Black Sage Botanicals
We exists to empower cooperative sovereignty, engaging a direct relationship with & as the living, breathing world.
Ash Ritter is a west coast born, desert-dwelling ethnobotanist, practicing herbalist, educator, and confectioner. Her entire adult life, 20 years & counting, continues to spiral around botanical medicine reverence & studies, encompassing traditional, academic, clinical, and directly relational terrains.
Ash's approach places emphasis on plants, fungi, and planet as relations, and is manifested through her practice as fostering engagement with & as the living world, rather than "using" plants as commodity. She counsels & creates in her private practice, Black Sage Botanicals.
One-on-one longterm apprenticeships are the cornerstone of her training, with a focus in Druid herbalism, clinical botanical medicine, Mexican curanderismo & "guerilla" urban first aid. Her bachelors degree thesis focused on botanical & fungal agents for initiation, and altered states as evolutionary technology. Ash's longstanding commitment takes shape as gathering the remnants to forge a cohesive & unique synthesis that pays homage to past, present and future generations.
Ash feels blessed beyond measure to have shadowed naturopathic Dr. Kenneth Proefrock in his office for 2 years upon her relocation to the Sonoran Desert, and almost went to medical school, until coming to recognize the potency of keeping her practice out of bureaucratic matrices. Previously, she apprenticed with Charles "Doc" Garcia, and worked for several years as a plant-based personal chef, and apothecarist in a bustling California Bay Area clinical herbal practice.
She currently lives in a century-old gnome house on an old ranch in southern Arizona, and enjoys tracking deer through the spiny brush, sitting with 200-year-old cacti, and waiting for monsoon season thunderstorms as she writes her first book.
If you've been curious about fortifying a healthy relationship with your inner and outer landscapes, read on!
Herbal consultation services are a profound way to put your unique story at the forefront of the healing process, and co-create effective, solution-oriented botanical protocols to achieve your wellness goals of mind, body, and spirit.
Ash's approach draws from clinical, energetic, and traditional threads, bridging botanicals & fungi with lifestyle choices to generate a lasting, self-driven impact.
Her approach places emphasis on plants & planet as relations, and is manifested through her practice as fostering engagement with the living world, rather than "using" plants as commodity. Ash has been studying plants & fungi for over 20 years, and seeing clients for over a decade. Check out her BIO page to learn more!
WHAT DOES A SESSION LOOK LIKE?
Upon investing in an initial consultation here, you will be emailed a full intake form to complete, and contacted to schedule our session, which is often booked out between two weeks and one month. Your first session will run approx. 2 hours, in which we will explore your health history, details, and goals towards an embodied experience of progress.
You will leave our initial consultation with an accessible protocol that includes herbal, culinary, and daily practice recommendations. Custom botanical compounds are one of Ash's favorite offerings, feature her unique apothecary cache, and are available as an extension of your consultation.
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A three month protocol is heartily suggested to make strong headway, with FOLLOW-UP'S as part of our progress assessment and evolving goals. Follow-up sessions are also offered on a sliding scale basis, and typically run 45-60 minutes. A la carte @ $50-$100 per session, sliding scale (email to arrange).
Should you be ready to commit to a *highly-recommended* THREE MONTH PROGRAM in full (one initial consult + two follow-up's), you can access the discounted rate, available in the drop down menu here.
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Consultations are available via zoom video or in-person in an outdoors setting in Tucson, AZ. I operate on a sliding scale basis, and invite you to invest according to your need and ability. Upon registration, you will be emailed within 3 business days to schedule our session. Do contact me with any further inquiries you may have. Thanks kindly!