemary Gladstar at Sage Mountain, at the NY Open Center (Green Medicine program), Northeast School of Botanical Medicine (Clinical Herbalist program), and the School of Herbal Therapeutics (2 year Clinical Herbalist program & Graduate year). My long-standing interest in nutrition led to Holistic Health Coach certifications from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute (Family Health Coaching).

I love to cook, garden, and pursue all things DIY. I have been successfully teaching classes for the past 10 years, and started Herbal Arts Apothecary to continue to spread the knowledge that I believe is our birthright as human beings.

Enhance your relationship with the natural world

The botanical world has an amazing ability to transform our health. We are living in a time where many are isolated from nature, and we are paying a heavy price. It is obvious that a reconnection to nature, and to a simpler life overall, is needed for our lives to function optimally in the 21st century.

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Our psychological and physical health is enhanced when we access the plant world- even something as simple as a beautiful floral bouquet can lift the spirit. Eating a green salad, making an herbal tea, or crafting a lovely simple syrup can all nurture health and psyche. Learning about plants- how to grow them, use them for medicine, or simply experience them with our senses is deeply inspiring and transformative.