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Exciting News from Rosemary Gladstar & Sage Mountain

For the past 30 years, Sage Mountain Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary has been recognized as one of New England’s foremost learning centers for herbs and earth awareness and has been a source of inspiration for hundreds if not thousands of people to ‘walk the medicine way’. It’s been my greatest honor to live on this beautiful wild mountain, and along with my husband Robert and a host of amazing helpers over the years, to serve as a caretaker and steward to this land. I can honestly say, it’s been one of the most fantastic relationships of my life, one that has nourished me in every way, and in return allowed me to nourish others. It was here that the dream for United Plant Savers began, the International Herb Symposium was birthed, the Women’s Herbal Conference flourished, Sage Mountain programs, apprenticeships, and intern programs were held every year, and a place where other people’s dreams were seeded, birthed and nurtured. People often came to Sage Mountain thinking they came to study herbs with me, but found they really came to learn from the wild and benevolent nature of the Mountain. She was the sage old teacher, we were her students.

As many of you may know, Robert and I have been searching for the next generation of stewards to take over the ownership and caretaking of the Mountain. It’s not that our love affair with the Mountain is over. Quite the contrary; it’s precisely because we love her as deeply as we do that we want to see the work and the vision of ‘earth awareness and forever wilderness’ on this Mountain continue; we are just wise enough to recognize the need for younger, more energetic visionaries and people as dedicated as we’ve been for the past 30 years to carry forth the work. The great news is that after a fairly long & very thoughtful process of selection, the Mountain has called those people forward.

A group of dedicated individuals under the guidance and leadership of Emily Ruff and Eleanor Kuntz, former students at Sage Mountain, have formed the Sage Mountain Botanical Sanctuary as a non-profit organization. Deeply committed to protecting the Sage Mountain wilderness corridor, they will be offering educational and research opportunities focused on wilderness restoration and stewardship, as well as on the wildlife and medicinal plants of the mountain with a strong emphasis on medicinal plant conservation.

We couldn’t imagine a more brilliant, hardworking or dedicated group of individuals to carry forth this work, but the help and support of our greater community is needed to make it happen.  As the new stewards begin the work of restoring the mountain’s trails, labyrinth, and extensive herb gardens we are inviting all of our friends and friends of Sage Mountain to weave your support, prayers and blessings into the mandala of healing and vision this Mountain will continue to provide.   Your support in this process is deeply appreciated.

Stay tuned to our progress; follow Sage Mountain on Facebook  & on our website

As for me…my work with plants, of course, will always continue and my involvement with Sage Mountain will continue to evolve, though in a quieter way.  I plan to garden more, travel less, teach closer to home, and spend more time with my wonderful homestudy and online students. I’ve been in the process of rewriting and updating the entire home study course and hope to have it completed soon. And then, perhaps, I’ll finish writing that great herbal novel I’ve been writing in my head for years now.  More than anything, I’m just looking forward to spending more time with family and friends, in the garden, and listening, listening deeply to the plants as they call and sing to me…as they always have, guiding me onwards on this magical plant lovers journey

For information and updates on my work, travels, home study course, books and other offerings, please visit our website at: ; 

With gratitude & forever green blessings,

Founded by Rosemary Gladstar and family over 28 years ago, Sage Mountain Retreat Center & Native Plant Preserve is one of New England’s foremost learning centers for herbs and earth awareness. Located on 500 wilderness acres in central Vermont, this beautiful piece of Earth Mother is a natural sanctuary and teaching site. There is an incredible assortment of wild herbs and flowers growing in habitats that vary from meadows, forest to swamp. Our wild neighbors include deer, bear, moose, beavers, bobcat, otters, fox and a wonderful variety of feathered folk that honor us with their presence. Our facilities are simple, rustic and comfortable and provide a relaxing and beautiful place for participants to learn.

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“It seems that as one begins to study herbs, the plant’s essence infuses one’s entire life with joy. People become happier, healthier, more in balance and in tune with their inner dreams. The beauty of the herbs work their gentle magic on the heart of the user.”
~ Rosemary Gladstar

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Announcing the release of Rosemary Gladstar’s newest book

Herbal Healing for Men
Remedies & Recipes

(Published by Storey Publishing, 2017)

In this brilliantly simple, inspiring and eminently practical book, Rosemary introduces you to herbs, remedies and recipes specific for the male body.  Going on the premise that health care involves self care and that the best insurance is knowledge, Rosemary outlines herbal protocols specifically for men, addressing the most common issues and health challenges they face.   With an emphasize on prevention and using herbs to create and sustain well being, Herbal Healing for Men covers herbs for vitality and endurance, sexual vigor and reproductive health, anxiety and stress relief, prostate health, cardiovascular and heart health, and a host of other relevant topics.   Filled with delicious new recipes and remedies specifically for men!

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Plant Lover's Journey to Ireland

Spring Time on the Beautiful & Magical Emerald Isle
This trip is full. Please inquire for future trips.

Join Rosemary Gladstar & Donna Winston for an inspirational & joyful journey to the natural, sacred and mystical sites of Ireland.   Considered to be one of the ‘most beautiful countries in the world’, Ireland’s charm is legendary.   From its abundance of mystical and ceremonial sites, to its ‘little people’, to the endless display of herbs and lush green countryside, Ireland invites, enchants, and plays on the imagination.   We’re delighted to invite you to join us on this special journey as we explore the depths of Ireland getting to know the local flora, learning from organic herbalists and farmers, and experiencing the sacred sites.   Our excellent guide & host, Christopher Gambatese, is also an herbalist.   We will visit ancient stone circles on isolated hillsides, explore primordial forests with local herbalists, hear the legends of the fairy folk told by famous story tellers, and, of course, for those who fancy, listen to traditional Irish folk music with Guinness in hand at the local pubs.

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Plant Lover's Journey to Italy

Experience the Art of Good Living in Italy

Join Rosemary Gladstar & Dr. Richard Liebmann
This trip is full. Please inquire for future trips.

Atop a broad hill in the countryside of Tuscany stands a sixteenth century villa. The beautiful Villa Certano, has been in the Baldassarrini family for generations and is now owned and managed by Annalisa and Ruggero Baldassarrini. They will welcome us into their timeless and magnificent home. We will experience an enchanting and romantic 12 wonderful days focused on herbs, health, culture, and rejuvenation. Beautiful grape vineyards, olive groves, beehives, vegetable and flower gardens roll gracefully through the hills surrounding the villa as they have for 500 years. The hills are still actively tended, produce harvested and made into exquisitely delicious wines, olive oil, honey and food for the table. A church built over 1200 years ago rests between the winery and villa. The ancient walled city of Siena is just minutes away and Florence, one of the most renowned cities for art in the world, is an hour’s drive.

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Contact Sage Mountain

  • Sage Mountain Herbal Education Center : PO Box 420, East Barre VT, 05649
  • Telephone : (802).479.9825
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  • Office hours : Mon, Tues & Thurs 10:30 - 3.


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