Nature brings balance and awakens tremendous forces for healing in a way that nothing else does. Everything that I practice and teach springs from that core understanding. My training in healing and herbal medicine began with my father as a child. My father stayed close to his Algonquin heritage and used herbal remedies that were handed down through our family. He introduced me to many plants and trees showing me which ones were edible, which ones were medicines, and those with great power that must be respected, as we spent many years exploring local fields and wild trails together. A training and mentorship that continued into my adulthood as I learned quickly to identify the plants he would use and to absorb the knowledge and wisdom he shared with me.
From my mother’s lineage, both her father and grandfather were herbalists. As a young adult I felt drawn to and inspired by nature and wanted to learn all I could about the green world all around me and so began studying with local herbalists, taking workshops and trainings, and exploring one on one with the plants. Gaining much knowledge through these experiences, I found that I still longed for the deeper connection with the natural world that I’d known as a child.
After spending a considerable amount of time alone and quiet in nature, it became apparent to me that the Earth and the green world has a language all its own. Being silent in nature you can hear this language and experience this tremendous healing force. I have felt this power, this force, throughout my entire life.
Our world is out of balance and yet many remain unaware of this imbalance until faced with a serious or life-threatening condition. Take a walk in nature and see the balance. Become aware of the way in which all things in nature seek to maintain equilibrium. It is from this perspective that I teach and engage in healing sessions. Balance is not a fixed static point but something that flows as nature does. I believe that as we seek the Silence in Nature we are able to hear the Silent Place within ourselves. It is within this place that all healing begins.
Karine’s journey into herbalism, shamanism and Earth healing practices began as a young child learning from her father, who was of Mahican descent and taught her the secrets of the medicinal plants and the healing ways of her ancestors. The wisdom of both her matrilineal grandfather and great-grandfather has influenced her work. Karine has studied herbalism and the healing arts since 1985 with many teachers including, Rosemary Gladstar, Gretchen Gould, Deb Soule, Sandra Ingerman, David Beck, Tom Brown Jr., Astrology and Medical Astrology with Pat Townsend, and many others. In 1993 she received her first and second degree attunements in Reiki and the Reiki Master/Teacher Certification in the Usui Tradition in 2000. In 2003, Karine began her apprenticeship with Pam Montgomery in Plant Spirit Healing, a multi-year professional shamanic healing training focusing on healing with plant consciousness. Karine continues to hone her skills and has recently completed additional training in shamanism with Sandra Ingerman, Medical Intuitive Training with Tina Zion, and continues her studies in Clairvoyance and Animal Energy Healing with Lynn McKenzie, and Medicinal Herbalism with Matthew Wood and various teachers. In addition to the wonderful human instructors, Karine considers the plants themselves as some of her greatest instructors and mentors.
Karine works with human and animal clients for individual healing sessions in Shamanism, Plant Spirit Healing, Reiki, and Herbal Wellness and has done so for the last 20 years. She teaches classes in Herbalism, Shamanic Plant Medicine Journey, Shamanism, herbal crafting, and essential oil classes. She has created and teaches, The Sacred Heart of Herbalism levels 1 and 2 incorporating a holistic approach to Western, and Native American Herbalism for over 20 years. Karine teaches Herbalism Beyond the Basics and other classes at The New York Botanical Garden, and has taught at many locations throughout the Hudson Hudson Valley, NYC, and Connecticut including The New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, The Center for Algonquin Studies, May Peace Prevail on Earth International, Westchester Community College Continuing Education, Marist College, The Howland Cultural Center, and The Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism. Karine is the founder of Green Girl Herbs & Healing, a small batch herbal tea and remedy company through which she has formulated her own custom line of teas, salves, flower essences, and herbal remedies.
Karine Gordineer is a Master Herbalist, Certified Plant Spirit Healing Practitioner, Shamanic Practitioner, Flower Essence Practitioner, Certified Reiki Master/Teacher, and Educator with over 30 years-experience in herbalism and the healing arts. Karine is an Ordained Minister in the Sanctuary of the Beloved in the Order of Melchizedek and a Co-Author on the book “Empowered Women of Social Media”.
Disclaimer: Karine Gordineer is not a medical doctor. Any information on this page is for informational purpose only.