Meet Swanie

"Like so many of you, my herbal journey started with Juliette de Bairacli Levy's books on veterinary herbalism, when I received The Herbal Handbook for the Dog as a gift in 1985. Although my main interest at that time was pet nutrition, Juliette's books ignited a life long passion for herbalism. Juliette went on to become a close friend and mentor and spent many years living at my farm in the beautiful High Forest region of Germany.

Like Juliette, I was frustrated by increasing chronic health issues in pets and the apparent inability of allopathic veterinary medicine to treat such conditions, as well as the enormous damage conventional diets of highly processed foods were doing to the pet population. I made it my mission to learn as much as possible about nutrition and natural treatments for animals.

In those early, internet free days, getting an education in animal herbalism was difficult. Most in-depth courses about veterinary herbalism were only open to veterinary doctors. Becoming a traditional animal herbalist required much autodidactic study, so I took classes about herbalism for humans and became very adept at translating the information into "animal". After moving back to Europe in 1991, I studied to become a certified animal naturopath (German: Tierheilpraktiker), and continued my herbal education with (among others), Matthew Wood, Michael Moore, Rosalee de la Fôret, Rosemary Gladstar, Michael Tierra, Jim McDonald and of course, Juliette de Bairacli Levy."

From left: Swanie, Cosmina & Juliette ca. 2005

"I have been treating dogs and cats holistically for over 35 years now, and began sharing my experience and knowledge through in-person seminars in 2004 and online classes in 2014 in Germany. Starting in January 2024, my online courses will be available in English language. My courses are aimed at pet owners as well as non-vets interested in becoming a traditional animal naturopath or herbalist."
You can see a list with some of my qualifications here >>

Why do I speak English so well?
"I was born in Bremen, a city in northern Germany, in 1962. My family moved to New York when I was one year old, and I lived in the United States until I was about thirty, so my entire education was in English. For the past 30 years I have lived in Germany and France. Today I live with my animals at my beautiful farm in the German state of Saarland and in the Provence region of France in a village called Les Taillades. I will be offering limited in-person retreats in Les Taillades beginning in 2025. Imagine learning practical herbalism in the Provence!"

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Lavender field in Lioux, France

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