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Dedicated to Developing Responsible Herbal Practice

Established in 2002 by Susan Wynn, DVM, CVA, CVCH, AHG, DACVN




The 2017 VBMA Annual Herbwalk will take place on Friday, October 20th at 4 PM in conjunction with the AHVMA Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. We're thrilled to have Richard Mandelbaum leading us this time around, and the walk will be held on the grounds of the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. Known as an Urban Oasis,  the hotel has been a land mark in the heart of San Diego's Mission Valley for over 60 years and is a modern expression of the 1960’s Southern California vibe, relaxed, playful and connected, with service that is engaging, approachable yet unobtrusive, where everyone feels welcome.









































Richard Mandelbaum RH is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY.  In addition to seeing clients he teaches classes in clinical herbal medicine, medicine making, and field botany, wild edible plants and mushrooms.  He is a founding partner, director, and teacher at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, and is also on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, NJ, and the Tristate College of Acupuncture in New York.


Richard has been an avid student of our native flora for over twenty five years.  He has been practicing as an herbalist since 1997, blending use of our native medicinal plants with Chinese and Western herbal traditions. He is a graduate of David Winston’s School of Herbal Therapeutics in New Jersey as well as having studied at Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Retreat Center in Vermont, and in New York City with herbalist William LeSassier.  He has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild since 2003, and joined the AHG Council (board of directors) in October 2012.  He currently serves as Secretary and chairs the AHG Policy Committee and the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Richard is also active in issues related to fair trade, sustainability, and social justice.  He migrates throughout the year with his wife Gabrielle and their daughter Rose between Brooklyn and their straw bale home in Forestburgh, NY.




The 2017 VBMA Annual Meeting will held during the AHVMA Annual Conference in San Diego, CA on Monday, October 23rd at 6 PM in Royal Palms 1 & 2 at 6 PM local time. Hope to see you there!



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